Review: The Hades Factor

The Hades Factor
The Hades Factor by Robert Ludlum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in a series by Robert Ludlum and Gayle Lynds about a secret organization. This books is really a prequel, so you don’t learn about Covert-One until the end. This book is about a young virus hunter and his wife, also a virus hunter, working side by side at USAMRIID. 3 cases, wide spread across the US, are brought to her attention while her husband is off at a conference in Europe, and also meeting with an old friend. She studies the virus, but it is new, similar to a hantavirus, but different. The cases have nothing in common – s no know vector or source. Then all hell breaks loose. She has stumbled on the wrong (or right) path, and the bad guys are on to her. They inject her with this 100% lethal virus, and clean out her office, very carefully removing all traces of the work she had done, and the contacts she had made. When her husband comes home,and find that his wife is very ill and dying, he vows to stop at nothing to find out who, what, where, when and why. So begins a chase across several continents, meetings with all sorts of people and scientists, and lots of epidemiological work, trying to trace her movements before her death, and to find the source of this infection, as it begins to become a world wide pandemic with millions dying. Fun, fascinating virus-hunter book, and more to look forward to in the series I hope.

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