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Pocket, Apr 2002, 25.00, 406 pp.
ISBN: 9743406117

    On Corfu, a wealthy artifact collector Nikos seeking the DNA of Jesus opens up a twenty-century-old artifact. He has unleashed Pandora's box containing an extinction event in the form of an airborne plague, last seen early in the first century. All die who come into contact with this particular disease.

    Desperate to find a cure to halt the pandemic plague that threatens mankind, a scientific task force gathers at Los Alamos. However, the brilliant group is divided. The purists who want to save humanity are led by twenty years old Miranda Abbott. On the other side are egomaniac Edward Cavendish and his supporters who want to turn earth into their playground with human clones serving as guinea pigs.

    Archeologist Nathan Lee Swift has fallen from grace as he turned from promising student into grave robber in his mentor's quest to find the historical Jesus. He has a chance at redemption through Miranda if they can access a Corfu-resistant gene from those in the first century who managed to survive the first deadly run. Could Edward's cloning provide such a specimen?

    YEAR ZERO is an action-packed apocalyptic thriller that has two prime story lines that eventually merge into an exciting climax. Neither plot slows down as the audience observes a tale at hyperspeed, which means the key charcaters are either too perfectly good or corrupt. Fans of taut end of the world thrillers will want to read Jeff Long's tale that leaves the audience captivated into a one sitting read in spite of the length of the novel.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   cure/disease    -   cloning tech Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scientist Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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