The Laptev Virus Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award in the Medical Thriller Suspense genre This hard scifi novel begins in the Arctic where an oil company is drilling and unwittingly discovers a megav

  • Title: The Laptev Virus
  • Author: Christy Esmahan
  • ISBN: 9781507581957
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in the Medical Thriller Suspense genre This hard scifi novel, begins in the Arctic where an oil company is drilling and unwittingly discovers a megavirus which had been frozen in the permafrost for 30,000 years It is a thousand times larger than any viruses known before and is a human pathogen Now investigators must racWinner of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in the Medical Thriller Suspense genre This hard scifi novel, begins in the Arctic where an oil company is drilling and unwittingly discovers a megavirus which had been frozen in the permafrost for 30,000 years It is a thousand times larger than any viruses known before and is a human pathogen Now investigators must race against the ticking clock of the short Arctic summer to discover a way to protect workers from the virus before competitors drain the basin of its rich resources and before anyone else dies from the hemorrhagic fever that the Laptev virus causes And now, Sarah Spallanzani s adventures continue in The Cobra Effect

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    1. Just met the Author,Christy at Katy Budget Book Store (small town outside of Houston, Tx). She was delightful. I told her of my intentions to download the book on Kindle and read it, but she shared concerns of no proceeds going to the small book store. We made our purchase for my daughter and left. As promised, I took the card home she gave me and decided to read the reviews and download the book. But one continuous theme rang true in all the reviews I read. "Doing the next right thing, even whe [...]

    2. Okay, let’s get to the point. I thought The Laptev Virus is a great read. For me, this is a solid sci-fi story rooted in actual science. As an author, I like to come up with some pretty bizarre situations myself. And usually I find myself making everything up—taking care to at least make the premise believable so as not to lose the reader. But it’s refreshing to read a story written by a scientist. This author not only has a wonderful imagination, but she has the scientific chops to back u [...]

    3. The Laptev Virus was such an exciting read! Esmahan's story captivated me from the very first page and kept me hooked up until the end. I devoured the book during my commute to and from work and am not ashamed to admit that I actually hoped there would be just a little more traffic so that I could keep reading to find out what happens next. I hope there will be a sequel because I don't feel like I'm ready to depart with the story yet.

    4. A book about values, about what to do when no one's watching, and an insightful look into the life of a researcher,this story enjoys heartfelt characters, scientific twists, and a shocking (but perfect) ending.

    5. A GREAT virus storyA quick look inside my brain: I LOVE Bio-Thrillers. Some of the best books I've ever read were by the amazing author Richard Preston. They are hard science books and most of them are non-fiction that reads like fiction (which is even scarier). The reason I'm prefacing my review is because I absolutely loved this book because it felt like it got the science right. And the parts where it didn't Esmahan openly admits it in the epilogue of the book. This book has been on my radar [...]

    6. I need to preface this with the information that I have a master's degree in molecular biology and have spent many hours in a biology lab doing wet work. That said, I found this book extremely realistic except for the compressed time frame (which the author says herself was shortened to keep the book moving) and the number of people working on the task. Other than that this is a very good glimpse into what goes on in a biology lab, specifically a virology lab. From that perspective this book is [...]

    7. This was a little slow getting started, with an early chapter seemingly unrelated to the others. However, THAT chapter proved to be the key to solving the problem! After I was about 10% into the book, I had a hard time putting it down!This is a medical/scientific thriller that goes to great lengths to use the scientific method while showing real, complex characters doing research - and how they find the extraneous variable which caused an anomoly in their research - linking to that earlier chapt [...]

    8. Imagine a group of oil company workers in the far reaches of the North Pole taking core samples from the permafrost when they accidentally mess up and extract a mega-virus that has lain dormant for thousands of years. Everyone falls ill and they have what could be a virus that has been unleashed on the rest of the world unless they can contain it. Scientists currently working on the AIDS virus are called in to analyze the virus and hopefully silence the alarm giving the company permission to go [...]

    9. Interesting and educational novelI found this novel to be interesting, educational and we'll written. The subject of large virus and how a research lab goes about studying virus in general and how discoveries are made was fascinating. If I had to offer one critical review it would be that the author did not spend enough time on closure. The book ends too abruptly leaving this reader wanting for a more detailed description of the end of the story. But I would recommend this novel to anyone who in [...]

    10. Great idea BUT Far too much lab chat, not enough character development, zero plot and that ending??? You have GOT to be kidding me! A suicide of someone barely important enough to the story, as written, to be of real consequence?! Again, great idea, good writing but in dire need of MORE everything! Except all that clinical chatter . this is, in NO way remotely close to being another "Andromeda Strain" the author is not a Michael Crichton. Nearly quit reading after the first few chapters but w [...]

    11. Really makes you think about your code of ethics and the great influence that just one decision can make. inspires us to reflect on our responsibility to our community to behave morally despite external pressure

    12. Virus: noun, plural viruses. An ultramicroscopic (20 to 300 nm in diameter), metabolically inert, infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria, plants, and animals: composed of an RNA or DNA core, a protein coat, and, in more complex types, a surrounding envelope.“We knew that ancient humans were itinerant, and that they migrated over the erring Straits some 15,000 years ago, in pursuit of mammoths, right? That’s how they crossed over from Asia to A [...]

    13. The Laptev Virus is definitely an interesting read, but one that will not appeal to everyone. Christy Esmahan gives the reader a fascinating tale of what could happen, based on current knowledge of megaviridae, standard scientific practices, and extrapolation of the the effects of global warming upon our planet. If that last sentence made your brain hurt, chances are this book will be a bit much for you. It is chock full of speculation, research details, and general information specific to the s [...]

    14. The author of this book seemed both well informed and ill informed. The science seemed plausible, but the timelines were ridiculous, something the author admits at the end of the book. This wasn't that big of a deal for me, but what was a big deal was the bland dialog, the lack of suspense and the bland brush strokes of an attempt at character development. We didn't get into the lives of the main characters. In fact, most of them you can just remember their names and why they were there and be d [...]

    15. *I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*First Impression: Virology and pandemic fiction is very interesting and scary in a good way!Characters: Characters mainly unfold through dialogue, and are more archetypes than fully developed. World Building: The focus here is viruses and how they work. This book offers a backdrop for what could plausibly happen in the future. I appreciated the political pulse of global warming and fracking awareness, and one of the possible sid [...]

    16. This book is packed with the fascinating biological science behind deadly viruses, the effects of climate change, and the totally weird symbiotic relationships that can be found in nature, but it also has a whole lot of thriller in it, too.I was hooked into the story by the second page. We jump right into the action, the stakes are high, and the suspense delivers a cliffhanger that leads us into the rest of the book, which teaches us all about mega-viruses and the potential threat they can pose [...]

    17. The cool thing about this book being written by a microbiologist is that not only is it entertaining but it's educational. It also debunks a lot of inaccuracies found in similar stories. That being said, it's a quick and easy read with enough tension to keep you turning the pages. It has a dramatic and unexpected ending that screams for a sequel. There are a few unanswered questions but those questions are appropriate in this case. They are questions we should all be asking. It's an edge of your [...]

    18. I won this off of giveaway.I found the book well written but a little bite beyond my knowledge of science and technology inscience. Could of used a little less science talk and more down to earth for us average peopleThe author on the other did put a lot into her research for this book. I really enjoyed the characterwhich I found funny at time and other times very serious as a scientist would beThe book was enjoyable and I would recommend it to others. It shows us how companies willdo what ever [...]

    19. This is a quick easy read for me but then I have a degree in microbiology so I was familiar with the subject matter and found it interesting.The author who is a microbiologist does a fantastic job of making viruses and the new "megaviridae" group understandable for everyone.Despite being a fictional novel much of the story line surrounding the mega-viruses and viral research is accurate. It has an almost Michael Crichton feel about the story and interweaving of scientific research. And like a Cr [...]

    20. Not for me. While, there is no compelling mandate preventing a smart, well spoken, charismatic individual with movie-star good looks from toiling away as an amalgam animal care attendant/research technician/graduate student. Nor, one preventing a Megavirus newly discovered in the Arctic from proving a slate swiping pathogen of humanity. Both seem equally improbable.

    21. This science fiction novel is full of interesting microbiology knowledge as well as an inside look at how Big Oil operates. It's an easy read though - don't be scared off if microbiology is not your forte. The plot, although a little bit predictable, has a few surprising twists and turns. I found the ending quite abrupt, but I believe that is what the author intended!

    22. Excellent story I hope that there is a sequel. I really enjoyed the scientific information that was used throughout the story and the layman's terms that helped explain everything. Very good job Mrs. Esmahan.

    23. Five starsEnjoyed this fast paced book. Wish there were more and that it was longer. Loved the author's style and technical descriptions. Explanations made technology understandable.

    24. Scientists vs Big Oil Company. I really enjoyed this book, especially since I loved microbiology. The story goes into quite a bit of microbiology detail, as it's an important part of pulling the story together. It also leaves you wondering if this could happen!

    25. VeryDescriptive and it's obvious that the author knows the subjects she wrote about. Good explanation for the procedure and processes for those of us that didn't know much about the subjects. Great read.

    26. Ms. Esmahan creates believable characters to face an unheard of challenge. The exciting novel intersects big business with danger in unexpected events. A fascinating read!

    27. Quick Note: I wrote a review on this book but I don't know where it went, seeing as I am new to this website, so I'll just rewrite it here :)I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! I read it in a little under three hours. I was a little skeptical at first because I didn't like the way that the author described some of the characters, but as I continued to read I became increasingly intrigued. I really enjoyed the storyline and how a character's seemingly unrelated actions c [...]

    28. The epilogue was very informative. The entire book I kept thinking the pace does not happen in a research lab. Even if you plan for extra time in your proposed turnaround something will always come up to push it back even further. It felt like a CSI episode which is okay for a book like this. It covers a lot of technical experiments in virology and microbiology. Introducing these standard experiments and processes to readers is very important and I believe the author did a good job.The character [...]

    29. I listened to the audiobook from the library. The Laptev Virus is science fiction that addresses viruses that may be preserved in the arctic. This one is well written and compelling. The characters are human and quirky as well as knowledgeable about the research they are performing. Recommended.

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