Paperback, 327 pages
Mother Nature: the world's most innovative killer.
Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, mycologist Dr. Julia Fatheringham is engrossed in her study of native fungi. But what begins as a standard research trip quickly spirals into chaos when her associate's erratic behavior results in his horrifying death. Soon, Julia makes a startling discovery: her partner was contaminated by an organism found only in insects. It alters the victim's mind in alarming ways, with an invariably deadly outcome. Julia is baffled by her discovery—this organism has never appeared in humans. It shouldn't be possible. There is only one terrifying conclusion: The infection has jumped species.
Now, in this remote corner of the world, a contagion of unparalleled horror rests in Julia's hands. But even as she works to contain the organism that could spell devastation of apocalyptic proportions, there are others with a different agenda. They've learned of her discovery and will go to any lengths to acquire a sample—there is good money to be had in eco-terrorism.
Armed only with her strength of mind and what courage she can gather, Julia prepares to battle the devastating scourge—and the terrorists determined to unleash it on humanity.
My Review: 4.5 Stars
I am completely blown away by how intricate this story is! There are things about fungi, research, jungles, and eco-terrorism in this book that I never knew or would even think to guess about. The web of relationships and interactions had my mind boggled, yet it all came together in the most interesting and creepy way possible.
Julia is an Australian scientist researching in the depths of the Venezuelan rain forests and makes a very startling discovery. In a race against time to get help and solve the mystery of what is going on, there are some unexpected events that crop up to alter the course. I was appalled, disgusted, and fascinated by the events.
I've read most of Gregg Luke's other books and I have to say, this one is one of his best! The characters are extremely well done--they come to life and their personalities rise up off the pages in the most intriguing way. There are some who are so despicable and others who are very likable. There were moments when my skin was crawling--this isn't a book for the weak of stomach. Could something like this be real?? I don't know, but it sure is believable.
This book is perfect for those who enjoy a good, unique thriller.
Content: some violence and some disturbing descriptions of a killer fungus and dead bodies; innuendo from one character and implied intimate acts.
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