Bioterrorists could one day kill hundreds of millions of people in an attack more deadly than nuclear war. Bill Gates recently warned world leaders. His comments were ominous…one of the most potentially deadly outbreaks could involve the humble flu virus. It would be relatively easy to engineer a new flu strain combining qualities from varieties that spread like wildfire with varieties that were deadly. Would you be a victim or a survivor? Where will bioterrorists find the biological weapons they plan to use?
"Viral: Some things are best left dead" addresses these very issues. A ‘Bug Collector’ working for a clandestine bioweapons program is trapped in a Hot Zone of his own making. The clinical trial of a genetically engineered vaccine resurrects an ancient DNA sequence that mutates the flu virus. The emerging epidemic kills scores of children on a third world island that is already reeling from cholera. The Bioweapons Collector is forced into an uneasy alliance with the daughter of aging shaman to avoid becoming ‘specimens’ of a Russian Biocontainment Force. A corrupt Senator, an animal rights activist, and a reclusive former double agent unite as they search for a cure amid the subterranean ruins of the Taino. They must overcome nature, heat and murderous voodoo sect if they are to find a cure for this deadly new influenza.
My qualifications for writing a science-adventure genre novel include doing decades of research as a Molecular Biologist for a university and a major pharmaceutical firm. I authored several papers on viral vector development and one on gene cloning that was published in Nature. My academic book, Bottom Line Medicine: A layman's guide to evidence-based medicine, describes problems related to medical treatment of diseases. I worked nationwide as a traveling ICU nurse and once was a Special Forces Aidman. I bring the gritty details of medicine to my pages.
Your agency profile indicates you are seeking adult adventure/thriller projects. VIRAL: some things are best left dead is my 135,000-word novel that a CDC Emergency Response Team manager describes as ‘a tense, realistic read’. I look forward to your comments.
Thank you again,
Richard K Stanzak