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Immunity (Dr. Alexandra Blake Novels) Hardcover – September 2, 2008

Book 3 of 3 in the Dr. Alexandra Blake Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Dr. Alexandra Blake Novels
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312352727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312352721
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,802,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Andrews's exciting third helix-twister to feature Dr. Alex Blake of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (after The Silent Assassin), DEA agent Ted Silliman suddenly dies in Taos, N.Mex., during a date rape drug investigation. Ted's partner, agent Castro Baxter, disputes the cocaine overdose diagnosis, while Alex suspects a violent hyperimmune response. When Castro and Alex join forces to find answers, they find a connection to a Taos public square fountain, and Alex later learns eight similar deaths occurred locally on the same night. As the death toll climbs, she's determined to stop a potentially serious epidemic. So why does Homeland Security's head, Martin Kincade, oppose her? And could Red Rights, a radical Native American group, be responsible? Andrews, a real-life authority on genetics (The Clone Age), spikes the chills with a talking DNA computer named Sam and insights into hot-button Native American issues. (Sept.)
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The first sign of a worldwide bioterrorism threat could be one grotesquely bloated body, dead of unknown causes. This is the purview of Dr. Alexandra Blake, a geneticist with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, who is studying the genomes of diseases that might be part of biowarfare. The core of this mystery is the sudden death of a DEA agent in New Mexico, reportedly of a cocaine overdose. The agent’s partner, however, points to a conspiracy, which seems more likely when the victim’s body is cremated before Blake can confirm her findings of a toxin. Giving this novel authority is the fact that author Andrews is herself an expert on genetics and biotechnology. The procedure is absolutely convincing, except for when Blake ventures into private detective work. The writing is a little overblown, the characters a mite cardboard, but the scenario is chilling and the expertise undeniable (you’ll never drink from a public water fountain again). --Connie Fletcher

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
DEA Agent Castro Baxter and his partner, Ted are out on a stakeout, when all of a sudden Ted starts having convulsions. Ted's whole body is rapidly swelling. Before Castro can get help Ted dies. Castro's boss thinks Ted died of a drug overdose but Castro believes that's not true. When Dr. Alexandra Blake gets involved, her tests prove Ted didn't die of an overdose but of something more horrifying. Before Alex knows it people all over are dying. It is turning out to be a major outbreak of the dangerous kind. Alex will have to use every part of her knowledge as well as wits about her in order to keep more people from dying. That's the easy part. The obstacle will be staying alive. The people responsible for starting this whole epidemic don't appreciate Alex sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. Will the bad guys end up on top this time or can Alex come out the hero?

Readers who have followed Dr. Alexandra Blake will not be disappointed in Lori Andrew's latest Immunity. The plot for this book was both intriguing and frightening. Intriguing that something like this could happen so easily and frightening for the same fact. For anyone who likes medical thrillers then you will enjoy reading this book. From the first couple of pages till the end, Immunity was first-class. I thought Immunity was a mix between a Tess Gerritsen novel and CSI. Need I say more? Ms. Andrews brings so much intensity with her expertise on genetics and law. See for yourself what I am talking about in Immunity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Davis on December 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Although the book hooked my interest, incorrect statements made me give up on it about 1/4 of the way into it. For example, concerns about the AFIP being sued by the mother of the dead DEA agent - the government and its agencies have sovereign immunity and cannot be sued. The author, a lawyer, should know that.

Then describing the U.S. Navy's program to identify the remains of drowned SOLDIERS????

While my reading choices may not be at the most exalted literary levels, poor grammar and factual inconsistencies ruin a book for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Long on May 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I randomly picked up this book, so I am not familiar with Alexandra Blake's previous adventures, but I was terribly disappointed with this book. The beginning really hooks you, with the DEA and the date rape drug, and then the crazy thing that starts killing people. However, the rest of the action in the book seems almost like an afterthought. The heroine spend most of her time thinking about how much she doesn't know that when something finally does happen (like 300 people dying), you almost miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DD@Phila on May 16, 2011
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Having come across the audio version of this book, I was interested by the early plot hook - a horrible date rape drug variant and its deadly consequences. Then another book took over and lost me ...

For an alleged highly connected and respected researcher, the central character is so naive it became annoying. A maniacal Homeland Security head (now becoming a thriller cliche), DEA agents, mysterious bloating deaths, greedy investors, and then I became hopelessly lost - and (frankly) was grateful. So preposterous, I really don't care how it turns out but assume Dr Alex is the heroine and saves the day. Recommend for insomniacs as I fell asleep listening to this tall tale.

Seldom do I close a book without finishing, but I was glad to bid adieu to Dr Alexandra Blake novels. Certainly, I wish I had had Immunity to this confusing tale.
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More About the Author

Lori Andrews is a law professor, a public interest lawyer and mystery novelist. She's taught at Princeton, written for a television legal drama, and advised governments around the world about emerging technologies. Now she's focusing on how social networks are changing our lives, for good and for ill.

Lori started her consumer activism when she was seven and her Ken doll went bald. Her letter to Mattel got action. She's been fighting for people's rights ever since.

A professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Lori frequently appears on television, including on Oprah, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and Nightline. The American Bar Association Journal calls her "a lawyer with a literary bent who has the scientific chops to rival any CSI investigator."

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