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The Gabon Virus: A Novel (TSI: Time Scene Investigators #1)

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An ancient disease, a modern pandemic, and the one person who offers hope for a cure has been dead for 350 years

In 1666, a horrible disease took the lives of almost every person in Eyam (pronounced Eem), England. Helping the sick and the dying was the mysterious and ghostlike Blue Monk, whose strange appearance terrified even those who were comforte

Kindle Edition, 440 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Howard Books (first published 2009)
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Ross Cavins
This book wasn't badly written but it gets a little Christian preachy for my taste. I guess I should have read the imprint of who published it before I bought it ...

Just inside the front cover there's this:

Our purpose at Howard Books is to:
1) Increase faith in the hearts of growing Christians
2) Inspire holiness in the lives of believers
3) Instill hope in the hearts of struggling people everywhere
Because He's coming again!

Uh, hmmm ... okay. That's fine and dandy but if you're going to preach to m
A special team - TSI (Time Scene Investigators)are called in to help stop a possible global pandemic of a particularly virulent form of Ebola which has escaped from a top secret lab in Greenland.

Keys to the current virus and how to stop it may be found in the medieval history of a town called Eyams that survived plague in the Middle Ages.

In addition, there are agents of a pharmaceutical company (who wants to make profits from a cure) and of a radical environmental group (who want to exterminate
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Fascinating and compelling are two words I'd use to describe this book. Moving back and forth between 1666 England and the modern day, we see comparisons between the plague epidemic and how the threat of viruses like Ebola today, can wipe out a community in hours, if not minutes. The addition of the Blue Monk and his story of how he helped those plague victims was fascinating, especially with the modern science to explain the explain the 17th century myth.

While I found it hard at times to keep
Jeff Carpenter
Aug 02, 2011 Jeff Carpenter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the back cover: In 1666, a horrible disease took the lives of almost every person in Eyam, England. Helping the sick and the dying was the mysterious and ghostlike Blue Monk, whose strange appearance terrified even those who were comforted by him. More than three centuries later the disease has returned, more virulent than before. Every day more people are infected; every hour more die. The lives of millions rest in the hands of a bio-team--the Time Scene Investigators--that studies history ...more
Jul 16, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a small fringe religious group is found dead in an apparent mass suicide in their remote compound in Gabon the investigators discover that they had all contracted an Ebola type virus which was already killing them. Knowing this the authorities bombed the compound in an attempt to contain the virus. Unknown to them one young boy had not taken the poison and had hidden outside the compound and was now on the run carrying the virus with him and since it was airborne and extremely virulent, con ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gabon Virus is an excellent book, and well written to boot. I really enjoyed its scientific details and the way they wrapped the Black Plague into the story, along with the present disease. Mysterious, thrilling, emotional, and humorous the Gabon Virus taps into all these feelings beautifully, as it draws its readers in chapter-by-chapter, page-by-page.

I like how the authors added "checkpoints" or what they called Parts throughout the book. This way the sections are divided from beginning, m
Margaret Chind
Jun 09, 2009 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST Wild Card
Honestly, I cannot wait for more books of the TSI (Time Scene Investigators) group, this novel was just too neat. Placed in modern day with a few chapters in the 1660's this book was a complete page turner filled with anxiety and adventure. The characters come to life and the technology is real. Never was there a dull moment in the reading of this story.

A vast array of personalities were brought together in this cast of characters. Real fears and dilemmas were carried to light and worked throug
Aug 13, 2009 Wyndy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise: take a historical fact ~ the plague in a small town in 1600 England ~ mesh it with a unleashed virus today and see what happens. How do the two relate and what can the remains of an old Blue Monk tell a scientist of today. The story moves at a fairly good pace. The switches between the past and present, and England and Africa move smoothly without any jarring or hesitation. The detail in the scientific, medical, and military sides of the story seem to be plausible. I didn't ...more
Layla Smith
Jul 22, 2011 Layla Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This book kept very entertained from beginning to end. The characters and storyline were fabulous. There were so many twist and turns that I never had time to become bored with the book.

The christain undertones to the story were an unexpected surprise that I really enjoyed. Many books that are focused in science totally ignore the existance of God. It is like that the authors think that the two can't possibly work together. I was so glad to see the authors use science and religion together."
Dec 29, 2016 Bianca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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De blauwe monnik is een spannende triller waarin de historie goed gebruikt wordt om een actueel probleem te adresseren: ebola. Ik twijfel tussen de drie en de vier sterren maar kies toch voor drie. Het boek was goed, spannend genoeg en het volgende deel heb ik toevallig ook in m'n kast staan en zal ik zeker snel lezen. Maar net geen vier sterren omdat ik het boek makkelijk weg kon leggen en zelfs even vergeten. Voor vier sterren wil ik toch graag dat het boek niet makkelijk weg te leggen is.
Dec 23, 2013 Janie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xxx-2014
I'm being generous with three stars. Decently written, just didn't do anything for me except satisfy the need to read and move off the shelf. I have the next one (The Influnze Bomb) that I'll need to read-and-move too. Seemed to take forever to read, so that shows how interested I was.
May 13, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so epic! I was on the edge of my seat flying through pages the whole time!!! Can't wait to start The Influenza Bomb! :D
Awesome book!
Jun 12, 2010 Marilea rated it liked it
The story starts out good but gets bogged down. I didn't quite get to the end but lost interest in it by the third quarter of the book.
Feb 02, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would've never picked this book to read but did so due to my good friends in the Higher Ground book club. Great book, well written, very exciting, and a real page turner!
Oct 02, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hard to put down! A gripping tale of a virus that threatens the world! A very complicated with lots of twists and turns.
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Paul McCusker is the creative content director for Focus on the Family. He has been a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and drama since 1979. His work includes over forty published novels, full-length plays, dramatic sketch collections, and song lyrics. For the Adventures in Odyssey series alone, he has written over 200 half-hour radio episodes, eighteen novels, and two screenplays for the best-selli ...more
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