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Plague [Kindle Edition]

H. W. "Buzz" Bernard
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"An all-too-believable nightmare tale." --Tom Young, author of The Mullah's Storm, Silent Enemy, and The Renegades
If his attack succeeds, Atlanta will become the next Ground Zero.
"Fans of the late Michael Crichton should check out Buzz Bernard's Plague. This bioterrorism thriller is a real page-turner."--Cheryl Norman, author of Rebuild My World
In only a matter of days, 9/11 and the destruction of the Twin Towers will be rivaled by a lone-wolf terrorist attack on America. Atlanta is targeted as Ground Zero for the most horrifying plague in modern times.

Deep in the secret recesses of a Cold War lab, the Russians created tons of deadly bio-weapons. Now, decades later, a protégé of that Russian research is about to release weaponized Ebola into the heart of the South's most iconic city: Atlanta, where the symbols of American "decadence" range from a happily diverse population to the Coca-Cola museum and CNN building.
A preliminary test of the horrifying virus demonstrates the unspeakable suffering of its victims--and alerts the Centers for Disease Control that a terrible pandemic is in the making. CDC Virologist Dr. Dwight Butler begins a frantic effort to track down the source before it's too late.
For new BioDawn CEO Richard Wainwright, it quickly becomes clear that the "accidental" plane crash that killed the pharmaceutical company's entire executive hierarchy may have some connection to the evolving threat. Suddenly Richard is being stalked by a hit woman. He and Butler join forces to find the lone terrorist at the center of a plan that could unleash a modern Black Plague on the western world.

H.W. "Buzz" Bernard is an Air Force veteran and retired Weather Channel meteorologist. His 2010 hurricane thriller, Eyewall, became a number one bestseller in ebook. Visit him at www.buzzbernard.com.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611941768
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CD14NI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good. June 12, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is simply awful. I have a weakness for apocalyptic scenarios, and plague is certainly a subset of this genre. It has been done many times, sometimes brilliantly (Andromeda Strain and The Hot Zone come immediately to mind). This rather weak effort clocks in at about 250 pages, but every trick in the book has been used to stretch it to that length. It has dozens of chapters that leave of mid page. The margins are large, as is the type. The chapter headings take up half a page, buttressed by large, bold recitals of dates and locations, even though the events of the story take place over the course of two days, all in Atlanta, Georgia. Boiled down, what we have is an incredibly thin story that can be read in four hours, easy.

SPOILERS FOLLOW:

The scenario is ridiculous. An Islamic terrorist has somehow gained total control over the Level 4, biohazard containment facility of a domestic biotechnology firm. How could this possibly happen? Who knows, the author glosses over this as if it were a common occurrence. He is on the verge of releasing an airborne Ebola strain that promises to wipe out millions of Americans. Our hero, an interim CEO who steps in after all upper level management are murdered by our terrorist friend, cracks the case within 48 hours, saving the world from certain destruction.

The characters in the book are as one dimensional as you could possibly imagine. The dialogue is laughably atrocious. I promise, you will wince at some of the things that come from the characters' mouths. The events in the book, designed to promote an increasing level of suspense, instead left me rolling my eyes.

This is not good.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plague February 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a galley of Plague from Netgalley and Belle Bridge Books in exchange for an honest review.

A terrorist is targeting the United States (specifically Atlanta). His weapon isn't a bomb, a gun or an airplane. It's Ebola. Specifically a variety of Ebola that is airborne. CDC doctors, the FBI, a corporate CEO and even Mossad are working to stop him before it's too late.

This is a tough book for me to rate. The high level story is very interesting and scary. If terrorists really do get the ability to use germ warfare, we will be in a world of hurt. But, there were certain things about the writing style that didn't allow it to flow. There were several sections with sentences that were too long and the result was too many commas in a section. It wasn't consistent throughout the book but when I hit one of these paragraphs, it was frustrating.

There were some plot issues that bothered me as well. I won't spoil them here but character motivations are important to me. It is hard to believe certain actions are attributable to bright, successful people without more backstory. I also dislike it when things happen to help the protagonist and they are too convenient and not realistic.

The author is a former meteorologist. So, he used several cloud names including cumulonimbi which, again, just seemed liked overkill. The word "cauliflowering" was used as a verb. He also used the phrases "mushroom treatment" and "rock and a hard spot" which felt out-of-place and somewhat outdated. None of these word usages were awful but they did keep me from enjoying it more.

I did enjoy the references to native trees and flowers in Atlanta - living in the south, I see most of these every day. Plus, I lived in Oregon for several years and was excited to see Cannon Beach (one of my favorite places) referenced.

Overall, it was a good book but not great. 3/5 stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plague February 12, 2013
By tmtrvlr
Format:Paperback
Terrorism is frightening enough without the thought of a terrorist attack by a deadly airborne Ebola-type virus. The story starts out strong as the first victims fall ill and the doctors realize what they are facing. The main character, Richard Wainwright, steps in as a temporary CEO of a bio-tech company after the entire administration was killed in an airplane crash. He soon finds himself in more trouble than he can handle.

I did have a few problems with the book. While the character of Richard was likable, he didn't seem very competent in his position, and some of his actions just didn't make sense. One character in the book came across too much like a cartoon ninja character. Then there was Richard's love interest, an odd, not very devout Methodist minister.

I enjoyed the beginning of the book, but it seemed to go down too many rabbit trails before it found its way back. I would have liked more medical and fewer escapades.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scary View of What Could Be All Too Real January 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
I really wanted to like Plague. Descriptions of the book certainly caught my attention and had me anticipating a fast-paced thriller. A "lone-wolf terrorist" was ready to set loose a deadly plague of the Ebola virus on Atlanta. Having read books with similar plots, I was primed and ready for an exciting edge-of-my-seat read.

Author Buzz Bernard gets the story underway in fine fashion. A trial release of the deadly virus in a balloon on a golf course infects two early-morning golfers. The fear and agony one of these victims suffers as the horrible disease spreads through his body grabs the reader and, frankly, frightens the wits out of him. Fright is exciting, especially so when the scenario seems not far-fetched at all. It is all too easy to imagine this kind of thing actually taking place in 21st century America.

The novel's main character, a retired corporate executive named Richard Wainwright appears on the scene when he is persuaded to become the temporary CEO of an Atlanta bio-technology firm after the company's management team perished in a plane crash. Wainwright discovers a mysterious building on the corporate campus and learns that it is off-limits even to him. Curiosity killed the cat and it almost kills the inquisitive CEO.

Somehow the story gets diverted from the terrorist plot to infect metropolitan Atlanta with a deadly virus to Wainwright's adventures as he tries to get a grasp of the goings-on inside his new company. Eventually, the threads of the plot do come together again, but only after the reader feels distracted and maybe even a little bored.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely, Frightening, Entirely Possible...
He's done it again. This time it has nothing to do with weather. His subject is much more frightening in "Plague. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sharon Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars suspence/thriller
Second book of his I read and enjoyed it a lot altho it was kind of creepy because the "Ebola " is now in this country and it makes the book more real. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Patricia Kain
5.0 out of 5 stars One plague everyone should catch
Great read. Loved the action and the characters. I started reading this without knowing a couple of key pieces of information (no spoilers). Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Excellent book. Easy reading and very real content, especially today.
Published 19 days ago by William S. Towers
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the story.
I really enjoyed this book.The story line was good if a little far fetched in places, but that is what fiction is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Read A Lot
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Pace!
Thriller.
A CEO, a female minister, and a terrorist, walk into a titty bar..., you have to read the book to find out how that went. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Page-turner
This gifted author is a magnificent wordcrafter in this fast moving novel of bio-terrorism. He develops the plot carefully and clearly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dave Avis
5.0 out of 5 stars real page turner
Very interging. Held my interest all the way through. A real page turner. Makes you wonder what if it really Happened today.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I wanted the story to go on. Couldnt put the book down. What other books might he be writting? Fantastic!!!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Marie W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I have read some of the other reviews, which I felt were a bit harsh.
I won't get into the context of the story. At this point we all know what it's about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MaryAliece
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BIOGRAPHY

H. W. "Buzz" Bernard is the author of three novels. EYEWALL, his debut novel, became a number-one Kindle best seller. PLAGUE, his second novel, won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award in the suspense/thriller category. His third novel, SUPERCELL, attained top-five status on Kindle's best-seller list.

Buzz is a veteran meteorologist having spent 13 years as a senior meteorologist with The Weather Channel, and 33 years as a weather officer in the U. S. Air Force.

His background as a meteorologist informs both EYEWALL and SUPERCELL. He's had first-hand experience with hurricanes, having penetrated the eyewall of Hurricane Felix in 1995 with the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters. In the spring of 2012, he participated in a tornado chase on the Great Plains with Silver Lining Tours. At The Weather Channel, he worked closely with some of the most highly regarded hurricane and tornado forecasters in the business.

Besides his trip with the Hurricane Hunters, he's flown air drops over the Arctic Ocean and Turkey, and was a weather officer aboard a Tactical Air Command airborne command post (C-135). Additionally, he's provided field support to forest fire fighting operations in the Pacific Northwest, spent a summer working on Alaska's arctic slope and served two tours in Vietnam. Various other jobs, both civilian and military, took him to Germany, Saudi Arabia and Panama.

He stepped away from weather-themed books to write PLAGUE, mainly, he says, because the subject, bioterrorism, scared him half to death. He's now back at work on a meteorological thriller: BLIZZARD.

Buzz is a native Oregonian and attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned a degree in atmospheric science and studied creative writing. He's currently vice president of the Southeastern Writers Association.

After leaving active duty with the Air Force, he spent twenty years in New England, but now lives in Roswell, Georgia, near Atlanta, with his wife, Christina, and overly active Shih Tzu, Stormy (whose namesake appears in SUPERCELL.)

Buzz's Website can be found at www.buzzbernard.com.

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