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SECTOR C [Kindle Edition]

Phoenix Sullivan
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A rise in stroke-like cases has CDC analyst Mike Shafer on alert. Patients in every demographic in the Great Plains area, from toddlers to healthy adults to the elderly, are succumbing to rapid deterioration – and death.

Veterinarian Donna Bailey, meanwhile, is dealing with an outbreak of her own. It looks like mad cow disease. But to be affecting so many species? Impossible.

Whatever it is, it’s spreading. Fast.

As state and federal agencies race to contain the growing threats, Mike and Donna’s searches for Patient Zero intersect at a big-game compound in a remote corner of North Dakota. There they find their answer buried in a secret thought extinct for 10,000 years. A secret entrepreneur Walt Thurman will kill to protect.

But even if Mike and Donna can escape the compound with the secret of Sector C, it may already be too late.

Because after today, extinct no longer means forever.

Ripped from today’s research and tomorrow’s headlines, SECTOR C is a near-future medical mystery / ecothriller fans of Michael Crichton and Daniel Kalla are sure to enjoy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 706 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (Jan. 7 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K4W0QS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read!!! Aug. 19 2015
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Engaging writing, well developed characters and an interesting plot that will definitely appeal to Michael Crichton fans. Well worth the read!!!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done! Nov. 12 2011
By Terminator Fan - Published on
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This was a great read - and the author really seems to know her stuff on the scientific issues. The book reminded me a bit of Jurassic Park (which I also loved). The first half is spent trying to figure out the mystery and the second half turns into a faster-paced action story. The ending felt a bit anti-climactic though, but this wasn't enough to make me take a star off. Recommended.
77 of 87 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but sloppy and incomplete May 3 2012
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The premise, doomsday by prion, is interesting, scary. I liked the characters (the good guys, I mean.) The science, well, I don't know enough about prions or cloning or extracting viable dna from ice-age mammals to know if developments in the novel are even viable in the near future.

The writing, well, there are a lot of speeches. Snappy it's not. Yet the really interesting stuff, like what, exactly, the vectors are (why didn't some people get infected?) and what's happening to the human population and did it spread outside of the quarantine area (those CEOs that died and their families, etc.) and what's happening with the "cure" (was the disease progressing in our heroine or was it arrested?) -- you know, the actual impact beyond millions of dead non-human mammals, the allusions to "things are gonna be different," -- all this stuff just wasn't there. It just jumped from being fraught to wishy washy. Like the author ran out of steam.

Then there is the silly stuff, like the weird ranks in the national guard and the president and not the governor calling them out, the CIA having anything to do with law enforcement (especially on US soil), and the entire dropped storyline -- you know, those dozen guys who burned down the fence and planned to storm Triple E, whatever happened with them? Thwarting international transaction by bureaucracy is also a stretch -- it would take too long and at by the point this transaction was caught by the government, the knowledge transfer would already have taken place. And what difference does it make anyway, once the government decided it was a matter of national security to ignore ownership (which makes sense), it means that anyone can come up with the alleged cure?

It's a lot of money for half a story.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Story but needs a bit of work on the execution and ending Aug. 7 2012
By A Christy - Published on
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Most of my reviews are for stuff that I either really liked or really disliked. It is that vast space in the middle from "Meh" to "So-So" to "Could have..." that isn't reviewed by me because they are so hard to grade. Overall, I'd give this a 3.5 as it is now but it would easily...very upgraded to a 4 with a couple of fixes in a revised version.

Those "fixes" are, in my opinion:
-Close the storylines! Too many small characters in the story just disappeared or seemed to have real impact and then vanished.
-Set the Ending! It's perfectly okay to have an ending where the reader can flesh out the impacts in their own mind but the scene for that has to be set so that the direction is one they confidently take, even when there are a variety of directions. In this case, we didn't have enough information to set those scenes for ourselves, one way or another.
-Don't tweak what the various aphabet agencies actually do! Too many people are very aware, or at least knowledgable enough, about what the various agencies do and how they do it for there to be too much deviation from that. CDC has a set and very reliable pattern of investigation and given the unique and very bounded set of initial victims, they would have zeroed in Triple E very, very quickly.

All that said, I really did like the story. I know, it doesn't sound like that, but I did. Taking the human desire to constantly push boundaries and combining it with the overwhelming hubris of some of the very successful does (and probably will) create situations where places like this crop up. After all, it isn't old news that if you have enough money, you can go places in the world and eat an animal that may be just 1 of a hundred left in the world. Or smuggle in something vanishingly rare as a house pet. Or have your favority hunting dog cloned. It happens.

This story takes all that into a believable near future where it's been done but brings with it the disease that killed them off in the first place. And now, it's spreading to us and all the mammals around us with devastating consequences.

The protagonist in the story, a veterinarian by trade for the large animals of a rural setting, is a sympathetic one that most readers will be able to well relate to. Such a job is a pretty hard one, particularly when many of your patients are at least partially related to the food trade. This character walks that line believably and most intelligent people will easily relate to her. And her dog was a great addition.

As for the disease itself, I did have a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around it. Prion diseases are, by their very nature, complicated and difficult to really grasp well because they behave differently. After all, it isn't something bad but rather a change in something that is entirely natural so we might think of it almost like cancer to understand it as laymen. Yet it is also contagious, which does not fit that paradigm and makes us think of bacteria or a virus. In that respect, it can take a bit of work to understand the medical aspects of this or simply not accept it and enjoy the story less. It is, as far as I can tell, a very inventive take on the issue of prion diseases and the cross-species barrier breakdown.

Overall, I enjoyed the book but would heartily recommend to the writer that they take another turn at wrapping up those loose ends and provide better guidance at the end.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, fast-paced techno-thriller Oct. 4 2011
By Sylvia Wrigley - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Sector C starts slowly with a lot of viewpoints. There's a lot of information to take in. But the patient reader is rewarded: once the story starts moving, this techno-thriller lives up to the genre. The near-future scenario is easy to imagine and the medical response and corporate motivations all too believable. At its heart, though, this novel is about hope, not dystopia.

Well worth a read.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging. A 'thinker' and a fun read. Jan. 29 2012
By Sky-blue pink - Published on
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I love technothrillers like this. Science and disease set in the very near-future. Throw in some corporate greed. I can imagine this as a real news event. It's very plausible, not at all far-fetched.

The book begins with a series of seemingly unconnected stories, but then you quickly notice the clues adding up. The first 2/3 of the book deals with these clues and discoveries, which lead up to the 'a-ha' moment when we finally learn exactly what the deal is about Sector C. As at least one other reviewer mentioned, the very ending is a bit anti-climactic and unresolved, but it doesn't take much away from enjoying the book. I do wish it continued further, so we could learn more about the aftermath of this disease.

Well written and well researched -- Sullivan has clearly done her homework. It is also well-edited, something you don't often see in a free download! Just 'sciency' enough for my tastes, without being overly technical. Engaging. A 'thinker' and a fun read. I hope Sullivan writes another like this. I'd definitely pay for the next one.
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