Outbreak

Author: Davis Bunn

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

It’s almost like this book was written as a precursor to COVID.

Avery Madison, biological researcher, is woken in the middle of the night by the CEO of his company and told to get on a flight to London which will then take him to west Africa.  Once there, he is aboard a research vessel and taken to specific coordinates to evaluate an event.  Suited up in a hazmat suit, Avery makes his way through the water when he discovers several fishing vessels with all the workers deceased.  He quickly realizes that something ecologically damaging has occurred and is moving throughout parts of Africa and could impact the United States once the hurricane season develops.  But there is someone who doesn’t want the world to know about what’s happening in Africa and will stop at nothing to make sure it stays quiet.

An airborne virus that strips an infected host’s immune system so that easily cured diseases can kill said person.  Sound familiar?  That is just want this book is about.  Bunn once again dives into a world of combining thrillers with science and scores another direct hit.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and probably even more since COVID hit.  The race against the clock combined with unlikely characters thrown together to figure out the answer made for yet another spectacular story.  I love that a family was reconnected and forgiven as a result of this too.  It makes it that much more satisfying.

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