Monday, April 16, 2012


Title: Viral
Publisher:  Soho Press
Pub Date:  April 10th 2012
Author: James Lillifores
Received From: Net Galley

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.

In West Africa, an undercover dissident journalist learns of an investment consortium planning to funnel billions of dollars into the continent. Before he can publicize details, he is savagely murdered.

And in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe deposit box may be the thread that connects these seemingly unrelated incidents--if, that is, two brothers can decipher it before time runs out.

Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor and former CIA operative, begins to discover are the traces of a secret war, with a bold objective--to create a new, technologically advanced, and lucrative society in an unlikely region of Africa; a model civilization able to solve the ages-old, seemingly insoluble problems that plague many Third World nations. With the help of his brother, Jon, can he break the story to the world before it is too late--before the "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.

I was lost and confused for the better part of the beginning of this book, So many characters were introduced I felt in a bit of a tailspin, but as the book wore on I felt understanding for the reasoning of the early chaos. Each character that once confused me, played a role in the book that was necessary for the final outcome, and what an outcome it was, 

Who knew that life could be so confusing for one family. I came to know and understand the lives of Jon and Charles Mallory. Two brothers with different career paths, brought together to fight something beyond what they expected it to be. I am not a typical crime, mystery reader, but I really enjoyed the glimpse here into the town in Africa and what crime fighting can really be like. I kind of expected to know the answer to the mysteries throughout but imagine my shock when I was blown away by the ending! A fun mystery read this is for sure!


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