Synopses & Reviews
is a world-class thriller." -Vince Flynn
Two brothers race to stop a political mastermind's massive bioterrorist plot in this terrifying espionage thriller.
In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns with frightening speed and potency. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe-deposit box may be the key to stopping the crisis—if, that is, Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor and former CIA operative, can decipher the puzzle before time runs out.
What Mallory begins to discover are the traces of a secret war, with a bold objective—to create a new, technologically advanced society. With the help of his brother Jon, an investigative reporter, can he break the story to the world before it is too late—before a planned “humane depopulation” takes place?
As the stakes and strategies of this secret war become more evident, the Mallory brothers find themselves in a complex game of wits with an enemy they can’t see: a new sort of superpower led by a brilliant, elusive tactician who believes that ends justify means.
"Two brothers try to stop a grand-scale plot to remake the Third World, in Lilliefors's fast-paced debut thriller. Ex-CIA agent Charles Mallory, now a private intelligence contractor, has been working on a project that inexplicably links the influx of billions of dollars into remote areas of Africa for supposedly humanitarian projects with a deadly virus that's quietly wiping out entire populations of impoverished villages in a single day. When Charles sends his investigative journalist brother, Jon, overseas to witness and report the atrocities, he inadvertently places Jon at the center of a looming disaster that, if successfully unleashed, could irrevocably change the global balance of power. While the impressively intricate plot and nonstop action all but overwhelm the main characters, fans of intelligently written page-turners will be rewarded. Lilliefors is also the author of the mystery Bananaville and two historical studies, America's Boardwalks and Highway 50. Agent: Laura Gross, Laura Gross Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
James Lilliefors is an award-winning journalist and former newspaper editor who has written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, The Miami Herald and elsewhere. He was raised in the Washington, D.C. area and studied at the University of Iowa and the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fiction Writing Fellow. He currently lives in Florida and is at work on the follow-up to Viral.