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by Frank Herbert

When his wife and children are killed by a terrorist bomb in Dublin an Irish-American molecular biologist unleashes a genetically carried plague
Download White Plague epub
ISBN: 0441885691
ISBN13: 978-0441885695
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Frank Herbert
Language: English
Publisher: Ace (July 15, 1987)
ePUB size: 1194 kb
FB2 size: 1510 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 845
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I am a computer science student and I have taken an interest in molecular computing. Upon telling my professor about my interest, he gave me a book on recombinant DNA. He warned me to read The White Plauge first so I can understand that playing with DNA is not full of hope and cures. When I started to read this book, I did not read what it was about and I did not read reviews. I went at it blindly. Honestly, I enjoyed it. When people say that it slows down towards the middle/end I don’t consider that a bad thing. I loved reading the priest and Joseph bicker back and fourth. I thought that their trek through Ireland was very interesting. I didn’t really like Kate and her husband. More her than him. I thought she cried the whole time. However, she had every right to. Their story never really went where I wanted it to go. I especially enjoyed hearing the scientist work through the problems and figure out how the virus spreads. In all, this was a good read and I’m happy I was able to find time to read it while going to school.
I read the paperback of this book 20 years ago and I have liked this book ever since. I think it is a great book by a great author with a great speculative ending based on potential scientific outcomes! I suspect that since 9-11 books like this are too how-to explicit to make into a movie but I think that if we could go back 40 years and make the movie of the book the movie version would be as valuable a contribution to the SF genre, and society, as the original 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (the TDTESS remake, is in my mind is too apocalyptic and no longer SF!)

Boy this book on kindle if you must but, my advice, is to find a hard copy (preferably hardcover) and keep it around for your later enjoyment.
I am not a huge fan of science fiction but I do enjoy post-apocalyptic story lines. So the overview, reviews, and book jacket sold me that this work from Herbert could be an interesting and entertaining romp. And indeed, it did start out that way with an engaging setup for the book involving the IRA, a scientist and his family, and the question of terrorism which unfortunately remains an important part of our lives. However, the book soon devolved into one part Crichton pseudo science, one part religious/moral debate, and one small part action and entertainment. Not that any of these ingredients are bad - it is just that they are poorly executed and the flow of the book is brutally challenging. I stuck with it hoping it would pick up and that my efforts would pay off. Unfortunately, my stubbornness would not allow me to give up and by the end I remained unrewarded.
I enjoyed the premise and have always liked Frank Herbert's writing. My only complaint is that there was too much technical detail regarding the biochemical processes. One would have to be a scientist in a related field to enjoy that. However, the plot moved along and the characters were interesting.
This is one of my favorites of Herbert's though it's less well-known that his Dune series. His exploration of our world and its designs and dangers is just as poignant as when he delves into fantasy, and just as effectively shows us ourselves, at our best and our worst. I'll be using this in my college course soon, and will update after the semester with student feedback.
Although there was some fantasizing about the details of the technology, it is absolutely possible that some genetic plagues are now possible. The only problem is we don't know who controls them.
This is one of those books that you want to re-write so bad that it haunts you. Especially now with all that has happened during the past 6 months. The beginning premise is currently shown at your local theather under the title of "Collateral Damage." However, the White Plague is way beyond that intellect. There are places in the book that drags on and on. This is the area that you want to re-write. I think if you approach the reading with a re-write in mind, you may enjoy it very much. Evolving of mankind does not fare well in this book. Maybe you could give it a little hope.
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