Book Reviews of The First Horseman (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)

The First Horseman  (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
The First Horseman - Audio Cassette - Abridged
Author: John Case
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ISBN-13: 9781567403060
ISBN-10: 1567403069
Publication Date: 5/15/1999
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Paperback Nova Audio Books
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Gripping thriller written by bestselling author of The Genesis Code.
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I really liked this book. I am not normally a thriller fan because most of the time you just have to suspend your disbelief a little too much. Case managed to pull off a great story without making it too unbelievable.
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fantastic book-a real pageturner
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Exciting suspense novel.
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Page-turning scientific thriller- unnerving and compelling.
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A page turning scientific thriller....unnerving and compelling.
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This is the second book written by the team of Carolyn and Jim Hougan writing under the name of John Case. Their first effort was the NY Times Bestseller "The Genesis Code". To be truthful, this book is not quite up to the level of The Genesis Code, but quite frankly, very few books are! That was an exceptional book/audio!

The first thing I look for in a book or audio is believability or a basis in fact. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, both of these are found in this book!

In this era of Avian Flu, The First Horseman is a chilling tale.

Using tissue fragments from two World War I soldiers and a woman buried in the Alaskan permafrost, scientists have recreated, for the first time, the flu virus (herein referred to as Spanish Lady)that killed an estimated 50 million while sweeping the globe in 1918.

I found this audio to be an entertaining, highly suspenseful, well paced book. It's full of fascinating scientific ideas (I learned a lot listening to this book, so I guess you could call it "educational").

This book covers a lot of ground (environmentalism, foreign policy, bioterror threats, ecoterror, cults, etc., it is not bogged down in scientific jargon. I found myself being entertained without feeling that I was listening to a lecture.

Case has a writing style that twists and turns the plot and storyline in such a way that your interest level remains high throughout the book/audio. His writing is crisp, his characters are well drawn, and his momentum always fast. I would highly recommend this audio as a great way to relieve some of your commuting drudgery, it did for me...

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Very good and suspenseful
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A great read!
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Gripping scientific thriller - based on the real Spanish Flu, a hideous virus that killed over twenty million people in 1918. "The First Horseman" brings together two of humanity's biggest threats: man-made plague and well financed cult.

Frank Daley, Washington Post reporter wants to cover a story of a lifetime - a scientific crew is going to unearth bodies buried on an island in the Artic, to determine if they died from Spanish Flu in 1918, hoping to get biological samples of the virus. He is unable to join them, but when they come back they are fearful of something and do not want to talk about the mission. . . . the investigation is on, and secrets are uncover, deadly secrets . . .

A real page turner - enjoyed every word.
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There are lots of twists and turns. A very "edge of your seat" story.
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"A page-turning scientific thriller!"
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Amazon.com Review
The fictional bioterror of Richard Preston's The Cobra Event was scary enough, but The First Horseman is based on the real Spanish flu, a hideous virus that killed over 20 million people in 1918. From the opening pages, this second novel by investigative reporter John Case (author of The Genesis Code) thrusts readers into the thick of a rapid-fire plot. In New York, a man and a woman are murdered at their home by a cult whose motivations remain mysterious. Immediately, the action shifts to Tasi-ko, North Korea, where a medical worker flees to the mountains to escape a disease that has decimated his village. While he looks on from his hiding spot, North Korean soldiers pour into Tasi-ko and incinerate it and all of its suffering inhabitants. The CIA investigates the events at Tasi-ko, and realizing that the disease could well be a hybrid Spanish flu being tested as a biological weapon, recruits a team of American scientists to uncover the only known sample of the 1918 pandemic--which is frozen into the bodies of miners buried in the Arctic. From there the novel traces scientists Anne Adair and Benton Kicklighter on their expedition to the frozen town of Kopervik to uncover the miners' corpses. Not knowing that the CIA is behind Adair and Kicklighter's work, Washington Post reporter Frank Daly follows their story. When the scientists return empty-handed, though, he begins to suspect that a medical curiosity is on the verge of becoming a global catastrophe.
The strength of the novel is the eerie suspense that Case sustains by revealing only enough about the Korean plot and the Temple of Light cult to keep the reader fully engaged and wanting more. While Case doesn't spend much time delving into the lives and motivations of his characters, the Spanish flu is the real star. Case propels the novel with the constant reminder that a new plague is on the verge of exploding, and his several enigmatic subplots keep you turning the pages and praying that this is only fiction. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Recent reports that the 1918 flu virus, source of history's most lethal pandemic, might be preserved inside the bodies of five Norwegian miners buried beneath the permafrost on the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen make this novel especially timely. Moving in dated chapters through the spring into the summer months of 1998, this tense thriller turns that story into a "secular apocalypse," which begins when a North Korean medical officer flees across the DMZ to report that his isolated village was first devastated by a strange sickness, then destroyed and completely buried by the military. A team of American microbiologists, whose application to exhume the Spitsbergen bodies has been denied, suddenly finds its expedition funded by a foundation from which they hadn't even sought money. Frank Daly, a Washington Post reporter scheduled to join the expedition, is grounded in Archangel, and when he meets the icebreaker Rex Mundi on its return to Norway, he finds the pier closed and no one from the expedition willing to talk to him?a sure incentive for any true reporter to pursue the story to the death, which Daly very nearly does. Although the setup is in some ways more gripping than the action payoff of the novel's second half, pseudonymous D.C. reporter Case (The Gemini Code) breathes excitement into his topical story. Especially memorable is the microwave death of one character, leaving behind just a tiny handful of soot
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Good fast paced story. Interesting and engaging right from the beginning.
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From Publishers Weekly: "Recent reports that the 1918 flu virus, source of history's most lethal pandemic, might be preserved inside the bodies of five Norwegian miners buried beneath the permafrost on the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen make this novel especially timely. Moving in dated chapters through the spring into the summer months of 1998, this tense thriller turns that story into a "secular apocalypse," which begins when a North Korean medical officer flees across the DMZ to report that his isolated village was first devastated by a strange sickness, then destroyed and completely buried by the military. A team of American microbiologists, whose application to exhume the Spitsbergen bodies has been denied, suddenly finds its expedition funded by a foundation from which they hadn't even sought money. Frank Daly, a Washington Post reporter scheduled to join the expedition, is grounded in Archangel, and when he meets the icebreaker Rex Mundi on its return to Norway, he finds the pier closed and no one from the expedition willing to talk to him?a sure incentive for any true reporter to pursue the story to the death, which Daly very nearly does. Although the setup is in some ways more gripping than the action payoff of the novel's second half, pseudonymous D.C. reporter Case (The Gemini Code) breathes excitement into his topical story. Especially memorable is the microwave death of one character, leaving behind just a tiny handful of soot." Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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On the Norwegian sea, an icebreaker forges its way through frozen waters to a remote island in the Arctic, carrying a scientific team that hopes to unearth the bodies of long-dead miners. Washington Post reporter Frank Daly has the story of a lifetime. But his plan to join the scientists on their historic mission is ruined by a ferocious storm. When he meets up with the ship upon its return to port in Norway, it is clear that something has gone terribly wrong. Fear haunts the faces of the crew. No one will talk. And someone wants Daly to stop asking questions. But the more he uncovers, the more dangerous the stakes become. Until at last he comes face-to-face with a shocking secret, a secret that pitches him into a harrowing race to prevent nothing less than...apocalypse.
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On the Norwegian sea, an icebreaker forges its way through frozen waters o a remote island in the Artic, carrying a scientific team that hopes to unearth the bodies of long-dead miners. Washington Post reporter Frank Daly has the story of a lifetime. But his plan to join the scientists on their historic mission is ruined by a ferocious storm. When he meets up witht the ship upon its return to port in Norway, it is clear that something has gone terribly wrong.
Fear haunts the faces of the crew. No one will talk. and someone wants Daly to stop asking questions.
A fast paced story, makes you stop and think could this happen?
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jacket reviews: Unnerving and compelling--Library Journal.
Keeps you praying that this is only fiction--amazon.com.
"...he (main character Daly) comes face-to-face with a shocking secret, a secret that pitches him into a harrowing race to prevent nothing less than...apocalypse."
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A fast-paced thriller. A newspaper reporter stumbles upon a terrible plot to let a flu-like virus upon the world. Sorry, gave it away. But you would have figured it out half way through the book.
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On the Norwegian sea, an icebreaker forges its way through frozen waters to a remote island in the Artic, carrying a scientific team that hopes to unearth the bodies of long-dead miners. Washington Post reporter Frank Daly has the story of a lifetime. But his plan to join the scientists on their historic mission is ruined by a ferocious storm. When he meets up with the ship upon its return to port in Norway, it is clear that something has gone terribly wrong.
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a large scientific research vessel carries a scientific team through frozen waters of norway in hopes to unearth the remains of long-dead miners, but when a whashington post reporter meets up with them, he finds that something has gone terribly, horribly wrong.