Extinction Event

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Eco-terrorists release a multiple-drug-resistant strain of plague into the environment. The virulent strain spreads, creating a worldwide epidemic. Scientists search for a cure as civilization collapses around them.

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Paul Weber lives in Arizona with his wife, son, and three daughters.

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Review by: brayden on Dec. 2, 2012 :
Extraordinary book. A must-read. Very, very highly recommended.
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Review by: Jeff Oaster on June 18, 2012 :
Another really great book from Paul Weber - it really does work well as a companion book to Transfiguration (in fact, I'll probably compare the two to check and see if it takes place in the same Near Future). Just like with Transfiguration, he creates very interesting characters, paces the book very well, takes the time to explain the science (which could be annoying to some, but I like it. It wouldn't surprise me is he's a science teacher). Weber also works in a fair amount of satire in which he can clearly offer his opinion on government, education, etc. His use of an unrelated parallel prologue and epilogue from prehistoric times (just like with Transfiguration) also is very effective. Great book - highly recommended, and I really hope he continues writing more SF books of this style.
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Review by: r0ndie on May 12, 2012 :
Loved this book! Kept my attention while on a 4 hour flight. Could not wait to get to the end.
Highly recommend!
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Review by: Ecowitch on May 11, 2012 :
This is a fantastic and thought-provoking story that really makes you think and take stock of the modern world. The basis of the story is that a Russion biochemist has created a strain of plague that is extremely virulent and air-bourne and able to change so the body can't fight it. To make matters worse it is stolen before a vaccine can be developed. The disease is then sold to a very extreme animal rights group whose leader is hell bent on making the world pay, more for his own hardships rather than any real concern over the impact of humanity on the planet. In releasing the super-plague he brings about the almost utter collapse of civilisation around the world as scientists race to find a cure before mankind goes the way of the dinosaurs.

The book is written superbly with descriptive and vivid prose that brings to mind the many apocolyptic stories I've read in the past, with the images of bodies left to rot in the streets and an eery quiet descending on normally noise driven cities. The characters are also really well written with just some moments that are a little out of place and slightly awkward but this doesn't detract from the story much at all.

Either side of the main story Weber takes the reader back 60+ million years ago to the time of the dinosaurs and proposes an alternative to the traditional meteor driven extinction theory that places disease as the main culprit in their demise. And I must say this theory works and does have some support in the scientific community. Most important of all he presents it as he does his main story with vivid and descriptive prose that tells complicated science in an easy, accessible and enjoyable way (and best of all it's told through the eyes of the dinosaurs themselves). This is a great book and a fantastic read, well worth giving a go.
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Review by: Tom Mullings on April 9, 2012 :
Good book, hard to put down. Great adventure and a scary possible future.
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Review by: Garry Puffer on March 4, 2012 :
Very intelligent and compelling thriller with vivid characters. I enjoyed this book tremendously. It kept me up late in order to finish it.
The scientific ideas put forth are "fringe-like" but extremely believable as an alternative to the stories we are usually fed concerning extinctions and evolution. Very thought-provoking. Kudos to Mr. Weber and thanks for offering this as a free book.
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