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THE SEVENTH FLOOR > CONTAINMENT FACILITY: Discussion on biowarfare, chemical warfare and relevant stories in the genre.

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Hi everyone! This is the first new thread in the group for some time. The subject is biowarfare, chemical warfare and the related stories

Biological Warfare doesn't get as much coverage in the genre as nuclear weapons. Biowarfare is cheaper for countries to utilize and budget friendly to crazed non - state actors who want to engage in mass murder. There is no need to hunt for the mythical Russian suitcase nuke with plague or antharax spores. Chemical warfare is even cheaper. Mustard and Chlorine Gas are easy to make with limited resources and can put a whole load of defenseless civilians in a world of hurt.

A few discussion questions to get started.

1) What would be the scariest biological weapon or chemical weapon you can name off the top of your head and why?

2) What are the primary advantages and disadvantages of using a bioweapon as the primary WMD from a story and narrative standpoint?

3) Name your favorite book in the spy/military/geopolitical/conspiracy thriller genre where biological warfare was a primary topic.


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Mission Critical by Mark Greaney


Pandora's Grave (Shadow Warriors #1) by Stephen England


Executive Orders (Jack Ryan, #8) by Tom Clancy


Shadow Maker (Nick Baron, #2) by James R. Hannibal


The Widow's Strike (Pike Logan, #4) by Brad Taylor


Fire and Forget (Thomas Caine #3) by Andrew Warren


Savage Tide (Marika Hartmann, #2) by Greg Barron


Cold Silence (Joe Rush, #3) by James Abel


Some of my absolute favorite biowarfare thrillers. I've reviewed five of them.


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Samuel wrote: "Mission Critical by Mark Greaney


Pandora's Grave (Shadow Warriors #1) by Stephen England


Executive Orders (Jack Ryan, #8) by Tom Clancy


Shadow Maker (Nick Baron, #2) by James R. Hannibal


The Widow's Strike (Pike Logan, #4) by Brad Taylor
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Poor Executive Orders has aged badly because now there's an actual medical cure for ebola or at least a vaccine. But before that it was still one of the most terrifying and sophisticated portrayals of how a nation state would wage biological warfare with the desire to wipe it out.


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The Last Sword Maker (The Course of Empire #1) by Brian Nelson

Another technothriller about biowarfare. In this instance it's the programmable ethnic bioweapon, the bioweapon to end all bioweapons with nightmarish precision targeting of a particular race through their genetic make up. Nuclear bombs become so passe' in the face of such devastating murderous power.


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Michel Poulin | 167 comments 1. Ebola was the scariest bio weapon in my mind...until they developped a vaccine for it recently. The problem is that 'mad scientists' can develop new strains of diseases and viruses in secret, making a counter to them very hard. Who knows what is being cooked up right now in some laboratory around the World? The scariest bio weapon for me now is the one we don't know about.

2. The big disadvantage of any bio weapon, unless it is a targetable one (via DNA targeting), is that you can't know how far or wide it will spread, thanks to the massive volume of today's air travel worldwide. You would need to create a vaccine for it and manufacture that vaccine in a large scale in order to protect your own citizens. Then, you can kiss secrecy goodbye. Your bio weapons could well come back to bite you in the ass. From the standpoint of writing a novel, only a true madman/megalomaniac dictator (à la Kim Jong Un) would be crazy and stupid enough to start a bio war, in which predicting the final outcome would be near impossible. Unfortunately, the madman dictator trope has been used many times already, so doing a truly original story would be quite hard.

3. Executive Orders was my favorite in the bio warfare genre.


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