Viral by James Lilliefors


13 Critic Reviews

All in all, I think it is very much worth the read for fans of action packed thrillers and political espionage. However, I think it would be too inaccessible to fans of character-driven novels.
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"Viral is a world-class thriller." -Vince Flynn

Two brothers race to stop a political mastermind's massive bioterrorist plot in this terrifying espionage thriller.

In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns with frightening speed and potency. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe-deposit box may be the key to stopping the crisis—if, that is, Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor and former CIA operative, can decipher the puzzle before time runs out.
What Mallory begins to discover are the traces of a secret war, with a bold objective—to create a new, technologically advanced society. With the help of his brother Jon, an investigative reporter, can he break the story to the world before it is too late—before a planned “humane depopulation” takes place?
As the stakes and strategies of this secret war become more evident, the Mallory brothers find themselves in a complex game of wits with an enemy they can’t see: a new sort of superpower led by a brilliant, elusive tactician who believes that ends justify means.

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About James Lilliefors

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James Lilliefors is an award-winning journalist who has written for The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun and elsewhere. He was educated at the University of Iowa and the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fiction Writing Fellow. He currently lives in Florida.
Published April 10, 2012 by Soho Crime. 336 pages
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4


Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 10 2012

Though Lilliefors' debut thriller follows a familiar template, it maintains suspense with vivid, direct prose and a skillfully developed plot.

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Publishers Weekly

Reviewed by Laura Gross on Feb 20 2012

While the impressively intricate plot and nonstop action all but overwhelm the main characters, fans of intelligently written page-turners will be rewarded.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Dean Murphy on Apr 19 2012

Lilliefors’ new series is more than a good story --- it’s a “New Paradigm” for thrillers, one in which readers will eagerly look forward to more of the brothers Mallory.

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Reviewed by Adam Colclough on Apr 01 2012

The author is, perhaps, a little naïve in his assessment of how far a journalist of newspaper editor could go in exposing the conspiracy

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Reviewed by Mel Jacob on Sep 01 2012

Lilliefors provides enough twists to keep the pages turning. He also manages to develop and humanize his characters including some of the villains.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Reviewed by Barbara Fister on Apr 01 2012

Lilliefors leaves us thinking about how easily a biological weapon could get out of hand, and how frequently powerful people are tempted to shape the world to fit their vision.

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Reviewed by Dolly on Apr 11 2012

As a thriller, Viral does grip you but I found the ending a bit unsatisfying. Maybe after all the action and mystery it was too easy and predictable.

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Reviewed by Kittling on Apr 10 2012

I always felt removed from what was happening, and I really wanted to feel as though I were right in the middle of it all, fighting the good fight.

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Reviewed by Book Evangelist on Apr 20 2012

All in all, I think it is very much worth the read for fans of action packed thrillers and political espionage. However, I think it would be too inaccessible to fans of character-driven novels.

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Reviewed by Dave on Apr 01 2012

Pacing and plot usually dominate thrillers and character development falls off at their expense. Not so in James Lilliefors' new novel VIRAL.

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Kingdom Books

Reviewed by Beth Kanell on Apr 15 2012

I bit my nails, stayed up too late, and swore I'd wait at least six months before re-reading this compelling thriller.

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Hellen's Reading

Reviewed by Hellen on May 16 2012

All in all, a great thriller I recommend to everybody who likes conspiracies about biological weapons.

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Not Just Nonsense

Reviewed by Kah Cherub on Mar 22 2012

If you like mystery books with a lot of governmental conspiracies, secret war themes, suspense and spies, this is your book.

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