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The White Plague by Frank Herbert

The White Plague (original 1982; edition 2007)

by Frank Herbert (Author)

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A warm day in Dublin, a crowded street corner. Suddenly, a car-bomb explodes, killing and injuring scores of innocent people.From the second-floor window of a building across the street, a visiting American watches, helpless, as his beloved wife and children are sacrificed in the heat and fire of someone else's cause.From this shocking beginning, the author of the phenomenal Dune series has created a masterpiece.The White Plague is a marvelous and terrifyingly plausible blend of fiction and visionary theme. It tells of one man's revenge, of the man watching from the window who is pushed over the edge of sanity by the senseless murder of his family and who, reappearing several months later as the so-called Madman, unleashes a terrible vengeance upon the human race. For John Roe O'Neill is a molecular biologist who has the knowledge, and now the motivation, to devise and disseminate a genetically carried plague-a plague to which, like those that scourged mankind centuries ago, there is no antidote, but one that zeros in, unerringly and fatally, on women. As the world slowly recognizes the reality of peril, as its politicians and scientists strive desperately to save themselves and their society from the prospect of human extinction, so does Frank Herbert grapple with one of the great themes of contemporary life: the enormous dangers that lurk at the dark edges of science.The White Plague is a prophetic, believable, and utterly compelling novel.… (more)
Title:The White Plague
Authors:Frank Herbert (Author)
Info:Tor Books (2007), Edition: First, 450 pages
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Reading about this man-made plague right now wasn't too bad as the plague in this book kills all the women, which is worse than what we are currently dealing with. John O'Neill is in Dublin with his wife and twins when they are killed in an IRA terrorist bombing. He goes back home and comes up with the worst revenge he can think of - a plague targeted at Ireland, England and Libya (who he sees as all part of the bombing) that kills only women. Of course, a plague like this can spread beyond a country's borders, and soon the world is in a race to cure the plague and prevent the end of the world. I liked it, but it wasn't quite a 4* read for me; there are only three female characters of note and there was a lot of arguing about Catholicism in Ireland which dragged a bit. I think it would be really neat to have a post-apocalyptic book describing how things continued in a world where the man to woman ratio is ~10,000 to 1. ( )
  LisaMorr | Mar 28, 2020 |
This standalone SF story depicts a scientist's reaction to an act of terrorism. The breathtaking scope of this scientist's response amps up terror to extreme levels. ( )
  JoniMFisher | Sep 19, 2019 |
I read this book a few times over the years and it really is one of the first books I read about global terrorism. ( )
  SA_Jane | Feb 18, 2017 |
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  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
When American scientist John O'Reilly and his family are in Ireland for a few months, a bomb goes off and his wife and two kids are killed. Something switches in his head and he wants revenge. He is able to create a plague that only kills women. He unleashes it in three countries, but it quickly spreads throughout the world.

It was ok. I thought the beginning and end were much better (for keeping me interested), but most of the middle part of the story dragged for me. The book was told from many different points of view, and there were a lot of characters to figure out. There were political and religious musings that weren't as interesting to me. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 24, 2016 |
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These are the trappings of a Graham Greene moral thriller, but Herbert moves them into the arena of science fiction with some frightening speculations on medical warfare and some chilling ideas about the future imperfect, a hazardous place even without the threat of a nuclear holocaust.
added by Shortride | editTime, Peter Stoler (Nov 15, 1982)

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