Roc, Feb 2003, 6.99, 336 pp.
A scientist working on a project to eradicate hemophilia inadvertently releases the virus that causes Mahn's disease. The global wide pandemic propels the world's powers to sign the Beijing Treaty of 2013, banning any work on viral engineering.
Geoffrey Allen, a young very wealthy man dying of cystic fibrosis buys a viral engineered therapy illegally from a reputable scientist for a large of money. The cure works but anyone Geoffrey goes near catches what becomes known as AHMS (Acquired Human Mutagene Syndrome), a plague that spreads around the world. Diverse groups such as the American CDC and renegade hackers work feverishly to find a vaccine that will stop the spread of the disease. They then have to convince unsympathetic governments and corporations not to let die the plague victims who are hidden away in internment camps.
There are many heroes running the human spectrum in THE CHANGELING PLAGUE. They range from the man who served as the host of this plague to the doctors who risk their own health so that others may have hope to the scientific hackers who fill the gap when all else fails. Syne Mitchell's latest work revisits hot potato social issues providing a powerful magnitude of perspectives which gives credence to the naysayers as much as the supporters. This is a powerhouse novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner