Ripped from the headlines, this breathtaking roller coaster ride undulates from the snow-capped Rockies of northern Colorado to the rain-soaked jungles of West Africa. Birthright, Book 1 of the Public Offerings series, is a cinematic and breathtaking adventure into the 21st century heart of darkness – stopping a manmade pandemic!
"A terrific launch for the author's series, but readers may want to have the sequels handy… LiVolsi’s novel, the first in a series of four, is a densely plotted thriller that churns out suspenseful scenes: Civil unrest in Nigeria and Sierra Leone is lucidly detailed with relentless explosions, and even Dave’s racing to Liv’s volleyball game is tense. Characters are refreshingly intricate. Protagonist Dave isn’t a flawless hero; he seems to be an obsessive workaholic. The bad guys are even better…” Kirkus Reviews
One out of four children in Sierra Leone will die before their fifth birthday. An Ebola virus epidemic, civil war, corruption and conspiracy have all decimated the nation and its people. Dave Clement’s company can help by stopping malaria, the biggest single killer of children under five. A biomedical executive in Colorado, Dave has it all: a wife and daughter he treasures, a career with a mission in which he believes, and a job about to make him rich through an initial public offering. Then his fifteen-year-old daughter, Liv, inexplicably contracts an aggressive form of HIV virus, ripping his life apart. Dave discovers that his work with Sierra Leone may be responsible for Liv’s disease and the pandemic sure to follow. Using his industry contacts, he scrambles for a cure only to become embroiled in a genocidal cabal of powerful conspirators, including his business partner Claire McQuaid, head of a powerful pharmaceutical firm. Liv’s fate is attached to the outcome of the pandemic conspiracy. Dave must cooperate or Liv and everything he cherishes are doomed. Seeking a way to fight back, Dave unpeels the layers of the pandemic conspiracy, but Claire anticipates his moves, stopping him at every turn. A pandemic virus outbreak and war loom ominously as the stakes escalate. With time running out, Dave is forced to play God with his own child and a million innocents. Who will live and who will die? And how will Dave live with himself.
Kirkus Review of one of the best pandemic conspiracy thriller book series ever written...
"In LiVolsi's debut thriller, a Colorado pharmaceutical firm may hold the key to eradicating AIDS, but powerful people are willing to kill countless others to find the AIDS cure. LiVolsi's novel, the first in a series of four, is a densely plotted thriller that churns out suspenseful scenes: Civil unrest in Nigeria and Sierra Leone is lucidly detailed with relentless explosions, and even Dave's racing to Liv's volleyball game is tense. Characters are refreshingly intricate. Protagonist Dave isn't a flawless hero; he seems to be an obsessive workaholic. The bad guys are even better; they're villainized by their actions, but while Eldridge is undoubtedly menacing, Claire is tortured, so mentally distraught by her scarred body that she rejects intimacy. As the start of a series, the book establishes a labyrinthine plot... There's much more teased in Book One than questions answered, from the unknown manner in which Liv contracted HIV and the source of her apparent hallucinations to the fates of numerous characters in West Africa. A terrific launch for the author's series, but readers may want to have the sequels handy."
A breathtaking roller coaster ride through a pandemic conspiracy in this acclaimed thriller book series. Ascend the snowy peaks of northern Colorado and hurtle through the rainforests of West Africa as Claire and her associates drive their new world order forward. With everything that ever mattered to him on the line, Dave races the clock to outwit the powerful plotters and to save Liv.
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