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The End of October (2020)

por Lawrence Wright

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"In this propulsive medical thriller--from the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author--Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees. At an internment camp in Indonesia, within one week, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When the microbiologist and epidemiologist Henry Parsons travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Now, Henry joins forces with a Saudi doctor and prince in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city. Matilda Nachinsky, deputy director of U. S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare already-fraying global relations begin to snap, one by one, in the face of a pandemic. Henry's wife Jill and their children face diminishing odds of survival in Atlanta and the disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions--scientific, religious, governmental--and decimating the population. As packed with suspense as it is with the riveting history of viral diseases, Lawrence Wright has given us a full-tilt, electrifying, one-of-a-kind thriller"--… (mais)
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A novel that almost feels like nonfiction as it was written just before the outbreak of the 2020 virus. Clearly, the author put much effort in his research which makes this all the more close to home if you are reading this in 2020. On the literary side, the novel has structure, well-developed characters and the plot makes sense. The story evolves around a renowned virologist and his family who finds himself in the epicenter of a deadly flu outbreak that is eerily similar to the 2020 corona virus outbreak. Following a human carrier of the virus to Mecca ( )
  nitrolpost | Mar 19, 2024 |
Had to stop reading. Too similar to real life right now. Stressful
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
5/6/20 - Finished this book in a few days. I cannot tell you how absolutely fantastic I thought this book is! Lawrence Wright must have some type of crystal ball because so much of what America and the world are going through right now happens in this book. The book combines real-world events and individuals with a fictional story about the Kongola virus which spreads viciously throughout the world in hyperspeed. Page after page after page spoke of events that have happened in the USA over the last 30-60 days. Terms I never heard until the coronavirus hit are discussed in detail. It is a gripping read that propels the reader through a narrative that closely mirrors what we as a society are experiencing right now. ( )
  BenM2023 | Nov 22, 2023 |
The first half was better than the second.

The main character wasn't very interesting to me, and things seemed to come too easily for him. Certain characters had potential, but we were only given a glimpse into their perspectives. Also, the timeline wasn't clear to me for most of the book and I wish more specific markers had been included to that end. I didn't fully enjoy the military/government angle.

As a story, this just wasn't memorable, but the scientific tidbits here and there made it an enjoyable read.

There is some profanity, including Jesus Christ and God used as curses. Darwinian evolutionary theory is regarded as fact. There are unnecessary sexual references, and drug use. I'll never understand why people think it's entertaining to smoke weed, or to read about others doing so. ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
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This book is preternaturally prescient ( )
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"In this propulsive medical thriller--from the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author--Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees. At an internment camp in Indonesia, within one week, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When the microbiologist and epidemiologist Henry Parsons travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Now, Henry joins forces with a Saudi doctor and prince in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city. Matilda Nachinsky, deputy director of U. S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare already-fraying global relations begin to snap, one by one, in the face of a pandemic. Henry's wife Jill and their children face diminishing odds of survival in Atlanta and the disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions--scientific, religious, governmental--and decimating the population. As packed with suspense as it is with the riveting history of viral diseases, Lawrence Wright has given us a full-tilt, electrifying, one-of-a-kind thriller"--

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