Overview A new weapon--a virus that moves from host to host until it locks onto the targeted victim's DNA--is in the hands of a man who has spent years collecting DNA from the American populace. He holds the heart of the world's only superpower in his hands--and it's time to start squeezing.
If you breathe...It will find you.
The list of 10,000 names was created for maximum devastation. Business leaders, housewives, politicians, celebrities, janitors, children. None of them is aware of what is about to happen--but all will be part of the most frightening brand of warfare the world has ever known.
The germ--an advanced form of the Ebola virus--has been genetically engineered to infect only those people whose DNA matches the codes embedded within it. Those whose DNA is not a match simply catch a cold. But those who are a match experience a far worse fate. Within days, their internal organs liquify.
Death is the only escape.
The release of the virus will usher in a new era of power where countries are left without defense. Where a single person--or millions--could be killed with perfect accuracy and zero collateral damage. Where your own DNA works against you.
The time isn't coming. It is now. Pray the assassins get you first.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.46" Height: 1.28" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595541705 ISBN13 9781595541703 UPC 020049131237
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More About Robert Liparulo
Robert Liparulo has received rave reviews for both his adult novels (Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall, and Deadlock) and the best-selling Dreamhouse Kings series for young adults. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their four children.
Full of calories, void of nutrition. I stopped reading at chapter 68. I still don't know what the germ is.
A good, solid thriller, one that was a true page-turner Sep 8, 2008
_Germ_ by Robert Liparulo is a good, solid thriller, one that was a true page-turner, a gripping novel that I read in just a few days. Essentially, the book is one long chase, one in which the protagonists are both trying to solve a mystery while staying ahead of an assassin on their heels (and avoiding the authorities at the same time, as to take time to deal with officials would mean they wouldn't solve the mystery in time, give the assassin time to find them and kill them, and complicated by a further problem in that they don't know whom they can trust).
The book began with what should have been something fairly routine for Special Agents Goodwin Donnelley and his partner Julia Matheson. A man by the name of Despesorio Vero had been demanding to speak to the director of the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta. He came off as semi-coherent, rambling, possibly deranged, but it seemed he was warning them of some potent new bioweapon. Donnelley and Matheson were agents of the newly created Law Enforcement Division of the CDC and were charged with meeting the man, talking to him, and possibly bringing him in for questioning.
Almost right away things go badly for these three people. Gunmen try to kill Vero in the restaurant the two agents agreed to meet him in. Donnelley hustled Vero out of the establishment and what followed was a high speed chase (and gun battle) as Donnelley and Vero fled the hitmen and Matheson in her own car tried desperately to keep up with her partner. Though the gunmen are foiled, both Donnelley and Vero are wounded. Wanting to avoid any further assassins, not knowing who he can trust, and hoping to link up again with Matheson, Donnelley went to Chattanooga and sought to treat his wounds himself.
Things continued to go worse as a new, far more dangerous, nearly mythic assassin by the name of Atropos showed up (his name is learned later on in the book). I don't want to reveal too much more about the book, but things go very, very badly for Donnelley and Vero. Matheson and interestingly enough the doctor who eventually treated a severely wounded Donnelley, one Dr. Allen Parker, along with his brother, Stephen, a country pastor, become involved in the struggle to stay ahead of Atropos and figure out what it was that Vero was so desperate to get to the CDC and once they discover what it is, decide how to use it to save lives.
I don't think I am giving away too much at this point by hinting at the big mystery, as it is mentioned in part on the back cover; someone has found a way to create a deadly virus that will only target victims who contain certain DNA, DNA that the viruses are altered to recognize and attack. Everyone else is immune (or suffers at worst a minor cold from the virus), while the victim dies a horrid death, similar to that which Ebola and other filoviruses create.
A pretty good book, the speculation on the nature of some diseases, such as Ebola, was interesting and chilling. There was some good suspense, Liparulo was skilled at writing clear and engaging descriptions of hand-to-hand combat, and the book had a great pace. I didn't always completely follow the motivations of two men behind in the scenes for most of the book, the creator of the virus and the former mentor of that man, a man pledged to stop him, nor the importance of the origin story of one of them, why that was significant. I had a few quibbles with the last climatic scene but they are minor and I won't reveal them here. Though I might place the book in the science fiction category for the author's speculations on the origins and use of such diseases as Ebola the book was really more action-thriller, which is not by the way a bad thing.
Good suspense fiction Jun 20, 2008
This book is very entertaining. I highly recommend it. Really short chapters, which is what I prefer.
WOW!!!! From the very start --- ACTION ACTION ACTION!!! May 7, 2008
Within the first chapter all I could think of was "This is going to make a GREAT MOVIE!" The bad guys are truly slimly sinister and the protagonist heroes are just heart-breaking with authenticity. I picked it up because I enjoy a good Ebola tale and there haven't been that many of them recently. WOW!!! This yanked me in so quickly, and before I knew it I realized I was reading an action thriller with real characters, assassins and bad guys with true evil in their hearts. The good guys are real, not superhero "I am indestructible and can be shot a million times..." type of attitudes. The bad guys are like the Terminator, they keep coming and coming, and you actually FEEL the pressure of the run the good guys end up on. You feel bad for a guy who dies in the first ¼ of the book... all the way to the end.
I loaned this to a friend who LOVES the REAL Ebola stories, not the fictionalized stuff of movies... but she's LOVING this one too... I recommend it for anyone wanting to take a great read on a vacation trip, this isn't one you want to put down, and can't wait to get back too.
get to know this author! Jan 25, 2008
What a wonderful writer Robert Liparulo is. His stories are about as tense and gripping as you would ever want. I finished Germ and his subsequent book Deadfall in about a day each. I just could not stop reading. I heartily recommend each of these books.