Written by: Matthew J. Barbour
The threat of an infectious and deadly pandemic disease is very real. Historical epidemics, such as the Black Death and the Spanish Flu, have decimated the world’s population. Recently, an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been of some concern and inspired fears of a forthcoming global catastrophe.
Bobby Adair feeds on this fear of infectious disease in his new episodic series. The first novel, Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller follows the events surrounding a small village in Uganda. A new airborne strain of Ebola has been carried out from the jungle and now lays waste to the town. Some, like American born college student Austin Cooper, wish to help those who have become infected, while others have more nefarious motives.
Jihadists move into the village cutting off communication with the outside world. They are not here to stop the disease, but to spread the flames of what could become a global holocaust. As Muslim extremists flood the region, NSA analysts have begun to put the pieces together, but it may be too late.
In typical Adair fashion, Ebola K ends with a cliffhanger. More is to come in the series. The first book reads as a prelude to a much larger narrative. The apocalypse is coming, but Ebola K does not get you there. Instead, your time is spent exploring how Islamic radicals conspire to bring about such a tragedy.
The story is compelling for the realism and humanity presented in the tale. Complex characters act with their own agency to support a narrative which is both well thought out and intricate. The situation Adair describes is certainly plausible.
The problem lies in the book’s ending or the lack there of. There is no conclusion to Ebola K. There is not even a climax. Instead, the narrative ends abruptly with only the most limited of victories. It isn’t even clear if our main protagonist will even survive to the second novel.
If you like suspense and do not mind being left on the edge of your seat, Bobby Adair spins one hell of a thriller. However, if you are looking for something with a beginning, a middle, and an end, this is not it. In Ebola K: A Terrorism Thriller, Adair is just getting warmed up.