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

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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