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The Nirvana Plague [Kindle Edition]

Gary Glass
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Book Description

What if perfect peace and happiness were a contagious disease? In this fast-paced, thought-provoking thriller, a schizophrenic scientist, an ambitious Chicago psychiatrist, and a hard-driving Army colonel are at the center of a frantic international struggle between the powers of government and a mind-bending outbreak of cosmic consciousness.

A bizarre illness spreads through a Chicago psychiatric hospital. Dr Carl Marley, a bored but ambitious psychiatrist, seizes the chance to grab some attention by “discovering” the new disorder. But when an Army colonel summons him to a government-sponsored taskforce to investigate the syndrome, he learns the disease he thought he’d discovered is already so widespread in the military that it threatens to undermine the foundations of power. A high-stakes race to understand the disease takes the team from the NIH campus in Bethesda, to a war zone in the Kashmiri highlands, to a high-tech biodefense facility near Juneau, Alaska.

As the outbreak spreads around the globe and desperate governments impose increasingly severe measures to contain it, Marley begins to suspect that what is happening is not the apocalypse they fear — but something far more radical. Marley’s star patient, a brilliant but profoundly psychotic scientist named Roger Sturgeon, escapes from the facility into the city, and Marley attempts to bring him back before the government sends in troops. Only then does he learn the truth about what is happening.

Before it’s over they will all be forced to choose between the precarious comfort of the world they know and the mysterious wonder of a new reality — between their commonplace fears, ambitions, and loyalties, or the hope that lies in The Nirvana Plague.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1206 KB
  • Publisher: BookBalloon Enterprises, LLC; 1 edition (March 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C40AE0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful September 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is absolutely a five star book, but where to start describing it is a difficult decision. It isn't action packed. There aren't any real fight scenes and very little gets blown up. There isn't any passionate romance (though there is love) and there's not even a whiff of sex. But the whole book is chocked full of delicious irony. Plus, it has Karen Hanover and Karen Hanover is now my official favourite character of all time. She is marvellous--quick witted, sarcastic, determined, persistent and willing to fight the good fight for the man she loves (even if he doesn't know her anymore).

The whole world is, literally, going least from the perspective of the CDC and other governing bodies. The book does an amazing job of highlighting the dehumanising (and often illogical) effects of bureaucratic thinking and red tape, until even the most mentally stable people are so enraged that they end up being treated as insane for not playing their culturally-scripted well-behaved roles well enough. Until the people in charge have wound themselves so tightly into the illusion of a problem that they aren't able to step back and reassess the situation or recognise reality (and they can't let anyone else either). Until they're almost just fighting themselves in the end.

I also really appreciated that, while some arms of the bureaucracy may have been inept, the government was never portrayed as an evil entity, as it so often is in fiction. The military, CDC, Homeland Security, etc may have been failing, but they were legitimately trying to do the right thing and never once does some over zealous general order the needless killing of innocents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, engaging and quick read! July 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First of all, I have to make the disclaimer that I am friends with the author. However, if I had not thoroughly enjoyed this book I would have NOT posted a review.
I was completely overwhelmed reading the book because, while I know my friend as a highly intelligent and thoughtful person, I had no idea he had the writing skills to create such a well-constructed, unique piece of work! Sure, I knew he wrote, but a good novel is an accomplishment. If I did not know Gary, I would absolutely purchase this and read it again. The characters are well developed and the plot moves along at a clip and kept me wondering where I was headed. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clever plague June 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The plot is fast paced on the one hand, created by the confusion of the novel situation combined with the lack of understanding of what is actually going on. On the other hand our clarity is only gradually increased by a drip feeding of facts. Essentially we are tied up by our own belief that we should be able to understand almost any smoothly progressing situation with the high technology at our disposal yet it is coincidence and sporadic stochastic events that rule.

The characters are well used and none is particularly deeply developed which fits with the feel that we have joined a fast developing problem after it has started and there is no time to spare. Overall, a good read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise - A Must Read June 20, 2013
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A difficult book to put down. Your attention is grasped continually with ever growing suspense and mystery. The author captured the essence of James Michener incorporating facts into the saga; and the essence of Steven King's art of timely and mounting suspense. And the ending - what an ending! I propose an encore for this author and possibly a sequel? Thank you Gary for an enjoyable and literary adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Strong characters, drama, and suspense help to make this an outstanding novel, but the premise is its most compelling feature. In an increasingly dysfunctional world, those who choose to disengage from the madness are seen and hunted as the mad ones.

I was hooked from the beginning and stayed hooked until the end. My heartfelt thanks to the author for writing a book that I not only thoroughly enjoyed but will continue to think about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller that makes you think May 2, 2013
By John
Format:Kindle Edition
The Nirvana Plague is a mile-a-minute race to understand and contain an outbreak of...what? Is it a virus, bioterrorism, a movement, or the next stage of human evolution? Well-drawn characters will lead you on a wild chase in a thriller based on a great what-if premise. The book is written with authority, imagination and intelligence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snappy but thoughtful page turner September 16, 2013
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This book has a really interesting central premise with a nice twist at the end - what happens if a widespread attitude (let's call it) spreads like a contagious virus throughout the population? It's quite hard to describe without giving away too much of the plot - it's like the classic post-apocalyptic zombie narrative, but with much less violence and zombies that are a lot more Zen than usual.

I also enjoyed the characterization (particularly of the two central female characters) which I felt like realistic - people are funny and flawed and human. The pace throughout is fast without being confusing, and I was entertained until the end, wanting to know what would happen next to the characters I was invested in.

Disclaimer: I probably wouldn't have come across this book if I didn't know the author, but I definitely wouldn't have written this review if I hadn't truly enjoyed the book. For the price, you can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Optimistic book for bad times
I liked this book a lot. When I wasn't reading it because life does interfere sometimes with reading time, I was thinking about it and wanting to keep reading it. Read more
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Published 10 months ago by Kimberly Whaley
3.0 out of 5 stars Could this happen?
Futuristic novel (2027) . suspenseful and surprising. Very thoughtful-provoking. Well written and entertaining.. The premise is odd, but convincing. Good read.
Published 11 months ago by Edith McCabe
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer Read
Well told, but seems the author wasn't quite sure which way to go to finish. The ending left me a bit flat.
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars the nirvana plague
this book is not that good, certainly not reaching the nirvana status. the first quarter of the book seemed to be going nowhere. Read more
Published 11 months ago by neil sass
5.0 out of 5 stars This book gets 5+ stars and a hearty thumbs up!!
Awesome! It kept me interested from the get go clear through to the end. I'm very excited to have found this author and I hope his other books are equally as well written. :-)
Published 11 months ago by Kerri Butcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
This is a really good book. The story is well thought out, making it a good page turner. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes the "medical mystery" author such as Robin... Read more
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Gary Glass grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, took a degree in English and Creative Writing from IU and ISU, and absconded to Asia. In Taiwan he worked as an ad man and edited a travel magazine. In Japan he lived and worked on a horse farm training thoroughbreds. In Nepal he wrote his first novel. He has also worked as a registered nurse, a draftsman, and a software developer. He is also a photographer ( and the proprietor of He and his wife now live in Medford, Massachusetts.

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