The country’s newest sub is stranded in the Arctic under unforeseen circumstances and Joe Rush finds himself called in to head the rescue mission. The sub reported a fire on board and that’s all the official story will reflect, but there’s much more to the distress call than that. A deadly and as yet unidentified virus has broken out amongst the crew, spreading swiftly and killing many who become infected. As a biowarfare expert, Rush is tasked not only with ensuring the sub itself remains out of enemy hands but in finding out what is infecting the crew. But when things start to go wrong on board the ship, Rush starts to suspect a saboteur amongst the crew.
White Plague kicks off a new series featuring bioweapons expert Joe Rush. The combination military and medical thriller is chock full of action, suspense, and exclamation points. (Seriously, there are lots of them.) Rush is a great lead and the idea of basing a series around a character with a job like his is definitely one I’m on board with 100%.
1/15 Becky LeJeune
WHITE PLAGUE by James Abel. Berkley Hardcover (January 6, 2015). ISBN 978-0425276327. 336p.