Wednesday, June 15, 2011

White Sleeper

By David R. Fett and Stephen Langford

From the back of the book:

When Arkansas experiences a wave of rare fatal diseases, the CDC sends disgraced doctor Dave Richards to investigate, and he knows this is the case that could save his career. When he teams up with FBI agent Paula Mushari, Richards thinks he may have found the person who can help him find the answers. But as they dig deeper, they begin to get a sinister glimpse into what they are dealing with—a vengeful sect, led by the son of a late white supremacist, intent on destroying a nation. As Richards fights to save his job, he and Mushari must race against the clock to prevent a plague of catastrophic proportions.

Just my opinion:

I really enjoyed this story. Co-written by a doctor and television writer, it explores what would happen if the country was suddenly facing a plague so deadly that finding the source was critical to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

This book is very edge-of-your-seat and I had a difficult time putting it down. As the two main characters race the clock, I found myself reading faster and faster as the tension built.

The writing style isn’t the best and could have used some keen editing, but the story itself is so great that it makes up for it. I liked most of the characters, especially the female FBI agent. I felt her personality was key to the storyline and the authors did a fine job helping the reader get to know her personally and professionally.

Full of espionage and intrigue, this is a book that you really must read. It’s a super story and very interesting.

Some favorite passages from the book:

Back in the 1800s, when Congress was considering making it a state, a lobbyist named George Willing suggested the Indian name Idaho. It stuck, but it was later discovered that the name was a prank by Mr. Willing. The word “Idaho” had no meaning. Mr. Willing, however, sealed his place in history by providing the only state name that meant absolutely nothing.

Dave wasn’t sure if this was what it meant to make one’s own destiny. Until now, he’d been certain he’d squandered his chances. But being suddenly thrown into the middle of this crisis had made him reconsider his dire, albeit cynical, life forecast.

When you live a life built on luck, crashing and burning was a natural by-product.

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