Dear Ms. Bomke:
Alan Rinsler attributes this quote to you, “I love books with some kind of psychological element, like if the MC has a mental illness or if they can’t trust their mind.” That made me think you would appreciate my novel, Viral, which is brimming with dysfunctional characters as diverse as a former KGB agent suffering from PTSD to a medical missionary who is the illegitimate daughter of a voodoo priest.
Children begin dying from a mysterious illness on a small Caribbean island. Sister Genevieve Rocco, a medical missionary, discovers the victims had been volunteers in a clinical study of an ancient, resurrected virus. Lt. Colonel Tony Stryker, the clinical trials manager reveals that the medical study was being used as a smokescreen by a covert military unit to develop ‘smart’ biological weapons. Their nano-intelligent flu virus had circumvented the project’s safety protocols and was infecting children with a deadly new strain of flu.
Panic and civil unrest pushes the nation to the brink of being declared a failed state as the emerging flu overwhelms the island’s fragile health care system. An armed Russian biocontainment team quarantines the island forcing Genevieve and Stryker to flee through the subterranean passages of the Mayan Gates of Hell. They have less than a day to find an ancient cure if they are to prevent the virus' spread to the mainland and avert a global pandemic.
VIRAL, a techno-thriller of about 105,000 words, fuses medicine and espionage in a setting rich in natural history, pre-Columbian mythology and native mysticism. The plot is a fictionalized version of an actual event that occurred in 1977 when the previously extinct H1N1 flu virus was resurrected and then escaped during testing, creating the first known man-made pandemic.
I’ve authored many papers on viruses and on the cloning of genes involved in antibiotic production (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 have worked nationwide as a traveling ICU nurse and was trained as a Special Forces Aidman.
Thank you for your time and consideration,