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Uncaged: A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Paul McKellips
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Book Description

In a thrill a minute read, author Paul McKellips poses a frightening “what if” scenario that will leave the human race on the brink of certain disaster. When a series of attacks on animal researchers leave several people dead, the government—including the President—issues an immediate ban on animal testing. And that’s when the real trouble begins…

At the heart of the action are two government agents, the dashing Commander “Camp” Campbell, a man as decorated for his bravery in Iraq as for his own self-professed charm. Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Raines is the more practical of the two, a woman defined by her dedication to rules. Camp has returned to the States, newly reassigned to a government-funded test site. When the ban on animals comes down, Camp pulls a restless act by making off with two hundred rats…and winds up in deep trouble. He is immediately banished for a year, his superiors hoping the ramifications of his stunt will have worn off by then. Raines, uncharacteristically covering for him, finds herself joining him. But where they are headed only increases the risk—both to themselves, to the scientist whose very existence is threatened…and the future of the human race.

Who is really behind the ban on animal testing? And why? Could a deadly, dangerous fanatical group be behind the threat of a new vein of plague sweeping across the country…or worse, could it be someone people have come to trust?

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About the Author

Paul McKellips has written, directed and produced three motion pictures, served in Iraq as a Public Affairs Specialist during “the surge” and is now the Executive Vice President at the Foundation for Biomedical Research in Washington, DC.  His radio show “Animal Research Minute” is broadcast via 3500 stations nationally.   He regularly speaks at more than 80 major engagements per year on the topic of animal research.


Product Details

  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00842IA6W
  • Publisher: Vantage Point; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZXEF7G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Note: I was offered a copy of Uncaged by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Paul McKellips touches on one of the most horrifying and timely subjects possible in his intriguing, but dense, novel "Uncaged." Bio-terrorism has become the doomsday device of this generation and McKellips believably paints a scenario where this is exploited for profit. Loaded with scientific and military jargon, the author demonstrates an insider's knowledge of the subject and the ability to describe technical situations in an in-depth manner. And while I appreciate the authentic feel this provides the prose, I do think that it sometimes manages to weigh down the narrative momentum. There is enough plotting here to fuel several novels with domestic strife, financial collusion, and international terrorism that everything seems so dense and coincidental. So many random acts have to align to create the novel's chaos driven plot point, it becomes a bit too much. And while juggling so much, many issues are brought up, developed, and then dropped completely.

It's difficult to convey the novel's feel succinctly. First, we are introduced to a domestic crisis that leads to a ban on animal testing in the United States. Next, the main story line becomes focused with a new strain of the plague, possibly mixed with Ebola, being created by terrorists but funded by nefarious businessman. There is a race to stop the unleashing of this new weaponized virus. And just as this gets terrifyingly real, it fizzles out a bit only to have a new disease factor into the end game. Ambitious though it may be, I really think that McKellips has several novels going here--sometimes they work in cohesion, but many times they seem at odds.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Relevant Novel July 27, 2011
By Chels
What many readers will enjoy about this book is the there is immediate action right when he/she opens the page. It will not take long for a reader to catch on to the plot and understand what the meaning of the novel is, as is the case with some science fiction novels. This novel is told from several different point of views, making it easier for the reader to understand and read the whole picture. The author captures each different characters' reactions and dialogue very well.

The plot itself is more than intriguing enough to capture and keep the readers' interest. It is obvious that the writer has done his research, which can be further verified when the reader comes across the author's impressive bio. The plot will uncover several hardcore issues that need to be addressed and reevaluated. Terrorism, bio terrorism, and animal rights will be delved into; the author remains somewhat nonjudgmental, perfect for this novel. At times, the multiple issues may force the reader to go back a few pages to digest what just occurred or was implied.

The characters, though somewhat stereotypical, help to draw the reader further into the book. The reader will enjoy getting to know each of them. This book is recommended for readers who read novels containing world issues, medical issues, etc...

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it excellent read! September 27, 2011
Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd

This month, America remembered the tenth anniversary of a terror attack which changed the world forever. On that fateful day of September 11, 2001, most people can picture where they were with vivid clarity. Our mouths hung agape as we watched commercial airliners become steered missiles--flown into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. Do most people recall the events of early January 2009 with such alacrity? I doubt it.

On January 19, 2009, The Washington Times carried a story of how an al-Qaeda camp was closed when unconventional weapons experimentation went awry. Sources differ as to what exactly occurred in early January--intercepted communications allude to a breach of a sealed area and biological experimentation claiming the lives of 40 al-Qaeda operatives. The United States has known for two decades that al-Qaeda has been pursuing biological weaponry and reports have concluded that they are organized and determined to do so. While some dismiss the American invasion of Iraq as motivated merely by oil interests, many forget that then Secretary of State Colin Powell referred to Abu Musa Zarqawi's development of ricin in Northern Iraq as part of his justification to invade Iraq.

What would happen if a country decided to manufacture a deadly biological weapon - and then dangle the threat of its release as a warning in an attempt to blackmail the world? Paul McKellips writes of just such a scenario is in his amazing thriller, Uncaged.

Two military professionals, one a veterinary expert in infectious diseases and the other, a navy commando-turned-physician, become embroiled in a race against time to subvert the spread of Malak al-Maut--the Angel of Death--a deadly mixture of Bubonic Plague and the Ebola virus.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new entry into the medical thriller genre July 22, 2011
New author Paul McKellips now joins the genre of such bestselling authors as Robin Cook with his new Medical Thriller "Uncaged: A Thriller".

Although we have a typical new author problem of a slow start with a slightly confusing storyline and new characters/settings jumping around, the book soon gets quite interesting and fast paced indeed.

After that start, we settle in with following two well done and interesting characters- Commander "Camp" Campbell & Doctor/Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Raines. Not surprisingly there's some banter, bickering and romance there.

Plenty of action too, although neither character is a stereotypical "action hero". Surprises, twists, etc, all quite well handled.

If this new author improves as much in his next book as he did after only a couple chapters, I predict a great future for him!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Grab and go reading
Same review as Jericho 3- readable, scary, authentic, not my genre of choice (a friend recommended), writing is just okay but good enough to keep going. Read more
Published 12 days ago by B. A. Rubin
2.0 out of 5 stars The writing of this is terrible, as if written by a child
The writing of this is terrible, as if written by a child. Very difficult to follow the storyline and the story is so ridiculous. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K.Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCITING!
This was a definitely exciting book and one I feel is certainly possible. Bioterrorism using biologicals is certainly something to worry about. Read more
Published 5 months ago by atabarac
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncaged
This is a Excellent book, with lots of interesting twists and turns that it kept you guessing until the end.
Published 6 months ago by Ruth
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard time putting it down!
Anyone who likes a good clean detective story should like this one. I will read other books by this author.
Published 7 months ago by Susan Weller
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will keep you thinking
biological warfare Will most likely become a big problem. this story shows how easy it could be, using our owm people against us.
Published 9 months ago by Ricochet
2.0 out of 5 stars Preachy
An interesting story line and a twist or two in the plot, but really this book is a carefully disguised lecture about animal testing.
Published 9 months ago by BSM
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but not great
Too many acronyms and changes of venue. Hard to follow. Gets better toward the end when the action picks up. As with many e books, could use a good proofreader.
Published 9 months ago by Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerily possible
I really enjoyed this book, but it was also a little scary when you think that it is possible for some of it to be real
Published 9 months ago by Nana Terri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Exciting Read
This book is not only a great thriller but it also makes one think about the whole biomedical process and the use of animals in medical research. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bea
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More About the Author

Paul McKellips is an entertaining, engaging and motivational public speaker who delivers more than 80 presentations each year in the United States and around the world.

Combining 30-years in the motion picture industry with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last six years, McKellips - who now serves as the Executive Vice President at the Foundation for Biomedical Research in Washington, DC - has the unique perspective to creatively explain how biomedical research protects the world's population from bio-terrorism and state-sponsored bio-warfare and the role the greatest military on Earth plays to keep us all safe.

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