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Publisher's Summary

From molecular biologist turned Anthony Award-winning author of The Killing Kind comes a fact-based thriller in the vein of Michael Crichton about our species’ next great existential threat.

It began four years ago with a worldwide uptick of bacterial infections: meningitis in Frankfurt, cholera in Johannesburg, tuberculosis in New Delhi. Although the outbreaks spread aggressively and proved impervious to our drugs of last resort, public health officials initially dismissed them as unrelated.

They were wrong. Antibiotic resistance soon roiled across the globe. Diseases long thought beaten came surging back. The death toll skyrocketed. Then New York City was ravaged by the most heinous act of bioterror the world had ever seen, perpetrated by a new brand of extremist bent on pushing humanity to extinction.

Detective Jacob Gibson, who lost his wife in the 8/17 attack, is home caring for his sick daughter when his partner summons him to a sprawling shantytown in Central Park, the apparent site of a mass murder. Jake is startled to discover that, despite a life of abject squalor, the victims died in perfect health—and his only hope of finding answers is a 12-year-old boy on the run from some very dangerous men.

©2022 Chris Holm (P)2022 Mulholland Books

Critic Reviews

"Intense, propulsive, provocative—and shot through with the kind of been-there, done-that authenticity and expertise that makes it really scary.... Highly recommended." (Lee Child, number one New York Times best-selling author of Better Off Dead)

"Child Zero is a tour de force, beautifully written and hauntingly relevant. Chris Holm has given us a powerful and chilling near-future thriller with a breakneck pace in the best tradition of Michael Crichton's novels and Max Brooks' World War Z." (Matthew Quirk, New York Times best-selling author of The 500 and The Night Agent)

Child Zero is a thriller that truly thrills! With warp-speed pacing and frightening medical details, it offers a terrifying look at a world gone mad and the possible plagues to come.” (Tess Gerritsen, New York Times best-selling author of Listen to Me)

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Perfect and a bit scary read during a pandemic. No wasted words. Only entertaining ones.

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this book is dumb. just plain dumb.

This is the version of a B movie made for tv book. It's a rolling set of cliches, tropes and stereotypes with current topics plugged in like Madlibs. I don't know why I listened to it all. I didn't get any satisfaction from the story or ending. It didn't even read like a guilty pleasure. It read like a book written by Michael Crichton when he was 9 years old.

This book is so dumb, I almost forgot how bad the narration is.

Enjoy.

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Enjoyed the story greatly

Started off a little confusing but ended up coming together in a shocking way. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a thrilling fast paced story

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Misunderstood the type of book

I don’t like science fiction. I gave it a poor review because of it. The ending was hokey regardless

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Stops working

Stops and when you restart it stops at the same spot needs to be fixed by audible