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We All Fall Down

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Not since Pandemic have we seen a thriller like this from bestselling author Daniel Kalla: The plague has hit Italy. Can Dr. Alana Vaughn find the source in time to save the world?

No person is left unscathed, no family untouched. Death grows insatiable.

Alana Vaughn, an infectious diseases expert with NATO, is urgently summoned to Genoa by an ex-lover to examine a criticall
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Simon Schuster
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Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
I wish to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for this ARC in return for an honest review. I was not aware of any current medical mysteries, a category I used to enjoy. The author, Daniel Kalla , is an emergency room doctor, who puts his medical and scientific knowledge, as well as research into the epidemiology of the Black Death into a convincing narrative.

The book was well written with believable and interesting characters. I sometimes felt a lack of connection with the prot
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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We All Fall Down is a suspenseful novel about a modern-day plague which closely resembles the Black Death which occurred 800 years ago. The author, Daniel Kalla MD, is an emergency room physician from Vancouver BC. Dr Alana Vaughn, a doctor with the NATO infectious diseases department arrives in Genoa, Italy to investigate the sudden critical illness of a woman who was working at a construction site where an ancient monastery had been demolished. The contagion soon claims several more victims, t ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 1348 the Black Death came to Genova, Italy. A young barber surgeon, Rafael Pasqua, documents the effects of the terrible plague on his community. The epidemic ravaged most of Europe and left its population decimated. It's not been seen again for hundreds of years.

Present day Genoa: A construction worker dies suddenly and had first exhibited the classic symptoms of bubonic plague. Is this Patient Zero in a new outbreak of this dreaded disease? Before long, the city is inundated with more cases
Toni Osborne
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“We All Fall Down” is a thought-provoking book which looks squarely at a cataclysm of unimaginable proportions. The Black Death has arrived in Italy and the story will tell us how people will react to the catastrophe. Will Dr. Alana Vaugh, an infectious diseases expert with NATO find the source in time to save the world?

Daniel Kalla who practices emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has once again written an absolutely riveting drama hard to put down. Very knowledgeable in t
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
We All Fall Down reads like a high-octane two part episode of an interchangeable average network television show.

We All Fall Down is told through multiple perspectives, the main character, Dr. Alana Vaughn, an 800-year-old diary, and the perpetrator of the release of the plague.

Dr. Vaughn is your standard capable female main character. She’s intelligent, physically capable, and sensual with a romantic past connection to another character. She isn’t fleshed out given much depth. Mind you, all the
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A woman is dying in an Italian hospital, coughing up blood, convulsing and barely conscious.
Dr Alana Vaughn, an expert from NATO, confirms ever
Randi Robinson
Dr Alana Vaughn, working with NATO, is summoned to Genoa, Italy by her former lover and WHO partner Nico to help him with what appears to be a case of bubonic plague. This is the disease that decimated Europe in the mid 1300s but now only produces a handful of cases each year primarily in Africa. This new outbreak of the disease quickly spreads and is unusual in the speed that symptoms develop and rapidly lead to death. Alana and Nico race to find the cause. Did the first patient bring it back f ...more
Alison Eden
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#WeAllFallDown #NetGalley Quite a different subject from the usual thrillers/crime dramas that I read and was a welcome change. The book is fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat wondering if Alana, Nico, Byron and company were going to be able to get to the bottom of who unleashed the plague and when or if they could get it under control. I am not usually a fan of two timelines, but this one really seemed to work with the plot and helped move the book along. I realise this is work of fict ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was well written with believable and interesting characters even though I couldn't honestly connect with the main characters of the book. The disease and it's causes and effects were described well but I was not a fan of the constant timeline jumps as it ended up confusing me. But I really liked the medical aspect of the book and how the scientists and doctors react to a dormant disease suddenly becoming active all over again and with them struggling to cope with the lack of vaccines av ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was another absolutely brilliant story by Daniel Kalla.

Dr. Alana Vaughn is brought to Genoa, Italy by a former flame to examine a critically ill patient of his. Alana is an infectious diseases expert with NATO. She is frightened by the discovery that the patient is suffering from the Black Death, in other words the plague. Alana wants to explore the possibility that this is an act of bio-terrori
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We All Fall Down

A fast paced dual time medical thriller set in Genoa Italy in both current time and during the Black Plague of the fourteen century. Heaps of action, accurate medical details and engaging characters all rolled into a rocket strapped plot make for the best medical thriller I have read in ages. While the present story line races off to stop the next pandemic, the historical section grounds the reader in the grim reality of the Black Plague in a sweet and sorrowful story of a barber
Paul Weiss
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
“… rats that are immune to plague but can still spread the goddamn Black Death.”

With authors like Tess Gerritsen and Michael Palmer being a pretty sure bet, the literary arena can be a pretty crowded venue for new authors looking to worm their way into the affections of lovers of the medical thriller genre. But, with no small amount of native pride, I can recommend Canadian author Dan Kalla as being worthy of a place of honour on your shelves.

Those who read medical thrillers regularly are only
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I love Daniel Kalla's style of writing, especially when dealing with medical issues/terms. He makes it clear and understandable without going on and on about boring things that will just clog up the story.

This book is thrilling. I love a good pandemic type story and this one does not disappoint. While we "sort of" know what is happening before the main characters do, its still intriguing as Kalla leaves a lot of unsolved issues and keeps them to the very end.

Although I had to read this slowly (t
Lisa Henderson-Farr
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

An eight hundred year old monastery in Genoa, Italy is being torn down to make way for more modern buildings. Vittoria Fornero is in charge of the construction site and isn't going to let anything slow down the project, including a monk that lived at the former monastery. Brother Silvio shows up at the site daily with a fold up chair and a black satchel and watches the progress of th
Jay Dwight
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A captivating thriller, and a very thought provoking "what if?" scenario.

Current day Italy and it seems the Black Plague has re-surfaced. The authorities are on a perplexing chase for the hows and whys, trying to contain the spread before it reaches cataclysmic proportions. Has it been transferred from Africa? Is it bio-terrorism. Does it have ties to the Plague that devastated Europe centuries ago in 1348?

ashley  lloyd spanton
Judging a Book by it's Cover - 2019-01-21
I've never read what is considered a "medical thriller", but a Canadian author who moonlights as an ER Physician (okay, he is an ER Physician who moonlights as an author) is pretty darn cool. His first book Pandemic, inspired by the SARS outbreak, also sounds pretty darn cool, I might have to go back and read that if this works out for me.

This was a well written and believable medical thriller. Kalla obviously draws on his own knowledge to build a
Peter Kralka
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good read. A middle ages plague surfaces in Genoa when a monastery is sold by the church and it's torn down. A race for WHO to find the source of the plague, to isolate those infected, trying to cure the infected and to try to contain it to a geographic area. A parallel recounting of a middle ages physician trying to treat the same plague in the same city.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy to read, hard to put down.
Switches from present to Middle Ages were very well done.
Thought provoking, very well written and I am sure this will not be the last book I’ve read from a Daniel Kalla.

J.L. Slipak
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you like books that depict a race against time, usage of science and medical investigations, suspenseful situations and a search for answers following clues, then this book is for you.

The enemy: Black Death, a plague from the past that wiped out millions in the past and now threatens to wipe out billions. The MC must race against time to find out if terrorism is responsible, or something else.

There were a few slow spots that ma
Kathleen Gray
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pneumonic plague. Bad, very very bad. And now it's back in modern Italy. Dr. Alana Vaughn finds herself trying to figure out what's happening- what set off this epidemic. Is it terrorism? Working with Byron, she must determine not only the cause but also how to stop it. Told from a variety of viewpoints- most notably through the diary entries of Rafael Pasqua, a barber surgeon who watched the Black Death spread in 1348- this is a very well constructed medical thriller. Kalla's background no doub ...more
Kathleen Freeman
A quick fast paced engaging story, where there was lots to learn. Glad I read it.
Carmen Wilson
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read, would highly recommend it!
Paige Turner
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. Kinda like a mix of the old Robin Cook and Michael Crichton.
Deonna Osborn
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The book was well-written, though definitely not my cup of tea. It was tough to engage me into the pages.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Kalla does it again. Very spell binding.
Mel Cart
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We All Fall Down is a fast and fabulous read from start to finish about The Black Plague. The book is set in current day and the ancient past of Genoa, Italy and told through the experiences of two doctors. I enjoyed both Dr. Alana Vaughn, todays doctor, and Rafael Pasqua, the doctor in the past, who were both dealing with the horrors The Black Plague. I felt that they were heros of their respective times. Throughout reading, I wondered if Dr. Kalla, an emergency room doctor himself, had been in ...more
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Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital.

The idea for his first medical thriller, PANDEMIC, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug addi