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Review - Virus Thirteen by Joshua Alan Parry - June 26, 2013


Virus Thirteen
Author:  Joshua Alan Parry
Publisher:  Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765369543 (print)
Review Copy:  Mass Market Paperback provided by the Publisher

Review - Virus Thirteen by Joshua Alan Parry - June 26, 2013
Virus Thirteen is an irreverent and contagious thriller from debut author Joshua Alan Parry.

Scientists James Logan and his wife, Linda, have their dream careers at the world’s leading biotech company, GeneFirm, Inc. But their happiness is interrupted by a devastating bioterrorist attack: a deadly superflu that quickly becomes a global pandemic. The GeneFirm complex goes into lockdown and Linda’s research team is sent to high-security underground labs to develop a vaccine.

Above ground, James learns that GeneFirm security has been breached and Linda is in danger. To save her he must confront a desperate terrorist, armed government agents, and an invisible killer: Virus Thirteen.




trinitytwo's point of view:

In the sci-fi thriller, Virus Thirteen, our world has become so overpopulated and polluted that global warming has gone too far to be stopped. Our over-controlling government rules Health Care with an iron fist, so smoking, being overweight and free birth is now illegal; it's just too expensive. The scientists at GeneFirm, one of the last privately owned medical facilities, have been able to engineer conception so that no future progeny will be born with cells that can contract cancer. Dr James Logan and his wife, Dr Linda Nguyen head the gene therapy department and are in the middle of revealing their newest breakthrough when the unthinkable happens. James is struck down with an illness that tests reveal is cancer. Impossible, since cancer was eradicated 40 years previously. As James researches his illness, Homeland Health Care agents Mac and Marnoy are assigned to check out reports of an aggressive flu bug and quarantine procedures at a local airport. Before long, people start dying from the virus, which is now deemed a bioterrorist attack, and GeneFirm must discover a vaccine before time runs out.

If I'm going to be honest, when Sally handed me Virus Thirteen by Joshua Alan Parry, I inwardly shuddered. Scenes from the movies Outbreak and Contagion flashed before my eyes. I'm really not a fan of "mega virus wipes out humanity" tales but all that changed before the end of the first chapter. This gripping thriller of a global pandemic and the events surrounding it, hooked me from the get go. Debut author, Parry, who happens to be a resident at the Mayo Clinic and has a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology, obviously knows his stuff. I like the fact that the author doesn't drag out the superflu symptoms but focused on the action and intrigue. The story developed, much like a relay race, passing the baton back and forth between a handful of characters that I was instantly drawn to. Some are smart, some are funny, some are diabolical and one is just plain chubby, but like pieces of a puzzle they fit together in a very satisfying fashion. The reality of a world where "Homeland Health Care" agents have free rein to harass and brutalize smokers, the overweight and the misguided doesn't seem so farfetched with the current political climate. The plot may have been a tiny bit predicable, but there were enough twists to keep me madly turning pages. I read this book in one day; it was just too hard to put down. I've caught the Virus Thirteen bug and I don't want to be cured!




Read Joshua Alan Parry's 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog - Pink Girl in a Cruel World - here and his Interview here.

The View From Monday - March 25, 2013

Happy Monday!  It's the last Monday in March. Spring has arrived astronomically but not meteorologically - in other words, supposed to be Spring, still snowing.  If I've missed thanking anyone please accept my thank you for the birthday messages yesterday!



The View From Monday - March 25, 2013



The 2013 Debut Author Challenge featured authors with novels out this week:

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins. You may read Peter's Guest Blog - Russian-ness - here.

The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri. You may read Suzanne's Guest Blog - Finding Magic..... - here.

and

Virus Thirteen by Joshua Alan Parry. You may read Joshua's Guest Blog - Pink Girl in a Cruel World - here and the Interview here.


Two former Debut Author Challenge featured authors have new novels out this week:

The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby, which is the second novel in Lee's Marius dos Hellespont series.

The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher.  The Age Atomic is the sequel to Empire State.


Don't forget to vote in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for March!


And here are the releases for this week:


March 25, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Pooka in My Pantry (e) R.L. Naquin UF - Monster Haven 2



March 26, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Good, the Bad and the Infernal Guy Adams SP/WW
Demon's Daughter Paula Altenburg PNR - Demon Outlaws 1
Passion's Prey A.C. Arthur UF - The Shadow Shifters 3
Immortal Trust Claire Ashgrove PNR - Curse of the Templars 3
The Marching Dead Lee Battersby F - Marius dos Hellespont 2
Galactic Courier (tp2mm) A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 3
The Age Atomic Adam Christopher SF - Empire State 2
The Weight of Worlds Greg Cox SF - Star Trek: The Original Series
Rebel Kristina Douglas PNR - The Fallen 4
Deadly Sting Jennifer Estep UF - Elemental Assassin 8
Fire Caste Peter Fehervari SF - Warhammer: 40,0000
1636: The Kremlin Games (ri) Eric Flint SF - Ring of Fire 14
The Wreck of the River of Stars (ri) Michael Flynn SF - Firestar 5
Dog and Dragon (tp2mm) Dave Freer F - Dragon Ring 2
Twice Tempted Jeaniene Frost PNR - Night Prince 2
Ripper (h2mm) David L. Golemon AH/SF/Th - Event Group Thriller 7
Let the Dead Sleep Heather Graham PM
Play with Fire & Midnight at the Oasis Justin Gustainis UF - Morris and Chastain Investigation
Deadlocked (h2mm) Charlaine Harris UF/M - Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire 12
Hellhole Awakening Brian Herbert
Kevin J. Anderson
SF - Hellhole 2
Wolfhound Century (D) Peter Higgins F
Kiss of Temptation Sandra Hill PNR - Deadly Angels 3
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (h2mm) Darynda Jones Su/M - Charley Davidson 4
Time Untime (h2mm) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark-Hnuter 16
Black Feathers Joseph D'Lacey F - Black Dawn 1
Wolf with Benefits Shelly Laurenston PNR - Pride 8
Aftertime (tp2mm) Sophie Littlefield PA - Aftertime 1
Gotrek & Felix: The Fourth Omnibus Nathan Long F - Warhammer
Extinction Machine Jonathan Maberry SF - Joe Ledger 5
The Scrivener's Tale Fiona McIntosh F
Princeps (h2mm) L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 5
The Gift of Fire / On the Head of a Pin (h2mm) Walter Mosley SF - Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion
The Witch of Little Italy (D) Suzanne Palmieri F
Virus Thirteen (D) Joshua Alan Parry SF/Th
Red Planet Blues Robert J. Sawyer SF
Triggers (h2mm) (ri) Robert J. Sawyer SF
A Problem of Proportion John Scalzi SF - The Human Division 11
Of Shadow Born Dianne Sylvan F - Shadow World 4
The Slab (h2mm) Karen Traviss SF - Gears of War
Angelopolis Danielle Trussoni UF - Angelology 2
Lover At Last J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 11
Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction Ian Whates (ed) SF - Anthology
Kitty Rocks the House Carrie Vaughn UF - Kitty Norville 11
Rage of the Dragon (h2mm) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras 3


March 31, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Best of Joe Haldeman Joe Haldeman SF
Necroscope: The Mobius Murders Brian Lumley SF - Necroscope
Magic Highways: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Three Jack Vance SF



e - eBook
D - Debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback


AH - Alternate History
F - Fantasy
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
WW - Weird Western



Interview with Joshua Alan Parry, author of Virus Thirteen - March 20, 2013


Please welcome Joshua Alan Parry to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Virus Thirteen, Joshua's debut, will be published on March 26, 2013.  You may read Joshua's Guest Blog - Pink Girl in a Cruel World - here.








TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery

Joshua:  Why thank you. Happy to quip with you.


TQ:  When and why did you start writing?


Joshua:  I don’t remember ever not writing. Thanks to my elementary school, Shady Grove, every student had an opportunity to be “published” i.e. have their work laminated and bound. I created several books then. The first full work that I can remember writing/illustrating was called “Run Turkey Run,” a story of a young turkey, torn from his family, with only the bleak future of Thanksgiving dinner to look forward to. I cut the book into the shape of a turkey with the stereotypical feathers protruding above in yellow, orange, and browns. You will be glad to know that I wasn’t a sadistic child so it has happy ending. It involves the protagonist, plucked naked, streaking off into the sunset. I won’t ruin the rest of it because I recently rewrote it with an anti-factory farming slant with the hopes of breaking into the ethical kids book market….if that exists.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Joshua:  I never write without music. I wrote the entirety of Virus Thirteen while listening to either jazz or electronic music. Both, I feel, have the ability to bring about that meditative state that is perfect for writing.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?



Joshua:  Panster? A brief Google search explains that this is someone who forsakes outlines and flies by the seat of one’s pants.

Definitely a panster.

I prefer to call it Jazz writing, secondary to the heavy improvisational component. This form of writing is just more entertaining for me. I don’t like to tell my characters what to do. Characters with their own free will have the tendency to surprise us. I’ve tried outlines before but once a panster, always a panster. I end up saying things to myself like, “You know what? This character wants to go on a walk right now. I don’t know why, but we will figure it out as we go. To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”


TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?



Joshua:  Perfection is the enemy of good. I could sit and rewrite a paragraph, literally, for hours. I know I just need to cut myself off and move on, but I find it extremely difficult.


TQ:  Describe Virus Thirteen in 140 characters or less.

Joshua:  To tweet, or not to tweet? That is with the question.

To save his family, a scientist must confront a psychopathic terrorist, armed government agents, and an invisible killer, Virus Thirteen.


TQ:  What inspired you to write Virus Thirteen?



Joshua:  I have long contemplated what the future would look like in a world where the human genome can easily be altered, especially where these scientific advancements would lead us as a species and its ultimate repercussions.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Virus Thirteen?



Joshua:  I completed a molecular genetics internship at a biotech during college. I modeled the GeneFirm complex where most of the novel takes place after this experience. I also ended up with a great deal of unintentional research from my undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which was convenient to say the least.


TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?


Joshua:  The protagonist was the most challenging character to write. I didn’t want to create the typical hero. I wanted him to be a real person, that is to have plenty of his own weaknesses and flaws, but in the same stroke, I didn’t want him to be so real that he was unappealing.

Agent Marnoy was the easiest character to write for. He has had a difficult life with a good deal of suffering; as a result his emotional range is markedly limited. I’m not saying he is a one-dimensional character, however. Quite to the contrary, I believe he is one of the more interesting and complex characters in the book.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Virus Thirteen?

My favorite scene is when we discover that one of the characters has a dark genetic secret while they are showering. It really helps explain why they are the way they are. The imagery and emotions are vivid making for a very symbolic scene.


TQ:  What's next?

Joshua:  I’ve got a surgical residency to get through, which I can safely say is time consuming. However, in my limited free time I’ve got lots of ideas and can’t wait to resume writing. I recently finished the second draft of a new novel that veers away from science fiction and takes us into an unforgiving desert to explore religion, sex, and insanity.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Joshua:  My pleasure.





About Virus Thirteen

Virus Thirteen
Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

An irreverent and contagious thriller from debut author Joshua Alan Parry

Scientists James Logan and his wife, Linda, have their dream careers at the world’s leading biotech company, GeneFirm, Inc. But their happiness is interrupted by a devastating bioterrorist attack: a deadly superflu that quickly becomes a global pandemic. The GeneFirm complex goes into lockdown and Linda’s research team is sent to high-security underground labs to develop a vaccine.

Above ground, James learns that GeneFirm security has been breached and Linda is in danger. To save her he must confront a desperate terrorist, armed government agents, and an invisible killer: Virus Thirteen.
Preorder








About Joshua

Mayo Clinic Media Support Services
JOSHUA ALAN PARRY is a medical resident at the Mayo Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and holds a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also captain of the ice hockey team. Over the years, he has worked as a guide for at-risk youth in the Utah wilderness, a metal worker in Montreal, a salmon canner in Alaska, and a molecular genetics intern. He was raised in Keller, Texas.



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2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts


There are 6 debuts for March.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The March debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite March cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.




Wolfhound Century
Author:  Peter Higgins
Publisher:  Orbit Books, March 26, 2013
FormatHardcover and eBook, 380 pages
Price:  $25.99
ISBN:  9780316219679 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
Inspector Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police. A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown terrorism with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists. Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.





No Return
Author:  Zachary Jernigan
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, March 5, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $26.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781597804561 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
On Jeroun, there is no question as to whether God exists–only what his intentions are.

Under the looming judgment of Adrash and his ultimate weapon–a string of spinning spheres beside the moon known as The Needle–warring factions of white and black suits prove their opposition to the orbiting god with the great fighting tournament of Danoor, on the far side of Jeroun’s only inhabitable continent.

From the Thirteenth Order of Black Suits comes Vedas, a young master of martial arts, laden with guilt over the death of one of his students. Traveling with him are Churls, a warrior woman and mercenary haunted by the ghost of her daughter, and Berun, a constructed man made of modular spheres possessed by the foul spirit of his creator. Together they must brave their own demons, as well as thieves, mages, beasts, dearth, and hardship on the perilous road to Danoor, and the bloody sectarian battle that is sure to follow.

On the other side of the world, unbeknownst to the travelers, Ebn and Pol of the Royal Outbound Mages (astronauts using Alchemical magic to achieve space flight) have formed a plan to appease Adrash and bring peace to the planet. But Ebn and Pol each have their own clandestine agendas–which may call down the wrath of the very god they hope to woo.

Who may know the mind of God? And who in their right mind would seek to defy him? Gritty, erotic, and fast-paced, author Zachary Jernigan takes you on a sensuous ride through a world at the knife-edge of salvation and destruction, in this first installment of one of the year’s most exciting fantasy epics.





The Witch of Little Italy
Author:  Suzanne Palmieri
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin, March 26, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:   $14.99 (print)
ISBN:  9781250015518 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
In Suzanne Palmieri’s charming debut, The Witch of Little Italy, you will be bewitched by the Amore women. When young Eleanor Amore finds herself pregnant, she returns home to her estranged family in the Bronx, called by “The Sight” they share now growing strong within her. She has only been back once before when she was ten years old during a wonder-filled summer of sun-drenched beaches, laughter and cartwheels. But everyone remembers that summer except her. Eleanor can’t remember anything from before she left the house on her last day there. With her past now coming back to her in flashes, she becomes obsessed with recapturing those memories. Aided by her childhood sweetheart, she learns the secrets still haunting her magical family, secrets buried so deep they no longer know how they began. And, in the process, unlocks a mystery over fifty years old—The Day the Amores Died—and reveals, once and for all, a truth that will either heal or shatter the Amore clan.





Virus Thirteen
Author:  Joshua Alan Parry
Publisher:  Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  978076536954 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
An irreverent and contagious thriller from debut author Joshua Alan Parry

Scientists James Logan and his wife, Linda, have their dream careers at the world’s leading biotech company, GeneFirm, Inc. But their happiness is interrupted by a devastating bioterrorist attack: a deadly superflu that quickly becomes a global pandemic. The GeneFirm complex goes into lockdown and Linda’s research team is sent to high-security underground labs to develop a vaccine.

Above ground, James learns that GeneFirm security has been breached and Linda is in danger. To save her he must confront a desperate terrorist, armed government agents, and an invisible killer: Virus Thirteen.





A Conspiracy of Alchemists
Author:  Liesel Schwarz
Series:  The Chronicles of Light and Shadow
Publisher: Del Rey, March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover and eBook,  352 pages
Price:  $25.00 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-345-54507-7 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
LEAVE IT TO CHANCE. Eleanor “Elle” Chance, that is—the intrepid heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.

In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun.

When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr. Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.





Goldenland Past Dark
Author:  Chandler Klang Smith
Publisher: ChiZine Publications, March
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 300 pages
Price:  $16.95 (print)
ISBN:  978-1927469354 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 Debuts
A hostile stranger is hunting Dr. Show’s ramshackle travelling circus across 1960s America. His target: the ringmaster himself. Struggling to elude the menace, Dr. Show scraps his ambitious itinerary; ticket sales plummet, and nothing but disaster looms. The troupe’s unravelling hopes fall on their latest and most promising recruit, Webern Bell, a sixteen-year- old hunchbacked midget devoted obsessively to perfecting the surreal clown performances that come to him in his dreams. But as they travel through a landscape of abandoned amusement parks and rural ghost towns, Webern’s bizarre past starts to pursue him, as well.

Along the way, we meet Nepenthe, the seductive Lizard Girl; Brunhilde, a shell-shocked bearded lady; Marzipan, a world-weary chimp; a cabal of drunken, backstabbing clowns; Webern’s uncanny sisters, witchy dogcatchers who speak only in rhymes; and his childhood friend, Wags, who may or may not be imaginary, and whose motives are far more sinister than they seem.






Guest Blog by Joshua Alan Parry, author of Virus Thirteen - February 22, 2013

Please welcome Joshua Alan Parry to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Virus Thirteen, Joshua's debut, will be published on March 26, 2013.



Guest Blog by Joshua Alan Parry, author of Virus Thirteen - February 22, 2013



Pink Girl in a Cruel World

Modest is not normal.

In my novel, Virus Thirteen, you will meet a young woman named Modest. She is a frail, albino-white girl, with pink hair, and the vertical pupils of a feline. Her hair is not dyed and her eyes are not contact lenses. Her troubles are more than skin deep, however; much deeper - on the molecular level. She is the end result of genetic tampering that is rampant in the futuristic setting of this book.

Mankind has long had this problem. Since poor Prometheus gave us fire, perhaps misguidedly judging by our track record, we have been systematically using new technology, untested, with the utmost vigor, blinded to potential complications. Someone invents radiography? We take x-rays of each other until we're full of cancer and growing extra limbs. Atomic energy? We put it in convenient packages and drop it on cities. Genetic engineering? We engineer Modest.

Modest is one of the many freaks living in the post-genetic modification era. Thanks to government regulations, no longer are genetic engineers allowed to modify the human genome for purely aesthetic purposes. They are limited to genetic manipulations that are medically indicated, like the insertion of cancer-proof genes and the removal of genetic defects. Tormented by her body, her bizarre eyes, and hair, Modest is reminded daily of the choices she did not and could not make. I’m referring to multi-generational consent, a novel idea, only necessary in a universe of altered genomes, where a parent’s choice infringes on their child’s. Altered genes would pass down through the generations like drunken tattoos, each generation cursing their predecessors, “Why do I have this hideous tattoo of a frog on a lily pad beneath my right breast? Gee…thanks a lot great-grandma!”

To call this "playing God" is cliché, but a suitable one. There is only one thing certain: once the technology exists, the unscrupulous among us will use it. Then and only then, will the negative consequences be apparent. It’s not entirely science fiction either. We can already select which embryo we would like to carry to conception based on its genetic material. You can even choose the sex of your baby. If these options were available, would you pick your child's gender? What about their eye, hair, or skin color? Do you have the right to? If I picked a specific trait, then my child could certainly be unhappy about it; but if my child received such trait by random chance, only the dice of probability is to blame. I wonder if selecting certain traits would lead to an inevitable dissatisfaction with the child? When I pick green eyes and black hair, will I regret not sticking with the classic Aryan formula of blue eyes and blonde hair? I know, at this point, asking these questions is similar to asking which type of flying car will best suit my personality. They are silly questions today, but perhaps these things are not as far off as we think. In that case, I’ll take a black, flying convertible with extra rocket boosters and I think I’ll leave my children’s genetic future to fate.






About Virus Thirteen

Virus Thirteen
Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Joshua Alan Parry, author of Virus Thirteen - February 22, 2013
An irreverent and contagious thriller from debut author Joshua Alan Parry

Scientists James Logan and his wife, Linda, have their dream careers at the world’s leading biotech company, GeneFirm, Inc. But their happiness is interrupted by a devastating bioterrorist attack: a deadly superflu that quickly becomes a global pandemic. The GeneFirm complex goes into lockdown and Linda’s research team is sent to high-security underground labs to develop a vaccine.

Above ground, James learns that GeneFirm security has been breached and Linda is in danger. To save her he must confront a desperate terrorist, armed government agents, and an invisible killer: Virus Thirteen.
Preorder





About Joshua

JOSHUA ALAN PARRY is a medical resident at the Mayo Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and holds a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also captain of the ice hockey team. Over the years, he has worked as a guide for at-risk youth in the Utah wilderness, a metal worker in Montreal, a salmon canner in Alaska, and a molecular genetics intern. He was raised in Keller, Texas.



2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 31, 2013

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 31, 2013


I'm pleased to announce the 2 newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.




Joshua Alan Parry

Virus Thirteen
Publisher:  Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765369543 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 31, 2013
An irreverent and contagious thriller from debut author Joshua Alan Parry

Scientists James Logan and his wife, Linda, have their dream careers at the world’s leading biotech company, GeneFirm, Inc. But their happiness is interrupted by a devastating bioterrorist attack: a deadly superflu that quickly becomes a global pandemic. The GeneFirm complex goes into lockdown and Linda’s research team is sent to high-security underground labs to develop a vaccine.

Above ground, James learns that GeneFirm security has been breached and Linda is in danger. To save her he must confront a desperate terrorist, armed government agents, and an invisible killer: Virus Thirteen.





Peter Stenson

Fiend
Publisher:  Crown, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $22.00 (print)
ISBN978-0-7704-3631-5 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 31, 2013
(description forthcoming)





Review - Virus Thirteen by Joshua Alan Parry - June 26, 2013The View From Monday - March 25, 2013Interview with Joshua Alan Parry, author of Virus Thirteen - March 20, 20132013 Debut Author Challenge - March 2013 DebutsGuest Blog by Joshua Alan Parry, author of Virus Thirteen - February 22, 20132013 Debut Author Challenge Update - January 31, 2013

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