Thursday, June 17, 2010

TSI:The Influenza Bomb - REVIEWED

TSI: The Influenza Bomb is one of those books that sort of gets under your skin. Weaving the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic into a present-day race to rescue the world from an eco-terrorist group sort of sends your mind on a crazy “what-if” mode, and you realize that these scenarios are all too possible. In a world that has gone ever more bent upon its own destruction, a world where terrorists seek to destroy all that oppose their agenda, a world where terrorists blend so seamlessly within daily life….it’s just a tad creepy!!

Anyway, when you team Paul McCusker and Walt Larimore, MD together, you get a suspense-filled novel that will entertain and challenge your imagination! In my case, it taught me a great deal about an epidemic I knew little about. Did you know the Spanish Influenza killed MILLIONS of people in only twenty-four weeks?! More than AIDS has killed in twenty-four years? More than the Black Death of the Middle ages killed in a century?! That’s SCARY!! And what if some crazy terrorist decided to do this for real?!

Well, the TSI team we first met in The Gabon Virus is reassembled to do what they do best – investigate the past for clues that can rescue the future. I’m thankful doctors and scientists like this operate in our world today, but a medical anthropologist…now that’s a powerful combination of interests, eh? Anyway, the TSI team is frantically trying to find a way to save the world – literally – and it is a race against time itself as well as some eco-terrorists who are simply looney-tunes.

Bottom line, if you like a suspense filled novel that sort of messes with your mind, grab the latest TSI novel The Influenza Bomb. Just don’t think too much about what you’ve read. It’s kind of scary!! But a GREAT read!!

Paul McCusker is the Peabody Award–winning writer and director of the audio drama Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom and of the multiple award-winning audio dramatizations of The Chronicles of Narnia, Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, Little Women, and his original series The Luke Reports (just nominated for the Audie Awards’ Best Audio Drama) and The Father Gilbert Mysteries (also nominated for the Audie Awards’ best production award).

He is also a writer and director for the long-running children’s program Adventures in Odyssey, writing not only over 250 audio episodes, but also scripting two of the animated video series and eighteen spin-off novels. For adults, McCusker has written the Gold Medallion–nominated Epiphany, The Mill House, and A Season of Shadows. His plays and musicals have been performed in community theatres across the country—one, A Time for Christmas, was a Dove Award nominee. McCusker currently has over thirty books in print, including the TSI series he is co-authoring with Walt Larimore, MD. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Walter L. Larimore, MD, has been called one of "America's best-known family physicians" and listed in “Distinguished Physicians of America,” “The Best Doctors in America,” and “Who’s Who in America.” As an award-winning writer, he was awarded the 2004 Christianity Today Book Award for co-writing Going Public with Your Faith: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work. He has been a Gold Medallion Book Award finalist three times—for the Going Public book and small-group video series, as well as his book The Highly Healthy Child. He also authored the popular Bryson City Tales books and co-authored the TSI series with Paul McCusker. He lives in Monument, Colorado.

No comments: