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The Laptev Virus (A Sarah Spallanzani novel Book 1) by [Esmahan, Christy]
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"I loved it. . . . It's intriguing and educational to see an actual microbiologist's take on the emergence of a megavirus and how it would be handled." ---Sci-Fi and Scary

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WINNER of the 2015 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR MEDICAL THRILLERS. More than 9000 copies sold world-wide! Once thought to be pure academic legend, scientists recently found proof of the existence of viruses thousands of times larger than ordinary viruses. So far all have been innocuous, but what if one was a human pathogen? While drilling for oil in the desolate reaches of the Arctic, an unsuspecting company extracts a permafrost ice core that has been frozen for 30,000 years, accidentally releasing a "megavirus." Top investigator Sarah Spallanzani and her team must race against the ticking clock of the short Arctic summer to discover a way to protect workers from the virus before competitors drain the basin of its rich resources . . . and before anyone else succumbs to the deadly fever of the Laptev virus.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 254 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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While slow starting, The Laptev Virus develops into a page turner as a sweet lab tech's impulsive act of empathy for a lab rat sets off a chain reaction of unanticipated consequences. Hidden connections between the lab rat's whereabouts and critical research being conducted on a newly discovered and dangerous megavirus slowly emerge. Along with the science, the book explores the pressures on corporate executives to weigh profits and their company's survival against the ethics of employee safety. Definitely movie material!
This book is not only an enjoyable read, it makes a very strong case for the devastating consequences of small acts. It has made me reconsider temptations to break rules that seem so trivial... could smuggling a few seeds over a border really hurt anything? Duh... YES!!!
An enjoyable read for a book club with plenty of issues for discussion.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 139 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hope there will be a sequel because I don't feel like I'm ready to depart with the story yet April 20 2015
By karla mejia - Published on Amazon.com
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The Laptev Virus was such an exciting read! Esmahan's story captivated me from the very first page and kept me hooked up until the end. I devoured the book during my commute to and from work and am not ashamed to admit that I actually hoped there would be just a little more traffic so that I could keep reading to find out what happens next. I hope there will be a sequel because I don't feel like I'm ready to depart with the story yet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT virus story March 27 2017
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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A quick look inside my brain: I LOVE Bio-Thrillers. Some of the best books I’ve ever read were by the amazing author Richard Preston. They are hard science books and most of them are non-fiction that reads like fiction (which is even scarier). The reason I’m prefacing my review is because I absolutely loved this book because it felt like it got the science right. And the parts where it didn’t Esmahan openly admits it in the epilogue of the book.

This book has been on my radar for quite some time. It’s probably been recommended to me by Amazon more times than any other book. (Amazon knows all!) Well, I’m really glad that Tantor picked up the rights to this book in audio because I finally got a chance to give it the listen that it deserved.

Yes, this book is a lot of hard science fiction — but so was The Martian and that book absolutely took off. Just because it contains actual science doesn’t mean you should steer clear of it. I feel the complete opposite. The Laptev Virus drew me deeper and deeper because Esmahan kept sprinkling in more and more fact-based fiction (which feels like an oxymoron).

I’ve been looking for a Bio-Thriller that took the science seriously. Crichton got it right in Andromeda Strain, Preston in The Cobra Event, and I can gladly add Esmahan in The Laptev Virus.

The story is about a mega-virus that is found in the arctic that looks to have been laying dormant for thousands of years. Sarah is a researcher who is working hard to try and find a cure for AIDS when she is pulled off that project to figure out what this virus is and potentially find a vaccine for it. The story follows Sarah in her lab with her co-workers and assistants as they try and find out what this virus is and why it does what it does.

The other thing that really helped this book as the narration provided by Vikas Adam. The main character is a strong and vivacious female. Sometimes this can be rough when a male provides the voice. Adam absolutely crushes it. He is able to give Sarah a voice without it sounding fake or over-acted. Adam narration was perfect for this book.

Overall, if you can’t tell already I loved The Laptev Virus. The only complaint that I have is that it didn’t give a proper ending. Sure all the characters had most of their problems solved but at the same time… I won’t say since it will ruin the ending of the book. I had a brief chat on twitter with Esmahan and she mentioned that Sarah’s adventures continue in The Cobra Effect.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced story of a "biological emergency" that could imperil all of humanity. March 22 2015
By Ralph Optional - Published on Amazon.com
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Once I got started, I could not put it down. This is the first work of fiction I've purchased for the Kindle, and I wasn't disappointed. The story centers on oil exploration in the Arctic, climate change, accidents in biology labs, a cat parasite, and corporate intrigue. (Too say anything else would be a spoiler). The characters are reasonably well developed and you can imaging having a conversation with them..
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Oct. 26 2016
By Tina - Published on Amazon.com
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Descriptive and it's obvious that the author knows the subjects she wrote about. Good explanation for the procedure and processes for those of us that didn't know much about the subjects. Great read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction that includes scientific method, oh my April 21 2016
By Modupe Hendricks - Published on Amazon.com
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All in all I found the book the Laptev Virus to be interesting and written from a scientist perspective. Think the author did a pretty good job of attempting to explain how a microbiologist would attempt to tackle a microbial problem. Since my background is in microbiology, I was glad to see the author attempt to explain how the problem might be solved. I agree that there was a lot of repetition in places, that is how scientific research is conducted. Now after saying all that, I absolutely hated the ending. I can justify the ending based on my background, but the author did not set it up appropriately. Of course the company would not want to find out any more information than it absolutely needed to do what the company wanted. There's more I can say but I don't want to give away the ending. Overall I recommend the book to someone who's interested in a science fiction story with science methodology.