I honestly did not know what to expect when I picked up this book. This is international intrigue at its best written in a manner that holds your attention. There are so many inter twining plots set out as separate chapters then culminating in how they all are really one story with an ending that will surprise and sadden you. I am finding it hard to really write my feelings down about this book. At times it frightened me, at other times it made me smile and rejoice. All in all I am very glad I read it-even if I will never again think of North Korea, The FDA, or the UN in quite the same light again.
About the book (in the author’s own word’s)
CANBERRA, Australia – “This is a story of tragedy, unrequited love, international suspense and driving ambition to defeat the grab for world domination,” says author John O'Neill about his new novel, Kafira.
Kafira Weiss is an Israeli Biomedical Scientist whose passionate life purpose is to find a cure for the world’s most deadly disease. After a tragic beginning, Kafira becomes the World’s leading expert on the disease, working at CDC in Atlanta to continue her research as the Associate Director of the Special Pathogens Unit.
In 1981, the Supreme Leader of North Korea lands rockets on the Moon, claiming the Moon for North Korea, to the exclusion of every other nation on Earth. To force the United Nations and the Member Countries to agree to his Claim, Kim iI Jong threatens to infect the world with a deadly disease.
Shin Min Shu, is a North Korean Biomedical Scientist who has been forced to develop a more deadly strain of the virus central to the Claim. But Shin Min Shu is unhappy to be party to the killing of women and children that will inevitably occur if the United Nations rejects the North Korean Claim.
Charles Edmonds is an ex Royal Marine Commando turned Astronomer who is now the Special Assistant to the Director of NASA. Charles becomes involved in the investigation of a teenage boy’s observation of a flash on the Moon that has been reported to the FBI. The investigation reveals a ruthless organisation that will stop at nothing to ensure that the Claim is agreed.
The CIA believes that the United States is being threatened, but needs proof. Kafira, as the World’s leading expert on the disease has been requested to be part of the Lunar Module crew, to investigate the suspected presence on the Moon. Kafira agrees, and in doing so creates history as the first woman to walk on the Moon.
The desperate question facing Kafira is whether she is able to find a cure for the disease that the North Koreans intend to use before the deliberate infections reach epidemic proportions.
“The book covers a range of human emotion, from tragedy, unrequited love, frustration, achievement and human failure,” says O’Neill. “I deal with a multitude of topics in Kafira, from space travel to plagues. I spent a lot of time researching these fundamental topics and used my own experience to address the rest.”
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About the Author
John O’Neill is an ex-Royal Australian Navy commander, who served most of his naval career as a submarine engineering specialist. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his work in the community, and he holds a Master’s degree in Business and Technology. O’Neill now works for a government department and lives in Canberra with his wife, Beverley.
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