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James Abel—author of the electrifying Joe Rush novels Protocol Zero and White Plague—unleashes another heartstopping thriller in which an unholy plague from the past has been awakened...While trying to alleviate the suffering of thousands in drought-stricken, war-torn Africa, ex-Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush receives a plea for help from a member of his oldJames Abel—author of the electrifying Joe Rush novels Protocol Zero and White Plague—unleashes another heartstopping thriller in which an unholy plague from the past has been awakened...While trying to alleviate the suffering of thousands in drought-stricken, war-torn Africa, ex-Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush receives a plea for help from a member of his old military unit, currently working as a geologist in a chaotic region of Somalia.Joe arrives on the scene to find an entire group showing horrific symptoms of an ancient sickness once thought to be sent as punishment from heaven. But before Joe can get hard evidence identifying the illness, a local warlord takes matters into his own hands—and the proof is gone just as the illness breaks out back in the United States.This outbreak is not a curse from God. It’s a well-coordinated, meticulously planned attack with a specific goal that could overturn global stability and kill millions. And the only one who can stop the downfall of civilization is Joe Rush......

Title : Cold Silence
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ISBN : 9780425282977
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 324 Pages
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Cold Silence Reviews

  • Annette
    2018-12-10 07:27

    This was the first book I read by this author. I must say it was really good. I especially liked the story line of "home grown" terrorism. The characters were strong and well written. It kept me wondering till the end about certain assumptions I had about events and persons in the book. It really captured my attention in light of the various acts of terrorism taking place in the world today. Abel's twist on the topic is one that could very well happen in any country. Our hero Joe Rush is an ex-marine doctor now turned bio-terror expert. He and his team travel the world helping to relieve the suffering of thousands and to investigate outbreaks of disease. While in Africa on a mission, Joe receives a plea from a member of his old Marine unit who is working as a geologist in Somalia. It appears his friends team has come down with a strange illness that has taken the lives of a few team members already. When Joe and another team member arrive, the infected group is showing symptoms of an ancient sickness that was deemed a punishment from Heaven in the Bible. Needless to say the illness spreads to the US. It is up to Joe and his team to discover exactly what the illness is, how to cure it and who has unleashed this terrible disease on the populace and caused the death of an entire Somalian village. Someone wants the world to think it started in Africa but in truth it originated in our own back yard in the US. This book raises the issues of terrorism, cults, insanity and a host of other moral issues. What makes this book so special is the plausibility of something like this actually happening. It really makes one wonder exactly how far people will go to obtain absolute power. I highly recommend this book. I will be looking for the other books in this series now that I have discovered this wonderful author.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-23 07:27

    Disclaimer #1. I received a free copy of Cold Silence through the publisher and Goodreads -- thank you!Disclaimer #2. I have not read the first two books in the series.I'm a big X-Files fan. And while I sure do love those weird alien plotlines, my favourite episodes come in two forms: the weird contagions (think Pine Bluff Variant) and the terrifying religious fanatics.So, Cold Silence? With an ancient and unexpectedly contagious virus? And some scary motivations involving prophets? COMPLETELY UP MY ALLEY.Joe Rush is a great character. While this book stood well on its own, I kind of wish I had read the previous two books to get a little more insight about him. There were things to do with his backstory that I was curious about that I assume were addressed previously in the series.But I think my favourite character was Aya. She's smart -- amazingly smart. And, weirdly enough, what I really noticed was that she still peppers her speech with "like" and "whatever." It's nice to see a speech pattern like that when it ISN'T used to flag someone as an airhead, you know?The plot kept me guessing, as well. Between that and the characters, this was a great read. Not the sort of book that I usually pick up, but I'm so glad I had the chance to check this one out.

  • Robert
    2018-12-02 09:38

    Joe Rush is back in action fighting those bad little germs that cause nasty things to happen to folks. This go round we have a strain of leprosy that can be transmitted by contact and or airborne vectors. Nasty little shit that this bug is, Joe is determined to find the source and squash it. I think this was the better of the three I have read so far in this series. The author still has some vague moments, and we don't really have an edge of your seat nail biter here. However the book does move along at a quick pace and is still a very enjoyable read.

  • The Bookloft
    2018-12-02 09:45

    Bookseller: Linda Joe Rush- never to find peace wither its a hot climate or cold! In a drought area in Africa, he gets a call from a war zone, and make a decision-GO. Unknown illness has struck the research geologists and Joe is determined to find out what it is. Leprosy, comes to mind but is it? Curse/plague from God? Well, this leads to more religion then he thought and quite an involved "cure". Thought provoking with action!

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-07 05:49

    I eagerly await the next book from James Abel.

  • RJ
    2018-11-18 04:36

    Our protagonist Joe Rush; Marine Colonel, doctor, and bio-terrorism expert is called upon once again to investigate an entire group of scientists in Somalia showing dreadful symptoms of a disease known as leprosy. But leprosy does not infect groups, nor does it evolve as quickly as the infection they face. Nothing makes sense; is it terrorism, natural origin, or lab made? Once again Rush and his team must investigate and identify the cause of this latest epidemic before it goes global and kills millions. Another great story with wonderful characters. Each of these volumes in the series could be stand-alone novels, but it is entertaining and educational to read them together. The narration was excellent as only Ray Porter can do.

  • Sandi Willis
    2018-11-27 05:33

    Talk about intense! I had to stop listening to it for a day because it was really bothering me. The subject matter is a leprosy outbreak! Joe Rush goes through so much trying to find a cure, and help save lives, all the time being in a great deal of danger! Uno, and Dos get a tres in this novel. You have to know the Joe Rush novels to understand the uno, dos, and tres part. The action is full on and intense. It really makes you wonder about what would really happen if something like this did happen.

  • Janis
    2018-11-16 10:48

    Another great pandemic from James Abel - Joe rushes in to save an old friend and cool political tensions. Unfortunately, he gets himself infected. The disease - the rareness of leprosy (what North American doctor knows what its symptoms are?), the speed and devastation of flesh eating disease and the contagiousness of Norwalk. As the US is ravaged, will Joe find a cure in time not just for the public but for himself too

  • D.F. Haley
    2018-11-26 02:39

    Grim, but engaging thriller. The plot seemed too contrived to me, but characters were great and the machinery of government shown as appropriately broken, even without Trumps help. Leprosy is certainly a biblically horrific bogeyman. Scary, and too possible.

  • Mike Pluta
    2018-12-15 08:27

    This series just gets better! The characters are strong and well defined without becoming predictable. The story is well paced and great fun. Joe Rush is giving Joe Ledger a run for my vote as best literary badass.

  • Vince Waechter
    2018-11-24 09:39

    Good book with a believable hero. The story itself makes you believe that this could really happen, scary.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-27 02:31

    Scary plotline that could happen and Joe Rush saves the world again.

  • Ryan P
    2018-11-17 04:48

    Ultimately quite entertaining.It had a slow start. I also feel that the sorta love interest character could have been written a bit better.

  • Titania_tantze
    2018-11-17 09:39

    The cover art and PR lean heavily on comparing Abel's work to Clancy and Cussler, but it feels much more like early Chrichton--think Andromeda Strain or Congo. Very well done.

  • Brittany
    2018-11-19 06:41

    Great suspense as usual!

  • Patrick Nichol
    2018-12-10 08:47

    This is an excellent thriller with a leprosy Plague as it's plot.Dr. Joe Rush and his pal Eddie once again piece together the mysterious connections between the dreaded disease and a Christian cult.

  • Richard
    2018-11-17 03:34

    Joe Rush is an ex-Marine doctor and bioterror expert. He is in Africa, trying to alleviate the suffering of thousands in the drought-stricken and war-torn country. While there, he receives a plea for help from a member of his old military unit who. is currently working as a geologist in a chaotic region of Somalia.When he and his buddy Eddie arrive on the scene they find an entire group of people showing the horrific symptoms of an ancient sickness that was once thought to be sent from heaven as punishment. Once infected, it is a matter of days before the individual is covered in oozing sores, and they begin losing fingers, toes, ears, parts of their mouths---and many die. Before Joe and Eddie can solve the problem in Somalia, they receive word that this horrible disease has broken out in the U.S. and they are told to get on the plane and head back home. Even while they are in air on their way to Nevada to check that outbreak, the disease begins breaking out in other parts of the country and the death toll begins to mount quickly.The government soon knows that the disease is the old Biblical disease of leprosy, and begins to quarantine entire towns - including Washington, DC. How can Joe find a way to stop this horrible disease before everyone is affected? How can he get to up-state New York and the compound where he believes he will find the man behind this as all transportation is basically shut down, and the government is searching for him for a murder he did not do? What can he do if he does find the mastermind behind what is happening?

  • George
    2018-11-22 09:40

    Book #3 and last in the Joe Rush series. Bob Reiss, writing as James Abel, spins a yarn containing deadly disease, fanatic motives, clueless leadership and our hero who goes his own way. My favorite character was Aya--just a kid, but smart. The plot dragged a little in the middle, and the last twenty minutes could have been dispatched with a parenthetical phrase. Also, the author should research other military services...USMC is great, but they don't do everything! This is the final book of three under the Abel pseudonym. I'll search for more under his real name.

  • Donna
    2018-11-24 07:49

    I received an advance copy from the author and Goodreads and want to express my thanks to both for giving me several hours of reading pleasure. I have to say I loved this book right from the opening sentence. I have NEVER read a book where the author was so successful in creating suspense that I was actually breathless throughout my reading of the story. There were moments when I felt like I needed a dose of oxygen so that I could keep up with the pace of the novel.I thought the characters were well-developed and their roles clear throughout and there was no confusion regarding either. Some authors drown you in characters that are impossible to distinguish one from another; Abel has no problem maintaining focus and identities. The plot was intriguing and electric;and I really recommend this to anyone who likes a good story pulled out of real world headlines. If the thriller genre is your cup of tea with a little medicine thrown in for good measure, I am sure you will enjoy this book! I know I did. Thanks Goodreads, Penquin Random House Canada and thank you, James Abel, for a great story!

  • Kathleen Gray
    2018-11-26 08:33

    If you haven't read the Joe Rush novels yet- start now! Abel is an awesome storyteller and this thriller is just what you need for a hot summer day (or any other day for that matter.) Joe is terrific and this time Abel has added some new characters, such as Ava, Chris, and the Bishop (and someone tell Eva Mendes she's got a new job!) to round out his recurring cast. You could read this as a standalone but the first two novels were so terrific you'll want to read them too. My only concern is that this latest adventure was so devastating - perhaps the next outing will be back in a more confined geographic space. Two thumbs up and highly recommend for a fast, sometimes gross, educational, and entertaining read. THanks to the Arlington County (Va) Public Library for buying it so that I could borrow it!

  • Ashley
    2018-11-29 06:36

    I won this from a goodreads giveaway, and this was my first experience reading James Abel and the Joe Rush character. The novel is incredibly gripping right from the beginning, definitely a hard to put down read. I do not want to spoil anything, so I won't put too many details for actual storyline, but you have your attention grabbed and held throughout this electrifying tale of the race to survive. Characters are relatable and multi layered, even the supporting ones. Intrigue continues the further you get into the story, and holds you till the end.Definitely a recommended read

  • Warren Thoms
    2018-11-17 07:39

    A real good change of pace as the first two books in the series were set up in Alaska and the surrounding area. A great story that also showed how the chain of command might think that they are following the right plan to deal with things but sometimes they cannot see the forest through the trees. I really like Rush in the series and I like when authors don't force relationships on the characters. Just because there is a man and woman working together does not mean that they should end up together by the end of the book so that it is a neat and tidy story.

  • Todd Gers
    2018-12-04 07:28

    I really liked this book. I've read all three of Abel's novels and this and the first are my favorites. This one takes place in a different, non arctic, setting and is a good change. I'd like to see him work more with his partner than the lone wolf. Good book! I recommend this and look forward to the next one.

  • D. Norman
    2018-11-15 07:40

    Ugh! Promising start but then just fell off the table. Seems like Grade B bio-terrorism stuff. Thought I would like it for the political and media satire bits but these weren't enough to make up for the rest. Also what's with the flashbacks? Just tell the story. Stopped caring and didn't finish. He's on my don't read any more list.

  • Jayw
    2018-12-13 05:29

    Joe Rush - former Marine Col, doctor, bio terrorism expert and operative - investigates disease outbreak in Somalia and crosses Homeland Security stuffed shirts investigating similar outbreak at home.

  • Shaft
    2018-11-15 02:42

    More of the same from Joe Rush he's a bit of an asshole. A very lucky one.

  • Richard
    2018-11-25 03:44

    Good sequel to the series.

  • Scott Parker
    2018-12-15 09:42

    Great series, really enjoy the Joe Rush series. Looking forward to book #4.

  • Guillermo Mata
    2018-11-15 09:31

    Cada vez, está mejor la serie

  • Steve Wilson
    2018-11-24 02:28

    A book receieved courtesy of Goodreads giveaways.A solid thriller revolving around the outbreak of a deadly plague.