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A farmer in Nepal notices a sudden rotting of his fingers, followed by pneumonia then a horrific death. Thus begins a medical thriller that takes archeobiologist Michael Cohen and his former lover, Dr. Alice Morgan-Wright, from San Francisco to the Himalayas to the Arctic Circle.
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As a virulent, drug-resistant leprosy epidemic spreads, Michael and Alice set off on a danger-filled quest for a cure. Stalked by unknown assailants, their only protection is each other and the mysterious amulet of the Order of St. Lazarus. Their sole hope: to unearth the frozen remains of a medieval corpse destroyed by the Black Plague.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   cure/disease Disaster, natural or nuclear    -   Yes Kind of disaster:    -   plague Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   archeologist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   North Pole

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical 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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