- Paperback: 516 pages
- Publisher: CPrompt; 3rd ed. edition (March 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979181518
- ISBN-13: 978-0979181511
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Publisher's Weekly FULL STARRED review - When human extinctions occur in South America and spread worldwide, paleobiologist and genetic researcher Mark Freedman senses a connection to the Chromatium Omri bacteria, the oldest known life form on Earth linked to previous extinctions. The growing virulence in the "kill zones" spurs Freedman to join forces with Kathy Morrison, expert on viral and bacterial pathogens with the Centers for Disease Control. Despite personal losses, Freedman and Morrison find romance and make discoveries about the devastation and what lies behind it. Other colorful characters include dedicated policewoman Sarah Mayfair, whose horrific dreams and improbable survival enable contact with the forces behind the outbreaks; cynical Gen. James McKafferty, committed to preserving the U.S. at whatever cost; and Artie Hartman, goaded by his wife's death to wage war on gangs and government forces indiscriminately. The seemingly random attacks and emergence of chaos allow Bohacz to explore such themes as whether humanity deserves to survive, the meaning of being human, and the cost of perfect health and immortality. The originality of Bohacz's ideas is nearly equaled by detailed descriptions of a decontamination lab, the frenzied search for answers, and the aftermath of destruction. His vision of a humanity that faces the need to evolve profoundly or face certain destruction is as timely as today's news and as chilling a doomsday scenario as any ecological catastrophe can suggest.
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Without warning, something has gone terribly awry. In the remote and unnoticed places of the world, small pockets of death begin occurring. As the initially isolated extinctions spread, the world's eyes focus on this unimaginable horror and chaos. Out of the ecological imbalance, something new and extraordinary is evolving and surviving to fill the voids left by these extinctions. Evolution is operating in ways no one could have expected and environmental damage may be the catalyst. Once discovered, this knowledge changes everything. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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The following Spring, we could be planting fields, feeding the nation. Trading with other countries. We would just need to watch out foreclose, for who had control of t h e world's nukes.
Now on the other hand, if only five percent survived, then there might be problems. But, that's still 15 million Americans, enough to run many things, right? From my impressions of the novel as I was reading it, I thought it was an Extinction Level Event. In fact, that word, Extinction, is used quite a bit. But thirty percent survival rate is certainly not Extinction, is it?
There were one or two loose ends that perhaps will be addressed in the sequel, part two. One are the people that were changed, seemed to be psychologically damaged. The dirt grubbers? They also appeared to have superhuman abilities, like speed. What happened to them?
One other thing I don't like is when Authors preach. Sure, in a way the book is pro-Environment, extraordinarily so. But we can't keep being reminded, especially when these attacks are only recent. Face it, here in America we've come extremely far in cleaning up our environment. During the 1960s and 1970s most of our Rivers were so polluted nothing lived in them . The Chicago River even caught on fire. Acid rain poured down on the Northeastern United States. But we passed the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and established the Environmental Protection Agency. Yes, we've come a long way. With the onset of this novel's apocalypse, one wonders why it didn't occur years, decades earlier, when our Nation first participated in the Industrial Revolution, or at least after the first Atomic bombs were exploded.
Anyway, I do see a certain need for continue to respect and restore our Environment. This is especially true of late when one major PolItical Party, and their Presidential candidate want to gut, and or do away with all Environmental controls, and Agencies - He essentially wants to give Industry a free pass to pollute our Nation's Air, Water, as well as Soil. This has to be prevented, this has to be stopped. If it proceeds we may have more then an ecological disaster on our h ands, we may be looking, as shown in this novel, at the end of humanity's existence upon our World.
When "kill zones" start popping up across the globe, the search for answers ramps up to include Molecular Biologist Mark Freedman. Kill zones, circular areas of varying sizes with specific boundaries, kill everybody within them in a matter of seconds, with a few exceptions. While the survivors become highly prized research subjects, government leaders take to airborne command posts, interstate quarantine lines go up, and society begins to unravel.
As the crises continues, police and military resort to violent tactics to enforce the quarantines, violent gangs take over behind the quarantine lines, and local government agents become warlords and black marketers. Life in the quarantine zone becomes a "survival of the fittest" hell.
Meanwhile, Freedman and researchers from the CDC and Military race to discover the secrets of the kill zones. While making progress, Freedman still can't stop a kill zone from killing his daughter, girlfriend, and ex-wife. These deaths cause a major change in Freedman's mental state, and when kill zone survivor Sarah Mayfair shows up at the CDC, she tells Freedman of a drastic step he can take to get answers.
Now at the mid-point of the book, I'm going to stop my description of the story, because the rest of the book takes a sharp turn, and I really don't want to give away any more of the story line. But what started as a microbiological infection becomes something significantly different. With millions dead already, high level government feuding with the military, and the scientist being chased by a vengeful militiaman, surprising revelations with religious overtones race to a sudden and tragic end.
Several scientific disciplines are represented here, the main one, at least in the first half of the story, being microbiology. And since I can't fathom the thought of this actually happening, I am happy to say this is clearly a science fiction story.
I highly recommend this book to science fiction fans, and, assuming there will be a sequel, to post-apocalyptic fans.