Renowned vaccinologist "Hildi" Hildebrandt has set her sights on beating her brother to a Nobel Prize, and the opportunity to conduct experiments on the International Space Station might just provide the means to obtain that goal. Chet Hildebrandt should have had that opportunity. But now he'll teach a lesson to them all: his hot-shot astronaut sister, his philandering hypocritical father, and the CDC for not properly appreciating his work. One vial of a virus purloined from the CDC labs and released at his father's marriage seminar should do the trick, without hurting anybody. After all, it's only a mild influenza strain... Or is it?
I'm not a huge fan of modern biological terrorism space stories, but this novel rocked! I can totally see it as a movie on the big screen. The pacing was great and the abundance of stressful situations they encountered made it a page turner. Add to that a love triangle, and you've got one amazing plot full of tension. While the ending was great, I can see it leaving a small opening for a sequel, though it reads like a stand alone. At least it won't make you crazy like stories that don't have a satisfying conclusion. There were some scenes that brought tears to my eyes, too. The author did a great job depicting human nature and the spiritual conflict we all have at one point or another.
I think the thing that impressed me most about this book were the details regarding space travel and biological science. I felt like I was on the spaceship with the others. If I didn't know better I would have pegged the author as an astronaut who also happened to be a novelist. The spiritual parts of the book were also critical to the story, but the author didn't hit you over the head with theology. The author did a great job with weaving faith issues into the plot where they came across as a natural part of the story. Seriously, the writing was very good and I don't typically select contemporary fiction to read. The gorgeous cover and intriguing description drew me in, though. The book video trailer is also pretty cool, so I've included it.
Video trailer about the book here...