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Risking the World [Kindle Edition]

Dorian Paul
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Book Description

Kidnapped in Morocco to help weaponize a killer TB, American scientist Claire Ashe says flat out 'No,' an answer that triggers a chain of shattering events. For starters it pits her against David Ruskin, an arms dealer, and Varat, the mastermind behind the plot. She doesn't know David's a British intelligence officer sent to unravel Varat's plans or that he's secretly intent on personal vengeance against Varat. When David's forced to flee with Claire, his mission a failure on every count because he intervened in her near rape, things get more than a little complicated. Soon death, betrayal, and career suicide become part of a shared reality that puts their already frayed trust in each other to the test. When the first TB attack strikes a Paris nursery school and all the kids die, their cooperation is as vital as their mounting attraction is dangerous. They reach a boiling point when his goal to end the game at any cost goes against her conviction that the exacting science needed to find an antidote is the only thing that will save the day. Who wins and at what price? Read Risking the World to find out!

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About the Author

Dorian Paul pulls together an extensive career in science with the creation of an intelligent bioterrorism thriller whose characters you won't soon forget.  Absorption in a world of germ warfare made plausible and fully understandable is only one interest.  Add to that entrepreneurial small business endeavors peopled by like-minded souls and in demand by biotech and pharmaceutical companies and you'll discover the passion of Dorian Paul.  Not to mention a decided inclination to relish New England beach walks or visit favorite cities like New York, London, or Baden-Baden.  Of course, that's only when a new story isn't budding in the brain

Product Details

  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475299141
  • Publisher: Wilde About You (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074BE540
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating Account of Bioterrorism March 23, 2012
By Jack
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This is a frightening but fascinating account of a bioterrorism plot involving brilliant scientists, one with the goal of weaponizing a rapidly acting TB strain and another working feverishly on a vaccine. It is told in a manner that compels the audience to move forward to the culmination to find out who wins the battle or if, in fact, anyone does. The story contains terrifying scenes describing the effects of the Tivaz TB strain on children with immature immune systems, but also offers hope for an antidote. While weaving the tale, the author skillfully describes the principal characters' motivations, the effects their families and past experiences have on their actions, and their interrelationships with one another, including love interest between Claire Ashe, the American scientist, and David Ruskin, the British government agent. In addition to the tension provided by the bioterrorist plot, there is an underlying excitement throughout the story provided by David's obsession with killing Varat, the Moroccan arms dealer responsible for kidnapping Claire and stockpiling Tivaz TB. The story avoids categorizing the characters as good or evil but gives the readers some leverage in forming their own opinions. Readers will truly enjoy and learn a great deal from this book.
Reviewed by Carol Callahan
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent Thriller February 25, 2012
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I'm a great fan of such thriller writers as Ken Follett and Robert Harris: that is, I like intelligent and well-written thrillers that deal thoughtfully with issues of importance in the real world. One can hardly imagine a more pressing issue than bioterrorism -- a true nightmare, and one that has too often been realized. Dorian Paul has dug deeply into the grisly possibilities here, asking what might happen if TB could be turned into a weapon, showing us the grisly possibilities. The pacing is fast and furious, and Dr. Ashe, the appealing scientist at the center of this novel, lives and breathes. David Ruskin is a subtle and witty heir to the tradition of James Bond: a man of many guises. Varat is a classic antagonist, artfully drawn, frightening. In all, this is a splendid read, and I look forward to the next book by Paul.

Jay Parini
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem in a sea of duds August 11, 2013
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I got this book (as well as many others) when it was free. The free books tend to be horrible. I had given up reading them altogether since they were not even worth the price of free!!!. Then I came across this one in my kindle and saw that the ratings were high and I liked the premise of the book. So I gave it a shot and I am glad that I did. This is a VERY well written book that contains a lot of interesting science. Now don't be turned off by the science. Even if you don't understand a word of it, it does not take away from the story. If you love science as I do, you will appreciate the fact that the author did not dumb it down or go into great unnecessary detail. It is a fast paced thriller that I very much enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a rare combination April 10, 2012
By Linda
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It is rare that a thriller teaches me as much as I learned about science and about the potential threats to peace and humanity as I have learned from reading <Risking the World.> The craft of the book lies, in great part, in the author's ability to weave the science and the geo-politics seamlessly with the love story. I was never intimidated by the complexities of the laboratory scenes and discussion, but rather felt they enhanced the plot. The scope of the settings must also be praised, as the reader is whirled from stately homes in England to the mountains of Morocco, from Paris to New York; yet, the pace was never dizzying. When I consider what else I now know about ancient weapons and hand-crafted china. . .wow!

I want to know what happens between Bobby and Elizabeth--is there another novel on the way?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A risk worth taking March 20, 2012
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Ostensibly a well-paced bio-terrorism thriller with a host of finely realized characters, this novel, whose action ranges over three continents, vividly explores the collective and personal anxieties of our time. It offers an accomplished commentary on the psychological imperatives which surface in enterprises of great stress. Its principal virtue is that it avoids sacrificing narrative impetus to the delineation character and the portrayal of inter-personal relations while maintaining their centrality. A very good read - get it while its hot! Anthony Hamilton
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent, literate thriller March 26, 2012
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If you like your thrillers to be intelligent, with believable, vivid characters, you'll want this book. Like any great thriller, it gives you an adrenaline rush, but there's much more to "Risking the World" than that. It offers true-to-life characters that you really care about, a particularly unforgettable villain, a driving plot, and a fascinating look into the frontiers of bio-terrorism. It's that rare thriller that doesn't engross you --- it keeps you thinking as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Risking The World-Chemical Warfare May 3, 2013
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Mystery/Thriller story about bio-terrorism. Scientists rush to come up with a cure for the chemical warfare that has been unleashed.

Lots of intrigue about the race to find the bad guys and contain the threat. Romance between the lead scientist Claire and a top agent keeps the story interesting.

Lots of editing errors in the book but if you can overlook those, it's a decent story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun engaging read: Risking the World
Fun to read a different genre than I typically read! I tend to read self help, chick lit, and stay away from science based fiction, but what a great story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable
I got bored just a few chapters in, put it aside with the intent of picking it up later to resume reading it, but never read another word of it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by John C. Doering
5.0 out of 5 stars unbelieably possible
Once I got started reading RISKING THE WORLD, I couldn't stop. I was up half the night reading it. Dorian Paul's plot and characters were completely believable. Read more
Published on February 2, 2013 by lady saule
3.0 out of 5 stars Fighting Rogue Bioweapon Development
This story is based on a reasonably believable scenario in which a rogue criminal and scientist are working to develop a bioweapon (and succeed in using it several times). Read more
Published on December 31, 2012 by Ann Geiger
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama, Drama, Drama
Risking The World began in ernest with an exciting and perilous adventure about a TB researcher who was kidnapped by a terrorist who wants to weaponize TB. Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by Molly KED
5.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate deadline!
All too often, techno thrillers focus on either non-stop action or on technology. In this case, though, we are presented with a very well written, well rounded novel, which,... Read more
Published on August 26, 2012 by Shoshana Hathaway
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read in a while!
I will admit that when I am lucky enough to get a "free" book I hope it will be good but never expect it to be excellent. This book changed my mind about that! Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by Winona Wentworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good medical/scientific mystery
This was a very good medical/scientific mystery. The plot was great and the characters were interesting. My only and very small objection was the dialect of the the CIA agent. Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by M. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quintessential Summer Read!
Risking the World provides everything one wants in an escapist summer novel: intriguing characters, exotic settings, adrenaline surging suspense and lusty romance. Read more
Published on August 1, 2012 by Anne L. Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Page Turner
Fast paced page turner. Plot is scientifically literate but easily accessible to the non-scientist.

Will there be a sequel? Inquiring minds want to know.
Published on July 23, 2012 by akjamie
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More About the Author

Dorian Paul is Dorrie Parini and Paul LaFerriere, writing partners and spouses. We met at a small consulting company prior to starting our own science writing company, and before taking the plunge into wedded bliss. Talk about entrepreneurial risk! We worked together, mostly on the same page, providing Fortune 100 pharmaceutical and biotech companies with accurate and cutting-edge science information for their markets. Along the way our little endeavor collected over 100 writers, artists, designers and computer specialists. We sold it, but couldn't stop writing together so we turned to fiction with a science twist. Risking the World, our first biotech thriller, was an Amazon Bestseller in suspense, and Zero Emissions is our latest entry. We write books that combine the adventure of a man and woman working side-by-side in a start-up enterprise, the joys and trials of mixing work and love, and stories of how science impacts the lives of ordinary people in unexpected ways. Try one of our books if you're looking for a unique page-turner!

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