Look at me posting a book review and everything! Who is this person? I’m not going to lie, my reading slump from Hell continues, but this Spring I accepted a few intriguing ARCs, cautiously optimistic that they might push me to climb out of the abyss for a little while. This book totally did the trick!
Expected Publication Date: May 4th, 2021
Genre: Thriller/ Medical Thriller
Publisher: Simon Schuster Canada
In this explosive new thriller from international bestselling author Daniel Kalla, an experimental vaccine is deployed to battle a lethal outbreak—until patients start dying of unknown causes.
An ordinary day
The city of Seattle is stunned when a deadly bacteria tears through a nearby Bible camp. Early tests reveal the illness is a form of meningitis, and the camp’s residents are among its most vulnerable victims: children and teenagers.
A new vaccine
Facing a rapidly rising death rate, Seattle’s chief public health officer, Lisa Dyer, and her team quickly take all steps necessary to contain the devastating outbreak. And when further testing reveals that the strain of the bacteria is one that caused catastrophic losses in Iceland six months before, Lisa decides to take a drastic step: she contacts Nathan Hull, vice president of a pharmaceutical company that is doing final-phase trials on a viable vaccine, and asks him to release it early for use on the city’s population.
An epidemic in the making
Lisa gets the go-ahead on her controversial plan, despite the protests of dubious government officials, anti-vaxxers, and even those on her own team. Vaccine clinics roll out across the city, and the risky strategy appears to be working, leaving Lisa, Nathan, and thousands of others breathing a sigh of relief. Until people start dying from mysterious and horrific causes—and the vaccine itself is implicated.
But what if science isn’t to blame?
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“One Vaccine, One hope. What Could Go Wrong?”
Hmmm, what could go wrong indeed?
Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla, is literally the first book I have read in one sitting in I can’t even remember how long!
I’ll give you the gist, before I go on with my rave.
Basically, a deadly strain of meningitis rips through a children’s camp leaving few victims alive before spreading into other communities throughout the Seattle area. The bacteria is resistant to antibiotics and all existing vaccines.
Scary right? But it is an incredibly timely tale that takes place in a post- Covid Seattle and more importantly plays on very real fears of our current pandemic and vaccine roll-outs.
The MC is Lisa Dyer, the newly appointed chief of public health and she along with a good group of supporting characters, take us on a chilling journey.
This book had me gripped from the first paragraph and didn’t let me go until I read the last. I stayed up late reading into the night for the first time during my pandemic induced reading slump. It was so thrilling and fast-paced I couldn’t stop!
This is my first book by this author and it will not be the last. It’s been a long time, but this hair-raising thriller was exactly what I needed!