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The Trudeau Vector: A Novelby Juris Jurjevics
Part Smilla's Sense of Snow and part John le Carré espionage thriller, The Trudeau Vector is chilling and addictive. I found myself up very late, with bitten nails and pages flying by. Yet for all its adherence to the mystery and thriller genres The Trudeau Vector's language is refined and elegant. I'm dying for more from this immensely talented author.
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As the international team of scientists at the spectacular Trudeau Research Center prepares for six months of unrelenting Arctic winter, three of their colleagues are found dead, their pupils missing and their bodies contorted in ghastly, unnatural positions. An American epidemiologist, the talented and unconventional Dr. Jessica Hanley, is summoned to investigate the medical riddle posed by these grisly deaths. At the same time, a decorated Russian admiral in Moscow is assigned a top-secret mission to locate and retrieve a Russian submarine that has suddenly and inexplicably vanished from central command's radar.
The die is cast. Their lives will cross in Jurjevics's engrossing debut thriller, brilliant and terrifying in its medical and historical accuracy. Hanley's inquiry and Admiral Rudenko's quest bring them up against hazards much bigger than microbes — scientific megalomania, lingering cold war tensions, world-threatening environmental toxins, all unfolding in the unforgiving extremes of the Arctic.
A thriller that superbly depicts the precarious, volatile area where science and global politics can clash with disastrous results, The Trudeau Vector is reminiscent of the classic suspense of Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal and the terrifying realism of Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain. With its disquieting and revelatory authenticity, readers cannot help but fall under its spell and ask themselves, "Could this really happen?"
"Soho Press cofounder and publisher Jurjevics gives a knowing nod to apocalyptic plot expectations for biohazard thrillers, but the real passion of his debut lies in presenting difficult science clearly, creating complex characters and playing Cassandra on the environment. Four members of Arctic Research Station Trudeau go missing: three of them turn up, still in their cold-weather suits, twisted into positions of inexplicably grotesque and agonizing death; the fourth lays nearby, naked and frozen solid. Jessie Hanley, an epidemiologist working for a California biotech firm, is hired by the Canadian government to parachute into the isolated facility and track down the cause of the mysterious deaths. Jurjevics lovingly details the Trudeau Station facility, bringing its scientific community to life along with the brutal but beautiful surrounding Arctic environment. A parallel plot features several Russian submarines and a cold war secret that eventually comes to light and bears on the pathogen's origins. It slows down the search for the virulent, always-fatal disease. While not quite over-the-top enough for bestsellerdom, Jurjevics's debut will lure those with a taste for deep science, medical intricacies and a plot that twists and shines like the aurora borealis. 5-city author tour. (On sale Aug. 22)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A] largely successful thriller....Lots of very entertaining and very weird science within a workable thriller plot." Kirkus Reviews
"This is great material, backed with well-explained details about the Arctic environment. But in his debut novel Jurjevics...rarely generates the excitement that should accompany this dynamic storyline." Library Journal
"Jurjevics' enthusiasm for his subject matter and his clear and interesting...explanation of scientific theory and processes is as infectious as the renegade microbes themselves and easier to swallow..." USA Today
"First-time author Jurjevics...keeps the reader guessing to the very end." Booklist
"The threat of both menacing microbes and nuclear warheads, never mind the wealth of science that Jurjevics shares, should be more than one thriller can bear, but The Trudeau Vector is all that. And more." New York Daily News
Geopolitics, environmental disaster, and bioterrorism collide in this timely political thriller set in the bleak Arctic winter.
About the Author
Juris Jurjevics was born in Latvia during World War II and emigrated to the United States. He served in Vietnam and is the cofounder and publisher of Soho Press.
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