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The Anthrax Protocol

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  37 reviews
It Kills Slowly…

In an excavation site in Mexico, a team of archeologists uncovers the lost tomb of Montezuma--and a deadly strain of anthrax as ancient as the Biblical plagues. One by one, the team falls violently ill, bleeding from their eyes and ears before succumbing to a slow, painful death. Whatever was buried with the Aztec chief is still active, infectious--and now
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Pinnacle
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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There are a group of archaeologists who are down in Tlateloco who have found Montezuma's tomb, unfortunately for them, they have also found the curse of Montezuma (or so they say) in a rare or old form of Anthrax.


The Mexican government calls in the CDC so they can try to figure out what is going on after all of the Americans and some of the Mexican workers die a horrible death!

The CDC shows up with Mason Williams heading up the team and they also bring Dr.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books, 2016-reads
My wife and I read the book parallel and we discussed several aspects.

The first part was an excellent mix of information and entertainment.
I rate the first part of the book with five stars.

The second part of the book was a big disappointment. A superfluous love story and solutions like miracles dropped the reading pleasure a lot. It seemed the author used a kind of construction kit consisting if known parts from similar books/films.
I rate the second part with two stars.

As it is not possible to
Ruthie Jones
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
An ancient strain of Anthrax unleashed on the world is scary enough, but crazy characters wanting to exploit it for their own so-called patriotism and greed take it to an even more terrifying level.

The Anthrax Protocol's overall plot is chilling, with a large cast of characters (good guys, bad guys, and a whole lot of innocent bystanders), but the writing is sometimes choppy. Fortunately, just before the halfway mark, all hell breaks loose. The pace picks up speed, and the antagonism spreads as
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 stars.

Huge thanks to James Thompson, Kensington Books and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

A deadly plague, a team of people from the CDC, an evil General, a band of mercenaries and a trek through the jungle, just what you need on a cold day to help you decide not to go to the jungle just in case you get anthrax!

I enjoyed the action and science of the book, solving the mystery and trying to find a cure, well rounded characters and a good story.

A couple of members of the
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok

I wanted to like this book a good deal more than I did. I love medical thrillers, and I loved the idea of archaeologists uncovering an ancient plague.

Honestly, it would be much better as a film. Someone in Hollywood ought to look at turning it into a screenplay. It's got a lot of good visuals.

Unfortunately, I didn't find the writing compelling, and beyond the medical and archaeological stuff, a lot of the details and characters didn't come across as believable. A plague of the proportions
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jun 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book. Got it as a free book from Kobo and this is any indication will not buy a book from this author. It was campy, with sex and romance thrown in for good measure. Although the name of all the medical and biological tests as well as the instrumentation were correct, it did not explain or "teach" anything or enlightened any one. Unfortunately it was a miss for me.
Joel Wong
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
It has many disappointing moments where the writing simply collapses and the story is patchy
Edward Ingram
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book kept me spellbound. I loved the unique plot twist. It's very well written. I do not hesitate to recommend it.
I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I'm always up for a good mystery/thriller, but this one had me scratching my head (more because of the writing rather than the content).

My biggest complaint is all the vast tracts of information dumped on us in huge portions. It comes across like the author is telling the reader 'hey, look at all this scientific mumbo-jumbo, ain't I smart?' Most of the time almost all this information is completely superfluous to the story, and
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
Received via NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an completely unbiased review.
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Lauren is woken in the middle of the night to a phone call from her mentor and friend who is dying of mysterious causes. While opening a tomb in Mexico the team contracted a horrific illness with a one hundred percent mortality rate. He urges her to contact the authorities and to never come to Mexico where she will meet certain death. However, Lauren is no wilting flower and
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
When it was good, it was very, very good.

It's something of a three for one here, Hot Zone meets Sgt. Rock meets any rom-com starring Meg Ryan. Oh, I left out the archaeological setting, deep in the jungles of Mexico where the long lost tomb of Montezuma has been opened, to catastrophic effect. There's also a conspiracy that reaches up to the highest levels of government and the military complex. If all this sounds like a romp, go for it.

I'm thinking this would make a popular movie, not because
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, thrillers, giveaways
Won this book through a GoodReads give away by the author and So far have found this a very detailed and interesting story.

Have mixed feelings about this book. As someone else pointed out this book has two halves. When I started reading it Andromeda Strain came to mind; moving quickly, fast paced sequence of events, unexpected turns and detailed reactions to contain/stop. Have to admit I really enjoyed it. The second half, while necessary to wrap up the story and provide
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

I won't go into the summary of the book, as it has been sufficiently described in many other reviews. Considering what has gone on with the Ebola scare and now the Zika Virus, this was a great read to understand what can actually happen under such horrific circumstances.

There's a lot of scientific jargon, which I had to gloss over, but the plot is really very exciting and how the plague spreads so quickly is downright scary. That part of the book was
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Please note: I received this book as part of the Goodreads giveaway program. Thompson takes the reader into the interesting world of an archaeological dig in Mexico that has inadvertently unleashed an unknown form of anthrax that has wiped out all the people at the dig. The CDC "Wildfire Team" led by Dr. Mason Williams must work together with Dr. Lauren Sullivan, a colleague of the archeologist who led the dig, to find out what has caused the deaths and to stop the anthrax from becoming the next ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
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During an excavation site in Mexico, archaeologists finds the lost tomb of Montezuma which sets out a deadly anthrax which kills off the team slowly and painfully. Now whatever was buried with the king is airbourne and seeking revenge.

A young archaeologist finds herself at the site to identify her mentor’s body and his warning to quarantine the site before things get worse as she is also accompanied by a CDC doctor to investigate the situation. Not known to
Jan 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own, goodreads, dnf
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads/ the author for an honest review.* Unfortunately, I could not get into this book. The writing is very good and very detailed. It was just a lot to take in. I feel like so much was going on especially with all the characters that there were. I know that sounds weird because the book is basically about chaos. But I just couldn't get into it. From the beginning I could tell I wasn't going to. But me being an avid reader I did give it a fair shot for ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review, which I am happy to provide. I have always been fascinated with the medical thrillers genre and so I was super happy when I got this book and it had my undivided attention right from the beginning. It had plenty of suspense, drama and action, likable and complex characters, awesome bad guys, and a race against time to find a cure. There even was a little time for a budding and believable romance, while being chased through the jungle. I ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The world of epidemiology fascinates me, and I love reading about viral and bacterial outbreaks. The Anthrax Protocol was not an exception! When a team of archaeologists die after unsealing Montezuma's tomb (the doomed Aztec emperor), they swiftly succumb to a plague unlike anything seen in modern times. It is up to a team of scientists from the CDC to isolate the cause of the outbreak and develop a cure before the pathogen breaks through the quarantine. This novel was fast paced and steady. ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NeyGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book started out brilliantly and for thr most part, continued that way. The story was gripping and the characters were well written. But at times the unnecessary repetition was so irritating. Yes it was already mentioned several times that two characters are attracted to each other, no need to mention it everytime they talk to each other. Also,a character hasnt been mentioned in two or three pages so lets
Amy Madill
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this as a giveaway on Goodreads from Kensington Books and I did end up enjoying it. After a slow start (and many, MANY character introductions and descriptions), the plot picked up and started to intrigue me. You definitely need a bit of microbiology and pathology understanding to appreciate this read as it is largely based on an unknown pathogen, its release, and its eventual spread. I found a few parts to be far-fetched or corny. The Anthrax Protocol would not top my recommendation ...more
Magdalene Kruse
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Other than a few spots of super awkward dialogue that would NEVER happen between scientists this was a good read. I have spent a decent amount of time in a lab so the weirdness of the way they were talking bothered me more than it probably would most people. Still like the book though. Interesting premise and in a genre I don't read very often. Quick & easy read that pulled you along because the plot was fast paced and stayed interesting!
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of The Anthrax Protocol via Goodreads giveaway.

Archaeologists open an ancient Aztec tomb, a virulent as anything strain of anthrax is released, lots of people die, a military officer wants samples of the disease agent to use as a weapon.

Lots of exposition, some interesting characters. It's not bad, but you won't remember reading it a year from now.

Gaming utility: Some. The scenario is useful idea fodder.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a goodreads giveaway winner

Overall I really enjoyed the book. It was exciting, interesting characters, and you were invested in the outcome by the end. At times I did find the writing slightly choppy and some of the details repetitive (backgrounds being explained more times than necessary, full names being used everytime a character was gone for a bit, etc), but still a very enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend to others.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads.
I started it last night about 11pm and finished it this evening at 8pm. It was one of those books you could barely put down.
It has lots of action, a lot of blood ( my husband won't like that) and some romance. Also spies, the jungle, ugly politicians and the CDC. You'll love it!
A great read.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love a good biological apocalypse kind of story! This one focuses on a rare hemorrhagic disease set lose by Montezuma's tomb being found and opened by archaeologists. At times, the text is bogged down by details that could have been cut, but overall it is a good thriller.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
A surprisingly quick read. Witty banter, mostly believable characters, completely improbable situations, red herrings, ego-maniacal bad guys and a little bit of romance to round it all off. Not too bad at all for a summer read if you don't mind the formulaic story telling.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Light and entertaining although macabre.

The back cover promises roaming gangs of sick and dying that never materialized.

Maybe not the best book to read on an airplane. Certainly won't be joining any archeological digs soon.

Thank you Goodreads First Reads for my free copy.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall I enjoyed the book. I could have done without the romance being so prominent but it was a fun dramatic read.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting tale with something for everyone...military subterfuge, government, a world health crisis and romance with even a bit of sex. ;)
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James M. Thompson was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Thompson practiced family medicine and surgery in Corpus Christi, Texas for 25 years, then retired in 1999 to write full-time. Now he splits his time between Rockport, Texas and North Waterford, Maine with wife, Terri, and their dogs, Captain MacTavish and ...more