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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner with Great Relevance to Today’s World Events, August 25, 2014
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Lonergan has created a complex and engaging character in Robert Cook. After a somewhat overlong introduction and setup, the story really gets moving as Cook is tasked with solving the riddle of the source of the drug resistant bug. The mystery unfolds at a rapid-fire pace as the scientists works against the clock.

My knowledge of microbiology and the former Soviet republics is limited, but the author evinces a remarkable authenticity in painting the landscape of both domains. I can’t wait to see what Robert Cook tackles next.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction becomes reality in Antidote, August 18, 2014
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Antidote is a compelling and moving story, written with subject-matter authority. Fortified with comprehensive and intimate knowledge of the technical and operational aspects of biological agents, John Lonergan has met brilliantly the test of portraying fiction as projected reality– the ultimate success in science-fiction writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like James Patterson, August 4, 2014
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Interesting idea for a 21st century thriller. Lonergan obviously knows his subject and tells his story it in a way that the reader must consider the possibility of bacteria warfare as a real threat. Well written; I found it difficult to put the book down. If you like James Patterson, you’ll like Antidote. Hopefully there will be a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An immediately thrilling action-adventure story., July 30, 2014
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Lonergan’s deep knowledge of biotechnology shines bright as we hunt down bioterrorists with detective Cook. Set in a near future where one last antibiotic stands between mankind and bacterial annihilation, Antidote uses solid characters and believable scenarios to paint a frightening picture that strikes all too close to home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prescient, Thrilling, and Completely Worth It!, July 29, 2014
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Lonergan isn’t simply creating a world for the reader. He’s presenting a likely future filled with prescient geo-politics, technologies, and biomedical concerns. This is as much a warning wake up call as it is the perfect basis for the next Bruckheimer-produced thriller coming to a theater near you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely page turner, July 27, 2014
This is a fun read– the story pulls you in and is a delightful page turner, with good plot twists, evil villains, and a good story line. It is a disconcerting story of germ warfare and is completely plausible and relevant. All in all, a good thriller that I recommend highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book, July 19, 2014
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This thriller deals with the real possibility of terrorists using germ warfare as a threat against whatever target appeals at the moment. Anyone who believes that germ warfare is unlikely should read, for example, the news about current problems at the Centers for Disease Control that required closures of two laboratories: Live anthrax bacteria were mistakenly transferred to an unsuspecting laboratory, endangering the lives of workers; and a benign flu was accidentally contaminated with the dangerous H5N1 bird flu strain. In addition, vials of live smallpox virus were recently discovered in a cabinet at the National Institutes of Health, where they had been stored since the 1950’s.

The threat is scary and real. “Antidote” begins at a slow pace, entertaining in a this-isn’t-bad-and-I’ve-nothing-else-to-do kind of way, but becomes a page-turner about the time that the Chechin is introduced. Lonergan clearly knows a lot about microbiology and about the technology of growing and weaponizing pathogenic agents. He is adept at describing people and places, and he has written a compellingly frightening and believable story. The end leaves unanswered questions and curiosity unfulfilled; could there be a sequel? Although my reading pleasure was disturbed somewhat by typos and errors in consistency, I do indeed look forward to reading that sequel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars CAPTIVATING READ, July 19, 2014
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I was looking for a good escapist thriller and this certainly fit the bill. What I wasn’t expecting was how this book reflects and explains some of the global issues that are so relevant today. It is an intelligent and captivating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale woven with mystery, intrigue and science by …, July 9, 2014
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A tale woven with mystery, intrigue and science by a vivid and articulate craftsman. Redoubtable in today’s world of affright, Lonergan paints a tale of villainy and schemery. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 7, 2014
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Great read, lots of action and pertinent to the news happening today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the book was ver yexciting!!, June 30, 2014
I could not put the book down – just found it very exciting.
Good luck for the author and the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book – Strong Recommend, June 24, 2014
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I LOVE this book. It’s an excellently executed and intellectually satisfying political thriller with a scientific twist. If you’re a fan of James Patterson or Michael Crichton, I would highly recommend “Antidote”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super exciting !!, June 24, 2014
super exciting and entertaining … I have read the book in one night to end
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