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Thrillers of any Kind > With Ebola in the news, would a thriller about it be of interest to readers?

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Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 121 comments When I published my novel in February, I had no idea that Ebola would be top news.
Here’s an excerpt from the biotech thriller novel, “The True Virus”, where doctors realize that they might have a patient with an Ebola infection.

["David, do you think we could be looking at a case of viral hemorrhagic fever?"
"I reviewed the notes you took on the patient's history. He hasn't traveled to any parts of the world where he could have contacted a causative agent. I also asked if he had been in contact with anyone showing similar symptoms to his own. He answered no. However, he did say that in his line of business, he comes in contact with people from all over the world."
"Let's hope that this isn't a viral hemorrhagic fever case. If it is, we are all at risk. I better have the lab draw whatever samples are necessary to send to the World Health Organizations laboratory for identification of a possible virus." Dr. Morrison hesitated as he thought of a possible epidemic before adding, "We all better be careful. I'm glad you've put him on strict isolation. I'll have to check and make a list of all personnel who had contact with him before isolation procedures were put into effect." Kevin pointed to himself as he said, "That list starts with me."
Dr. Rothwell lowered his head as he said, "Put me on that list also. I had numerous incidences where I had contact with the patient before we set up our isolation procedure."
"I will do that and also check out the nurses treating Mr. Colby. Let's hope it's not Ebola or a close relative or we're all in deep shit."

Outside Mark's room, Dr. Morrison gowned up as he put on gloves and a mask before entering. After entering the room, Kevin was taken back by what he saw. Mark was bleeding from the nose and mouth. There were black and blue marks all up and down his arms and legs. A unit of blood was hanging from the IV pole.
Just when Kevin was approaching Mark's bedside, the EKG monitor squealed loudly and Dr. Morrison saw a flat line glare across the monitor. He immediately picked up the phone and dialed the number for the hospital overhead speakers and shouted three times. "Code Blue, Room 110!"
Dr. Morrison instinctively and instantly started CPR compressions on Mark's chest. He was glad to see the crash team arrive and watched a respiratory tech put the mouth piece over Mark's face to start pumping oxygen into his lungs. With all the controlled chaos around Mark's bed, Kevin couldn't help but notice that most of the responders weren't wearing the protective gear for an isolation room. But this was an emergency situation and time was critical.
The EKG scopes still showed a straight line. Dr. Morrison knew Mark was dying as he shouted, "Get the pads and stand back." A nurse handed Kevin the shock pads and with everyone standing back, he placed them on Mark's chest as the nurse hit the switch. The EKG monitor still showed a straight line. He tried two more times, but still no response.
Kevin thought fast as he yelled out, "Get me an ampoule of Epinephrine and syringe for a heart stimulus." The trained nurse had what Kevin needed immediately. With that, he took hold of a syringe and thrust the large long needle directly into Mark's heart.
Dr. Morrison's chin dropped to his chest as he listened to the solid squeal of the EKG monitor. He knew there was no hope as he looked at his watch and said, "That's it folks. Enter 12:45 AM as time of death."
Kevin watched as everyone left the room. These were the times as a doctor that he felt helpless. He knew he had done everything he could. But whatever had caused Mark's death was still a mystery. The scary part was realizing that this could possibly be the start of more deaths. Maybe even his life would be one of the statistics.]

message 2: by Feliks (last edited Oct 27, 2014 08:23PM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) In what news? This is gossip I myself, haven't heard. I haven't the faintest what you're referring to. [If I paid attention to every passing news item that flashes across the TV screen, I'd wind up with the attention-span of a gnat]. Besides, you know the clueless media always exaggerates for the sake of a story. (You do know that, I hope).

Anyway no. Never write a thriller about something topical. People are less apt to buy an inaccurate and slow novel about the same fodder they can see in real-time on TV.

Thrillers are at their best in times of quietude.

Charles Vrooman (greenpower) | 121 comments Feliks, What if that Ebola was a germ warfare agent produced by a DNA based computer?

message 4: by Kevintipple (new)

Kevintipple | 6 comments Not remotely interested. As a reviewer I have been getting several requests to read and review these sorts of things with Ebola angles for over a year. In the last month I have been getting about thirty requests a week.

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Nancy Oakes (quinnsmom) | 8595 comments Mod
Aside from this post being self promotional :( the idea that anyone would want to capitalize on something so horrific that is killing real people as we speak is terrible.

Nothing personal, but I wouldn't read it.

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Rhian (rhianlovesbooksx1f4d6) | 352 comments There's no way I could read it, I think it's terrifying and I've already had a nightmare from watching the news channel (probably too much)

message 7: by Brenda (new)

Brenda (christian2680) Charles, I would read it. I read Alex Kava's book Exposed last year, and I am glad I did because it helped me to understand Ebola better...I'd read your book is what I am saying...

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Tom Mathews | 977 comments Hasn't it been done? I seem to recall that one of the Tom Clancy books involved a terrorist plot to spread Ebola.

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Jason Chapman | 33 comments Uusually when a major story breaks, you can bet some author somewhere has already written about it. That's that wonderful thing about being an author. You're one step ahead of the game.

I wrote a story about a year back about a commercial space company rocked by a tragic accident. When the Virgin spaceship crash story broke a few months back I was gobsmacked.

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