Synopses & Reviews
In the frozen waters of the Arctic, Marine bioterror expert Joe Rush races to save a submarine crew from a lethal threat...
The pleas for help stopped coming just after five in the morning, Washington time. The Pentagon staffers cleared for handling sensitive messages sat in horror for a moment and then tried other ways to reach the victims. Nothing worked so they called the Director, who phoned me.”
In the remote, frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean, the high-powered and technically advanced submarine U.S.S. Montana is in peril. Adrift and in flames, the boatand the entire crewcould be lost. The only team close enough to get to them in time is led by Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush.
With only thirty-six hours before the surviving crew perish, Joe and his team must race to rescue the Montana and ensure that the boat doesnt fall into enemy hands. Because a fast-approaching foreign submarine is already en route, and tensions may explode.
But thats the least of their troubles. For the surviving sailors are not alone on the sub. Something is trapped with them. Something deadly lethal. Something that plagued mankind long ago, when it devastated the entire world. And the crew of the Montana has unknowingly set it free. Now, Joe and his team must not only find a way to save the Montana and her crew, but stop a lethal horror of apocalyptic consequence from being unleashed on all humanity.
“In White Plague
, James Abel reworks one of the great tragedies of the early 20th Century into the material of a believable, hard-driving thriller of the modern arctic. Fast, well-written entertainment wrapped around something to think about.”—John Sandford, #1 New York Times
Bestselling Author of Field of Prey
“White Plague will make you shiver with both cold and terror. James Abel becomes your expert guide into the Arctic—and into a frightening scenario that's all too believable.” —Tom Young, author of The Mullah's Storm
”White Plague delivers relentless action and suspense on the unforgiving terrain of the Arctic, the world's last frontier.”—Alex Berenson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Secret Soldier
"The White Plague sinks its hooks into the reader on page one and never lets go. It combines the military action of Tom Clancy with the scientific adventure of Michael Crichton and places it all in the Arctic setting of classic Alistair Maclean. Joe Rush is a great new action hero: highly capable, painfully honest, acutely scarred by his past, and brilliantly engaging. I look forward to more!"—David Bell author of The Forgotten Girl
“[Abel] is a solid, cleanly efficient writer who knows how to stage an action scene and, just as important, is a master of this chilled universe…Effective flashbacks and unfolding events keep the pages turning. Joe Rush makes a strong debut against dangerous odds in the Arctic, and so does Abel.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Well-written…Abel piles plenty of trouble on Joe and his gang….The unusual Arctic location is a plus.”—Publishers Weekly
“Evoking both Michael Crichtons medical thrillers and Tom Clancys The Hunt for Red October, this is a very tightly written first novel.”—Booklist
“[Abel is] an author who has the gift of creating page-turning fiction that reads like non-fiction. White Plague is so believable it feels like the author is reporting actual events. Readers will eagerly be awaiting the next adventure featuring Joe Rush.”—The Associated Press
“Akin to John Carpenter's brilliant film The Thing...A true white-knuckle race for survival set against the backdrop of the classic ticking clock. Superior storytelling in the tradition of James Rollins that's pure fun.”—Providence Journal
Praise for the first Joe Rush novel White Plague:
“If you like Tom Clancy and Martin Cruz Smith, then you need to read James Abel.”—Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author
“James Abel reworks one of the great tragedies of the early twentieth century into the material of a believable, hard-driving thriller of the modern Arctic. Fast, well-written entertainment wrapped around something to think about.”—John Sandford, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Field of Prey
“Relentless action and suspense on the unforgiving terrain of the Arctic, the world's last frontier.”—Alex Berenson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Counterfeit Agent
“A stellar novel of action, adventure, and intrigue that leaves you constantly wondering, will-they-or-won't-they? I won't tell you what that is—that'll spoil all the fun.”—Steve Berry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth
“A stunning thriller…and a hero well hope to see again.”—Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Terminal City
Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush returns in an electrifying new arctic adventure in which an apocalyptic plague threatens all of humanity
When authorities in Alaska receive a disturbing call from a teenage girl, their investigation leads them to discover an entire family of researchers dead. Joe Rush is called to help examine the bodies. On the surface, it looks like a brutal murder/suicide. But the situation is nowhere near that simplenor is it over.
Upon closer investigation, Rush discovers the terrifying truth. The research team was infected with the deadliest disease on the face of the Eartha nightmarish infection that is 100% fatal. Normally, the disease is not contagious, and easily contained in military experiments. But then how did the entire family come to carry the disease. Has it evolved and become airborne? Was it manipulated in a lab?
Unfortunately, hes not the only one with knowledge of the looming disaster. The army has cordoned off part of Alaska, and Rush soon finds himself the target of trained killers. Someone suspects Rush of betraying his country and releasing the plague himself. To save countless millions of livesstarting with his ownRush must uncover the answers hidden in the Arctic. The question iswill he find them in time?
About the Author
James Abel is the pseudonym for an accomplished author and Arctic expert. He lives and works in New York City.