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The Rainbow Virus

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  42 reviews
It's the weirdest bioterrorism attack ever!

Loner scientist Arthur Lupo at first seems the most eccentric bioterrorist of all time. After vanishing from his lab at a biotech company, he releases viruses that only turn their victims a palette of colors. But then his chief pursuers—disgraced FBI agent Bobby Loudon and obsessive CDC epidemic-tracker Kathleen Shinohara—discover
Paperback, 408 pages
Published February 2nd 2013 by Glyphus LLC (first published February 1st 2013)
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Stjepan Cobets
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fan of Fiction and Sci-Fi
My rating for the book is 3.9
The Rainbow Virus by Dennis Meredith is the classic thriller with a little touch of science fiction. The story and plot are solid, and the characters are solid characterized. But in some parts of the book, some stories of people who were infected by the virus are literally thrown into the story and are not necessary because they slow down the action. The story is tense, but I feel as if the writer deliberately slowed down. In my opinion, it is not necessary, but that
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, sf, thriller
A missing scientist is causing havoc infecting people with a “rainbow virus” that causes them to change into a spectrum of different colours. Although otherwise harmless, the scientist is perfecting his delivery systems for more deadly viruses that he has stolen. Bobby Loudon, an FBI agent is charged with tracking him down with the help of CDC scientist Kathleen Shinohara before he can leash his evil plan on an unsuspecting population.

This was a fun read, even though there are implications of b
Carl Alves
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
In The Rainbow Virus, the FBI and CDC are chasing a bizarre virus unleashed by Arthur Lupo, a strange little scientist. Instead of unleashing chaos and killing millions, the virus changes the color of the infected person. The colors are varied, across all spectrums of the rainbow (hence the name). The two primary people on the chase are FBI agent, Bobby Loudon, and CDC scientist, Kathleen Shinohara. It was clear from the beginning that these two would eventually become a couple, something that w ...more
Patricia Hamill
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one is an easy five stars for me.

I thoroughly enjoyed this from the start to the end. The main character is a flawed, but likable FBI agent who's paired with CDC agents to track down a missing scientist.

For a scientific thriller, this one was rather exciting with plenty of dangerous situations, along with a very interesting social side story. The villain has created a virus that targets human pigmentation, turning unsuspecting victims into a rainbow of colors in more and more widely targete
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I was intrigued by the initial premise of this novel (a bio-engineered virus which alters skin pigmentation in various ethnicities) and then engrossed by the "big picture issues" presented. Biological warfare has long been an interest/concern of mine, as has the alteration of naturally occurring viruses and toxic chemicals to use in biological weaponry. It's one thing to worry about foreign governments utilizing bio-weapons; here is an individual scie
Kady Monroe
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: virus
This is an ok read. I liked the idea of the Rainbow virus but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The main character was likeable, but I preferred some of the secondary characters better and wished there had been more about them. (except the female CDC scientist/love interest of the main character - I didn't warm to her at all)
The plot plodded along with the "mad scientist villain" keeping one step ahead of the FBI, army, a shady government faction, and an assassin in hot pursuit.
I wasn
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a well done book that was part thriller and part bio-terrism. It was well written and engaging and I enjoyed it. I got a copy of this book from NetGalley to review.

Arthur Lupo at first just seems to be eccentric when he unleashes a genetic virus on the population that turns people a multitude of colors. Then it’s revealed that he has gotten his hands on some of the world’s deadliest viruses and the rainbow virus was just a test. Now two people, Kathleen Shinohara (from the CDC) and Bobb
Jessica Bronder
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Lupo has just released a virus on the public. The results? It changes people into different colors. This doesn’t sound too scary until you learn that he made off with some seriously bad viruses from the Army and that the Rainbow Virus was just a test. Now he is getting ready to release the really bad ones to decimate the populous. It is up to disgraced FBI agent Bobby Loudon and Kathleen Shinohara from the CDC.

Bobby is not very likable but when you learn about his past things make more s
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is more like it. A Sci-Fi book with an actual storyline, not filled with technical jargon that leaves me scratching my head. I don't know if it's just me, but it seems the new Sci-Fi authors are more interested in showing off how smart they are, rather than actually attempt a readable story.
Sorry for going a bit off subject, just trying to make myself clear. Recently I made my own category, "Sci-Fi Light". Which is not to say the book is flawed in some way, but in my opinion, better. The
Sue Williams
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a science fiction novel but in todays political climate of unrest, it may not be as far fetched as it seems. A very brilliant scientist decides to punish the entire world for the death of his parents.
He disappears from the lab where he has been working and continues his work on a virus that will turn people a rainbow of different colors but with possibilities of something much deadlier. He finishes his work and starts his test run. People start showing up in the ER all panicked because t
Ryan Troske
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
For starters, The Rainbow Virus was very well written. Other than a little wordy at times, it had a good flow to it. Characters were likable with distinct personalities. There were twists and turns, some I could see coming, others not so much. The premise behind the story was pretty interesting, and I enjoyed the science aspect of it all, and that it wasn't 'too' sciencey to where it could throw or bore some readers. It was engaging and done well.
One thing which bothered me at times, which I so
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
So my first thought was... ugh not another zombie book.. lol i'm not a big zombie person if you can't tell.. But that was just off the title.. haha It was actually about bioterrism and had awesome characters and was fast paced and interesting. it kept me glued to see what was next and wondering what was happening. it was a dark read that was very well written. i am glad i got to review it ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I got off to a slow start with The Rainbow Virus, but soon thereafter I was hooked. It is a fast paced thriller with a fabulous, unexpected ending.

I received a free review copy of The Rainbow Virus through Goodreads Giveaways.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story, science, suspense, characters. I was sad when it was over!
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review is of the adult edition of The Rainbow Virus.

I am a great of techno-thrillers, but this was my first time trying a novel that was this science heavy, and I was not disappointed. The Rainbow Virus is a very fast-paced thriller that draws you in from the first page with the quirky nature of the virus, but then turns menacing as the nature of what Lupo, the originator of this virus, is capable of becomes clear. The possibility of biological warfare being unleashed on the American public
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Rainbow Virus by Dennis Meredith is about a bioterrorism attack that turns people different colors - at first the colors blue, red, and yellow, later many more shades and tints including lilac, magenta, chartreuse, egg plant, maroon, pine green, golden, turquoise, etc. While the color change does not appear to harm people beyond their pigmentation, the implications of what is inexplicably happening to people alerts the FBI and CDC. Bobby Loudon, FBI agent, and Kathleen Shinohara, CDC investi ...more
Suzy Wilson
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
The Rainbow Virus is a bioterrorism tale along the lines of a Robin Cook novel.

Arthur Lupo, a somewhat sad figure, is a molecular biologist gone wrong. At first his disappearance seems odd, then downright freaky as brightly coloured people start to appear in the streets of America. Lupo has discovered how,to create the perfect virus - one the human immune system cannot detect, nor defend against. Initially novel, the possibilities become increasingly disturbing as biochemical warfare-grade viru
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller, Suspense Readers who enjoy an entertaining read.
Recommended to Eileen by: NetGalley
****.5 Rating 4.5
The Rainbow Virus, a fast paced thriller incorporating bioterrorism, strong characters, double crossing, off the radar laboratories, FBI and Army with a developing romance and humor what more can you ask for.
Dennis Meredith keeps the pace and suspense dipping and growing until it reaches the climax. Just when you think you have a handle on who is who and who and who are the “baddies” it takes another turn and you are suspecting the good guys.
FBI Agent, Bob Loudon a man
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
FBI Special Agent Bobby Loudon is called in to investigate the disappearance of Arthur Lupo, a scientist at a biotech company. Loudon is (as so many protagonists are) on the wrong side of management, and has been posted to a field office in Temecula as punishment for crossing the Assistant Director in Charge (ADC) of the Los Angeles office. However, it is ADC Bowers himself who calls with the assignment for Loudon, and while suspicious of Bowers' motives, Loudon begins to search for the missing ...more
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
I recieved this novel from NetGalley.

This novel is well written, fast-paced and incorporated science without it becoming boring or too invovled within the scientific words and processes. The characters are likeable and relateable, they feel like real people whom the reader grows attached to, early on in the novel. As relationships grow within the novel, the reader wants them to do well, wants things to work out and that on its own allows the reader to be drawn into the novel, let alone without t
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A rogue scientist, secret military operations and viral vectors all conspire to make the new sci-fi detective thriller The Rainbow Virus a breathless ride. It's written by Dennis Meredith, well-known nationally for his real-world science writing. At the heart of the book is a terror plot by a mad scientist to infect the U.S. population--first with harmless but disruptive rainbow skin colors and next with a deadly agent. The story is close enough to recent scientific breakthroughs to give pause a ...more
Carol Scherer
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Rainbow Virus by Dennis Meredith is an action packed, exciting story that begins with a handful of people whose skin has suddenly turned a vivid red, blue, green or yellow color. The CDC and FBI are called in to investigate the cause of this along with the possibility of a infectious bioterrorism link. The plot thickens with the discovery of the sudden disappearence of a biologist with a connection to color pigment and bioterrorism experiments. The risk of bioterrorism escalates when this sk ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: allllll-mine, 2013
Ugh. I really wanted to like this book. The idea of an FBI agent investigating the sudden appearance of random people in colours normally not found on people sounded like something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, as the story progressed I liked it less and less.

Was really confused about how Shinohara was described as coffee-coloured about 50 million times (Japanese/Irish? I'M THAT and definitely light) the explanation in the last 50 or so pages that the Irish is "black irish" was a little late fo
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loudon, a disgraced FBI agent, and Shinohara, a CDC agent, are tracking Lupo, a brilliant scientist/sociopath who figured out how to disguise viruses from the human immune system. Lupo’s viruses initially turn people different colors, red and blue and green. He quickly gets more creative and turns everyone in Denver colors from the entire palette which sends the news commentators to their decorators for descriptions. There are others chasing Lupo but the story also focuses on the romance between ...more
Amanda Barbee
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Rainbow VIRUS by Dennis Meredith is a tale that delves into the world of bioterrorism in ways that are not commonly fond in the art of words, Dennis finds a way to keep you interested and constantly thinking.

I usually know what's going to happen in a book kind of early on but this story is riveting and constantly changing. With so many characters there are too many to profile but suffice it to say they are all extremely well developed. The romance between Robert Loudon and Kathleen Shinohar
the thing is, the science of the plot is actually okay. i mean, i kept reading. (then again, anything involving the CDC is a good way to catch my attention.) and the writing wasn't horrible.

but the characterization! oh MY HEAVENS. if i read that simohara had a nice body one more time, or commentary on how people want sex or walter was just wandering around, i was going to throw my kindle across the room. and his attempt at having a non-monochrome cast just showed how weak his writing is.

so. ba
Jessica Mitchell
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can bio-terrorism do to you? As you read this sci-fi story, you will find out.
What started off as a thought to be a accident caused by allergies or food and water. Turns out more than what they thought it could ever be. A scientist Arthur Lupo has gone off the deep end with his tests and decides that what better why to get his message out, by using the US population as his guinea pigs. Now all the government is scrambling around trying to catch him before he unleashes a torrent of bio hazar
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Rainbow Virus

I have to say this book was not what I expected it to be. Going by the name I thought it would be pretty hokey, but it was actually a great read. It had a lot of plot twists and turns that kept you guessing, as well great action to keep you on your toes. I really enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to look for some more from this author. Fantastic read.

When a scientist is determined to get revenge, he starts experimenting with viruses that change people's skin into extrao
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
In Rainbow Virus, a brilliant scientist has begun infecting people with a virus that turns people various rainbow colors. The CDC scientist and the FBI agent work together to track him down before he uses a much deadlier virus that could wipe out the human population. At one point, Denver's population is infected. As people change color, the author shows us the ironic twist of "being colored" having a whole new meaning. The characters were well-done and the plot kept me wanting to find out what ...more
Timothy Hilgenberg
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rainbow Virus is a great read, one that will have your gripped from the first page. The story of a bio-terrorist who turns people's skin into a variety of different colours, pursued by a disgruntled FBI detective and a duo of scientists working for the centre of disease control. The twists and turns of the story reveal internecine fighting between agencies, a dash of romance and history between people that make the characters more realistic. The blurb says it well, but in a way undresells this p ...more
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Dennis Meredith brings to his novels an expertise in science from his career as a science communicator at some of the country's leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at all the nation's major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has written well over a thousand news releases and m ...more

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