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Length: 448 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1265 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pentland Press (May 4, 1999)
  • Publication Date: May 4, 1999
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MKPLSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Chicago native, my first sampling of international travel was a piano master class at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, followed by studies in Barcelona and Costa Rica, all of which whetted my appetite for more.

Reasoning that a 'new frontier' might be interesting, I journeyed to mainland China in January of 1982, at a time when few Westerners had traveled there. This was followed by a long career in importing from Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and and China.

As anyone who's crossed the Pacific knows, there's plenty of 'time to spare'. After reading hundreds of thrillers, I decided to write my own - Absolute Zero in 1999, Two Peasants and a President in 2012, - The Final Inhumanity in 2013 and my newest - The Doomsday Diary in 2014 are currently available on Kindle.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By sherry manley on June 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read 3-4 books a week for 30 years and more and I usually cannot find anything that is original and captivating. I was so shocked that this book was so good in developing the suspense and the character development was terrific, but what was really awesome was the technical data and research that was highly readable and educational and seamlessly fitted in. I just loved it!! I will buy anything this author writes in the future.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Langley on July 15, 2012
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I read this book, Absolute Zero, when it first came out. (Disclosure: I proof read it along with William Burroughs) It was a great thriller then; and in hindsight, this book was the first thing I thought about when the terrorist attack happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
Read it and enjoy a thriller that will change your awareness of transportation.
It was way ahead of its time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter on September 23, 2012
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I have to admit I've not completed the book yet, and may well give up on it. The plot is potentially interesting, although the few characters that are given more than a stereotypical introduction have not featured greatly so far. My biggest criticism though is that the author's, reasonably frequent, poor choice of words or phrases. This gives the impression that he is relying on a Thesaurus rather than an innate understanding or appreciation of the language. The opening paragraphs seemed cliched, and almost put me off before the book had had a chance to get going. Later in the text, the author has a tendency to misuse words in a way that, for me, immediately breaks the flow of the narrative. An example would be the paragraph "But the mutation in batch C73 had decimated the sample killing everything". Of the many words the author could have picked for that sentence, it seems a shame he picked "decimated"; a word with an interesting history and etymology, to describe killing one in every ten, but certainly not meaning to annihilate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Morris on October 25, 2013
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I could not finish this book, so it is surprising I give it 3 stars. This is because when there is some action, it is well written and exciting. However the politics put me to sleep.

There are those that will like this kind of book. Indeed, you only have to look at the number of 4 and 5 star reviews to see this. Though I would not class this author with Clancy or Le Carre, this book reminds me of them. As I said before the action is there is you wait for it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms Beastle on December 9, 2012
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The writing did not grab, captivate or entice me to continue this story. I quit about the time little Timmy's friend Billy left the country...
There may be a lot of action later on, but too much mundane detail drove me to skimming, then quitting instead of hanging in there for the Big Finish.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angela B on May 24, 2014
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I just can't get into this book. It may have a good plot, but the wordy, jerky dialogue is just too much punishment for me to consider continuing to try reading it. Perhaps a good editor would do some good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sirius Reviewer on October 20, 2014
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The description of the book -" An African man carrying the virus has arrived unhindered in Dallas. Experts assure the public there is no cause for fear. But is there really nothing to fear" is absolutely a lie - there is nothing about this in the book. It is about people in cuba trying to release a virus in the U.S. Thought the book was mainly crap and boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Cunningham on October 21, 2014
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Somebody is fibbing. This book is not about, "An African man carrying the virus has arrived unhindered in Dallas. Experts assure the public there is no cause for fear. But is there really nothing to fear?" There is only one reference to Dallas in the entire book with no respect to Ebola or even of any relevance to the story. Kind of sleazy. I want my money back!!
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