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Deadly Exposure Mass Market Paperback – Feb 17 2000

2.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (MM); Reissue edition (Jan. 24 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451408721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451408723
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,135,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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High concept doesn't get much higher than the Titanic meets The Hot Zone plot of Leonard S. Goldberg's fifth medical thriller. Forensic pathologist Joanna Blalock finds cholera in a dead Chinese infant in Los Angeles, and then is immediately whizzed by a top government security officer to Global Explorer II, a floating laboratory off the coast of Alaska, where a giant, glittering iceberg seems to be releasing a deadly, 65-million-year-old toxin.

Crew members sicken and die, unwittingly aided by an oversexed technician; a storm at sea threatens to capsize the ship; a mysterious cholera epidemic somehow linked to the frozen toxin hits the world; and somebody onboard has personal reasons for hastening the deaths of several members of the world-class scientific team.

It's all heady stuff, loaded with scientific jargon on everything from autopsies to evolution, but Goldberg keeps it moving with muscle and brainpower. And the attractive, vulnerable Blalock holds it all together with her own carefully cultivated credibility. Other Blalock books: Deadly Care, Deadly Harvest, Deadly Medicine, and A Deadly Practice. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Although it provides compelling medical information, Goldberg's fifth thriller illustrates all too clearly the difference between professional writers and professionals who write. Goldberg (Deadly Practice), a UCLA professor and consulting physician, brings back forensic pathologist Joanna Blalock, whisking her from Los Angeles to the Global Explorer II, a U.S. Navy ship off the coast of Alaska. She joins a world-class team of scientistsAincluding a former loverAin an attempt to analyze a deadly, extraterrestrial virus found in an iceberg. As the virus begins to spread from China to the States, people on board drop like flies (a process helped along by a promiscuous woman). The carnage accelerates when Malcolm Niederman, a self-centered researcher suffering from feelings of inferiority, decides to steal the virus to sell to foreign powers. To make matters worse, the iceberg, apparently seeking revenge, turns the ship into the Titanic. Even more people die, their various demises captured in lines like "Hawksworth heard the latch snap into place as the iceberg ran over him, crushing his bones." One would expect that being trapped with a lethal virus on a sinking ship would generate some suspense, but the constant shifts in perspective and the lack of character development make it difficult to feel sympathy or even much concern. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This follows the typical "medical action" book where an evil greedy doctor causes havoc until he's caught.
Thankfully, this book is graced by the absence of Neanderthal hero Jake Sinclair. The plot involves the beautiful ever-youthful and desirable genius Joanna being whisked off to a naval ship off Alaska, where she investigates a mysterious illness coming from an iceberg containing a magnolia. As if that isn't enough, a repeat of the Poseidon Adventure is in the offing.
Bloopers and fractured history abound in this book.
While the Viet Cong committed atrocities, they were never reported to have severed the arms of an entire village's children because the children received American vaccines.
Potassium-argon dating is used to date MINERALS which have been melted in the past, and could not be used to date iridium dust from a meteor. When used on rocks, potassium-argon dating can be used back four billion years, not the "billion years" as Goldberg claims.
Twin scientists working together show up in this book, as another set of twin scientist coworkers will show up in Brainwaves.
The "space suits" used for contagious autopsies are NOT "identical to the ones used in space walks."
This book is not recommended.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is an ancient (dinosaur-age) bacterium on the loose. Well, okay, it's mostly trapped inside an iceberg along with some Cretaceous shrubbery (please don't ask how this came about), but fortunately for the plot, it doesn't stay trapped in there for long! Loose, this bacterium infects human tissues most avidly, with deadly results. In addition, the bacterium produces a toxin that is, surprise, more immediately lethal than the infection. All this takes place mostly on a ship. Aboard the ship there is also a murderer. Meanwhile on shore a pandemic is brewing, starring a bacterium that is closely related, but not identical, to the venerable bug back on the ship. Or in the iceberg. Wherever. Coincidence? I think not. People on the ship begin dying of infections, if they aren't murdered first. Sometimes they have sex (infectious, natch). Then a storm brings other icebergs to batter the ship. A devastating fire breaks out. There is an earthquake, and a tsunami. The captured, infectious iceberg escapes and bashes about the ship seeking gory revenge. Our heroine assumes a leadership role. It was a dark and stormy night.
The cover of "Deadly Exposure" shows a biohazard symbol. Heed it.
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Format: Hardcover
As I've said in previous Joanna Blalock reviews, the books have been going downhill since the second one. I hope that this one is the bottom because I don't think it can get much worse. When I first started this series, it was taking me about 2 days to read a book. I had such a hard time with this one. The story line was long and drawn out. In this book Dr. Blalock is recruited by ETOX (Extraterrestrial Toxic Agent Team), founded in the 1960s to examine the possibility of life beyond Earth and its implications for astronauts and now concentrating on unusual occurrences of living organisms. Their current assignment is to deal with an iceberg carrying a deadly agent that causes the rapid demise of all who come in contact with it. Meanwhile, as handpicked scientists gather off the coast of Alaska on a floating laboratory, a deadly bacteria is causing an epidemic of global proportions. Torn between two medical emergencies, Blalock must use all her skills to combat both.
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Although I like Goldberg's work, he does fall back on some tiresome cliches. What he does well is explain scientific material in a way that holds the reader's interest. What he does poorly is stereotype characters: the greedy opportunist, the spunky heroine who is also a genius, the hard-bitten military man, etc. He is not shy about killing off people. It is best not to get too attached to the characters, since they may not be around for very long. This book is entertaining and fast-moving, but it is also outlandish and cliche-ridden. Reading Goldberg is a guilty pleasure. The reader has fun but feels a little sheepish in the morning.
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