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SECTOR C [Kindle Edition]

Phoenix Sullivan
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Book Description

A rise in stroke-like cases has CDC analyst Mike Shafer on alert. Patients in every demographic in the Great Plains area, from toddlers to healthy adults to the elderly, are succumbing to rapid deterioration – and death.

Veterinarian Donna Bailey, meanwhile, is dealing with an outbreak of her own. It looks like mad cow disease. But to be affecting so many species? Impossible.

Whatever it is, it’s spreading. Fast.

As state and federal agencies race to contain the growing threats, Mike and Donna’s searches for Patient Zero intersect at a big-game compound in a remote corner of North Dakota. There they find their answer buried in a secret thought extinct for 10,000 years. A secret entrepreneur Walt Thurman will kill to protect.

But even if Mike and Donna can escape the compound with the secret of Sector C, it may already be too late.

Because after today, extinct no longer means forever.

Ripped from today’s research and tomorrow’s headlines, SECTOR C is a near-future medical mystery / ecothriller fans of Michael Crichton and Daniel Kalla are sure to enjoy.

82,000 words; about 328 pages

“Settle in for a satisfying mystery that plays out through clues dropped into story lines you know must somehow be connected but you’re not sure how. Halfway through, you and the two main characters learn what the answer to the mystery is, then the MCs are off running for their lives, only to maybe be saved by – oh, now that would be telling!”

“Solid mystery in the beginning, fun thrills at the end.”

“With such a wild hypothesis at its core, the action in this book could have been ramped up right out of the realm of believability. A restrained hand makes the crisis not only plausible, you’ll be watching the news certain that it’s inevitable.”

“Don’t expect a pulse-pounding adventure beginning to end. But brain-pounding? If there was an ‘intelligent thriller’ category, SECTOR C would be in the top 10. It’s one ah-ha moment after another.”

Editorial Reviews


"Solid mystery in the beginning, fun thrills at the end."

"With such a wild hypothesis at its core, the action in this book could have been ramped up right out of the realm of believability. A restrained hand makes the crisis not only plausible, you'll be watching the news certain that it's inevitable."

"Don't expect a pulse-pounding adventure beginning to end. But brain-pounding? If there was an 'intelligent thriller' category, SECTOR C would be in the top 10. It's one ah-ha moment after another."

Product Details

  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K4W0QS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done! November 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a great read - and the author really seems to know her stuff on the scientific issues. The book reminded me a bit of Jurassic Park (which I also loved). The first half is spent trying to figure out the mystery and the second half turns into a faster-paced action story. The ending felt a bit anti-climactic though, but this wasn't enough to make me take a star off. Recommended.
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but sloppy and incomplete May 3, 2012
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The premise, doomsday by prion, is interesting, scary. I liked the characters (the good guys, I mean.) The science, well, I don't know enough about prions or cloning or extracting viable dna from ice-age mammals to know if developments in the novel are even viable in the near future.

The writing, well, there are a lot of speeches. Snappy it's not. Yet the really interesting stuff, like what, exactly, the vectors are (why didn't some people get infected?) and what's happening to the human population and did it spread outside of the quarantine area (those CEOs that died and their families, etc.) and what's happening with the "cure" (was the disease progressing in our heroine or was it arrested?) -- you know, the actual impact beyond millions of dead non-human mammals, the allusions to "things are gonna be different," -- all this stuff just wasn't there. It just jumped from being fraught to wishy washy. Like the author ran out of steam.

Then there is the silly stuff, like the weird ranks in the national guard and the president and not the governor calling them out, the CIA having anything to do with law enforcement (especially on US soil), and the entire dropped storyline -- you know, those dozen guys who burned down the fence and planned to storm Triple E, whatever happened with them? Thwarting international transaction by bureaucracy is also a stretch -- it would take too long and at by the point this transaction was caught by the government, the knowledge transfer would already have taken place. And what difference does it make anyway, once the government decided it was a matter of national security to ignore ownership (which makes sense), it means that anyone can come up with the alleged cure?

It's a lot of money for half a story.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, fast-paced techno-thriller October 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Sector C starts slowly with a lot of viewpoints. There's a lot of information to take in. But the patient reader is rewarded: once the story starts moving, this techno-thriller lives up to the genre. The near-future scenario is easy to imagine and the medical response and corporate motivations all too believable. At its heart, though, this novel is about hope, not dystopia.

Well worth a read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Most of my reviews are for stuff that I either really liked or really disliked. It is that vast space in the middle from "Meh" to "So-So" to "Could have..." that isn't reviewed by me because they are so hard to grade. Overall, I'd give this a 3.5 as it is now but it would easily...very upgraded to a 4 with a couple of fixes in a revised version.

Those "fixes" are, in my opinion:
-Close the storylines! Too many small characters in the story just disappeared or seemed to have real impact and then vanished.
-Set the Ending! It's perfectly okay to have an ending where the reader can flesh out the impacts in their own mind but the scene for that has to be set so that the direction is one they confidently take, even when there are a variety of directions. In this case, we didn't have enough information to set those scenes for ourselves, one way or another.
-Don't tweak what the various aphabet agencies actually do! Too many people are very aware, or at least knowledgable enough, about what the various agencies do and how they do it for there to be too much deviation from that. CDC has a set and very reliable pattern of investigation and given the unique and very bounded set of initial victims, they would have zeroed in Triple E very, very quickly.

All that said, I really did like the story. I know, it doesn't sound like that, but I did. Taking the human desire to constantly push boundaries and combining it with the overwhelming hubris of some of the very successful does (and probably will) create situations where places like this crop up. After all, it isn't old news that if you have enough money, you can go places in the world and eat an animal that may be just 1 of a hundred left in the world. Or smuggle in something vanishingly rare as a house pet.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent story but alot of innacuracies January 11, 2012
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The author spins a nice little yarn, combining science, disease, corporate misdeeds and the gallant duo trying to set everything right. However, the author does not know much about how the military works. There is no such rank as a brigadier colonel. The President does not call out the National Guard; the state's governor does. The President can federalize the NG, but he does not call it out. Guardsmen typically do not go to the field in "pressed slacks"; they go in camouflage battle dress uniforms. These are minor inaccuracies, but they do detract from the story, because they are so persistent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging. A 'thinker' and a fun read. January 29, 2012
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I love technothrillers like this. Science and disease set in the very near-future. Throw in some corporate greed. I can imagine this as a real news event. It's very plausible, not at all far-fetched.

The book begins with a series of seemingly unconnected stories, but then you quickly notice the clues adding up. The first 2/3 of the book deals with these clues and discoveries, which lead up to the 'a-ha' moment when we finally learn exactly what the deal is about Sector C. As at least one other reviewer mentioned, the very ending is a bit anti-climactic and unresolved, but it doesn't take much away from enjoying the book. I do wish it continued further, so we could learn more about the aftermath of this disease.

Well written and well researched -- Sullivan has clearly done her homework. It is also well-edited, something you don't often see in a free download! Just 'sciency' enough for my tastes, without being overly technical. Engaging. A 'thinker' and a fun read. I hope Sullivan writes another like this. I'd definitely pay for the next one.
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Published 2 months ago by Nest8Robin
2.0 out of 5 stars I hate books like this
It's that all? Just left hanging at to what happened? I hate books like this! Was starting to get depressing but excited to find out how the cure was found and who lived. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and well-researched — a great read!
This is a suspenseful, well-researched and beautifully paced story. The author did her homework; yet the science didn't get in the way of either the characters or the plot. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars SECTOR C ROCKS!
I really enjoyed this novel of suspense, action and a tad of mystery. Loved the main characters, Dr. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patsy LaRose
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! If you like Michael Crichton novels
Very good book! If you like Michael Crichton novels, you'll like this one .
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good!
A little slow to start, but then it became very intriguing. Hard to put down! The possibilities of the concept kept me thinking.
Published 5 months ago by hockeygol
4.0 out of 5 stars Megabeasts and diseases
Greed rears itself in this tale...and science. We have come a long way with things that can be done not always sure it is the best for the human race.
Published 5 months ago by ladybook
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
We are all responsible for our actions, and that which we do when primarily motivated by financial gain are the most likely to be if the highest risk for mankind. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C'est Moi!
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The story was interesting and probably will one day come true to one extent or another. However, I think they wrapped the ending up a bit too fast with no idea whether Donna would... Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Fowler
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More About the Author

In the corporate world, Phoenix was a professional writer and editor for 23 years. Before that, she was a registered veterinary technician, working with small animal clinics and wildlife rehab centers. Today she lives on a 27-acre farm with a handful of ponies, dogs, cats, chickens, guineas and goats. Mostly, she gets to write the books nearest to her heart, whether they be sexy paranormals set in Arthurian times or near-future medical thrillers. She has a secret soft spot for slash and angst. Then again, that's probably not so much a secret after all...

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