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The Viral Solution Paperback – Import, 25 Jun 2008
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A jolting, scientific thriller by Italian journalist, biographer and novelist Di Stefano (The Zanfretta Case, 1984, etc.) On a warm day three decades ago, young librarian Tom Dempsy is riding the elevator at his Florida apartment complex when a fellow passenger turns white, begins to convulse and collapses to the floor. After securing help, Dempsy rifles through the man's briefcase and finds a series of papers that hint at a vast conspiracy sponsored by the right-wing Temple Corp. The protagonist dives in head first, milking sources,solving riddles and fighting off gun-toting villains with equal panache. With the help of a friend, Professor Philip Gilman, Dempsy discovers that Temple scientists have intentionally infected a handful of Americans with the AIDS virus. But he can't sort out the strands of the scheme quickly enough. A gang of criminals are on his tail, and they succeed in killing Dempsy's friends, associates and even--after a high-octane chase scene--his girlfriend. Di Stefano sets the last section in modern-day America, as Gilman takes over the case and tracks down the man behind the Temple Corp.'s plot. The author is skilled with the big picture, and his sketch of two brave men caught in the crosshairs of a shadowy organization is riveting. His characters, however, are not much more than plot vehicles--the reader is never allowed full access to their thoughts. Exposition dominates the proceedings to a distracting degree. Further, the disconnect between the chapters devoted to Dempsy, and the conclusion--which belongs to Gilman--is jarring. Still, the conspiracy Di Stefano evokes feels plausible, and humid, overheated southern Florida is a fitting backdrop for the whole affair. A high-paced political mystery, painted in broad, colorful strokes. --Kirkus Discoveries
About the Author
Biographer, columnist and fiction writer Rino Di Stefano was a deputy editor in chief of the Italian national newspaper, Il Giornale. Recently retired, he continues his professional activity of investigative journalist. He is the author of five books: The Zanfretta Case, in its sixth edition of which a television adaptation was broadcast; Alcibiades, translated from English to Italian of the work of professor Walter M. Ellis of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles; "My dear Marion...," an historical essay about past Italian president Sandro Pertini; Over the Horizon, a collection of political essays about the life of Italian minister Claudio Scajola; The Viral Solution, a novel about the spread of AIDS in the USA (this book has been awarded both in Italy and in the States); The Orchid Shadow, a novel about the role of a mysterious Italian immigrant in the Teapot Dome Scandal in Washington D.C.; The Return of the Prince, a novel about the paranormal presence of Raimondo de Sangro, Prince of San Severo and one of the most interesting personality of the European XVIII century, in today Naples. In 2014 RSI, the Swiss Radiotelevision, broadcast the movie The Machine Coming From The Future by Victor Tognola, a documentary about the Di Stefano's report published on Il Giornale. Di Stefano received the Italian National Award Chronicle of Mystery 2014. One year later, Di Stefano also received the Italian National Journalistic Award Joseph Allen Hynek 2015. He lives in Genoa, Italy. His website is www.rinodistefano.com
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Its a good read to take on a long flight or for a relaxing holiday where you don't intend to do much more than soak up some warmth.
I certainly recommend this for the exciting pace.
Their Lordships Request: A Harry Heron Adventure The Enemy is Within!
Writing in a friendly, informal style, Mr. Stephano lays out an extraordinary panorama in which the very principles forming the structure of our society, and the protection of the individual, come into question. It leaves the reader wondering in the end, about the real play of evil versus good in our world.
If you are looking for a riveting read, its a good one!
Well, it probably will not be too mind stretching. But it needs to be intriguing. A plot with enough twists to keep the pages turning. An innocent hero, in this case an university librarian, who could easily be you. A shocking criminal conspiracy with a topical edge. A collection of ruthless, murderous villains. Jeopardy, action, suspence. A race to stop a deadly epidemic. And steamy, sunny, treacherous Florida.
If this is waht you are looking for, take The Viral Solution. Rino de Stefaano's thriller will go down smoothly, like the martini in your hand, as you relax on your vacation.
All in all, enough to forget work altogether.