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You cannot escape. No place is safe. Not even your home.Turn on your television...boot up your computer...and meet Reaper, a brilliantly lethal man-made virus that travels the electronic highway, infecting its victims with the flick of a switch. Within seconds of exposure you turn chalk-white. You crash in pain. Then you die.

The terrorists behind this plague have the money
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 10th 1998 by HarperTorch (first published December 23rd 1997)
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Edwina Hall Callan
Feb 15, 2017 Edwina Hall Callan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fast paced thriller that sucked me right into the plot and kept me turning the pages as fast as my eyes could fly across the page.
Excellent first book by this young author.
Quinn Hill
This was a sci-fi/ techno thriller book that I picked up at a thrift shop and didn't expect much of it. I was wrong! This book had a great plot and storyline and kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The characters were not characterized very well until the end of the book and you don't really know much about who they are. The main character is a man named Nick Barnes who was at one time one of the best cardiovascular surgeons in the nation until his wife died of AIDS and his career ...more
Kevin
Jan 01, 2009 Kevin rated it did not like it
ok, here is the reason i only gave this book 1-star. it's not the book, it's me. this is a good story and the writing is ok. here is the deal: this story is about technology. it was published in 1998. 'nuff said? i have real trouble reading about supposedly world rocking technology that has already come and gone. about the only one who could pull this off was Michael Creighton (RIP) i bet this was a much much better read in 1998. now as i read it i sort of laugh at some of the techno stuff (the ...more
Kristin
Jun 26, 2012 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The true concept of this book wasn't that clear until about halfway or 3/4 of the way through and I felt like the author took a long time getting to the core of what Reaper was and the potential impact it would have on the world. While the book opened with a whole bunch of people dying at the hands of Reaper, I felt the book was more technical sci-fi than medical sci-fi, and it's harder to conceptualize the impact a rogue computer can have on the world rather than a virus of the medical sort.
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Sarah
May 31, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
This was well written and suspenseful, and kept me guessing all the way through. The characters were likable. The only reason I am giving it three instead of four stars is that the science was so out there. The things that happened just required too big a suspension of disbelief. I mean, the whole premise- a virus that spreads through computer screens and kills people? Impossible and the author did not do a good job of making it plausible.

Still, this book is worth the read, you just have to com
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Laura
Jun 24, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
This book had so much potential. I was intrigued by the story line and by the unexpectedness of the first chapter. After that it almost felt like the book was written to become a movie. The characters were all so perfect and so good looking. The last few chapters just dragged on...especially the last chase. I actually starting skimming to get to the end. I didn't need to hear about how they were still running...and running...and running. Anyway, I guess it was turned into a TV movie so if that w ...more
Christine Kayser
Jan 23, 2015 Christine Kayser rated it really liked it
Reading a book about future technology that was written in 1998 is accidentally hilarious.

That aside, I loved this book. It's a medical / technology thriller in the style of Stephen King's Cell. A mysterious disease is killing people suddenly. Is it coming from their computers and TVs? Only a Boston paramedic and an uptight Federal Agent can solve the case!

The book has flaws - character flaws, plot flaws, etc. - but it's a fun read, fast-paced, and has enough twists and turns in the story to ke
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Carol Waters
Dec 18, 2012 Carol Waters rated it liked it
A surgeon with a bad hand and a questionable attitude meets a techie with a broken soul and together they fight a couple of whack-jobs whose goal it is to shut down all technology. Never mind that we will never have hot water again; the TV and coumputer will cease to function. All machinery that uses computers is kaput. Short-sighted choice for a bunch of city people with cell phones. The ending just doesn't make sense. And what would life be like if my computer really did stop wor
Danish
Dec 01, 2008 Danish rated it really liked it
Fabulous book.
Ralph McEwen
I generally like techno-thrillers and this is not an exception. The premise is not really feasible but made for an interesting listening.
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