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We All Fall Down by Michael Harvey

Synopsis

Chicago cop turned private investigator Michael Kelly is racing to save his city from a deadly new foe: a biological weapon unleashed underground.

When a lightbulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the mayor postures, people begin to die, especially on the city’s grim West Side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted into rolling hearses. Finally, the government acts, sealing off entire sections of the city—but are they keeping people out or in? Meanwhile, Michael Kelly’s hunt for the people who poisoned his city takes him into the tangled underworld of Chicago’s West Side gangs and the even more frightening world of black biology—an elite discipline emerging from the nation’s premier labs, where scientists play God and will stop at nothing to preserve their secrecy.

It’s a brave new world . . . and the most audacious page-turner yet from an emerging modern master.

My Review

Bio weapons, drugs and dirty cops is the mode of operandi in this story. There is some really insightful and scary topics covered in this story. The writing style works good for this made for film style of story. I would have liked more character development in this story and some more charge of thrill. As I write this I have a temperature and just come off emptying out my dinner, flu symptoms I don’t know but after reading this story I might need to get checked out. I never liked the closeness of the underground and before my dinner made a journey to the bookstore to buy this book. I hope that it is not my last days!
(my flu and underground journey is only work of fiction so don’t panic)

“The Canary can identify thirty different pathogens within three minutes of their release, including anthrax, plague, small pox, tularemia, and E. coli.”

” Nanotubes are specially constructed carbon molecules that make up the hardest and most flexible substance known to man. Can’t be seen with the naked eye and have all sorts of interesting applications. In this case, the aerosol foam delivers a constellation of nanotubes that have been chemically bonded to molecules of simple carbohydrates-sugars.”

” ‘Stealth?’
‘ The pathogen lies dormant in the body until it’s triggered by some external event. Like the herpes virus is triggered by stress.”

“Piezoelectric nanofibers capable of storing kinetic energy generated by the human body. When woven into a shirt or pair of pants, they turned the garment into a portable battery pack, charging up a cell phone, radio, PDA-anything you might carry in your pocket.”

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 31 July 2011

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