The Influenza Bomb by Paul McCusker and Walt Larimore, MD

17 Jun

Masses of people are dying from a mysterious flu. While the TSI team searches for a cure, a notorious eco-terrorist group, Return to Earth, uses an influenza bomb to poison the water. It’s a race against time—with the outcome impacting the entire world.

By the time the team discovers that the terrorists are using the water supply to infect people, the sickness is spreading worldwide and no one has a cure. When Return to Earth makes off with a mysterious device called the influenza bomb with the intent to destroy all of mankind, Dr. Hutchinson must stop the contamination from being spread before it’s too late.

Paul McCusker is the Peabody Award–winning writer and director of the audio drama Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom and of the multiple award-winning audio dramatizations of The Chronicles of Narnia, Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, Little Women, and his original seriesThe Luke Reports (just nominated for the Audie Awards’ Best Audio Drama) and The Father Gilbert Mysteries (also nominated for the Audie Awards’ best production award).

He is also a writer and director for the long-running children’s program Adventures in Odyssey, writing not only over 250 audio episodes, but also scripting two of the animated video series and eighteen spin-off novels. For adults, McCusker has written the Gold Medallion–nominated Epiphany, The Mill House, and A Season of Shadows. His plays and musicals have been performed in community theatres across the country—one, A Time for Christmas, was a Dove Award nominee. McCusker currently has over thirty books in print, including the TSI series he is co-authoring with Walt Larimore, MD. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Walter L. Larimore, MD, has been called one of “America’s best-known family physicians” and listed in “Distinguished Physicians of America,” “The Best Doctors in America,” and “Who’s Who in America.” As a medical journalist, he has hosted the award-winning cable TV show Ask the Family Physician on Fox’s Health Network (1995-2000) and the nationally distributed Focus on Your Family’s Health radio and TV features (2001-2005). As an award-winning writer, he was awarded the 2004 Christianity Today Book Award for co-writing Going Public with Your Faith: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work. He has been a Gold Medallion Book Award finalist three times—for the Going Publicbook and small-group video series, as well as his book The Highly Healthy Child. He also authored the popular Bryson City Tales books and co-authored the TSI series with Paul McCusker. He lives in Monument, Colorado.

My Impressions:

The Influenza Bomb is a fast paced thriller that has it all — dedicated investigators determined to find the truth, eco-terrorists bent on the destruction of the human race, a race-against-time plot, conspiracy theories and Nazis!  Nazis? Yes, and the novel is a page-turner, too!

Eco-terrorist group, Return to Earth, has uncovered the secret of the Nazi weaponization of the Spanish Flu or La Grippe that killed millions from 1918-1920.  They have figured out how to infect large population centers with deadly results.  The team members of TSI (Time Scene Investigators) work round the clock to find an antidote and to thwart the mission of the terrorists.  Detectives of Interpol and doctors from the World Health Organization also join the team to stop the terrorists before they successfully wipe out mankind.

McCusker and Larimore have written a well researched thriller.  I was intrigued by the historical background of the Spanish Flu as well as the conspiracy theories that surrounded that pandemic.  The book makes you think about what other bugs may be being developed to attack mankind.  I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to others in this series.  I will also go back and read the first in the series, The Gabon Virus.  If you are a fan of CSI or Bones or just like a well-written thriller, check out The Influenza Bomb.

Highly Recommended

(Thanks to the authors, publisher and Glass Road Public Relations for sending me a copy of this book for review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)