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It’s not to early to begin thinking about unique holiday gifts, and what could be more exclusive than receiving a best-selling book, autographed by the author, and personalized to the recipient. Most of my books are available for just such gifts. You can order them here. Better yet, some of them are on sale between now and Thanksgiving. Supplies are limited, so be sure to order yours now.
As I write to you, Barb, Kate, and I are in Chicago enjoying an absolutely beautiful weekend in the windy city – while, at home, Jack’s keeping a watch over the house as autumn descends upon the Rocky Mountains.
The Aspens will be at their peak when we get home on Sunday, and we’re looking forward to enjoying them.
Significant Living articles
My newest article in a health series for the Significant Living magazine is out. It’s titled, “Beyond the Blues. Seek help to escape depression,” and can be found in the September/October issue, on pages 10-11.
You can see some of my other articles in this series by clicking here.
Nice Professional Review for “The Influenza Bomb”
The web site, “Influenza Treatment: All About Influenza,” recently reviewed my newest novel here:
September 3, 2010
Review by R. A. Barricklow for The Influenza Bomb: A Novel (Tsi: Time Scene Investigators)
Rating: 5 stars
I have read many articles/books on both the 1918 pandemic & the new H1N1 Bird Flu Pandemic on the near horizon. There is one coming. Odds are it will be the Bird Flu Variation.
The best non-fiction work on that, for my money is Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching by Michael Gregor.
What makes this fictionalized novel so good is it’s intricate tie-in with the past 1918 Spanish Flu virus, which is brought back into being, but this time, it is incorporated with 21st century nanotechnology.
The novel gives an accurate history of the virus, then reimagines it as weaponized, not only in WW1, but again in WW11(?). The time line follows the characters, the organizations, both using and fighting the virus. Thus many facts, What If Scenarios, are brought into play, giving the readers’ imaginations a run for his or her money.
There are many twists & turns as the story intertwines betwen present & past and the narratives of both times lines converge into a climax.
The story relates some advantages of our present time: antiviral medications, antibiotics, intensive care, ventilators, and of course current vaccines/developmental capabilities. The TCI Team, for instance, uses monoclonal antibodies that are specially engineered to attack a specific protein from some of the Siberian flu victims.
Of course, the enemy is working as well. For instance, some are working on experiments designed to develope a nanotechnology that would allow toxic biological infectious particles to be loaded into nanoparticles.
When inhaled, ingested, or injected, the nanoparticles would dissolve, releasing millions of infectious particles into the victim. The nanoparticles would act like a huge army of microscopic Trojan horses.
Thus, the spy vs. spy aspect, not only in technology but in human sources, is what makes this an entertaining an informative read.
I’ve always wondered what if the 1918 Spanish Flu virus wasn’t an accident, but either manufactured, or used as a weapon in WW1?
These authors start there and carry the ball forward into time with great imagination, story telling, and paying attention to the details, not only in history but in their sciences as well.
I turned the last page and wanted more.
Events of the last month
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