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COVID-19 was not an accident. Its successor, the highly lethal and contagious COVID-23, is not a mutation of COVID-19. China would like us to believe the passage of 19 from animal to human was random and 23 is a natural mutation of 19. The United States wants us to believe both 19 and 23 are weaponized versions of a harmless coronavirus released during a botched Chinese bioweapons experiment. It will be up to Dr. David Aaronson, the new surgeon in the desert town of Fallon, Nevada - home to ranchers and farmers, cowboys and Indians, casinos and legalized brothels, and the US Navy's TOPGUN training program - to tell the world what really happened. Revealing the truth will pit David against the commander of a US Army bioweapons laboratory, a narcissistic president obsessed with nationalism, and a supervirus poised to decimate the world's population.

©2020 Richard Van Anderson (P)2021 Tantor

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Stunning Medical Thriller

A brilliantly penned book with suspenseful twists and turns. While the book was a bit slow at the beginning, it quickly picked up pace as the plot started unfolding. The machination centers around a small town of Fallon, Nevada where people are found dying due to Haemoptysis (coughing up of blood) and in some cases due to ruptured spleen. The new doctor in town, Dr. David is aghast of such cases in a small town. He later learns from the locals of the town that a clandestine research program is underway in the nearby US Army bioweapons lab rated as Biosafety level 4. He embarks on a mission to unravel the truth behind these mysterious deaths. As dwells into the depth of this mysterious lab with some trusted locals, he uncovers a nefarious conspiracy involving high ranking officials of the US state in a bid to shift the geopolitical power balance in favor of the US by unleashing a global terror using a bio-engineered virus that is several times lethal than Covid 19. Dr. David is in a race against time to save the town and the world from this hideous crime. The last few chapters are a cat and mouse game between the protagonist and the perpetrators, assisted by local rancher that will keep readers glued on their seats. The climax also reveals a lot more about Dr. David's personality. Although the end is more predictable unlike other thrillers, I found this new sub-genre of medical thrillers quite interesting. This book could be read as a stand-alone without reading the previous books although that would help understand the evolvement of the protagonist's character. Recommended read for thriller lovers.