Thursday, February 01, 2007

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Review: GERM

About GERM

If you breathe, it will find you . . .

The list of 10,000 names was created for maximum devastation. On it are business leaders, housewives, politicians, celebrities, janitors, children. None know what is about to happen . . . but all will be part of the most frightening brand of warfare the world has ever known.

The GERM—a more advanced form of the Ebola virus—has been genetically engineered to infect only those people whose DNA matches the codes embedded within it. If your DNA is not a match, you simply catch a cold. But if your DNA is a match, within days your internal organs liquefy and you die a most painful death. There is no cure.

The release of the virus would usher in a new era of power . . . one in which countries are left without any form of defense, where one person or millions could be killed with 100% accuracy yet result in no collateral damage to property or those not targeted.

That time isn't coming . . . It is now!

GERM is coming. Pray the assassins get you first.

Illuminating Fiction’s Comments

If you are looking for a novel that will leave you meditating on a biblical truth for days to come, then this isn’t the book for you. As Robert will tell you (click here to read), he is a Christian who writes purely to entertain. GERM accomplishes that goal by keeping readers enthralled from start to finish with car chases, gun fights, assassins, and a deadly virus.

Despite the fast pace, I did feel the book could have been tightened further. I found several scenes were either underdeveloped or irrelevant, and a subplot involving Julia felt forced and failed to add to her characterization realistically.

These points aside, GERM is a recommended read for those looking for escapism and thrills.

About The Author

Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly. He has sold or optioned three screenplays.

Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.

He is currently working on his third novel, titled DEADFALL.

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