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Spiral: A Novel

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A Biotech Thriller by Paul McEuen

In this riveting debut thriller by one of the leading researchers in nanoscience, the race is on to stop the devastating proliferation of the ultimate bioweapon.      When Nobel laureate Liam Connor is found dead at the bottom of … see full wiki

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A Chilling Look at a New Threat to What We Know!

  • Feb 16, 2011
This is another scary technological thriller. It is scary because the author makes it almost inevitable that something similar to this is bound to happen in the near future. An aged scientist (Liam) who studies fungi seems to commit suicide jumping off a bridge. Further investigation indicates that he died as the result of running away from a mysterious Asian woman (codenamed Orchid) and not an actual suicide. His granddaughter Maggie and one of his technical assistants, Jake determine that maybe his death had something to do with his work.

Everything seems to lead back to a biological fungus based weapon that he had attained at the end of WW II. It seems that this weapon may pose a modern day threat and the introduction of microbots (insect-like microsized robots). Liam left behind some clues to Jake and Maggie as to what he has been working on all the years since WW II and it is up to Jake and Maggie with the help of Maggie's son Dylan to find out.

The National Security Agency also has an interest in Liam's death and piece together that the country is facing one of its greatest threats ever. They need to locate both Jake and Maggie to prevent a biological disaster from taking down the country. Jake and Maggie are also being pursued by the deadly Orchid and most not only solve Liam's riddles but must stay out of her clutches.

The story builds in intensity to a very tense climax. The book is a fast read and even when you finish you start to think about how what is depicted in the book can actually happen! Extremely thought provoking and a scary look at the near future.

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