When people start dying of unexplainable symptoms in Los Angeles, the government turns to Biodefense, a top-secret agency against bioterrorism. For the five members of the team, what they thought could never happen has come to pass: a nanotechnological weapon of mass destruction has been set loose. And one thing becomes all too clear to Biodefense's Alan Thorpe: the virus was developed and spread here--by a sleeper cell within our own borders--and no one knows how to stop it.
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At the start of Dr. Anderson's thought-provoking debut medical thriller, people are dying in Los Angeles from what appears to be a new, unknown virus. At the same time, a Web site in Indonesia warns of Allah's "nanodeath" holocaust: "His nanomachines cannot be stopped until they have destroyed every American man, woman, and child." A team of scientists spring into action to trace the origin of the bug, finding what appears to be "a microscopic machine that can reproduce itself... essentially an artificial virus." Casualties begin to mount while the team struggles to catch up; meanwhile, politicos in Washington make plans to use the attack as grounds for military action they had already been seeking to carry out. The author does a great job of building excitement by interweaving the more bookish, scientific passages with espionage involving embedded terrorists, counteragents and rogue university professors. If scenes involving Washington decision makers are oversimplified, they successfully show how cause and effect, in times of war, are almost never clearly connected. Anderson doesn't shy away from his story's natural climax (though his fictional president closes on an upbeat note, it's far from a happy ending), making this book much more cautionary than the average escapist thriller. Agent, Kimberly Whalen. (Apr.)
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A smart thriller that blurs the line between medical research and bioterrorism...timely provocative. -- James Rollins, National Bestselling Author of Sandstorm
Anderson has done his homework...Sleeper Cell is chilling. -- Stephen Coonts
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