Factor-7 presents a terrifying but riveting scenario that’s ripped from the headlines—and, if things do not change, could very well be our new normal.
The life of Dr. Sam Hawkins, the head trauma surgeon at Galveston’s St. Peter’s Memorial Hospital, is changed forever by the cryptic words of his dying friend and the string of blatant cover-ups that follow his demise. When a beautiful infectious disease doctor, Rainee Arienzo, enters his life, they soon realize that Sam’s friend had been willing to die to expose the sinister truth before a dangerous weapon could be unleashed upon the world. Reluctantly, and ill-equipped for such a task, Sam and Rainee team up to find the truth—but what they discover is far more than they could have imagined. As they are forced further and further into a world of murder, power, intrigue, and corruption, it becomes deathly clear that the exposure of the truth is just as dangerous as the group and weapon that they seek. Sam and Rainee must play with one of two devils to survive—or be burned by both.
Life is made of choices, but they are not always ours to make.
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Get ready, conspiracy theorists - this one will set your minds spinning! This was a genuine thriller in the true sense of the word and so cleverly done. There must have been a good deal of research behind the medical aspects of the story because it seemed completely credible and almost scary in the context of a global pandemic. You won’t want to put this one down!
The premise of Ms. May's novel is a fascinating one. It involves a bio weapon with a 98% mortality rate held by a secret group and meant to be used to liquidate members of organizations that have become enemies of society. The group consists of people that hold themselves ready to make the judgement of who is to be liquidated. If the weapon is used it is set up to take out every person belonging to the group selected: men, women, children, new born babies. In other words an enormous amount of power in the hands of a relatively small group of people. The story opens at a point when Dr. Sam Hawkins the head trauma surgeon at the University of Texas Galveston branch is faced with having to operate on a friend, actually his mentor, who is brought in and dies from a hideous physical disease. Looking to find clues as to what killed his friend Dr. Hawkins finds a strange description in the journal of the man. At this point the very beautiful Rainee Arienzo an Italian infectious disease doctor pops up and allies herself with Dr. Hawkins to investigate what happened with Bill Roberts, the friend who died on the operating table. Sam and Rainee begin a love affair and also start their investigation into Bill Robert's strange death. It seems that Sam has just gone through a divorce from his wife who became an alcoholic and slept with the man that was cleaning their pool. Rainee was not attached to anyone. The telling of the story meanders through finding out about the secret group known as the keepers, a mix up with the biggest branch of the Mexican cartel, a forced Plastic surgery operation on the head of the cartel. Coming up against the FBI who warn off Sam and Rainee from continuing with their investigation and a visit to a Mexican resort city where Bill Roberts kept his copious notes on the Keepers. The plotting of the book is more than a little disjointed and rambles on presenting incident after incident which serves to muddle the plot and cause the reader's interest to wander away.
The medical research necessary to create this story was ehaustive and very interesting. The novel was only hindered by the personal relationships created to add a romantic aspect to the novel.
The premise of Factor-7 involves a massive bio weapon possessed by a slit group of people that means to use for eliminate members of an organization. This book includes conspiracy theories, medical elements, and secrecy. You can tell that author did her research with this one and it was well written. I found it quite entertaining and different from what I usually read.
I really enjoyed Factor-7 by J.D. May – especially after almost a year of Covid-19. The idea of a rogue group formulating a bio-terrorism virus that can attack specific DNA types no longer seems improbable. Doctors Sam Hawkins and Rainee Arienzo become unwilling partners attempting to find the truth and hopefully stop the use of the virus. From Texas to Mexico to Vancouver and Mali the doctors try to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. This is a non-stop page turner. #Factor7 #NetGalley
Thank you to NetGalley and the author an opportunity to read an advance copy of Factor 7 I used to read a lot of medical thrillers years ago, but haven’t read a lot in recent years. This is definitely a great story line, but the writing was a bit choppy for me at times. The author definitely did a lot of research - I think with a little bit more editing,p, the book would heavy even even better .