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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st Edition 2nd Printing edition (January 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076535084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765350848
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Full-time doctor and first-time novelist Kalla injects a frightening dose of reality into this tale of biological terrorism. Dr. Noah Haldane of the World Health Organization has repeatedly warned that the human race is due for a deadly new virus, similar to the 1919 Spanish flu that killed 20 million people in six months. So when a mysterious new flu strain is reported in China's Gansu province, Haldane isn't surprised he's called to investigate. He's shocked to learn that the new disease--dubbed Acute Respiratory Collapse Syndrome (ARCS) and considered far more deadly than SARS, killing one in every four people it infects--is intentionally being spread to London, British Columbia and Chicago. In the jet age, a killer bug can travel fast with devastating effects. The lively supporting cast includes the pretty director of counter-bioterrorism for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a hilarious Scottish virologist. While a few plot twists seem a little too convenient and some technical passages slow the pace, Kalla's ripped-from-the-headlines plot and confident command of both language and medicine make this sobering book a pleasure. (Feb.)
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Review

“Daniel Kalla expertly weaves real science and medicine into a fast-paced, nightmarish thriller--a thriller all the more frightening because it could really happen.”--Tess Gerritsen, author of Body Double on Pandemic

“Kalla is a rocket ship of a writer. He moves to the front of the pack with a thriller that will grab you from page one and never let you go.”--Keith Ablow, author of Psychopath on Pandemic

Pandemic is fast, fierce and frightening. Kalla delivers a shot of adrenaline in a medical thriller that really thrills.”--Don Winslow, author of California Fire and The Life and Death of BobbyZ on Pandemic

Pandemic is a totally compelling novel, one of those rare thrillers that lays out a scenario that is not only possible, but terrifyingly probable.”--Douglas Preston, author of Relic and The Codex on Pandemic

“At last! A new thriller writer worthy to join the Ludlum, DeMille, LeCarre club.  Not just a great read, a real treat.”--Beverly Swerling, author of City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan on Pandemic

Pandemic is a sizzler. A killer epidemic that may go global--convincing and terrifying.”--Barbara D’Amato, author of Death of A Thousand Cuts and White Male Infantp0 on Pandemic


"Daniel Kalla expertly weaves real science and medicine into a fast-paced, nightmarish thriller--a thriller all the more frightening because it could really happen." (Tess Gerritsen, author of Body Double)

"Kalla is a rocket ship of a writer. He moves to the front of the pack with a thriller that will grab you from page one and never let you go." (Keith Ablow, author of Psychopath)

"Pandemic is fast, fierce and frightening. Kalla delivers a shot of adrenaline in a medical thriller that really thrills." (Don Winslow, author of California Fire)

"Pandemic is a totally compelling novel, one of those rare thrillers that lays out a scenario that is not only possible, but terrifyingly probable." (Douglas Preston, author of Relic and The Codex)

"At last! A new thriller writer worthy to join the Ludlum, DeMille, LeCarre club. Not just a great read, a real treat." (Beverly Swerling, author of City of Dreams)

"Pandemic is a sizzler. A killer epidemic that may go global--convincing and terrifying." (Barbara D'Amato, author of Death of A Thousand Cuts)

More About the Author

Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital.

The idea for his first medical thriller, PANDEMIC, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug addiction, prions, DNA evidence, pandemics and patient abuse.

Kalla's sixth book, OF FLESH AND BLOOD, is a departure from the medical thriller genre. Featuring two multi-generational families, a major West Coast medical center and interwoven storylines, he tackles the human condition through the loves, lives and struggles of characters connected by lineage and bound by family secrets.

His books have been translated into ten languages, and Pandemic and Resistance have been optioned for feature films.

Daniel received his MD from the University of British Columbia. He is married and the proud father of two girls in a home predominated by the XX chromosome (even his beloved Labrador retriever, Lola, is female.)

Customer Reviews

Didn't keep my interest.
katjac
The historical background is correct, and the medical information is solid and well written for a lay audience to be able to understand.
Leiah
Predictable plot, stereotyped characters, and so much encyclopediac virology you'll gag.
Marissa Carter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tina on February 1, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This thriller is about today's issues. Dr. Noah Haldane is the head guy at the WHO and he has seen his share of scary epidemics. He firmly believes that we have yet to see the "big one". On the government side is Gwen. She is convinced that the next wave of the epidemic will be brought in as a killing tool by terrorits.

As it turns out - they are both right.

Together our two main characters fly, basically, all over the map trying to track a new strain of the flu. Think Smallpox, SARS and Spanish Flu and you have a good idea of the potency of this new potential epidemic. In a bid against time, they try desperately to put the pieces together to avoid a worlwide contamination.

This is a fantastic debut thriller from a Canadian author who happens to be a doctor.

The writing is fresh without too much details to unimportant things. The characters are likeable and it is refreshing to see that both characters are smart. While the Noah Haldane was more flushed out than the Gwen character, we do get a good feel for both of these people.

The pace can be a little slow at times and if you are expecting action every page - you will be disappointed. However, the story builds into a logical, strong plot.

The author, I think, forgot that he was writing for an average layperson. Some of his technical terms need to be rephrased as I got a little confused on the medical terms (especially in the early part of the book - when we are still trying to absorb character names, etc.) Also, the pace could be a tad faster. While the length of the book was fine, it did occassionally drag just a little bit. Still, these minor complaints do not in any way overshadow the quality of this book.

Other than that, the cast of characters (including Clayton) were wonderful and I give this a 4 star rating for a first time author.

BUY IT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NorthVan Dave on April 5, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This novel is very close to a medical version of a John Grisham book. The plot is timely, the concept believable, and there is just enough of a hook left at the end of each chapter to pull the reader through the novel. What the author has going for him, is that he has experience in working in the medical community. His descriptions of what needs to be done in the face of a 'pandemic' ring true.
Did the book follow a formulaic plot? Of course it did. Will the book sell well? Of course it will? And will we be seeing Tom Hanks and Rene Zellwiger as co-leads in the movie adaptation? Well, that has yet to be seen. But from the style the book is written in, it does have Hollywood written all over it.
Nevertheless, this is the author's first novel. And for someone who is not an author by trade, but rather an ER doctor at a hospital in Toronto, Canada, he has written a very cohesive and exciting book. For anyone interested in a 'what if' scenario, especially one involving bio-terrorism, then this is the novel for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg W. on March 22, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up off of the shelf at my local library, as I thought that it looked interesting enough and I hadn't read a book in quite a while. As it turned out, this was an excellent read.
Even though the author is a first time novelist (and this can be seen in a number of places), he captures the reader's attention very well. There is a lot of medical / viral terminology, but I did not find that I got lost or confused. The novel starts out a bit slow, but definitely picks up as it goes along. The situations leading up to the climax are quite realistic and very possible in today's world.
Overall, an interesting novel and a great effort for a first time novelist who happens to be an ER doctor from Canada.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Henry W. Wagner VINE VOICE on November 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kalla rarely misses a beat in this fast paced thriller, which, due to current events, seems scarily prescient. The author, however, gives the tale a scary spin, positing that the human race has as much to fear from terrorism as it does from a mutated flu strain.

Opening with a disconcerting scene that would make a gritty and effective framing sequence to a Bond movie, Kalla uses the familiar "race against time" as the backbone for this fast paced, arresting novel. His heroes, Dr. Noah Haldane of the World Health Organization and Dr. Gwen Savard, Director of Counter-Bioterrorism, Dept. of Homeland Security, are perfect protagonists, simultaneously searching for the cause and cure for outbreaks of a deadly avian virus which strikes in Hong Kong, England and Canada. Thinking that the outbreaks are natural in origin, Haldane and Savard soon discover they are dealing with a mad religious zealot intent on bringing down America and its allies.

A doctor himself, Kalla effortlessly blends fact and fiction into a worthy thriller, one which will likely result in many sleepless nights for those who read it, both during and after that process. Frightening because of its "ripped from today's headlines" storyline, Pandemic also educates its readers about the origins of various flus and the sometimes extreme measures which must be taken to forestall their spread. If knowledge is power, Pandemic is a powerful book.

Let's make things simple: read Pandemic if you've ever shivered while reading non-fiction books like The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston, or Flu, by Gina Kolota or Germ by Judith Miller, et al. Or, if you've ever thrilled to books like Stephen King's The Stand or George R. Stewart's Earth Abides. But read it mostly because it's good story well told, a cautionary tale from which you'll probably glean some useful information about a deadly phenomenon that will likely continue to make front-page news for years to come.
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