Book Review/1st Chapter Reveal- White Rogue- Dr. David Fett, Stephen Langford and Connie White

Monday, November 11, 2013

Yikes, what a roller coaster ride this book is! Bio-terrorism tends to scare the daylights out of me since it could conceivably happen. Of course this book is totally fiction but the what if scenario could keep me up for many nights to come.

When people start dying mysteriously in a small Massachusetts town, Dr. Davie Richards of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) is called in to help try and figure out where the outbreak started. He is known as an expert. He figures it out but can make no sense of how the heck it got there. He suddenly is sent to the jungle in South America to figure out why tribal people there are getting sick although again there is no rhyme or reason. He does figure this out and how to correct the problem! A massive earthquake strikes and suddenly he finds himself back in the states working with his protege and girlfriend FBI agent Paula Musari. A Framingham, Mass actuarial firm's building is infiltrated and many die from the bio engineered chemical released into its air duct.

From that point forward it is a life and death struggle to find out who is behind the bio-terrorism--Heaven help us if this ever becomes truth rather then fiction! Definite 5 Star read but be prepared for who is actually behind all this------no of course I am not going to tell you--that would ruin this story!

About the Book: (from Pump Up Your Book)

Cold War era biological experiments are resurrected and after Boston experiences a seemingly inexplicable bio-terrorist attack, the Center for Disease Control’s Dr. Davie Richards and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Paula Mushari once again join forces to uncover who is behind it. An obscure reference to a Dresden project found amid crash site evidence marks them both for execution. Paula and Dave are forced to leave Boston in the middle of the night and head to Washington, D.C.,where they soon find that anyone they contact also becomes the target of assassins. When the daughter of the CDC’s director is taken hostage, Dave and Paula come face to face with an evil that forces them to question the very nature of duty and service to country. With the help of one man, they learn the true meaning of dark operatives while they desperately try to stop another bio-attack from happening.

First Chapter:

There was a chill in the morning air. A marine layer had moved into the Bay Area of San Francisco, creating a soft mist off in the distance as Anna looked up the street. Anna Wheat was late to her job at one of the downtown branches of Bank of America. She so wanted to be on time that she wished she could just jog the rest of the way, but her three-inch heels made that idea more comical than practical. She had been a teller for the last two years and had been in line for a promotion, but like most things in the last few days, it had stalled. Anna knew it wasn’t just her bosses were who preoccupied. It seemed as though everyone in the country was distracted with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Coworkers chatted about the evening news instead of last weekend’s football games. Married friends told her of their concerns for their kids. And she too felt on edge from the constant news bulletins that came across the radio and filled the morning and evening TV news reports. Anna just wanted to concentrate on her work, start her new job, and be preoccupied with something positive.

She knew the bank’s human resources division in Los Angeles was waiting for the paperwork to expedite the change in her employee status from Grade 1 to Grade 3. Anna had done an amazing job that she jumped a pay grade, something that barely had been achieved in the bank’s history and even more rarely by a woman. The bank’s manager, John Kiley, often cited Annie’s accomplishments to other employees, saying that hard work made anything possible and they should all reach for the stars. He was fascinated with the NASA astronauts, and the Space Race with the Soviet Union inspired his language. He would remind any employee that would listen that Americans didn’t like settling for anything, and setting goals was the surest way to focus a nation’s, or a company’s, energies. President John F. Kennedy had set a goal for the country back in 1961, he would remind his staffers, and soon after, on May 5th, Alan Shepherd became the first American in space. The Soviets beat us there, but we were catching up, Mr. Kiley would say.

Mr. Kiley’s cheerleading and holding up Anna’s promotion as an example didn’t go over well with other employees, especially other women. Anna was very young, attractive, and ambitious. And while she liked the attention she earned for her work, she hated the unpleasant glances from the other young tellers and the ashen-haired head teller with the droopy eyelids. Some of the young women would whisper despairingly behind her back, lewd suggestions on how she had moved up the corporate ladder. Anna tried to ignore them and do her job. She wasn’t going to let them have the satisfaction of knowing they upset her.

That morning, as she walked along the street, Anna passed a newsstand that featured papers emblazoned with warnings about the Cuban Missile Crisis. There was a palpable fear in the fear in the city and across the country that the missiles placed in Cuba by the Soviet Union and now aimed at the United States would lead to nuclear war, if not by intent, by some accident or miscommunication. Anna’s sister in Virginia was so panicked about it that she packed up her kids and drove across the country to Monterrey, California, in order to live with their mother and father until the crisis ended. Anna’s personality was the opposite of her sister’s. In fact, it was her cool demeanor that made her a perfect fit for the banking world. She always managed to stay calm no matter how upset a customer was.

She passed a TV store as she headed up to California: one of San Francisco’s steeply inclined streets. The brisk morning walks kept her quite fit, but this morning, she didn’t seem to have the same vigor she usually had. It had been difficult to get out of bed, and she had to skip breakfast because she was running late. No food, no coffee—that was the problem, Anna thought. She really wanted to push past the fatigue and be on time for work. She believed punctuality was important, especially if she wanted the men she worked with to take her seriously.

Anna was determined to be the first woman to become bank manager at her branch. She wasn’t like all her high school friends, who also were working, but whose long-term goals were marriage, a house, and kids. She wanted those things too, but she knew she wanted something more.

Anna looked in at an appliance store window as she passed by, and all the TV screens displayed news coverage of President Kennedy in a press conference. The president looked tired and unusually grim. She had been a Richard Nixon supporter and felt he would have been better at handling such a dangerous confrontation with the Soviet Union. Anna continued walking, reached the top of the street, and had to stop to catch her breath. That’s unusual, she thought, and then noticed her hands trembling. She remembered there was a donut shop near the bank, and she planned to stop in there and get a coffee and something to eat.

She stopped again. There was something more ominous going on than low blood sugar. She wiped her forehead. Her breathing was rapid and shallow. She was perspiring. She tried to catch her breath but started coughing up thick, bloody mucous. A passerby showed concern. She held up her hand to signal that she was fine.

Anna straightened up and made her way another half a block to her Bank of America branch. She reached for the door, but severe vertigo prevented her from grasping the handle. Her legs became wobbly, and she fell in a heap in the doorway.

Mr. Kiley came running out to her. “Anna. Anna. Can you hear me?”

She didn’t answer.

Mr. Kiley asked the other employees who had gathered around to stay with Anna as he rushed back into the bank to phone for an ambulance. Anna just lay on the sidewalk, semiconscious, vision blurred.

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Title: White Rogue
Genre: Spy Thriller
Author: Dr. David R. Fett, Stephen Langford & Connie Malcolm
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 254
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481995510
ISBN-13: 978-1481995511

About the Authors: (from Pump Up Your Book)

DR. DAVID FETT, a board certified ophthalmologist, received his BS and Masters from MIT before earning his MD from Dartmouth Medical School. He now runs a private practice in Los Angeles and serves as an assistant clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Randi, and their four children.

STEPHEN LANGFORD is a veteran writer/producer of over 150 hours of primetime television. He has also ventured into screenwriting and fiction. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Sandy, and their two daughters.

CONNIE MALCOLM is a recovering journalist who worked on The Globe and Mail in Toronto. She has worked previously on ten books of nonfiction authored by her husband, Andrew. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and the youngest of their three sons.

I received a paperback edition of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. For more information please check my Disclosure Statement. Our giveaways are in no way sponsored or promoted by Facebook.


Anita Breeze said...

Ooooh, sounds like something right up my alley to read. I have a love/hate with bio-terrorism thrillers. They scare the you know what out of me, but I love the suspense!

Masshole Mommy said...

I think I need to read this just because it takes place in Massachusetts. LOL. It sounds really interesting, too ;)

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I like it when I read a book and the happenings could be real. I am not one for reading something that is not believable.. so this is a book I would most likely read.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I don't think I've ever read anything like this at all which of course makes it all the more appealing to read!

Growing Up Madison said...

I love the name White Rouge. Sounds innocent and slightly bad at the same time. Sounds like a good read as well.

Guavalicious said...

I am so into these type of books! I definitely have a bit of a fear of the end of the world and bio-terrorism plays into that!

Kay Adeola said...

Sounds like a great book to read these sort are always interesting but glad its only in the book lol.


This sounds like quite the "edge of my seat" type read! I love books like this! So much mystery and intrigue! And yes, let's hope it stays a fiction!

Rachee said...

Sounds good! I love a good action packed mystery and will add this to my to read pile.

Theresa said...

This sounds like a heart pounding, thriller. I used to never read books like these, but over the past few years, find that I actually do enjoy them!

Karen Hewitt said...

im a huge fan of horror/thriller books that could happen. I guess I like being scared by them

mail4rosey said...

I agree that the 'oh my goodness this could happen factor' lends quite an edge. Thank you for the review!

Amberlee said...

Thank you for sharing the 1st chapter! It sounds like an amazing book and I will have to read the rest. Thanks!

Jennifer Williams said...

I have always had a love/hate relationship with those books that make you think and wonder because it could really happen. I might have to check this one out to see how much of a possibility it is.

Pam said...

This is not my type of book because, as you said, it tends to scare the living daylights out of me, but it is perfect for my husband.

Pam said...

I think I would like this book. I like these type of movies. I know my husband would love it. Might make a good Christmas present.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I completely agree with you the books that seem almost conceivable are the worst. This sounds really good though I have to admit x

Pepper said...

Okay you got me, I'm usually a scifi/fantasy reader, but I love bio hazard books sometimes, this one looks good!

The Frugal Greenish Mama said...

This sounds like a book to keep you on the edge of your seat for sure.

Melanie said...

I will have to add this into my wish list, it sounds like a fantastic book, thanks so much for sharing the review! I can't wait to read it

- Melanie

Teresa McCluskey said...

I bet this is a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat and your eyes peeled open! I really want to read this!

Patricia Woolverton said...

This sounds like a fascinating book. I think it being based in Mass makes me want to read it more as I grew up in mass and was born there.

Ashley Gill said...

This sounds interesting. I've been watching The Blacklist and when you said it involves Bio-Terrorism, it made me think of that. I will have to add it to my list.

Courtney Pies said...

Very interesting book! I love medical mysteries, which is kind of what this sounds like. Will have to add this to my "To Read" list! Thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

I just finished my last book from my MUST read list and was wondering what to read next; glad I found your wonderful review; I grabbed a copy on Amazon and can't wait to dig in and read it under my blanket with a hot cup of cocoa... thanks for sharing

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