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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Novel of the East and West Oct. 1 2002
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving America from a microscopic lethal threat Oct. 6 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it fact or fiction? May 5 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jiangxi Virus Sept. 28 2002
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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4.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is Very Catching Sept. 25 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss it! Sept. 21 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars one you can't put down Sept. 23 2002
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Bio-Terror
Supercharged high tech action and a multi-national cast of compelling characters make The Jianxi Virus a captivating page-turner.
Published on Oct. 31 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope it's fiction!
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope it's fiction!
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002 by Diane D.Rapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope it's fiction!
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002 by Diane D.Rapp
4.0 out of 5 stars An Action Medical Thriller that Expands Your Thinking
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.
Published on Oct. 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness it's just a novel!
A gripping story. A sinister theme with a twenty first century heroine fighting the odds to avoid disaster for the U.S. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2002 by Dominique
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense & Thrill - - Classic Page Turner
A classic page-turner that won't go unfinished among even the most langourous of readers for more than a few days after the first chapter is read. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2002 by Brian Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for today - and tomorrow
Excellent. Schlossstein has described the real threat we will face. He has written a book that will engage you and scare you to death. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jiangxi Virus
Simply terrific. Schlossstein brilliantly presents the horrific possiblities of our new and unfortunate reality. A must read.
Published on Sept. 28 2002 by RJO
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