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(See our Special Section below for children's and young adult books, and Don't miss our Collection of Biological Warfare Stories--Fiction).


Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy

The latest Tom Clancy thriller, with a viral plot! Rainbow Six appeals on all the levels that Clancy fans could hope for. The Rainbow operatives, from Navy SEALs to German mountain-leader school graduates, are rendered to inspire with their physical and mental prowess. The book is infatuated with the latest gadgets for scrambling, transmitting, and decoding secrets. And, in a carefully woven narrative that simultaneously traces the Rainbow team, a former KGB agent named Popov, the Australian Olympic security team, and a sinister group of American scientists, Clancy artfully reveals the mystery of "Shiva" at the center of the novel. How does Clark measure up against Jack Ryan? He may be the perfect hero for a world with hidden villains. --Patrick O'Kelley

Hardcover / Published 1998
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Also available in a Large Print Version, Audiocassette or AudioCD.


Avenger (Star Trek) by William Shatner, et al

When a lethal virus threatens the entire Federation with starvation and dissolution, the long-believed-dead James T. Kirk embarks on a mission to discover the virus's source, while Spock investigates the truth behind his father's death.

Hardcover / Published 1997
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Bad Medicine by Ron Querry

Dr. Push Foster takes a 2-year job at the Lukachukai Health Station with no thought that he will soon be plunged into a medical mystery and crisis: the outbreak of a pneumonia-like illness whose terrible swiftness makes it almost impossible to treat. And most mysteriously all the victims have been Navajo, and young. With contacts at the CDC in atlanta, push calls in all the expert help he can. But the scientific answers to what is eventually identified as the rodent-borne hanta virus are unsatisfying, even irrelevant, to the Navajo, who believe something far more frightening is at work--an imbalance with far-reaching effects. And ultimately push himself comes to see the limits of what doctors can accomplish, and the liberating power of accepting other forces at work in the world. Full of wonderful imagery and scenes both moving and frightening--a hand-trembler trying to save a young life, a skinwalker changing form on a lonely road at twilight--this is a colorful and finally gripping novel of modern plagues and timeless evil.

Hardcover / Published 1998
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The Blood Artists : A Novel by Chuck Hogan

"Clean human blood was a precious commodity as the first decade of the twenty-first century drew to a close. An onslaught of viral and bacterial disease had depleted the reliable source pool, and patients around the world were dying, stuck on long lists waiting for transfusions of unpolluted blood. Lucrative black markets had sprung up in every major population center, from New York to Beijing to Cairo, where illicit blood traded at fifteen to twenty times its weight in gold. Like many medical scientists of the day, Peter and I had dedicated ourselves to the great challenge of developing a safe, synthetic, human blood substitute..."

That's the gripping premise of Chuck Hogan's The Blood Artists. Doctors Stephen Pearse and Peter Maryk, working for the Bureau of Disease Control (the much tougher, FBI-like successor to the Center for Disease Control), track a killer virus out of Africa that makes Ebola look like a slight case of indigestion. This nasty bug seems to have both intelligence and an agenda, and when it acquires a human host it might just be too much for the world to handle. As he did in his first thriller, The Standoff, Hogan humanizes complicated concepts and creates characters with lots of energy.

Hardcover / Published 1998
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The Cobra Event by Richard Preston

The Cobra Event is the story of a secret counter-terror operation. It is set in motion one spring morning in New York City when a seventeen-year-old student wakes up feeling vaguely ill. She seems to be coming down with a cold. Hours later she is having violent seizures, blood is pouring out of her nose, and she has begun a hideous process of self-cannibalization. Soon, other gruesome deaths of a similar nature have been discovered, and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta sends a forensic pathologist. an expert in epidemiology, to investigate. What she finds precipitates a federal crisis.

The details of this story are fictional, but they are based on a scrupulously thorough inquiry into the history of biological weapons and their use by civilian and military terrorists. "The creation of advanced biological weapons using methods of genetic engineering and biotechnology is sometimes known as 'black biology,'" Richard Preston writes. The extent to which the products of black biology are available nearly everywhere in the world is shocking. Preston's sources for his story include members of the FBI and the United States military, public health officials, intelligence officers in foreign governments, and scientists who have been involved in the development and testing of strategic bioweapons. The stories of what they have seen and what they expect to happen and how they plan to deal with it are chilling. The Cobra Event is not science fiction. It is a dramatic, heart-stopping account of a very real threat, told with the skill and authority that made Richard Preston's The Hot Zone an internationally acclaimed bestseller.

Hardcover / Published 1998
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The Eleventh Plague : A Novel of Medical Terror by John Baldwin, John S. Marr, MD.

"Germ warfare and bacteriological terrorism ar all facts of life, and the plagues as are threatening to modern man as they were to Pharaoh. THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE is extensively researched and accurate, and shows an exhaustive familiarity with man's plagues--both biblical and modern. The style is fast-moving, exciting, and complelling-- and the novel is a must read." -- Stephen A. Berger, M.D.

Hardcover / Published 1998
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Pandora's Clock by John J. Nance

Captain James Holland is the pilot on a routine flight from Frankfurt to New York, packed with people eager to be home for Christmas. When a passenger collapses from what appears to be a heart attack, Holland is forced to request an emergency landing at London's Heathrow Airport. But to his great surprise, the air traffic controllers will not let him land in England -- they tell Holland that his sick passenger has contracted a dangerous new form of influenza and that the plane must return to Germany. But when German officials also refuse the landing, and other European countries follow suit, Holland begins to suspect that he's in much more trouble than anyone's letting on. In fact, his sick passenger is carrying a deadly virus accidentally released from a Bavarian laboratory, and it is feared that everyone on board is now infected. At the same time, someone with access to the CIA's computers wants to shoot the plane out of the sky, and there is a United States ambassador on board with powerful terrorist enemies who want to see him dead. While the panic on the ground spreads from the White House Situation Room to a small airport in the Ukrainian Republic, Captain Holland has only one concern: Where and when can he land?

Hardcover / Published 1995
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Sapo by Robert Beatty

Jetta Mendoza Santiago is an international courier in a race against time.After successfully delivering a precious package from South America to Detroit, Jetta's client (Dracon Pharmaceuticals) rewards her by intentionally infecting her with a deadly viral disease. Dracon is conducting clandestine biomedical research in order to quickly develop a powerful new drug discovered deep in the Amazonian rainforest. Jetta must now outwit Dracon and the wilds of Peru to find her cure. The race intensifies as Jetta enlists every resource available ranging from Henry, a computer hacker, to Boa, a tribal shaman. Dracon's competition has also gotten wind of the discovery and has hired a well-armed team to "ensure the company's competitive advantage." The intense action culminates at Dracon's field operations site on a remote tributary of the Amazon. For Jetta, the options are win or die.

Hardcover / Published 1996
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Reaper by Ben Mezrich

A chilling new techno-thriller by the author of Threshold. When the "Reaper, " a killer electronic virus, spreads down the Eastern seaboard via PCs and televisions, virologist Samantha Craig and paramedic Nick Barnes realize that the information superhighway will soon become a killing field unless they can root Reaper out.

Hardcover / Published 1997
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The Vampire Virus by Michael Romkey

The mysterious death of an archaeologist lures disease-control researcher Dr. Bailey Harrison deep into the jungles of Costa Rica. There, in the hot zone, an unknown and potentially devastating new virus has made its first lethal appearance. Yet a more horrifying evil awaits Bailey at the end of her quest. For in a lavish estate carved from the savage wilderness, an extraordinary man rules, the master of a forbidding world. And he himself is slave to a centuries-old hunger.

Mass Market Paperback / Published 1998
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Virus by Bill Buchanan

"Buchanan's non-stop action flows from characters whose injuries and elation you can feel in your own sinews. A story worth reading, not only because of its arresting premise and his own knowledge about it, but also because he has internalized the most important elements of the writer's craft. " -- The Rockingham News, Feb. 15, 1997

Mass Market Paperback / Published 1997
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Virus by S. D. Perry

Based on the movie from Universal Pictures starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland and Billy Baldwin, which is based on a Dark Horse comic book by Chuck Pfarrer.Somewhere is the South Pacific, a fierce typhoon strikes an American tug and its desperate crew. Barely surviving the storm, the crew comes upon the "Volkov", a high-tech Russian warship appears to be strangely deserted--but the ship is not as deserted as it seems.

Mass Market Paperback / Published 1998
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Virus by Chuck Pfarrer

When the crew of an ocean-going tug discover an abandoned Chinese radar ship adrift in the Pacific, it seems like their ticket to Easy Street. Maritime law says they can lay claim to the vessel and the millions of dollars worth of top-secret electronics on it. However, collecting on those millions is easier said than done. Full-color throughout. Graphic novel format.

Paperback / Published 1995
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Virus by Graham Watkins

In a large hospital, a diagnostician and a psychologist investigate a bizarre and dangerous new disorder that is somehow connected with computers (yes, a computer virus!), which possesses no physical symptoms but leads its victims into such severe self-neglect that some are dying. At the same time, others are discovering--usually too late--that, when playing a video game on a machine running a program called Penultimate, losing can be fatal--literally.

Mass Market Paperback / Published 1996
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(Also available in hardcover.)


Virus Clans : A Story of Evolution by Michael Kanaly

"2001: A Space Odyssey" meets "The Hot Zone" in this blazingly original novel by the author of "Thoughts of God". A research scientist makes the remarkable discovery that certain viruses seem to be intelligently planning where and how to multiply. And intertwined in this powerful drama is the story of the virus clans themselves, spanning millions of years as they evolve and make their own extraordinary discovery: to be the perfect hosts, human beings will have to be changed.

"Marvelous stuff. Great story. It's got all the sweep and scope and angst anyone could possibly wish. Unfortunately, if you know much science at all, it will drive you nuts.... I suspect Kanaly's intellectual home is in the humanities. This would explain the problem, though it would not excuse it...." -- Analog, Tom Easton

Paperback / Published 1998
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The Kamikaze Virus by Peter R. Cowdrey

Paperback / Published 1997
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The Melbourne Virus by Peter Leslie

A Scottish detective tracks an innocent Australian tourist through Europe, trying to stop him from spreading a virus as fatal as the Black Death, but he soon discovers that the tourist is really a vicious criminal.

Hardcover / Published 1992
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The Treblinka Virus by Robert B., M.D. Litman

Paperback / Published 1991
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Marburg Virus by Stanley Johnson

Published 1982 / Out of Print - Available in used condition.


The Tojo Virus by John D. Randall

Published 1991 / Out of Print - Available in used condition.


Venom Virus by Ric Parry

When Arab terrorists infect a crowded 747 with a deadly new virus, Admiral Henry Clay Gifford enlists the aid of brilliant toxicologist, Dr. Chris Maddox, to stop the plague at its source.

Published 1992 / Out of Print - Available in used condition.


Virus by Peter Caine

Published 1989 / Out of Print - Available in used condition.


Virus by William Harrington

Published 1991 / Out of Print - Available in used condition.



Books for Kids:


Five Kids & A Monkey Investigate a Vicious Virus (Five Kids & A Monkey, Series 1) by Nina M. Riccio, et al

Book one in a three book series of health adventures for readers 7-11. Everyone in Tottentown has a lousy case of the flu, and Magenta can't rest until she figures out how to get rid of it. Join her and the rest of the Five Kids & A Monkey(tm) detective team as they encounter Nasty Nick and his sneaky squad of microscopic germs. Help the Kids decipher codes, uncover clues, form a hypothesis and learn all about the body's remarkable defense system. Can they force Nasty Nick to give up and march his bug buddies right out of town? Only if they have your help!

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback / Published 1997
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Killer Virus (Choose Your Own Adventure, No 177) by Eric Cherry (Illustrator), Raymond A. Montgomery

First you get a skull-crunching headache. Then your eyes turn red. Blood bubbles from your mouth and eye sockets. These are the symptoms of a deadly new virus--and they are always followed by death. You and your uncle are traveling with a team of doctors, scientists, and veterinarians to the hot zone where this new virus has struck. Together you will try to discover the source of the virus and help those already stricken with it. Could the virus be the deadly Ebola? Or something far worse?

Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback / Published 1997
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Time Warp Virus (Science Puzzle Adventures Series) by Clive Gifford

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Library Binding - 48 pages / Published 1997
Our Price: $13.95

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Virus (Med Center , No 1) by Diane Hoh

A lethal virus has taken over Grant, Massacusetts. No one is safe, and no one knows where it comes from. The staff of Med Center is struggling to save lives and find answers for panicked families--but the virus keeps spreading. With a strong cast of teen characters and a gripping story, this first book in the new Med Center series delivers the excitement of the hit TV show ER.

Reading level: Young Adult
Published 1996 / Out of Print - Available in used condition.



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