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A research doctor dies of a mysterious disease inAfrica, he is followed by hundreds of African people in the area dying.A few weeks later there is an outbreak of the disease in the United States.This had to be dealt by CDC employee Marisa Blumenthal who joined only a few weeks ago.She rushes to control many outbreaks in many cities in U.S.A one after the other,she begins to suspect a conspiracy as pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
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         With litle support she sets off on her own to clarify her doubts.Travelling from city to city gathering information and filling in the pieces she is faced with lifethreatening situations.
          Meanwhile many more cases are reported in different cities. The index victims are always doctors and then spread to their close contacts.The CDC rushes to the hospitals to control the spread and quarantines them, successfully evading an epidemic.
The review of this Book prepared by shunmugam

Dr. Marissa Blumenthal is working at the CDC in the virology department. She is soon faced with a case of Ebola. She goes to the site of the outbreak, and tries to piece together how the epidemic started. Her job is complicated by the men in her life. Tad also works at the CDC, and they have been casually dating for a while. Marissa manipulates him into sneaking her in to the maximum containment facility so that she can investigate the epidemic further. Dr.Dubcheck is her supervisor, who makes a pass at her and is then rejected by her. This puts a serious strain on their working relationship. And then there is Roger, the nice doctor that she wishes she was attracted to. He is the one that she trusts as more and more outbreaks pop up. Marissa flies around the country, trying to solve the puzzle of the source of the Ebola. She soon learns that she is being followed, and is attacked in her own home. As she runs from her pursuers, who are trying to silence her suspicions and the evidence that she finds, she must also pit herself against a powerful enemy that is releasing Ebola on an unsuspecting population.
The review of this Book prepared by Lisa Elkins

Marisa Blumenthal is an employee of the CDC who comes upon sudden outbreaks of the Ebola virus, whose container is in Africa. The outbreaks seem planned rather than random, and as she pieces the clues together, she discovers an evil conspiracy linked to competition between issuants of health care in the United States.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 45%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 25% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   story of bio weapon/virus    -   poisoning    -   bad docs cutting corners Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Mid-Atlantic states

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   biohazard/virus Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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