The Fifth Horseman by Richard Sherbaniuk
A Novel of Biological Disaster

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During the worst drought in memory, a ruthless international conspiracy unleashes Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as weapons of mass destruction. This deadly poison contaminates the vital waters of the Euphrates River, killing thousands and threatening the lives of millions more. Breeding out of control, the mysterious organism spreads rapidly, endangering the water supply of entire nations and raising the horrific prospect of an all-out Mid-East War. But the world itself is in danger as well, for the lethal organism possesses terrifying capabilities that even its murderous creators didn't anticipate . . . .
In desperation, the White House summons an expert who patrols the dirtiest, most toxic beat on earth: environmental detective Dr. Michael Zammit. Head of the cutting-edge International Environmental Response Team, Zammit has faced both radioactive waste and hired thugs in his tumultuous career, but can he -- even with his hand-picked team of scientific masterminds -- find a way to save the planet from the greatest threat humanity has ever known?

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About Richard Sherbaniuk

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Richard Sherbaniuk is an environmental consultant, classical scholar, and historian. He specializes in analyzing geo-political crises and new technologies, and advises governments and corporations, domestic and international, on environmental protection issues. He collects antiques, paintings, and sculpture, and travels widely in Europe and the Middle East. The Fifth Horseman is his first novel.
Published March 4, 2001 by Forge Books. 420 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even more fearsome, however, is that brilliantly entrepreneurial if decidedly unbalanced druglord Abdul Jamal, who never saw the corrupt act he wasn't eager to emulate and whose consuming ambition is to own a country so that he can debauch to his heart's content.

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Called to Turkey to deal with a mysterious, highly toxic green scum growing in the reservoir behind the strategic Ataturk Dam—the sole water source for Turkey's uneasy neighbors, Iran and Syria—Zammit is confronted with a genetically modified organism that is lethal to humans and animals of the r...

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