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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (May 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595316239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595316236
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,196,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliant." -- Napa Valley Register, November 21, 2004

"One shock leads to another." -- Carmel Valley News, November 12, 2004

From the Publisher

DNA, The Code of Life --and Death.

A Deadly Microbe... When a U.S. Customs inspector at the Canadian border succumbs to a fatal viral infection, a terrifying fear becomes reality. Someone has smuggled a devastating, genetically altered strain of smallpox virus into the country. But where is it? And just how deadly might it be?

A Master Terrorist... Sheik Abdul-Ghazi, oil billionaire turned terrorist, is the mastermind of a plot to spread a modern plague, killing millions. He and his jihadi zealots are holed up on a remote western ranch, preparing to unleash their nightmare weapon on American cities.

A Beautiful Woman... Jameela Noori, Abdul-Ghazi's Egyptian-born Arabian horse trainer, may be the consummate blend of loveliness and treachery. Or is she the weak link in a diabolical scheme?

The Greatest Mind Since Sherlock Holmes... As the new plague's first victims die, brilliant vaccine researcher, Dr. Peyton McKean, is enlisted by the Centers for Disease Control to track down the source of the virus and find a cure. From his lab to the highway, to a horseback chase in a hail of bullets, McKean brings to bear his keen intellect and the boldness of a born adventurer. But overcoming this threat will take more than daring. It will take a medical miracle...


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Thomas Patrick Hopp writes mystery and science fiction novels and short stories. He was born in Seattle, Washington, and lived his earliest years in a housing project on the banks of the Duwamish River. Despite a tough start in life, good grades at the University of Washington and a perfect score on the Graduate Record Exam got him into Cornell University Medical College. He helped found the multi-billion-dollar Seattle biotechnology company, Immunex Corporation.

His Dinosaur Wars science fiction books have been described as "Star Wars meets Jurassic Park." Filled with action and adventure, these stories follow Yellowstone Park naturalist Chase Armstrong and Montana rancher's daughter Kit Daniels in their struggles to survive an invasion of intelligent dinosaurs returning from space after 65 million years. The dinos have come to reclaim their home world -- our world! Enjoyable reading for all age groups.

His Peyton McKean mysteries follow a super-intelligent sleuth billed as "The Greatest Mind Since Sherlock Holmes." Like the author himself, Dr. McKean isn't a user of DNA tests as much as an inventor of DNA tests. Peyton is called in when other efforts at a crime scene have failed. And he never ceases to amaze. His insights into crimes and criminal behavior stem from years of training in the biology of the most interesting of organisms, Homo sapiens.

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The threat of an international bioterrorist attack against the U.S. becomes real in Thomas P. Hopp's novel, The Jihad Virus.
L.A. Toland
I do know writers in this genre are particularly sensitive to whatever threats the United States faces at the moment, as well they should be.
Jeffrey Leach
This background serves him well, as he does an excellent job in describing the underlying biological basis for the smallpox virus.
Charles Ashbacher

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
THE JIHAD VIRUS is one of those rare books that pack so much understandable information about matters scientific that the reader benefits form an enriched education while still being "entertained." Thomas P. Hopp reveals himself to be a fine writer, able to use his obvious depth of knowledge (he is schooled in immunology and virology and has made a significant impact on the fields of genetic engineering and vaccine production) and go beyond those elements of content to create a novel that is enriched by three-dimensional characters about whom we care very much. He wisely introduces his story with a quiet press conference about a problem at the Canadian/US border that his inquisitive reporter Fin Morton investigates and finds that the 'problem' is a genetically altered form of smallpox virus that has been engineered by Islamic terrorists to be a weapon of vast destruction not unlike the plague of the Middle Ages! Just how he proceeds with his investigative reporting, enlisting a genius immunologist, becoming infected with the deadly altered virus, and eventually uncovering the deadly plot, makes for page-turning reading. Yes, similar topics are rampant in both the movie theaters and on the shelves in bookstores right now: we live in the time of fear and anxiety about germ warfare among other forms of terrorism. But few writers have the ability to create so credible a scenario as Hopp. This is a fascinating book to read, a wakeup call to those who think 'it can't happen here', and a tribute to the talent of a fine scientist who has successfully crossed the bridge into quality literature! Recommended Reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on September 18, 2004
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Since I don't read thrillers all that often, I can't say whether or not the events of September 11, 2001 fundamentally changed the genre. You would think that dark day would, though. I suspect the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon provided writers of medical, biological, and terrorist themed thrillers with a plethora of plot narratives to exploit. I do know writers in this genre are particularly sensitive to whatever threats the United States faces at the moment, as well they should be. A few years ago I read one of these books that dealt with the rise of a dangerous religious cult, right around the time the Heaven's Gate group went bonkers. September 11, 2001 sits in a league of its own, with the threat of nuclear, biological, and chemical disasters hovering over our heads even three years later. The opportunities for terrorists to strike at us are endless, and so are the possibilities for writing a book about Islamic fundamentalists threats. "The Jihad Virus" is such a novel, a book detailing the potential dangers of an Al-Qaeda type group attacking the United States with a modified form of everyone's favorite friend from yesteryear, smallpox.

The story of this potentially catastrophic disaster comes to us in the form of a narrative told by Phineus "Fin" Morton, a reporter whose beat covers the medical field. He's the guy who punches up the articles on the latest cancer treatments or the groundbreaking work in the field of virus research. Old Fin knows he's on to something huge when he attends what he thought would be a routine press conference in the Pacific Northwest. It's hardly routine. Morton is on hand to hear the details of a smallpox outbreak near the Canadian border.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Toland on October 14, 2004
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The threat of an international bioterrorist attack against the U.S. becomes real in Thomas P. Hopp's novel, The Jihad Virus. A world-recognized vaccine expert, Dr. Hopp writes with authority about what might happen if Islamic terrorists unleashed a deadly, mutated strain of smallpox virus in America.

The Jihad Virus opens as a medical reporter, Fin Morton, attends a press conference at a Seattle public health hospital to learn that a customs inspector at the Canadian border has been admitted to the isolation ward-with smallpox.

One shock leads to another as Fin learns that the virus's DNA has been deliberately engineered to enhance its lethality. Fin follows the progress of a brilliant vaccine researcher, Dr. Peyton McKean, as the biotech sleuth attempts to discover the whereabouts of the terrorists, and develop a vaccine to protect Americans against the Jihad Virus's deadly effects. A trail of clues leads to a remote western ranch, where Islamic fundamentalists are preparing a massive assault against the population of the U.S., led by master terrorist, Sheik Abdul-Ghazi.

Millions may die unless McKean can find a cure. But first, McKean and Fin are challenged to save themselves, when they are captured by the Sheik's cohorts and deliberately infected with the very virus McKean is trying to cure! The Jihad Virus explores one of America's darkest fears, but offers hope of fighting back against the deadliest assault on humanity imaginable, biological warfare.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2004
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The best action novels about the possible end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it are usually inform us about the details of threats of lifestyles that are hidden to the average reader. The Jihad Virus takes that important informational element and expands it way beyond what I have ever seen done before concerning bioweapons. The result is to both inform and entertain the reader in a pleasantly terrifying way.

Dr. Hopp is the real thing in this area. He has a Ph.D. from Cornell and worked at Immunex in biotechnology. In addition, he holds a number of patents for genetic engineering and vaccine technologies.

For many people, that background would be a little discouraging. How can we possibly understand what Dr. Hopp does? Well, he makes it amazingly easy to follow advanced ideas and practices, and to make them quite interesting. The book even his little jokes hidden in it to make the whole subject less daunting.

If I were only grading this book on its ability to put together a taut plot on bioweapons, it would be more than a five-star book.

Why then, did I grade The Jihad Virus a little lower than that? Well, Dr. Hopp decides to take his scientific and journalist heroes and make them into action heroes as well. To do that, he has to stretch the plot a little more than is good for the story's believability. So the book is filled with more coincidences than is good for it. But Dr. Hopp does keep his tongue firmly in his cheek in such scenes and makes them humorous as well as entertaining. It's just that you step back away from the story when he does rather than continuing to be frightened by it.

On the other hand, if you like your suspense action-thrillers to have a campy side, this is definitely your book.

I hope Dr. Hopp will write more books like this one.

Keep your eyes open for what doesn't fit!
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