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The Seventh Disease

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Fascinating!!
First, one died, followed by another, and soon thousands, as the unnamed pandemic spread worldwide in an astonishingly short time. It was COVID-19 on steroids. But unlike COVID's airborne transmission, the frightening new disease could also be spread by a simple handshake, casual sex, or even a sip of water.

And it was terrifying.

At the heart of the deadly contagion is Dr. Sean Arrington, a Long Island physician who is an unwitting dupe in the illness's distribution. Contrary to other pandemics, the deadly malady didn't arise naturally but was invented in a lab by a devious biochemist. Its development took over a generation and used Arrington as a sexual pawn. As the death toll skyrockets, Arrington discovers the plague's hidden cause. But as he sets out to remedy the problem, dark forces are after him. Will they get to him before he can help the world defeat THE SEVENTH DISEASE?
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Jeez...an author with a mid-life crisis

I picked this book to read because it's supposed to be a medical thriller. Instead, in my opinion, we have an author who is an OB/GYN doctor writing about an OB/GYN doctor who is the king of all horn dogs.

Dr. Shawn Arrington is the protagonist in this story and he does not meet a woman he doesn't objectify. Most of the women in the book are described by how they look, what they're wearing, how sexy they appear to Arrington. It gets old very quickly. And not much slows him down - fatigue, illness and not even death.

Plus the idea behind the thriller is really off-the-wall and weird.

So, no, I did not enjoy this book and do not recommend it.

I received this book from Crossroad Press through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.
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The Seventh Disease by David Shobin is a recommended thriller.

Opening with two men coming to an agreement on how to proceed in a plan covering a generation to start a new pandemic, but be the ones who have the cure available, The Seventh Disease then slows down to a slow crawl for the first half of the novel where the focus is on Dr. Sean Arrington, a Long Island physician and family man. From the beginning Arrington has been unknowingly used by a biochemist in the development of the virus. As his genetic material is needed again before the virus is unleashed on the world, Arrington is suddenly able to piece together that something isn't right. In this case, though, his knowledge could lead to his death.

It must be said again that after an imagination-catching start, the novel then s-l-o-w-s down. This might have been acceptable if Arrington was a complex, personable, likable character, but he just isn't that appealing even though he thinks he is, which was part of the problem. Almost all the women are caricatures and not real people. Let me just say you can tell a man wrote the book and all the descriptions of women were annoying and based on their appearance. The bad guys are also archetypal characters, which I'll accept in their case.

The novel does jump between the present day and back in time, but it is easy to follow what timeline the chapter is in. Once the plague is unleashed, the action picks up, which redeems some of the first half of the book. At this point in the novel you can easily set all disbelief aside as all you're looking for is the race to stop the outbreak. Recommended just for the thrills.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Crossroad Press.
The review will be published on Barnes & Noble, Google Books, and Amazon.
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The writing was great. I will admit I personally thought at first it went a bit slow.... But obviously picks up speed and was on after Mayne the first few chapters.
Well written, complex storyline with various moving parts. The descriptions of setting were greatly written and the inner feelings and motivations of our main characters were explored in a way that felt authentic and believable. 
I would recommend.
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Thank you Crossroad Press, Gordian Knot, NetGalley and Author for this advance ebook copy in return for an honest review!

I just recently have gotten into pandemic fiction/mystery reads! And have love them this far! 
This is my first David Shobin read! Here are my thoughts on The Seventh Disease.
I enjoyed the story like alot. A story about a pandemic like Civic 19 but so much worse! 
I really enjoyed none main character... Love him all he wants to do help the world defeat this Seventh Disease. 
The writing was great. I will admit I personally thought at first it went a bit slow.... But obviously picks up speed and was on after Mayne the first few chapters.
Well written, complex storyline with various moving parts. The descriptions of setting were greatly written and the inner feelings and motivations of our main characters were explored in a way that felt authentic and believable. 
I would recommend. 

Thanks again NetGalley, Publisher and Author for the chance to read and review this amazing book!
I'll post to my Social media platforms closer to pub date!
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