Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Plague by Buzz Bernard


In only a matter of days, 9/11 and the destruction of the Twin Towers will be rivaled by a lone-wolf terrorist attack on America. Atlanta is targeted as Ground Zero for the most horrifying plague in modern times.

Deep in the secret recesses of a Cold War lab, the Russians created tons of deadly bio-weapons. Now, decades later, a protégé of that Russian research is about to release weaponized Ebola into the heart of the South’s most iconic city: Atlanta, where the symbols of American “decadence” range from a happily diverse population to the Coca-Cola museum and CNN building.

A preliminary test of the horrifying virus demonstrates the unspeakable suffering of its victims—and alerts the Centers for Disease Control that a terrible pandemic is in the making. CDC Virologist Dr. Dwight Butler begins a frantic effort to track down the source before it’s too late.

For new BioDawn CEO Richard Wainwright, it quickly becomes clear that the “accidental” plane crash that killed the pharmaceutical company’s entire executive hierarchy may have some connection to the evolving threat. Suddenly Richard is being stalked by a hit woman. He and Butler join forces to find the lone terrorist at the center of a plan that could unleash a modern Black Plague on the western world.

About the Author:

H.W. “Buzz” Bernard is an Air Force veteran and retired Weather Channel meteorologist. His 2010 hurricane thriller, Eyewall, became a number one bestseller in e-book. Visit him at


I like a good thriller, especially by an author who does his/her homework, as Mr. Bernard obviously has done. While Dr. Butler is a colorful character, he takes his job seriously, and is uniquely able to track down the bug that is plaguing the people of Atlanta. Richard Wainwright comes out of retirement to take over direction of BioDawn when the entire Board is killed in a plane crash. He’s only an interim boss until someone permanent can be found, but he still wants to know what’s going on in the guarded building the even he’s kept out of, and why funding for that research doesn’t show up on the company’s books. Even when a hit woman tells him to mind his own business. Especially then.

Mr. Bernard kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page of Plague until I finally finished it. Again, carve out a block of time before you pick up Plague. You won’t want to put it down once you do.

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Warnings:  Graphic Descriptions of Hemorrhagic Fever Symptoms
Length:  232 Pages
Print:  $13.91
Digital:  $5.38

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