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Quantico by Greg Bear

Quantico (2005)

by Greg Bear

Series: Quantico (1)

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It's the second decade of the twenty-first century, and terrorism has escalated almost beyond control. The FBI has been dispatched to deal with a new menace. Like the Anthrax threat of 2001, a plague targeted to ethnic groups has the potential to wipe out entire populations. But the FBI itself is under political assault. There's a good chance that agents William Griffin, Fouad Al-Husam, and Jane Rowland will be part of the last class at Quantico. As the young agents hunt a brilliant homegrown terrorist, they join forces with veteran bio-terror expert Rebecca Rose. But the plot they uncover-- and the man they chase-- prove far more complex than anyone expects.… (more)



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This is quite a long way down the list of well-known works by Greg Bear, fifteenth on LibraryThing and twentieth on Goodreads. Published in 2006, set around now, it features the FBI trying to get to grips with a domestic terrorism conspiracy that plans to carry out biological warfare attacks against both American targets and Mecca, to take revenge on Islam; the FBI agents use all kinds of technical stuff to try and prevent them. It's competently enough written from the technical side, and the characters of some of the FBI agents were interesting, but the plot as such barely hangs together. ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 22, 2016 |
I was looking for a book to read for my A-to_Z challenge and ran across this one. This was a great story and absolutely believable. Plenty of excitement and action throughout. ( )
  Rich_B | Jun 2, 2016 |
interesting page turner ( )
  kimmy0ne | May 7, 2011 |
In a very near future world even more riven by terrorist atrocities, a rogue FBI agent with a very unusual genetic profile decides that something has to be done. It looks initially like the result will the standard 'spread death by deadly disease' scenario but things take an unexpected turn when a bust of The Patriarch, a far-right Christian survivalist, who is cahoots with the rogue agent, reveals no deadly bacteria but just lots and lots of yeast.

The rogue agent is not the only rogue element as it turns out that a faction of spooks, working for the US Government, have decided to crush the Muslim world's spirit once and for all. Everything comes to a head in Saudi Arabia during the final stages of the Hajj, the Muslim period of pilgrimage. As a thriller, this novel is well put together. It makes a logical step for Greg Bear, who has earned a reputation using genetic themes in previous novels. However this work is very thin as science fiction. It would make an ideal scenario for a new season of '24'. ( )
  AlanPoulter | Jan 13, 2011 |
Greg Bear’s novel Quantico was a long time coming to the U.S. market, his publisher evidently thinking that it was too real for tender American sensibilities in the wake of events in late 2001.

Finally released in the U.S., the novel is more startling now than when it was first published in the U.K. in 2006, especially in the wake of the recent suicide of Bruce Ivins, the federal biodefense scientist who was being investigated for the 2001 anthrax mailings in the FBI case known as Amerithrax. The mailings resulted in the death of five people and the infection of 17 others.

Using Amerithrax as a jumping-off point, Bear has constructed a gripping thriller in which the anthrax mailer (based on Ivins, perhaps, but more likely on Steven Hatfill, the scientist originally indicted in the case but who was recently exonerated and given a nearly $6 million settlement) is himself a pawn in an even more nefarious plot.

The novel opens with the FBI under a political cloud, just as it was post-9/11: the Bureau is threatened with extinction for having bungled its chance to apprehend the terrorists responsible for 9/11 and other atrocities. (The Dome of the Rock, for instance, has been blown to bits.) Evidence that something even worse in the words is being ignored by top officials in the intelligence community. It looks like a new plague is set to be unleashed, and this one targets specific ethnicities – Muslims, Jews, maybe both.

Novice agent Bill Griffin goes to work with bioterror investigator Rebecca Rose. Large quantities of a weird hybrid yeast are discovered at a defunct winery in Temecula, California, and the same spores turn up at the compound of a religious fanatic in backwoods Washington State. Thing is, the yeast spores aren’t lethal or even dangerous; after all, yeast is yeast, right? So the FBI agents are taken off the case and redeployed as, basically, floor moppers.

But then there’s a strange outbreak of memory loss in middle America. Rose and Griffin finagle their way back onto the case and learn that the situation isn’t one of typical bioterror but something much, much more dire.

As ever, Bear spins a great, tightly plotted tale full of speculative but plausible scenarios and gadgets. Although this isn’t Bear’s best novel, a middling effort from this writer is better than the best from almost any other writer of high-tech thrillers. Bear is smart and imaginative and manages, novel after novel, to harness his talents to produce thought-provoking, spine-tingling goodness. ( )
  funkendub | Oct 4, 2010 |
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