Synopses & Reviews
After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit
, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.
But the corporate campus is a place of secrets. She's warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute's research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path, suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano LLC's human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century—a treatment option for millions—or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?
“Wallaces unsettling, mind-bending apocalyptic novel chillingly dives into what happens when the balance of the world is disrupted and an invasive species grabs the reins. Terrifying and, yes, poetic, this is a novel that gets under your skin with an 'it could happen here' kind of chilling grace.”
—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow
“Invasive Species cost me a perfectly good nights sleep… I hope Wallace carries a screenplay of Invasive Species in his hip pocket; hes going to need it.”
—Bill Ransom, author of Jaguar
“If Wellss Martians scared you, or the Body Snatchers, or the Alien films, you might want to read this one under the bed. Brilliant.”
—Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award-winning author of Starhawk
“Joseph Wallace re-births an ancient terror with creepy, pulse-pounding plausibility. His tale is just a few mutations away from coming true.”—David Brin, author of Existence
Praise for NANO
“Excellent…a perfect protagonist for a thriller — gutsy, tenacious, expert in the martial arts and willing to take risks to get to the bottom of a mystery. NANO is one of Cooks best.” —Associated Press “The scientific details are fascinating.” —Booklist “Accomplished…” —Publishers Weekly
There can only be one dominant life form on Earth.
In the remote African wilderness, a rainforest is dying. But something else has come to life: A newly evolved predator that has survived the depredations of mankind, only to emerge from its natural habitat faster, stronger, and deadlier than anything humanity has ever faced.
And it is no longer man.
About the Author
Joseph Wallace has written articles for Sierra and Audubon magazines, for Newsday, World Book Encyclopedia, and dozens of other publications. He is the author of short stories that have appeared in Baltimore Noir, The Prosecution Rests, and in Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine. Diamond Ruby, Wallaces historical first novel about the girl who struck out Babe Ruth, was published in 2010.