27 Nov 2014



SOURCE: A proof paper copy received for review from Little Brown Book. A copy of their spring 2015 catalogue can be found here

PRESS RELEASE BLURB: Publishing: 4th June/paperback. Ebook out now.

A huge number one Kindle bestseller, Bite is a breath-taking ride of a novel, a high-concept conspiracy thriller about a virus outbreak and a man who will never give up the search for his missing wife.

Tomorrow should be the greatest day of Erica Stroud-Jones's life. In just 24 hours this brilliant young scientist will present her secret work to a conference in Amsterdam - research that promises to revolutionise the battle against a deadly tropical disease. Millions of lives could be saved; a Nobel Prize beckons.

Arriving to watch her are sceptics and rivals, admirers and enemies. Erica's own eyes will be on sculptor Max Carver, her American new love to whom she will dedicate her achievement.

Tomorrow never comes.

Erica vanishes during the night. Max desperate, terrified, sets out to find her, descending into a underworld full of malice and cunning. But even he is shocked by the dark terror he finds in the heart of the woman he loves.

Contains spoiler. Hi-light script if you so wish.

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter 1}: August in New York.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 131}: The stand had plenty of visitors, threadbare scientists and scruffy doctors looking over the microscopes and diagnostic tests his company made, but no buyers. Parasites meant low budget hospitals, no corporate buyers and penny-pinching third world governments looking for freebies.

MY THOUGHTS: An enjoyable enough read however ....

The most gripping thriller you'll ever read? A big claim to make and, arguably not true, one that I'm sure will leave many readers disappointed.

With several threads to the novel, the two main ones of which, superb in there own right (though if forced to pick the African adventure, thankfully not written in quite the diary format as it purported to be, was probably my favourite), but put together they made for a novel I personally found a tad busy, the myriad of characters at times baffling.

Frighteningly plausible stuff and on more than one level. Harrowing and thought provoking, obviously well researched, the ethics of these big pharmaceutical companies almost equally as alarming as the thought of a global pandemic.

Well balanced, combined with an interesting twist at the end, Bite, with its mix of mystery, fast paced action, and a medical element, is a movie waiting to happen.


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello, greetings. Your commentary on the book is very interesting to read. This book may become a success and as you said a movie may be made of it. You have done a wonderful assessment of the book.
Best wishes.

Suko said...

This sounds like it would make a very good movie, Tracy! Excellent review as always.

Kelly said...

I normally enjoy this type of book (and movie, for that matter) and this sounds like it would be quite good.

Claudine G. said...

Sounds like there are many things happening. Most likely, I'll enjoy it as a movie rather than as a read.

Melliane said...

Oh this one sounds interesting, it's the first time I hear about it. thanks for the review!

Brian Joseph said...

Based upon your commentary it does sound like there is a lot going on in this book.

Sometimes when a novel does this I find that character and dialog suffer.

I do think that human made biological threats are unfortunately something that we will be hearing about more and more in the future.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

You are right- this does sound like it would make a good movie. Overall it sounds like a book that has a lot going for it. Always a little scary when a book has elements in it that make it seem like it could happen.

Barbara Fisher said...

Hi Tracy, I hope someone does make the movie it sounds as though it should be good. Maybe I will wait for that rather than take the time to read it. Thanks for another excellent review.