by BruceHH on May 3, 2007This is an interesting work of fiction but in fiction one can find reality. The novel starts with a disease outbreak in China and an attempt to cover it up. It turns into a pandemic. Does SARS ring a bell, and let’s not forget some of the flu strains. People attempt to flee and pay to be smuggled into Western Europe and US through Eastern Europe and Mexico. There might not be many Chinese sneaking across our borders but there are several other nationalities doing so.
The book also has China purchasing American debt. A lot of our national debt is owned by foreign countries and China is increasing its share.
Part of the spread of the epidemics spread was through the criminal purchase of body parts (organs, eggs and sperm, blood). There is a lack of testing because greed is a great driver.
There is a lack of preparation though an early action plan written, it’s ignored. The U.S. administration takes the easy part of plan but does not follow through with rest of plan. Intelligence services do not really know what is occurring until it’s too late. Mistaken planning exists and things are purchased not because of need but because they look pretty. Soldiers are neither trained nor equipped for the job they’re asked to perform
Military programs are contracted out. Criminals rise to control of countries.
Any current situations come to mind?
It is a quick, interesting and enjoyable read. I recommend it for those who are expected to deal with pandemics and other emergency situations.
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