Saturday, May 5, 2012
"There can be no deep disppointment where there is not deep love." Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this adventure novel, a deadly flesh eating disease appears in wounded soldiers in Afghanistan. Before U.S. medical staff realize what they're dealing with many of the wounded are shipped to other bases bringing the disease and terror with them.
A group of scientists is assembled to find a cure. Material that has cured other virus in a lab, had been found at the bottom of one of the world's deepest caves. This cave is located in a dangerous region of Mexico where drug related activities and killings have taken place.
Dr. Hallie Leland had worked for an organization called BARDA and showed the promise of this material but she was fired just when her work was showing potential. She felt their actions were unwarranted but didn't fight it.
Due to the critical situation and Hallie's experience she is asked to lead the scientific team to the cave to get more of the potentially life saving material.
We have parallel stories of the military doctors dealing with the spread of the disease and the scientists at BARDA working for a cure. The reader also knows that a traitor is at work but we don't know if that person and the people they work for wants to steal the drug and offer it themselves or to prevent the drug from coming out so they can sell some other product.
There are many sides to this well story and it is fun to see everything come together.
Some of the situations didn't seem that probable and when characters reappeared after their apparent demise. I also felt the conclusion of the story left a few ends left to be answered.
However, it was certainlly a fun read, perfect for a vacation.