J. A. Lourenco Pandemic: A Novel

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Pandemic: A Novel

 
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What if, instead of an airplane strike, September 11th had been a carefully planned biological attack, a virus designed to infect simultaneously thousands of people in every continent? Farfetched? Advances in genetic engineering, coupled with fanatical terrorism, make the unthinkable impossible to ignore. Pandemic deals with the impact on society of a global viral outbreak - the result of a terrorist act, plotted over several years, and intended to disrupt the fabric of modern civilization. In Pandemic, a small international terrorist team obtains and modifies a deadly virus. Under the cover of a legitimate business, the group releases the pathogen into major population centers where it quickly spreads, upsetting the lives of ordinary citizens and changing the global economic and social landscape. The terrorists are driven by twisted motives – greed, environmental fanaticism, religious extremism, personal vengeance – but their planning is thorough and unhurried. They are smart, educated, careful, cunning, and devious. When they are finally ready, the chaos they unleash is so sudden and widespread that the available medical and security emergency systems become immediately overwhelmed. The social, economic, and political upheaval is instantaneous and global. If not for the courageous actions of a doctor who resurrects a long-forgotten and risky medical emergency practice, the impact would have been much worse. But the effects are deep and long-lasting, and society as we know it is changed. Pandemic dovetails nicely with two of today’s main social fears: a widespread biological outbreak, and global terrorism. The book deals with both issues in a way that is plausible and informative, with a plot that keeps the reader eagerly turning each page.

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J. A. Lourenco is an accomplished scientist and international manager. He holds a B.A. (Kean University) and an M.S. (Seton Hall University) both in Chemistry, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous scientific and strategy papers, holds 5 patents, and has successfully managed an international subsidiary of a major U.S. corporation. J. A. Lourenco grew up in Portugal, resided in Brazil as a corporate expat for the better part of three years, and has called New Jersey home for most of his adult life. He is married with three children. He writes for fun. He invites your feedback and opinions at lourenco@scriptor.us

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