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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Classics (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671018086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671018085
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,264,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Dewar, a sophisticated, respectable doctor, seems an unlikely protagonist in a murder mystery, but when it involves smallpox, he is just the right person to call. After the British border patrol in Saudi Arabia discovers an infected man near death and an Iraqi doctoral candidate commits suicide in Edinburgh, Dewar connects the two incidents and deduces that the Iraqis are resurrecting the smallpox virus in order to engage in biological warfare. After that, it can only be expected, as in any thriller, that the worst will happen and it does. At times, the story is predictable and anticlimactic. What makes the story interesting, however, is the tension of the smallpox virus, which breaks out in a rowdy, drug-infested neighborhood, and Dewar's own compassion. Although the language could have easily dipped into medical and scientific mumbo-jumbo, layman's terms are primarily used so that anyone can understand the discussions. The smallpox virus may now be extinct, but good stories about it still thrive. Ellie Barta-Moran --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

KEN McCLURE is an award-winning medical scientist as well as a global selling author. He was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied medical sciences and cultivated a career that has seen him become a prize-winning researcher in his field. Using this strong background to base his thrillers in the world of science and medicine, he is currently the author of twenty-three novels and his work is available across the globe in over twenty languages. He has visited and stayed in many countries in the course of his research but now lives in the county of East Lothian, just outside Edinburgh.

www.kenmcclure.com


Customer Reviews

This was a true thriller and the characters were so real.
Mr. Ronald L. Roberson
This practice has been done by one of the researchers in Dr. Malloy's lab in Edinburgh at the university who has too many fragments of it.
carol irvin
Interesting topic, but overall I thought the plot and character development were a little weak.
James J. Shaw

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Investigator Dewar must determine pursuant to a WHO directive whether too many fragments of the smallpox virus are being held by research labs in the UK. He is a sci-med investigator doctor with the UK Home Office. I didn't even realize that labs could get fragments of the virus but it turns out that the virus is useful to researchers in other areas, such as AIDS research. What some of them have been doing is getting more than their allowed share of the fragments by borrowing from other researchers or taking their samples with them when they transfer to other labs. This practice has been done by one of the researchers in Dr. Malloy's lab in Edinburgh at the university who has too many fragments of it. While investigating the lab in Edinburgh, there is an actual smallpox outbreak in Edinburgh and Dewar is convinced that it must tie into the lab. Some Iraqis with ties to terrorism are in town as well and they seem to be waiting for something, something worse than has already happened! This is very riveting because it is one of the more probable scenarios for biological warfare with a truly horrifying disease. I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maryann Watkins on January 15, 2012
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After reading "Pestilence" by Ken McClure, I definitely wanted to read "Resurrection" and I was not disappointed! It is one incredible story!

This medical mystery has a rather unassuming doctor, Adam Dewar, investigating the source of a smallpox virus that threatens to bring the killer disease back to the world's population in horrendous fashion. Contemporary in nature, "Resurrection" involves the Iraqis and a Scottish medical research facility working on a vaccination for the AIDS virus.

What is the connection between the two ... or is there a connection at all? Dewar thinks so; he does not believe in coincidence, but he has no evidence. His investigation takes the reader around some dark corners and through lots of hills and valleys.

The characters are quite believable and, unfortunately, so is the story. Pretty darn scary. I don't want to give up too much information ... that's for you to gather as you read this true page-turner.

I was bothered a bit by some punctuation problems, specifically quotation marks denoting conversation. But that will NOT detract from your reading enjoyment. Get the book and settle in for a great ride!

One thing is for sure: I will be looking for more Ken McClure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mamabear Cherei on September 6, 2012
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I very much enjoyed Ken McClure's, 'Resurrection'! It was somewhat odd to read about Saddam Hussein.. but, as this book is a little older.. we can only give thanks that Iraq did NOT get it's hands on Smallpox. I was vaccinated against the disease in the mid Sixties. But, when the WHO eliminated smallpox in the seventies.. vaccinations for it were no longer seen as needed. This book takes on a nice twist of how researchers are still using portions of the smallpox genome to create CURES for other diseases that plague us today.

'Resurrection' is about a government official sent to find out how many research facilities have more of the smallpox genome fragments than they claim to have. To find out if someone in the research community is trying to resurrect smallpox to use against the unprotected citizens of Europe. While he is on assignment.. a drug addict is admitted to the local hospital with a severe case of smallpox.

Soon, the hospitals are filling with victims. And, there's no vaccine forthcoming. The officials must work together to find WHERE the first victim caught smallpox.. and to find out if it's tied to an Iraqi student who recently committed suicide.

The book flows nicely! From beginning to end. You just need to get your mindset SET.. before 9/11. I don't want to spoil the ending. But, it's terrifying that it could be this easy to resurrect the smallpox virus. May our children NEVER have to go through anything like what Ken McClure wrote about.. in 'Resurrection'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ladyfire on April 30, 2012
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Dr. Dewar is not your average doctor; he's a medical investigator with the British government. When smallpox breaks out in Edinburgh he must follow the leads to find the source. The story features Iraqis as the villains (maybe), confrontations with the "yobs", a difficult police commander, and several scientists. Interesting mix of characters and a plausible story make this an interesting read.

Kindle formatting is not particularly good but isn't a dealbreaker.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ronald L. Roberson on January 3, 2007
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This was a true thriller and the characters were so real. He writes words that seem so real. The premise was also very upto date. Bought several copies to give to friends
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SkiewiesNam on November 19, 2012
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I just can't seem to get enought of Ken McClure and Steven Dunbar. It feels like I know the characters personally and I get so involved with their joys and pain. I just couldn't put the book down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MS rkf on May 12, 2012
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This was my first really enjoyable read on my kindle. Better editing than I have found on others. Really good suspenseful story.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PollyM on February 22, 2012
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This was a very slow moving novel. It certainly was not a novel that I thought about when I wasn't reading it and this is always the acid test for me - if I'm thinking about it and can't wait to get back to reading it; then its a great book.

I kept waiting for something solid to happen and then when things finally did start to happen, I guessed who the 'villian of the piece' was immediately. To be completely honest, I kind of couldn't wait to finish it, hoping that I'd guessed wrong but unfortunately I hadn't.

Also, I was exasperated by the punctuation problems: quotation marks that were missing in conversations and quotation marks that were inserted where there was no conversation, two full stops denoting the end of a sentance. A lot of attention to detail in the editing was required.

If I could score it 2.5 I would. I also will not be recommending it to my reading colleagues. Sorry, author!
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