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One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.
December 2011 Debut of the Month.
It’s not surprising that academic turned author, Professor Paul McEuen, is being hailed as the next Michael Crichton with this page turning 'edge of the seat' doomsday thriller. A biological super weapon from WW2 re surfaces in the present day; a threat made more deadly by technological advances and our crowded and super-connected world. The mix of chilling history and hard technological fact make this debut absolutely compulsive reading.Who is Sarah Broadhurst
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Spiral by Paul McEuen
The first bio-tech thriller from acclaimed Cornell professor, Paul McEuen. Pacific Ocean 1946: Liam Connor of the British Army, a global expert on germ warfare, is sent to help the US Navy foil an attempt by a Japanese submarine to unleash the world's first biological super-weapon. Code-name: Uzumaki. Translation: Spiral. The devastating decision is made to annihilate Spiral by releasing the world's fourth atomic bomb, obliterating the weapon before it can release its catastrophic payload. New York, present day: Connor, now a world-renowned Nobel prize-winner working on the cutting edge of nano-science technology, prayed that the spectre of Spiral would never return. But now it is back and the stakes are exponentially higher. Spiral would be virtually unstoppable with current technological advances and only Connor holds the key to its cure. Those who seek Spiral will stop at nothing to obtain Connor's knowledge, even if it means his death and that of everyone he holds dear. As the race begins for Spiral, will the world survive the Doomsday scenario about to unfold?
ReviewsAdvance praise for Spiral
Spiral by Paul McEuen carries the reader on a fascinating ride through a world of bioweaponry, nanoscience, murder, and international intrigue. This gripping story, partially based on Unit 731, the biological warfare group of the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II, is one of the best debut thrillers I've read in a long time. --Douglas Preston, author of Impact and The Monster of Florence
Spiral is an all-too-frighteningly-real tale. This is an exciting debut. --Steve Berry, author of T he Emperor's Tomb
A riveting story that combines international intrigue with fascinating inventions such as the MicroCrawler, a spiderlike robot with knife-sharp legs. In more ways than one, Spiral will get under your skin. --Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory
Fast-paced and suspenseful . . . McEuen, a leader in nanoscience research at Cornell, makes unsettling use of recent developments in the field. . . . After you
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Publication date24th November 2011
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PublisherHeadline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group