Germ – Robert Liparulo

Germ Robert Liparulo
Germ by Robert Liparulo
Published by Thomas Nelson on August 5, 2007
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense, Thriller
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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.

CDC: ..The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the “natural reservoir”) of Ebola virus remain unknown.

Bio-terrorism. The very word should make your skin crawl. Right now you could be breathing in odorless, tasteless – and deadly – germs. Germs that could take your internal organs and make them ooze from your eye sockets. First it would start as a rash, you might even think it’s a mosquito bite (are you scratching yet?), but you would definitely realize that your body was turning to mush long before you died…much too long. And what if those germs could be directed? Bio-terrorism is so messy. What if you could ensure that you would ONLY kill your enemies? This is the situation that Robert Liparulo brings to life in his page-turning thriller Germ.

Julia Matheson is an agent in the Law Enforcement Division for the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases. And right now she’s tracking down a lead. A guy who says he has information on a bio-terrorism operation. But certain people will go to any lengths to keep that information secret. They really don’t wanting this traitor from among their own ranks spilling his guts…well, figuratively speaking anyway.

In her journey to unwind the mystery, she teams up with Dr. Allen Parker and his pastor brother Stephen. Together they must stop a man named Karl Litt, the mastermind behind the attacks. Ten thousand lives depend on them. Standing in their way is the legendary and thought to be mythical arch-assassin known as Atropos. Legend says he’s never failed and he has them at the top of his list.

Liparulo has something special with Germ. It is by far my favorite (thus far) of his novels. It explores the descent of one man into darkness, forever changed and obsessed by a disease that corroded more than his body. Germ will cause your pulse to race, your skin to perspire, and your eyes to twitch. You might even think you’re coming down with something. But don’t fear. Those are all symptoms of reading a top-notch thriller. And you know the antidote. Just turn the page.

five-stars

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