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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,501 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
If you breathe...It will find you.

The list of 10,000 names was created for maximum devastation. Business leaders, housewives, politicians, celebrities, janitors, children. None of them is aware of what is about to happen--but all will be part of the most frightening brand of warfare the world has ever known.

The germ--an advanced form of the Ebola virus--has been geneticall
Paperback, 570 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published October 1st 2006)
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Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was extremely disappointing. I picked up this book expecting a bioterrorism sort of book, which is definitely not what I got. This book is very Hollywood with constant over the top action scenes constantly littering almost every page. Now I love action books and movies more than most so it says a lot when I felt it was too much and honestly I got bored with it. The tagline for this book is "If you breathe it will find you" the problem is you have to read almost 400 pages to actually re ...more
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Germ far outdid my expectations. I was expecting a decent read with less-then-adequate dialogue, stereotypical characters, and the like. Instead, I stumbled upon a book (it was a Christmas present) that was one the best thrillers I have ever read. I greatly admired the author's lack of hesitation in killing off characters (something that I find irritatedly lacking in the style of most thriller writers), snappy well written dialogue (this novel is outstanding in the thriller genre because of that ...more
Mitchel Broussard
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
If you really really really want to read this book, you may consider some of the following spoilers. But i really dont think anything in this book could surprise a 9 year old, just warning.

This is one of those cases where the description of the book really fools you, and not really in a good way. I was expecting a plot about some mad scientist killing MILLIONS of people with his crazy Ebola virus, with some medical terminology maybe and crazy gore descriptions. What i got was some weird attemp
Keiki Hendrix
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If you breathe, it will find you".

Robert Liparulo's sophomore novel "Germ" grabs your attention from Chapter One. The non-stop action begins by a statement of facts regarding Dr. Robert Guthrie, a microbiologist, and his development of the Guthrie Test, a medical test performed on newborn infants to detect an inborn error of amino acid metabolism.

Deduction is made of how such technology, in association with gene splicing and in the wrong hands, could selectively target and attack a particular D
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
When I came across Germ by Robert Liparulo, I was initially excited to see it featured the Ebola virus used in germ warfare. That premise alone made me anxious to read it. Once the concept that the virus was modified, encoded, to attack the specific DNA of individuals was introduced in the "Facts" section at the beginning of the novel, I was hooked. In Germ, special agent Julia Matheson must figure out what is happening and why she and Dr. Allen Parker are being targeted by assassins before the ...more
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book and I picked it up because of the cover. I have a knack for judging a book by its cover and this was one of those. I also was drawn to this one because one of the tag lines was "if you breathe, it will find you." This alone made me want to read more. A scientific genius was able to mutate even the simplest common cold virus to be a killer if it could match to your DNA. The method of obtaining the DNA was to use the cards created as an infant to run basic tests to make su ...more
Sep 09, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book just plain out SUCKS. The writing is at BEST sophmoric and at the least just plain out MORONIC. And I'm not just saying this because I just finished reading all of the Harry Potter books in a row (books one to seven in less than a month, baby, giggity.) I bought this book under the pretense that there would be some sort of horrific description of viral hemhorragic fever (biohazard level 4- a.k.a. Ebola Hemhorragic Fever.) I was expecting horrific and scientific diabtribes about the dis ...more
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine an airborne strain of the Ebola virus that targets only the people who has the DNA strands encoded within it. No one is safe, and if you breathe, it will find you. To prove it, the germ's creator targets ten thousand victims: politicians, housewives, children. Only three people can possibly stop it: a pastor, a doctor and a federal agent... if they survive long enough.

'Germ' is the first Robert Liparulo novel I've read. I must say that until now, my favourite Christian action author has
Dec 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, although the description of the book is a bit misleading, that being one of the main reasons I only gave it 3 stars. Quick paced plot and very detailed writing kept my attention but I kept hoping for more chapters from the point of view of the virus victims as opposed to the point of view of a federal agent on the case. We got one interesting chapter told by a reporter who was mysteriously emailed the list of targets for the "Germ", I was assuming that would be t ...more
Karen ⊰✿
This is a pretty familiar concept in that we have bio warfare where the 'germ' has been engineered to target particular people (naturally including the US President's family). There is quite a bit of action and the author isn't afraid to kill characters, but I was never really drawn into the story the way I have been with similar storylines in other books such as I Am Pilgrim. So, not a bad read, just not a great one.
Sep 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit different from the sort of books I usually read, but I thought a good thriller about a bio-germ set to take out 10,000 people based on their DNA sounded kinda good, and I did get hooked and enjoy the read. Lots of short chapters, bouncing between characters. I had a hard time putting it down.
Kim Harper
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it. it sucks you in. if you like: medical, thriller, law and order meets csi meets house drama you'll like this. I couldn't put it down there was so much going on. I could see this book becoming an action/medial thriller movie some day.
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, a fanatastic thriller by the new author, Robert Liparulo. This one really holds your interest throughout. I got goose bumps a few times in this one. Liparulo is an outstanding new author of thrillers. Three books in publication
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good thriller about a CDC agent who happens upon a plot to destroy the world using a manmade Ebola Virus. It was a very exciting book, full of really quirky twists and turns and a really tricky ending. Very enjoyable.
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was soooooo good!! The twists in it had me guessing, and had just enough detail about the advanced Ebola germ to keep me interested without making me sick. Fantastic book - gotta check out Liparulo's other work now.
Oct 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I really liked this one. It is about designer germs and how they can be created and spread without anyone knowing or being able to stop them. I loved the suspense, the mystery and the adventure. It reminded me of some Crichton books as well as being reminiscent of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Nike Chillemi
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-medical
Starts w/a grusome death scene due to deliberate infection with a deadly germ. Villian is gleeful. Then goes to a wild chase scene.

So, far one of the best thrillers I've ever read.
Kristen Black
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely fast-paced novel about biological warfare
Mar 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book ever written. The action NEVER STOPS. The plot is unbelievably good, and you will never ever be able to put it down till the end. READ IT.
Tom Mueller
Man-made Ebola, engineered to target specific DNA. FBI, and CDC come to play important parts.
Aug 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Good book, lots of action. I was entertained!
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like a thriller, you need to read this book. Its a long book, but I can't put it down!!!
Kept me reading well into the night.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When federal security officers intercept a man trying to meet the director of the CDC, they unknowingly become entangled in a chase by two opposing entities trying to retrieve that man, and those entities will it hesitate to use deadly force to get him back, dead or alive. The agents discover the man has video of a man dying of an Ebola like infection, a laboratory that might be cultivating the lethal virus, and a list of 10,000 names. Trying to stay alive long enough to find the connection, not ...more
Matthew H
Germ is the story of Julia an FBI agent and brothers Stephen a pastor and Allen a prestigious doctor, a preacher and a doctor. During a simple rendezvous with an informant Julia’s partner and husband gets brutally killed and the only thing that can lead her to the killer is a memory card left by the now missing informant which leads her to unravel a plot that would completely rewrite the book on how to assassinate people. Originally Robert Liparulo’s goal of writing the book was to make a biote ...more
Kimberly Shields
I picked up this book curious about how Ebola would be depicted before the outbreak in late 2013. Unfortunately, the virus was a minor detail in the book and what was presented wasn't particularly noteworthy or accurate.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this. I picked it up off the shelf on a whim, read the description and thought it'd be great. Maybe like a more intense "Outbreak".

What I got was nothing like that. The main protagonists were, basically, lame. The antagonists had more backstory and meat on their bones than anyone else, and they were lacking in story time that would've made the book worth the time it took to read.

I rarely say that I won't at least give a book another try, but I won't this one. The description was
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller lovers; people who aren't thrown by knowing what the danger is
This is the second book that I've read from Robert Liparulo. While they got better and "speedier" towards the end, the flow throughout just seemed to be a little bit flat.

This book started with a medical scene. Then one of the characters appeared in the next scene where the character and a Federal official were being chased by some hired gun. The Fed and the character were found in a bar by the hired gun a state or two away; Julie, the Fed's partner, eventually found the town, but was to late to
Katie Kenig
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
It was the cover of this book that grabbed me, as I wandered through the stacks at a newly built library in a nearby town. I'm a sucker for great cover art, and this one grabbed me right away. Simple title, simple art, and intriguing concept: a mad - as in angry, in this particular case - scientist has created a deadly designer drug that can be programmed with DNA to assassinate anyone, anywhere. It can pick you out of a crowd. It can leap from person to person. It can cross continents as quickl ...more
Betty Ann
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I read 'Comes a Horseman' first and I remember liking it-- enough so to check out more books by Liparulo. But it's been awhile since then and I don't remember much from that book.

Germ was fun to read. I like this genre of adventure/thriller/mystery and I loved the idea of a designer virus: ebola. (Which I just heard on the news TODAY that there's an ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo) it was easy to get into this story and the good guys were like-able and had enough depth to be b
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Robert Liparulo's novels, Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall Deadlock, The 13th Tribe, and The Judgment Stone,have received rave reviews. His short story "Kill Zone" is included in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson. He is also the author of the best-selling young adult series DREAMHOUSE KINGS: House of Dark Shadows, Watcher in the Woods, Gatekeepers, Timescape, Whirlwind, and Frenzy. ...more
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