Pandemic - Dr. Noah Haldane, Bk 1 Author:Daniel Kalla Genesis of a Plague — Right now, in a remote corner of rural China, a farmer and his family are sharing their water supply with their livestock: chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep. They share the same waste-disposal system, too. — Bird viruses meet their human counterparts in the bloodstreams of the swine, where they mix and mutate befo... more »re spreading back into the human population. And a new flu is born....
Dr. Noah Haldane, of the World Health Organization, knows that humanity is overdue for a new killer flu, like the great influenza pandemic of 1919 that killed more than twenty million people in less than four months. So when a mysterious new strain of flu is reported in the Gansu Province of mainland China, WHO immediately sends a team to investigate.
Haldane and his colleagues soon discover that the new disease, dubbed Acute Respiratory Collapse Syndrome, is far more deadly than SARS, killing one in four victims, regardless of their age or health. But even as WHO struggles to contain the outbreak, ARCS is already spreading to Hong Kong, London, and even America.
In an age when every single person in the world is connected by three commercial flights or fewer, a killer bug can travel much faster than the flu of 1919.
Especially when someone is spreading the virus on purpose...« less
This medical thriller suffers from first-novel problems. It takes forever to get off the ground, and the author is still struggling with exposition, especially when he attempts to explain and define medical terminology for the lay reader. Strong story, well-drawn characters, and an all-too-plausible plot keep it readable.
Can't say that I enjoyed this book much. I finished reading it, but not without a lot of work. The plot is weak and disjointed, the story took well in to the second half of the book to develop any real interest at all and I was disappointed by a silly ending.
I think Kalla has a lot of potential. He put a lot of fluff in this book to get it in to novel length and it spoiled the book. As he develops as a writer I hope he will have sufficient ideas to keep the reader engaged and entertained. This one didn't do that.