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Only Wrong Once

(FBI and CDC Medical Thriller #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  885 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A sinister experiment outside Aleppo.

Two deaths: one in LA, one in Boston, each with the same horrific symptoms.

A powerful ISIS leader chooses an American-born microbiologist from the University of Damascus and manipulates him into doing the unthinkable: weaponize a deadly virus and recruit American citizens to disperse the disease.

In Charlotte, a lonely banker desperate
Paperback, 1, 378 pages
Published September 30th 2017 by Greyt Companion Press (first published September 25th 2017)
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Jan 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a pity that the author’s alleged degree from Yale University wasn't in Literature. On what basis would anyone with a brain and a modicum of taste, talent and education consider this good writing? No wonder this book was offered for free.

Take a look at this excerpt from Chapter Two — and you be the judge:

“Holly smoothed her dress into place and picked up her spiked heels from the polished concrete floor of her office. She inspected the luxurious couch for any telltale stains and said, ‘Pleas
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Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only wrong once is a suspense thriller written about a very powerful ISIS leader plotting to kill innocent lives by hiring a microbiologist. He has this graduate to create a weapon, a virus, and to spread it across the American citizens.

FBI agent Quinn Traynor is adamant to stop his massacre from happening. With the help of Madeline Hamilton, he only has a few days to prevent this horrific incident from happening.

When I began reading this book, I felt that it just sounded too close to home. With
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-received
Rating: 4.5 stars

Upon reading the blurb for Only Wrong Once, I was reminded of a book that I read last year called Phage . While the story is different in many ways, there's the common thread of bio-terrorism.

Only Wrong Once feels relevant in today's society. Jenifer Ruff expertly weaves a tale of religious men corrupted by hate with the personal tales of  the story's characters.

It took a few chapters for the story to find its momentum, in my opinion, but when it did it certainly took off. Th
D.J. Adamson
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller offers so much more than a terrorist plot. It offers a very possible, chilling terrorist possibility. Engaging characters, this story is suspenseful and intriguing. Bioterrorism is relevant, realistic and scary in our world today. The possibilities of what human beings will do to human beings is terrifying. The story is told from several viewpoints. The value of this page-turner is that the viewpoints add to the terror, tension, and awaiting hope— all the way to its end.

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Mar 29, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dana Trumpower
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a scary concept! I wasn't sure in the beginning of the different story lines, but they came together well as the story unfolded. I like stories that go back and forth between story lines so you want to keep reading! ...more
Christine M.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This Couldn’t Really Happen, Could It?

Loved this book! Once you step into Jenifer Ruff’s conceptualized world centered on an international bioterrorism plot you will be captivated. ‘Only Wrong Once’ by Ruff is a gripping novel relevant for 2017 and beyond, a real eye opener without sensationalism. Quinn and Maddie’s race against time is told so well, you will ache for the innocent and want to warn the characters of impending danger. Ruff intricately explores the personal and professional relatio
Lillian Cummings
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you keep your promise this time? Quinn knows that things have been bad at home lately but his job will always come first and Holly can't understand. If only Quinn could let her know what is happening in the world then she would understand how important his job is at the FBI. Quinn is the assistant special agent in charge of counterterrorism for LA and a new threat is about to change everything. Somewhere in Syria a scientist is about to release a virus that could kill millions and it has jus ...more
Joao Nogueira
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2020
A very effective thriller about a possible biochemical terrorist attack on the United States (I won't giveaway anything of the plot, it's better to discover it as long as you read!) and the join efforts of a FBI special agent and a CDC virologist with a common past... This innovative approach between all the police/detective work of the FBI and the scientific/medical method of the CDC really works and makes this a great read, quickly grabbing your attention and leaving the reader on the edge! (T ...more
Julie Howard
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Wow, this book kept me up until the the early hours of the morning because I wanted to hear what happened next, although with a plot line like this is might also have been because of nightmares. In today's world it is a scary thought that something like this could actually happen. Full marks for a great plot line I just hope a terrorist doesn't read it. I liked the characters and the way it jumped from each character so you didn't just have the perspective of the lead agent, you also got to know ...more
Marbea Logan
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful thrilling intriguing and very eye opening information about government agencies. Bio Terror is real, in today's society dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic gives us a little insight on the origin of steps taken in the process of stopping the disease from spreading much worse. The story has many enlightening elements, and the author made sure to throw in some relationship drama so reading wouldn't be a bore with too many acronyms and redundant speeches on Muslim and Terrorism. These are ...more
Only Wrong Once - a review by Rosemary Kenny

But being wrong that once could mean the end of civilization as we know it, as Jenifer Ruff's Suspense Thriller series intro soon reveals, in Only Wrong Once.
When CDC agent, Madeline Hamilton makes an urgent call to Los Angeles, FBI counterterrorism agent Quinn Traynor, it's to reveal finding two victims of a Syrian bio-terrorist's attack -  precursor to the subsequent release of an unstoppable, undetectable deadly virus, that if released will decimate
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent read that tackles the heavy subject matter of bioterrorism. Ruff is brilliant in her execution of a believable and terrifying plot that begins in war torn Syria and ends in the United States.

At the heart of the story are Kareem and Amin, two Muslim Americans who are cousins. Kareem is a bright young scientist with a promising career ahead of him. However, instead, he uses his skills for evil. Kareem tries to radicalize his unsuspecting and innocent cousin, Amin, a naive ban
Janice Spina
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only Wrong Once is a frightening thriller that hits home now that we are in the midst of a Pandemic with Covid-19! The characters are real and interesting while the storyline is gripping in detail and substance.

When FBI counterterrorism agent Quinn Traynor receives an urgent call from CDC agent, Madeline Hamilton, they both take on this case and do all they can to protect and defend their country and its citizens from harm. A bio-terror attack is responsible for taking the lives of people in dif
Rachael Ashak-Benson
Overall good read!

Overall, the 2 books are worth the read within the genre.
Though, if you are looking for “world ending,” apocalyptic stuff - this isn’t your story.
But for an international medical mystery, which involves the CDC, the alphabet agencies, and the White House, it’s entertaining.
I will warn, however. There is no deep dive into virology, bioterrorism, or medicine. Nor the inner workings of the aforementioned agencies or offices. And certainly not firearms. It’s all those things “li
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC by the author and boy what a privilege. From the moment I read the first page I was captivated. I think what drew me in the most were the characters. Well written, complex characters are a difficult thing for writers to master, but Ms. Ruff manages to do so quite eloquently. Bioterrorism is something that chills me to the bone, and this author captures the intensity of such a plot with skill. I was impressed at the research that must have gone into writing a story this in dept ...more
Nicole C. Ayers
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Only Wrong Once let me mine through lots of controversial issues—a troubled marriage, loneliness, intolerance, immigration, refugees, terrorism—with characters that are easy to find empathy for. And I got to explore the ideas of the “what-ifs,” and how every decision I make can have repercussions I’ll never even know about. I witnessed the high stakes stress of the unsung law enforcement heroes who silently keep us safe, as well as the lonely individuals who are excluded from society and groomed ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entirely too real

Never mind horror novels. Do you want a terrifying and very plausible story that will keep you glued to the plot from the first chapter?

Simple version: terrorist creates a bioweapon using human vectors to spread it, and unleashes it on both coasts of the U.S. The FBI and CDC are put to the test in the worst ways, and the plot just get more intense from there.

I am a fiend for character development and this author deliver a collection that makes me think she has a real talent othe
Gene Ballantyne
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
But right this time

I am always ready for a good medical thriller and especially one where a mysterious illness threatens widespread mayhem. Building tension and then maintaining it is a subtle art that this author handles very well. You also have to know a lot about the subject matter to maintain credibility and again the author has done her homework. I enjoyed the story, believed the characters and was sorry to see it end. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Allison Maruska
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Only Wrong Once is a "what if" story. What if a scientist engineered a deadly virus? What if he brought it to America? Ruff expertly tells the story from multiple points of view, including an FBI agent, his wife, and the bioterrorist himself, but the perspective I enjoyed most was Amin's, the bioterrorist's cousin. He provided an insight into Muslim life we don't often see in creative works.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frighteningly realistic and encouraging read. Like the author’s style and rhythm. Well explained and better than most I’ve read in this genre. Recommended for those who like terror, Halloween 🎃, and not sleeping fo awhile after a good read. 😲

Lots of info on Islam. Than necessary — we’ve heard it all before and, personally, I’m getting very tired of the current need for authors to indoctrinate America using that tool for this theme.
Nancy Stover
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Ruff never fails to write medical thrillers, that pull you in from page one and never let go.
Only Wrong Once -CDC agent Madeline Hamilton calls FBI counter terrorism agent Quinn Traynor after a Syrian terrorist attack.
The story is told from multiple view points - Quinn, Madeline, as the bioterrorist.
With the covid-19 pandemic going on, it really hits home and makes you wonder if it could happen in the US.
Blair H. Prigg
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a compelling story. This well-written book could actually happen in today's world. Unfortunately, it is not difficult to picture it happening in today's world. I would definitely classify this book as a thriller. The characters seemed so real. I found it almost impossible to stop reading. The author deserves five stars plus.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read! It is rather scary how things could go if we didn’t have people protecting our six. I at first thought she started introducing too many characters as the book started, but it wasn’t as bad as Clancy. Things started to take shape and move along. I didn’t think she needed to add that flash back (filler). Overall a good book and an author I will read more of.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audible:This was a good book.I found it full of excitement and couldn't wait to finish it to see what happened! Steve Rausch was a fine narrator. I am not sure if I purchased this one or if it was given to me for an honest review...but here is the blurb,just in case. 'I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.' ...more
Shari Todd
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eerily current for being written in 2017

A fast-paced page turner that's eerily current reading right now in 2020 during our COVID-19 virus social distancing and isolation. Highly recommended reading for anyone who enjoys medical thrillers and exciting plot lines involving interesting and believable characters. Good book!
Jacob Peled
Great book. I was reading it during the Covid-19 Virus spread in the world, which makes that fiction book , not so fiction. It is my 1st book from Jenifer Roff and I am already hooked, starting the 2nd book from that series.
I loved the detailed description. It is a very fast moving story. No side stories. Page turner. No wander it has such a high rating.
Abigail Moreno
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating from the very first paragraph.

This was an excellent read! Very well written and extremely captivating. I stumbled across it while looking for new things to read that I don't feel bored with and I'm so glad I found this book. I finished it in like a day and a half because I had to keep going to see what was going to happen next. I can't wait to start the next book!
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Timely topic in many ways as it would not be a stretch to imagine our current situation stemming from a directed terrorist effort of this type. I found the beginning of the story somewhat cumbersome and almost decided not to continue. I am however pleased I stuck with the story as I became very engaged and overall found the book a very worthwhile read. 4 stars
May 05, 2021 rated it liked it
I thought the premise of the book was very current and potentially strong, unfortunately the actuality didn’t live up to that. The characters were superficial and lacked any oomph. The plot was good, but there were issues of continuity in my opinion. This book would merit a reworking to add increased depth of character and fleshing out of the story.
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USA Today Bestselling author Jenifer Ruff writes dark and twisty mystery and thrillers in three series: the Agent Victoria Heslin Series, the Brooke Walton Series, and the FBI & CDC Thriller series. Her novels showcase contemporary issues and bring complicated characters to life. An avid fitness enthusiast and hiker, Jenifer lives in Charlotte, NC with her family and a pack of greyhounds. Sign up ...more

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“Extremists believe they’re doing the will of Allah and if they do their part they will be rewarded with a lifetime in paradise. Recruits are conditioned and brainwashed to believe this. Unfortunately, ISIS is extremely successful in this regard. They’re a powerful recruiting machine. They spend millions on propaganda, very effective propaganda, and it’s all over the internet.” 0 likes
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