Vector by James Abel


James Abel

James Abel unleashes a new Joe Rush bio-thriller in which the Amazon rainforest spawns a new kind of terror that may bring the world to its knees.

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Joe Rush takes on a new terror, spawned in the Amazon rain forest, that threatens to bring the world to its knees in James Abel's latest bio-thriller, now in paperback.

While studying new forms of malaria at an Amazon gold rush, Joe Rush's best friend and partner, Eddie Nakamura, disappears. Learning that many of the sick miners have also vanished, Rush begins a search for Eddie that takes him into the heart of darkness--where while battling for his life, he discovers a secret that may change the world.

Thousands of miles away, sick people are starting to flood into U.S. hospitals. When the White House admits that it has received terrorist threats, cities across the Northeast begin to shut down. Rush and his team must journey from one of the most remote spots on Earth to one of the busiest, as the clock ticks toward a kind of annihilation not thought possible. They have even less time than they think to solve the mystery, for the danger--as bad as it is--is about to get even worse.

Advance Galley Reviews

When I first requested this book I thought it was a standalone, then realized it was part of a series. I personally like to read a series from beginning to end so I can see how the characters and story have developed over time but this book does work ok as a standalone. The story started out a little slow but then it really picked up and was quite the page turner. I like how the storyline was believable and you think in your mind it could actually happen one day. I think that makes the story a lot scarier that way. If you enjoy a good thrill, this is a great book. I definitely plan on going back and reading the first books in the series. Thank you First to Read!

This was a very intriguing story line about using mosquitoes bred with a resistant type of malaria. Then used to be set free to infect as many people as possible. It was my first book by Abel and will go back and try an earlier book in the series.

My ARC of Vector unfortunately expired before getting to read it. Hopefully I can pick up a copy and thusly put my review here.

This book hooked me in right from the beginning. I loved the way the author shifted the POV but I feel that it also left the plot with a little less suspense. The concept behind the whole terrorist attack was super freaky. It felt realistic and also gave me shivers because I’m not too fond of mosquitoes. Speaking of mosquitoes, I did find it a little strange that in a part of the book the author turned the POV to a mosquito. It wasn’t bad but just seemed a little weird to me. I haven’t read any of the authors other books in the series but I feel that this was good as a stand alone. I didn’t get the feeling that I was missing any thing by not reading the previous books. Overall I really enjoyed the book and will definitely be on the look out for his other books!

**I received an ARC of this book via First To Read in exchange for an honest review.** This is #4 in a series but I feel like it worked fine as a standalone. I haven't read the other books but I had no problem keeping up with this one. To me the beginning felt slow but it picked up and I really enjoyed the plot.

I received an advanced copy of his book from First to Read. This book is scary in its reality! A new mutation in malaria is being spread around the East Coast. This is a deadly strain, and it is fast moving. It is linked to Brazil and the Amazon. Meet Joe Rush and his team as they search for the people that are making this deadly strain and spreading these mosquitoes around the country. This is a fast paced story and one that will keep you up at night!

Vector by James Abel was quite the story. This book was a thriller and kept me on the edge of my seat! I loved this book.

I had the opportunity to read this book, Vector, and I really enjoyed it. The premise of this story is scary. I don't usually read this type of book, but I am really glad that I did. The main character, Joe Rush, has so many things working against him. He doesn't give up. He keeps going and doing whatever needs to be done. I was rooting for him. This story is thrilling. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. I would definitely recommend this book. The characters are great, and the story was excellent. It takes something so small and makes it huge.

James Abel is really growing as a favorite author of mine. This installment of a Joe Rush adventure/mystery is a real page turner. Character development is fleshing out the story and involves me, the reader with excitement and empathy. The plot is unique and twisty enough to keep my attention right to the end, I may have swatted a few imaginary bugs along the way too. This compelling story is only too believable and obviously well researched (I checked a couple items as curiosity got the better of me). I just hope technology makes the storyline impossible. This is a really fun, quick read that I encourage any thrill seeker to pickup today!

I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but it is a great stand-alone story. I'm a biologist by training, and I was really intrigued by the idea of the weapon used in this book-- truly terrifying. Joe Rush was a complicated hero, but I found him easy to root for- he never gave up! I'm definitely interested in going back and reading the preceding books after meeting him in this one.

This book was amazing. I was not aware that this was in a series, but the only thing that stuck out about this was some vague reference to past events or relationships; this did not take away from the story in the least. This book took a terrifying and realistic concept to a horrifying conclusion. I will definitely keep an eye out for more from this author as he had quite a way of keeping tension in his writing.

Loved reading this book. I actually haven't read the other books in the series, but that wasn't a problem. The characters were very real to life and I was absolutely pulled in by all the events in the book. The explanations of how the Legionnaires and Malaria are spread fascinated me. I loved how James Abel took time to incorporate these details into the story. I totally nerded out over them.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review via first to read. This novel was full of intrigue, power plays, and suspense. It kept me reading well into the night wondering what would happen next. And the surprise ending is well worth it!

Wilderness medicine expert Joe Rush is searching the heart of the Amazon for his lost partner, Eddie Nakamura. What he finds there threatens the lives of everyone he loves back in the U.S. and the world. The beginning of this book was very slow for me. Joe’s voice is written in the first person and all the other characters are written in the third person, which I found hard to follow. I think these books are written to be readable as stand-alones but having more background on Rush and Nakamura perhaps would have made the book more fast-paced. The plot of this book is completely transparent in that the author explains everything that’s happening instead of letting suspense build. There were many places in the book where I thought the author could have let the reader figure things out and it would have been more exciting. The only really exciting part was the pursuit at the end, but anyone could have guessed how that would end. Giving the mosquitoes voices as characters in this book was just plain weird. I find it very odd when animals or inanimate objects are given voices when that is not the main focus of the book. Those brief parts of the novel are not necessary, they add nothing, the author could remove them and the book would be none the worse for it. This book was not my favorite. Perhaps it would be enjoyable to those who have been following the Joe Rush series from the beginning. Thanks to Penguin Random House for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

"Vector" is a fast paced thriller from James Abel. Even though I have only read a couple other books in the Joe Rush series - they are all able to be read as stand alones. Thanks First to Read!

While I received this ARC from Penguin Random House, my review is unbiased... This story hit on one of my personal hot-buttons: mosquito control, how little the average person contributes and the need for genetic intervention. Author James Abel strategically weaves a timely tale of bio-terrorism, complicated politics, investigative teamwork, sacrifice and a little romance. Our protagonist, Joe Rush, continues to grow both as soldier and scientist, developing critical relationships and becoming more relevant. The action is nonstop on a threatening timeline, yet there's a lot of interesting backstory. I could not put down the final 100 pages. I've read 2 previous James Abel novels starring Joe Rush in other forms of virulent threat. Including "Vector", the science in the stories is so real, I'd put author Abel in the ranks of his contemporary Richard Preston ["Hot Zone", "Demon in the Freezer", etc]. I'd like to think there's a film studio picking up Mr. Abel's well-researched work. ** POSSIBLE CORRECTIONS ** pg 13: "...Madeira" could be clarified as Brazil pg 13: "...Senhor" could be clarified as Portuguese "Senor" pg 62: "...abdomen" might supposed to be "abandon" pgs 171 & 177: repetitious use of "sweater...against air-conditioning" pg 268: "...Subaru" should be "Ford" as Tom switched vehicle on pg 245 pg 281: "...Rochester's Best" [I lived there 40 such brand] Thnx!

While this novel is part of a series, you can easily read it as a standalone. Now, I've read quite a few biological thrillers. The best praise I can give for this novel is that it wasn't terrible. There was nothing that I really loved about this novel but it wasn't terrible enough to warrant a bad rating. I had no feelings while reading this book. I didn't get excited, I didn't get attached to any characters... it was just a blah experience for me. This novel is mostly told from Joe's perspective but it does shift to other POVs - including that of a mosquito. Yeah, you read that right. A mosquito. It was weird and I'm not sure if it was really necessary or helpful. I appreciated the amount of research that the author did on malaria; it was very thorough and gave reader an indepth knowledge into the disease as well as how mutations work in general. Overall, this novel was okay. It wasn't really memorable but it wasn't the worst thing I've ever read.

Jihadists attack the United States with a bioterror weapon – mosquitoes carrying a deadly form of malaria. Meanwhile, Joe Rush is studying malaria strains in Brazil when his fried Eddie Nakamura goes missing. In looking for Eddie, Joe uncovers the jihadist plot. Joe, Eddie, and Izabel Santo of the Brazilian Federal Police head back to the United States to help with the search for the terrorist. Because I have a Ph.D. in Genetics, I tend to be nit-picky about scientific details. But since, I’m not that well-read on malaria or its mosquito hosts, I was able to enjoy the plot of this enjoyable book. This is my first Joe Rush book so it took a little getting used to going back and forth between third person and first person narratives. In conclusion, I can highly recommend this book as a good thriller to lose yourself in.

If you are not already scared into agoraphobia by the threat of the Zika virus, Lyme disease, and skin cancer, James Abel’s book will make you afraid to leave your house or at least make you clothe yourself from head to toe and top that off with a couple layers of bug spray. Vector is a chilling exercise that imagines the results of a terror organization’s ability to weaponize an everyday annoyance we barely notice here in the United States. It is terrifying how easy Abel makes it seem to create, distribute and disperse such a weapon. The book starts with Joe Rush and his partner, Eddie, travelling the Amazon. Except that Eddie is missing, Joe is being followed, his guide is less than trustworthy and a large number of malaria-stricken individuals have disappeared from their homes. Things go terribly wrong for Joe at the same time that events are going awry quietly and steadily in the United States. A terrorist’s threat is delivered, the government is blackmailed, hard decisions are made. (Some of the most terrifying moments in the book stem from the decisions of people in power and the reasoning behind those decisions.) When the two story lines intersect, the action comes quick and fast. The pacing of this book is just what you want in a thriller. The science was written in a believable and easy to understand way. And the ending does not disappoint. I will definitely be going back to read the first in the Joe Rush series, White Plague.

I received an ARC of 'Vector' by James Abel from the First to Read program for free in exchange for my review. I have not read any of James Abel's previous works with Joe Rush and Eddie Nakamura. The book works well as a standalone but would probably have been even better had I read the previous books. The story is told from the point of view of Joe Rush and a bio-terrorist, Tom Fargo. Eddie is abducted while doing research in the Amazon which causes Joe to launch a solo effort to rescue him where he discovers the lab where a bioengineered disease has been developed, along with a natural vector, the mosquitoe. Joe, Nick, and Isabel Santo, Brazilian Federal Police are in the forefront of the fight to prevent the outbreak. I enjoyed the book and would give it four out of five stars.

I really like this series and I enjoyed this one even though I somehow missed the third book. It works well as a standalone if you have not read the rest. I love the characters and the science of the series. You will want to buy a lot of mosquito repellant after reading this one.

Wow! Considering the fears created with the Zika virus and the terrorist attacks around the world, it's quite believable that a scenario like this could take place. Given an advance copy to read for my review, once I started, I didn't want to put it down. From the Amazon rain forest to Washington, D.C. and other cities, the disease-carrying mosquito poses a threat to everyone. After reading this book, you may look at mosquitoes with caution and some fear.

This book is part of a series featuring Joe Rush. I have not read any of the other books, but this one worked fine as a standalone. The story is told in the alternating points of view of Rush and Tom Fargo, a bio terrorist. There are also some sections told from the pov of a mosquito. These sections really should have been omitted. Fargo has been given the task of releasing weaponized mosquitos throughout the United States. They carry a new, powerful strain of malaria. Rush and his partner Eddie Nakamura are doctors and ex-military and now operate a company that hopes to discover microbes that will cure diseases. Their search takes them to Brazil, where they encounter the group that is breeding the super mosquitos. The two stories link up back in the US. I generally like escaped killer virus books, but I thought this one was just ok. There are several action sequences and some creative detection, but there is also an obligatory romance (not as annoying as it could have been) and long pauses where nothing much was going on. However, I was interested enough to keep reading. I thought that the ending was a little too tidy. I wouldn't mind reading another Joe Rush book. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

I became engrossed with this novel from start to finish. This is the first I've read of this author. It is a very conceivable story line. i will definitely be looking into other books in the series. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

Another great, fast-paced read in the series. The guys are dealing with mutated malaria carriers and a lone terrorist with a personal vendetta. Fast action and hard to put down. Read. straight through until 3:00 a.m. Recommend the book and series.

I rather enjoyed this story. It kind of seconds my theory of what the next mass die off of humans will be. It will be from some form of genetically mutated virus. This story takes the idea and runs with it. I liked the way how Abel described how this mutation was created and the way is was spread. I don't know if I'll read the other books in this series, but this story could be good in itself as a stand alone book.


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