The End of October

The End of October

Large Print - 2020
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"At an internment camp in Indonesia, within one week, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When the microbiologist and epidemiologist Henry Parsons travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Now, Henry joins forces with a Saudi doctor and prince in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city. Matilda Nachinsky, deputy director of U. S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare. Already-fraying global relations begin to snap, one by one, in the face of a pandemic. Henry's wife Jill and their children face diminishing odds of survival in Atlanta and the disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions--scientific, religious, governmental--and decimating the population."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2020]
Edition: First large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780593214770
Branch Call Number: FIC Wrigh
Characteristics: xi, 553 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Aug 18, 2020

The most important thing to keep in mind when reading this book is this: it was written before the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world. With this in mind, you will be astounded at how chillingly close to reality is this fictional account of a virus breaking out from Asia and spreading across the world. The only thing missing from the book is the existence of a moronic president who denies that the virus is to be taken seriously. That, I'm sure, the author thought would have been too absurd to believe, even in a book of fiction.

Jul 01, 2020

More a 2-1/2 than a 2. There were some entertaining or enjoying points in the book.

When I read the blurb it sounded like an exciting thriller, especially with all the politics and issues surrounding us today. The first half the book was good. Wright clearly knows his business and did some solid research on the different viruses that can affect us. He added in just the right amount of political intrigue to make it a fast paced, danger filled race to find a cure. Once Henry started to identify the root of the virus and started to try to make his way home the book just went down hill. It bogged down with lengthy passages about his and other characters' histories that did nothing to move the story along. There was gratuitous, gory deaths of both animals and humans. I could have done without the animals eating their human caretakers. I didn't need the details of Henry's kids burying their mother and the hurried chapter of when they run from their home. It didn't make the story better. Instead it made is revolting. The last half of the book seemed to be an attempt by the author to make it as gross and disgusting as possible.

I did like Henry. He was one of those good guy characters who doesn't start out to be a hero or want to be one. He just wants to do it job and return to his family. I liked his wife, Jill and Lauren who is the straight arrow trying to get the president to do the right thing.

Generally speaking I should have put it aside when it started to go downhill but I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't.

Jun 02, 2020

Had I read this book any time but now I would have dismissed it as pure hyperbole and a thriller which was not believable at all. But now in the midst of the Covid 19 Pandemic, I cannot but think that all the situations mentioned in the book- medical, geopolitical, Bio-terrorism - are not only possible but quite probable. Dr. Henry Parsons an epidemiologist is the hero of the book which is realistic to be almost frightening. I do not wish to say anything more as it would be a spoiler. However, I would caution you that if the latest Corona virus is causing you anxiety don't read this book. On the other hand if you want to find out the limits to which the pandemic could take us, by all means read the book right away.

May 19, 2020

I love Lawrence Wright, and this book was a quick and exciting read. It's eerily prescient in how the pandemic plays out, although I hope to God our pandemic doesn't go as badly as it does in this book. Fingers crossed. It's pretty grim. Wright has tremendous respect for the scientists in community health departments around the world, and this shows in the book and the story.

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