First Line Friday — Outbreak

24 May

Happy Friday! Today’s first line comes from Davis Bunn‘s newest suspense novel, Outbreak. I just got this one in the mail and had to share it. The cover is arresting, and the premise sounds great. I can’t wait to read it.

The waters off the West African coast are a menacing red, full of algae thick enough to stand on in places. In nearby villages, mysterious deaths start to occur — and the panic mounts. But before an alarm can be sounded, the sea currents shift, the algae vanishes, and the deaths stop. Everyone is relieved when things return to normal, and local government officials are happy to sweep the publicity nightmare under a rug.

An American biological researcher, Avery Madison, is dispatched by his employer to piece together exactly what happened, having long feared an ecological disaster just like this could occur. He’s had little evidence to go on before now, and what he finds in West Africa is rapidly disappearing. But Avery knows the danger hasn’t disappeared — it has just moved on.

Davis Bunn ( is the award-winning author of numerous national bestsellers with sales totaling more than seven million copies worldwide. His work has been published in twenty languages, and his critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Bunn is a Writer-in-Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He and his wife, Isabella, divide their time between England and Florida.




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21 Responses to “First Line Friday — Outbreak”

  1. Anneliese Dalaba May 24, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    Happy Friday! The book I’m featuring on my blog is A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin. Here, I will share from my current read, Ramee’s Fugitive Cowboy by Elaine Manders. I’m in Chapter 16 and the first line of that chapter is, “Josh backed out of the hay strew barn.” Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 24, 2019 at 8:26 am #

      Happy Friday!

  2. Paula Shreckhise May 24, 2019 at 9:32 am #

    My first line is from The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma
    “Momma, Momma, watch me.”
    Happy Reading!

    • rbclibrary May 24, 2019 at 10:13 am #

      I have this book in my TBR pile.

  3. bellesmoma16 May 24, 2019 at 9:52 am #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first couple of lines from Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn: It’s the first book I’ve ever read by this author. So far I like it. I’m just getting into it, so I will share the first line from chapter 2 here.

    “I returned to the great room and saw Jennalyn standing next to the kitchen counter.”

    I hope you have a really great weekend. Happy reading! 🤗💜📚

    • rbclibrary May 24, 2019 at 10:13 am #

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. hjsnyder28 May 24, 2019 at 11:21 am #

    Happy Friday Beckie!

  5. Ellie May 24, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

    I think this looks like a great book, too, and it’s on my TBR list. I’ll look forward to reading your review!

  6. Yvette - Bookworlder May 24, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from A Modest Independence by Mimi Matthews today. Here is the first line from Chapter 10:

    “Jenny stood on the deck of the Indus, watching the ancient city of Alexandria come into view.”

    • rbclibrary May 26, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

      Enjoy the rest of this weekend!

  7. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) May 24, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

    Oooh, this one does sound good. I’m adding it to my TBR list on Goodreads!


  8. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) May 24, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first line from Finding Beautiful by Rebecca Friedlander: “What would it look like to pack your bags and travel the world in search of true beauty?”

  9. lelandandbecky May 24, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from “The Black Veil” by June Belfie:

    “Rebecca Gingerich rested her hands on the the deep milk-white sill of the kitchen window and peered out from the clapboard farmhouse she’d been born in nearly twenty-three years ago to the day.”

    • rbclibrary May 26, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Fiction Aficionado May 24, 2019 at 11:18 pm #

    Sounds like a great premise. I love Davis Bunn’s books, so I hope I can fit this one in sometime.

    My first line this week comes from Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse, but I’m also listening to Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in audio book format at the moment, so I’m going to share the first line from Chapter 51:

    What purpose I had in view when I was hot on tracing out and proving Estella’s parentage, I cannot say.

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 26, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks! You too.

  11. thebeccafiles May 25, 2019 at 8:07 am #

    Sorry I’m a little late coming around this weekend! The book I shared on my blog this week is Vigilant by Sara Davison but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (22) here: “Daniel stared at the computer screen like he’d been doing for hours, his mind racing.” Hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of quality reading time! 🙂

    • rbclibrary May 26, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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