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The Jiangxi Virus: A Novel of Bioterror [Paperback]

Steven Schlosstein
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January 2002
First the West Nile virus hit New York. People said it was a curse from Saddam Hussein.

Then the postman brought anthrax in the mail, right after the suicide bombers struck on September 11. So Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network became the FBI's prime suspects.

But when the rogue Col. Fu Barxu launches his own bioterror attack on America by infecting 283 passengers on a commercial jet headed straight from Shanghai to Newark, he uses a lethal avian virus that's been cloned in a covert lab in Jiangxi province to masquerade as flu. The Centers for Disease Control put their top disease detective, Dr. Ellen Chou, on the case.

The first Asian-American to head the CDC's elite Division of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Ellen not only has to fight an unknown and invisible enemy. She also has to battle the White House, the Congress, and a small army of entrenched bureaucrats in our own Federal bureaucracy.

Because this time, the threat is not from the Middle East.

It's from China.


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About the Author

Steven Schlossstein is a well-known author, international strategist and business executive, with extensive experience in the Far East and European business and financial markets. Since 1982, as founder and CEO of SBS Associates, Inc., he has designed, negotiated, and implemented numerous strategic assignments for American corporations in the Far East. From 1969 to 1982, Mr. Schlossstein was with J. P. Morgan & Co. of New York, with assignments in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Düsseldorf. From 1980 to 1982, as vice president of Morgan's East Asia merger and acquisition unit, he achieved some of the first acquisitions by Japanese firms in the American market at that time. He has also lived and worked in Singapore and Paris.

The Jiangxi Virus is Mr. Schlossstein's sixth book. He wrote the highly acclaimed The End of the American Century and Trade War ("Greed, Power, and Industrial Policy on Opposite Sides of the Pacific"), an American Library Association "Best Business Book" of 1984 and a best seller in the Japanese edition. He has written two previous novels dealing with the business environment and social change in Japan: Kensei ("The Sword Master," 1983), a best seller in the Avon paperback edition, and Yakuza ("The Japanese Godfather," 1990). He also wrote Asia's New Little Dragons ("The Dynamic Emergence of Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia," 1992), a provocative account of Southeast Asia's rise to economic power.

He has two more novels forthcoming: a cyberspace thriller and dark comedy set in New York City that deals with the Russian Mafia and Internet fraud titled crime.com (summer 2003), and Belleville, a tongue-in-cheek look at the impact of the aging process on America's baby boomers (2005). His columns and articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Trenton Times, Business Tokyo, and International Economy. He has been profiled in Fortune magazine and The New York Times. A frequent public speaker, he is represented by Keppler Associates of Washington, D. C., and as an author by Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists of Austin, Texas.

Born in Houston and reared in Dallas, Mr. Schlossstein received his B.A. in history and philosophy from Austin College in 1963; he was its distinguished alumnus in 1990. He has a Master's degree in Japanese history from the University of Hawaii and a business degree from the Business School of Columbia University in New York. He speaks and reads fluent Japanese, French, and German, and lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and their two adopted Korean children. He plays competitive tennis on a regular basis, runs, and swims.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it fact or fiction? May 5 2003
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This is a frightening preview of a very real, potential terrorist threat. Reading this exciting book in April 2003 provided a juxtaposition of Jiangxi Virus fiction and SARS fact, especially with SARS emanating from China and initial puzzlement in how the SARS virus developed. The book is well-researched, with interesting scientific explanations, a la Clancy, further reinforcing the credibility of the book's foundation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Bio-Terror Oct. 31 2002
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Supercharged high tech action and a multi-national cast of compelling characters make The Jianxi Virus a captivating page-turner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hope it's fiction! Oct. 13 2002
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Format:Paperback
This is almost as scary as one of Stephen King's novels, BUT it could be true! Schlosstein has done his homework and readers will learn a lot about both China and bio-terrorism. Let's just hope and pray that it remains fiction and does not become fact.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hope it's fiction! Oct. 13 2002
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This book will scare you almost as much as one of Stephen King's novels - BUT, it could be true! Schlossstein has done his homework and there is lots to learn about China and science inhis newest thriller. Just hope and pray that it remains fiction and not fact!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hope it's fiction! Oct. 13 2002
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This book will scare you almost as much as one of Stephen King's novels - BUT, it could be true! Schlossstein has done his homework and there is lots to learn about China and science inhis newest thriller. Just hope and pray that it remains fiction and not fact!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving America from a microscopic lethal threat Oct. 6 2002
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The Jiangxi Virus: A Novel Of Bioterror by Steven Schlossstein is a gripping story about a deadly pathogenic threat whose origins are in China. The Center for Disease Control assigns their top detective, Dr. Ellen Chou, to the all-important task of saving America from a microscopic lethal threat. Beset by terrorist aims, insufferable bureaucracy, and an ever-decreasing supply of time, Dr. Ellen Chou has her work cut out for her in this fast-paced saga. Not for the faint of heart, The Jiangxi Virus is a gripping and highly recommended read from first page to last.
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Creeping terror is provided by Mr. Schlossstein, a master storyteller, in this timely book. You won't put it down until you breath a sigh of relief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it's just a novel! Oct. 1 2002
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A gripping story. A sinister theme with a twenty first century heroine fighting the odds to avoid disaster for the U.S. The author has clearly a strong grasp of the cultural forces that could change today's world order.
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