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The Disease [Kindle Edition]

George Hamilton , Olivia Wood
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Book Description

Doctor Ludmilla Toropov is a Gold Cross bearing Daughter of her Nation, a champion advocate for President for life, Emile Sakovich. Her estranged daughter, Olga, has joined the student dissidents. When a deadly virus sweeps the world, wiping out millions in weeks, her repressive East European nation, under sanctions from the international community, becomes the first to develop a vaccine. But with their antiquated production facilities, they are only able to satisfy the demand of a small section of their population. Doctor Toropov can either watch hundreds of her patients die, or defy the state that nurtured her by attempting to smuggle the drug out to the West to be synthesized. One choice will pit her against her daughter, the other could unearth unpalatable secrets, and land her in a gulag jail.


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"A deadly virus is sweeping the world, killing millions and there is no treatment or cure...or is there?

Author George Hamilton offers readers a great read in this book. I've always loved medical thrillers and this one is that and more. There are twists and turns, conspiracies, political intrigue, genocide, and the love of a mother for her daughter." Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

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  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Browsing Rhino Ltd (December 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ASCJGHS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Moral Quandry February 8, 2013
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Author George Hamilton has effectively and intelligently written a story with a mesmerizing plot full of intriguing characters with twists and turns that will keep you totally engaged.

Dr. Ludmilla Toropov, holder of the Gold Cross as a Daughter of the Nation, is a devoted member of her Eastern European country where a deadly virus has plagued her country as well as countries around the globe. Her daughter Olga is a student who is extremely resistant of their government which causes great tension between mother and daughter.

When the Ministry of Health discovers a vaccine for the virus it is distributed in limited quantities accompanied by a list of people who are to receive the vaccine. Because of the limited manufacturing of the vaccine Dr. Toropov is crippled by the moral quandary of sharing the vaccine with a colleague from the United States in order that all people can benefit from the vaccine. Should she continue to blindly conform to her loyalties with the State or go against everything she has ever believed and share the knowledge with the world for the greater good?

The backdrop for this story is a fictitious European Country where loyalty and conformity are essential. The depiction of the consequences incurred when this loyalty is compromised is alarming and all too real to consider.

I found the conflict that existed between mother and daughter to be one of the essential relationships of the story. The portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to protect and love her daughter while sacrificing her own principles is written with great emotion and sensitivity. The relationships and conflicts between the characters are intense and impact the story in a dramatic and urgent fashion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Disease December 28, 2012
By Joo
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story of plague hitting the world. Ludmilla is a local GP in an Eastern European country who finds out that the government is against the cure.

Most biological thrillers tend to be full of exciting chases, where the lead character is hunky, fit and gets the girl as well as finds a cure for mankind. This is the opposite. Ludmilla's a dumpy middle-aged woman (or at least she's dumpy in my imagination) who just cares about her patients and her wayward daughter. This doesn't make it a lesser book, it makes it a welcome change.

George Hamilton writes a very good story. He makes the characters believable even though they are a long way from what you know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worldwide Pandemic December 24, 2012
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Dr. Ludmilla Toropov, a champion advocate for President Emile Sakovich, along with her doctor friend, Elena Ragula, were trapped in the midst of a new viral pandemic, which was killing people all over the world by the thousands. There was no valuable information on the virus other than its symptoms and that it might be airborne so everyone wore medical face masks. Ludmilla's father had died when she was a youngster and she had high marks as a student and so was awarded a gold medal from Sakovich, the President and dictator of a country governed much like Russia under Stalin. The country was isolated and under sanctions of the United States. Ludmilla was a good citizen, a follower and obeyed the laws, as did Elena, but Ludmilla had a daughter, Olga, and Elena's son, Uri, who were both dissidents along with other students, resisting their government in every manner. As a result, Ludmilla and Olga were always in conflict, much to Ludmilla's sorrow.

The doctors of the country were notified by the Ministry of Health that a vaccine had been made to resist the virus, but that it was in short supply and accordingly with each supply of vaccine would be a list of which patients were to be inoculated first. Curiously, Ludmilla was not included nor any member of her clinic. Soon the information got out first in the country and then worldwide that Ludmilla's country had developed a vaccine. People were storming the clinic attempting to get inoculated, but the dictator's men kept tight watch on the population, even using the army. Ludmilla was contacted by Dr. Kathy Barclay of the United States, whom she had met twenty years prior as exchange students. All doctors in Sakovich's country were forbidden to discuss the vaccine with anyone and especially outsiders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended December 24, 2012
By ElaineG
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book which is set in an unnamed Eastern European country and is the story of Doctor Ludmilla Toropov, a loyal member of the state.. The story is set in a time when the whole world is in the grip of a killer virus which seems incurable until a vaccine is suddenly discovered and secretly rolled out slowly to the population, with demand outstripping supply. As the story progresses we see Ludmilla facing a huge moral dilemma as she struggles to decide whether her loyalties lie with the State or the Hippocratic Oath she took when she became a doctor. Set in a world where it seems that even the very walls have ears and nobody can be trusted and nothing is really as it seems, the story is a gripping, thrilling read, moving along at a good pace with plenty of twists and turns and shocks along the way. It is a much darker read than the author's previous books, more in the thriller genre and very much led by relationships, in this case the one between Ludmilla and her daughter. Highly recommended.

Disclaimer: I was asked to read this book as a Beta Reader by the author during proof stage, but have not been requested to review the book, neither do I stand to make any gain, financial or otherwise, from the sale of the book.
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More About the Author

George Hamilton likes to know what's going on around the world, to delve into the customs and practices of different cultures, and this is often a feature of his novels. His tales are based on people's intense personal or family dramas, with major social or political events strongly impacting their story. In addition to World Literature, he also writes multi-genre novels which include: Historical, Suspense/Thriller, and Contemporary. He currently lives in London, England.

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