Epidemic by J.P. Choquette
Publication Date: March 21, 2013
Imagine you’re a physician faced with a problem you’ve feared only in your worst nightmares: A hot virus, one that infects hundreds within days. Or imagine you are the CEO at a small, but fast-growing pharmaceutical company, and need just a little push to make it to the major leagues. What if you were the reporter, looking for a link between these two seemingly unrelated groups, and find information that puts your life in mortal danger? Everett James, a reporter in the sleepy state of Vermont, finds himself in the middle of the most important story of his life. When a deadly virus, H1N2, outbreaks in the small town of St. Albans, James takes the story. But his investigation turns up more questions than answers. What’s the link between Vermont’s largest pharmaceutical company, BeckePharm, and Palmer Laboratories, a New York-based upstart drug company? How did the virus, a mutated strain of the Avian Flu, end up in such a rural village? Will the vaccines released protect the people they were created for, or will more deaths occur? And will James find the answers before running out of time? Epidemic is a fast-paced thrill ride, culminating in an unexpected, show-stopping finale.
Everett James is a typical local reporter going about his days covering the typical stories that happen in the local communities in Vermont. Things start happening fast when a deadly virus outbreaks in the small town of St. Albans. Everett learns fast that it's not the virus that has him and Ava worried about their lives but other individuals out there doing their best to cover up some really big secrets of the one of the larger local Pharmaceutical company.
First off, I loved reading the story knowing where the events were taking place (or whereabouts they were--fictional and all ;) ). The flow of the story was fabulous and the story moved along at a great pace. The book is only 212 pages long but there was the perfect amount of information that left you wanting to find out who was the bad guy in the story and if the main characters in the story survived the outbreak or the other events that were taking place. Definitely a great read even if you don't live in Vermont!