"...well-thought-out and believable U.S. counterattack device—the 'Perseus Factor'—dangles a shiny biotech hook for readers who want still more to like about a commendable first novel.

William Beatty
Review at Booklist
August 1, 2002, p. 1920



The Medusa Strain

by Chris Holmes, M.D.
(Durban House, 2002)
ISBN 1930754221

Anthrax Epidemic Threat!

The Medusa Strain is a gripping tale of bioterrorism that stunningly portrays the dangers of biological warfare in ways nonfiction never could. It is a story of personal courage in the face of terror and of lost love found.

Mohammed Ali Ossman is a bitter Iraqi scientist full of hatred for America. He breeds a deadly form of anthrax, the "Medusa Strain", and a diabolical means to initiate the epidemic.

For Gil Martin, a divorced, burned out, Los Angeles ER physician, Medusa sparks a lust for life and work again. Gil is forced into contact with his ex-wife Tara, a senior CDC epidemiologist. Feelings both thought long dead are rekindled.

The epidemic spreads. Not even the First Family is immune. Dave Gardner, America’s premier anthrax researcher, devises a bioweapon to counter Medusa. But how to use it?

The sudden illness of Gil and Tara’s daughter provides an unexpected clue on how to halt the epidemic—if it can be tested and developed in time.

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Chilling Thriller of Bioterrorsm

Race with government and civilian virus chasers as they trace how the plague disease travels from Iraq throughout the United States. The author’s medical technology is up to the minute, as is his understanding of the spook world. This thriller incorporates the very best of military, government and civilian disease centers, and political knowledge. The threat is chillingly real and is portrayed in a highly believable manner. Once you begin reading this story, hang on. You will lose track of time and yourself within these pages; then you’ll lose sleep asking. “Could this really happen?” The author takes the time leave your teeth on edge in parting with his knowledgeable reassurances in the epilogue that this bio-weapon technology is with us today.
The Medusa Strain really could happen!

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