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The Jiangxi Virus: A Novel of Bioterror Paperback – Jan 2002


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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Stratford Books; 1 edition (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962706027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962706028
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 16.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 485 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,180,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The amount of research that underlies this fast-paced novel is formidable. There are details that only an expert could know about such diverse subjects as: biology, weapons, aircraft, internal dynamics of organizations like broadcasting companies and government agencies.
It is an education just to read about viruses. Fifteen known varieties of Hemagglutinin and nine of Neuraminidase. A flu virus has a lipid bilayer surrounding a single-strand 8-gene RNA genome---not the more robust double-helix DNA. And antibodies that protect only against subtypes that have not undergone "antigenic shift". One of the scientists explains how to cleave a specific gene on the genetic map, involving 50:1 dilution of distilled water on a supernatant. Whew!
Schlossstein is obviously extremely knowledgeable about biotechnology, but his writing style is not at all pedantic. Paragraphs and chapters are short and pithy. Dialog is sometimes minimalist, helping carry the multiple story lines forward at a brisk pace.
Exotic and diverse venues add more spice to the intersecting threads of the story. The reader experiences total immersion into unfamiliar places and situations, but emerges with a sense of authentic "being there".
There are thought-provoking issues of defense, security, and international relations. The Jianxi Virus is up-to-the-minute timely, and an exciting novel of its genre.
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By A Customer on Oct. 1 2002
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The author, Steven Scholssstein, a skilled writer with first hand knowledge of the Far East, is able to combine both fact and fiction in this compelling novel. The plot and characters are developed carefully, firmly engaging ones interest as the story<unfolds. A spell-binding mystery for the current day, "The Jiangxi Virus", gives a chilling account of acts of bioterrorism in the twenty-first century. Although the story is fiction, it causes one to be painfully aware of the potential of such terroristic threats. This one is a thriller told by a master of the art.
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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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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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By Jai-Hoon Yang on Sept. 28 2002
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Most captivating storytelling woven around the intriguing theme of China emerging in the 21st century as a credible threat to US hyper-power status. The book's underlying premise that a well-conceived alliance-building between the like-minded Americans and Chinese is a sine qua non to keep the world safe from the bigots and extremists in both China and the US is driven home most effectively and entertainingly.
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A good and exciting read that has all the elements of a well-written adventurous thriller. At the same time it is very provocative given what we have recently experienced as a nation that includes not only bioattacks at home but cyber attacks from China. Merging these elements is certainly not beyond the realm of possibility!
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By BILL PROCTOR on Sept. 21 2002
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This book is a must read for those who are looking not only for entertainment, but also for insight into the current international terrorist threat. Schlossstein's research provides the basis for building a personal how-to protective strategy as bioterrorism comes knocking at the door.
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By A Customer on Sept. 23 2002
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I was glad the enemy waren't Arabs, it would have been too close to reality as it was the book did raise my heart rate. The book read very easily and felt like reality. I just visited China so I could really relate, big country lots going on. Can't wait for Mr Sclossstiens next book.
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