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Lost Immunity: A Thriller

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In this explosive new thriller from international bestselling author Daniel Kalla, an experimental vaccine is deployed to battle a lethal outbreak—until patients start dying of unknown causes.

An ordinary day
The city of Seattle is stunned when a deadly bacteria tears through a nearby Bible camp. Early tests reveal the illness is a form of meningitis, and the camp’s res
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Expected publication: May 4th 2021
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Carolyn Walsh
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wish to extend thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster, Canada, for the ARC of this intense medical thriller by Daniel Kalla. The author is an ER physician in Vancouver, BC., who writes novels with medical themes based on sound scientific knowledge and research. I have been informed by and enjoyed Kalla's previous works and was happy to receive his latest book. There seems to presently be a scarcity of medical thrillers, a genre that is among my favourite. Kalla's novels are always believable ...more
Toni Osborne
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Kalla is an emergency doctor in downtown Vancouver B.C and the author of many medically themed novels. In his latest he writes about modern pandemic.

What a thrilling read.

“Lost Immunity” brings us to Seattle during an outbreak of meningitis that started nearby a Bible camp. The most vulnerable victims are children and teenagers. The chief public office, Dry Dryer and her team quickly take the necessary measure to contain the outbreak....An epidemic is in the making... an experimental vacc
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Devon
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Last High” was one of my favourite reads in 2020, so I was very excited to see Daniel Kalla was releasing another novel again so soon. Kalla is such a talented writer and his obvious (but still readable and understandable-which for some authors is not the case) medical knowledge and descriptions are really what sets his novels apart. It is undeniable that he brings a unique voice in the thriller/suspense genre.
What I liked most about this novel is that it brings up current medical issues (
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Carol
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book takes place after the Covid 19 pandemic is over and, even though I realize this is fiction, I was pretty happy that masks don't seem to be worn as a matter of course. Unfortunately now the City of Seattle is enduring an outbreak of a fast-acting and deadly strain of meningitis, and the only hope is a newly-developed vaccine that hasn't gone through all stages of testing yet. I was totally immersed in the story from the beginning and was quite impressed with how the author handled the v ...more
Ann
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Kalla has done it again. His ability to author books that educate and entertain is unsurpassed!
Lost Immunity tackles the contentious debate of benefits versus risks of vaccination. Meningitis has been a scary threat for young people and a looming concern for their parents for decades. At a time when our lives are so consumed with Covid 19, it is a refreshing break to read a medical story that is focused on an epidemic other than Covid.
Be prepared to read it cover to cover in a short per
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Kim
Feb 07, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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from CBC's Books Email; 58 Canadian works of fiction coming out in spring 2021 ...... "In the novel Lost Immunity, a dangerous bacteria has caused local outbreaks around the world. When it hits Seattle, the local public health officer asks a pharmaceutical company working on the vaccine to release it to the city early. At first, the controversial plan works. But when people start dying from an even more terrible and more mysterious illness, the vaccine gets blamed. Can they figure out what's rea ...more
Jaclyn
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
You'd think that the last book I'd want to read while still in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic is one about the next big outbreak. But here's the wonderful appeal of genre fiction, and the reason I've been reading so much romance, mysteries and thrillers in the past year: you know how it's going to end. You won't know the specifics, and the best stories keep you on tenterhooks throughout, but you know that if you read a romance, the couple will end up together; if you read a mystery, the bad ...more
theliterateleprechaun
Daniel Kalla, a Vancouver ER doctor and author, tackles vaccine hesitancy in his newest novel, “Lost Immunity.”

Lisa Dyer, an epidemiologist and Seattle’s public health officer, has just been informed that there’s an outbreak of a deadly bacteria affecting children and teenagers. When she discovers that the initial victims have attended a nearby Bible camp, she races to take the steps necessary to contain the outbreak before there are more needless deaths. When it’s discovered that the bacteria
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Anna
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Publishers for a copy of "Lost Immunity: A Thriller" in exchange for my honest review.

As a reader of Dr. Kalla's books from the first one I have been a fan, especially for his attention to detail on all medical aspects of a book. This book was no exception as he presented both sides of vaccination programs - from people who truly believe and those who have vaccine hesitancy. As Dr. Kalla points out this book has never been more relevant than in today'
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla is a recommended medical thriller.

Lisa Dyer, Seattle’s chief public health officer, is suddenly facing a deadly outbreak of meningitis. The same strain broke out in Iceland six months earlier, with devastating losses. This outbreak explicitly emerged at a nearby camp and the virulent strain of bacteria is now infecting teens and children. Due to the Icelandic outbreak, a pharmaceutical company immediately began work on developing a vaccine and is currently commencin
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Toronto Bibliophile
Just finished reading LOST IMMUNITY by Daniel Kalla. Thank-you to Simon & Schuster Canada for my ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. Official publication date is today April 4th, 2021.

I was hooked by the "One vaccine, One hope, What could go wrong?", on the front cover. Felt very fitting for what is going on in the world these days. Just a warning ⚠️ that this may not be for everyone! Definitely read the synopsis before checking it out. That being said it was a 5 🌟 for me!

Post COVID-19 (W
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Shanannigans
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"One Vaccine, One hope. What Could Go Wrong?"

Hmmm, what could go wrong indeed?


Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla, is literally the first book I have read in one sitting in I can't even remember how long!

I'll give you the gist, before I go on with my rave.

Basically, a deadly strain of meningitis rips through a children's camp leaving few victims alive before spreading into other communities throughout the Seattle area. The bacteria is resistant to antibiotics and all existing vaccines.

Scary right? But
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Trisha
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first medical thriller I've ever read, and the first book by this author, and I must say, I'm sold on both.
The plot takes place in a post-covid world (lol what even is that?) and makes many references to how things were handled then.
There are so many incredible elements in this book. Dr Dyer is a complicated woman just trying to do the right thing. Her character gave me greater respect fo
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Jennifer
Received a free copy for honest review

When a deadly bacteria that resembles a form of meningitis starts killing children and teenagers in Seattle, Chief public health officer Lisa Dyer must contain the devastating outbreak. When testing is done it reveals it is the same strain that caused similar deaths in Iceland six months before. Lisa and her team must take drastic measures to ensure the safety of Seattle citizens. She decides to distribute a vaccine that was developed for the outbreak in Ice
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Ilona
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must for your “To Be Read” list. Sitting at the edge of your seat and keep turning those pages, you don’t want to put it down until you reach the end!
Seattle post Covid-19, a form of meningitis is following campers from a Bible camp home, contact tracing, antibiotics, but it is spreading fast. Chief Public Health Officer, Lisa Dyer, and her team do all they can to contain the outbreak, but the testing shows the meningitis strain is the same as the one that killed many in Iceland 6 months ago.
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Steph
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this author! He always sucks me in from the first chapter, it’s is always a race against the clock.

The book follows Dr. Dyer Seattle’s new Chief of Public Health as a epidemic hits. An epidemic that focuses on children. They start using a brand new vaccine but then their are bad side effects there. Throw in a antivaxxer story line and everyone is a suspect. This book ticks all the boxes for me. The writing is fantastic, the characters have depth and feel authentic. I read this in one sit
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Denise Kenny
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, I want to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster, Canada, for the ARC of this medical thriller by Daniel Kalla!

Absolutely one of my favorite reads! A page-turner that I could not put down. Very relevant to our current situation with the Covid-19 outbreak, and then some. This book was fabulous and I am looking forward to reading more by the same author.
Enid Wray
A nice quick read… perfect for those who enjoy a medical thriller… especially if you’ve not yet had your fill of pandemic literature.

Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing access to an early digital copy.
Chris devine
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Awesome book, it takes place after covid (so probably like 50 years in the future, stupid covid), and focuses on a new outbreak of meningitis and how the anti-vaxxers are a bunch of idiots. Good times!

I won this from a goodreads giveaway.
Ash
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the last decade, Daniel Kalla has been one of my very favourite authors so obviously I was thrilled to read an early copy of Lost Immunity! I was not disappointed.

A devastating strain of meningitis has hit Seattle and it's killing children incredibly fast. Dr. Lisa Dyer has recently taken over the role of Chief Public Health Officer and she must find a way to stop the spread of this illness and save these kids.

An excellent medical thriller - Lost Immunity hits home for me as I am both a mot
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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
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