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The Blacker Death: An Ebola Thriller by [Enright, Larry]
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Nominated for 2015 thriller of the year by the prestigious Kindle Book Review and finalist for best thriller of 2015 in the IAN Book Awards.

“Only three things in life are guaranteed: you’re born, you die, and somewhere in between, if you keep playing the odds, you’ll get lucky. What makes me such an expert? Nothing really. My name is Bam Matthews, I’m an FBI agent, and in forty-eight hours, give or take, I’ll either be damn lucky or stone-cold dead. Guaranteed.”

And so it goes for Bam Matthews, an FBI agent at the end of his career, who in his own words “should have retired years ago, but other than my job all I've got is a dog who can beat me at checkers, an old farmhouse in Jersey with a sixteen penny nail I drove into the kitchen wall to hang my piece at night, and this Gremlin that I've kept running for thirty-six years.”

The story opens when a New York hit man comes to town and whacks a local drug dealer right under the FBI’s nose. A complicated case to crack, but nothing compared to what Bam and his partner find lying on the sidewalk bleeding to death after leaving the murder scene: the first-ever case of Ebola to be reported in the city. This gritty first-person thriller follows a breadcrumb trail through murder, panic, fear, and revenge, drawing you inexorably to an unforgettable heart-pounding conclusion. As one reviewer said, “You can’t put this book down.”

(Note: Some language and situations in this book may not be appropriate for children under 18)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1048 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502995832
  • Publisher: Lawrence P. Enright; 1 edition (26 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #704,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of “Bam” Matthews comes at you like a Humphrey Bogart saga 3 January 2015
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The story of “Bam” Matthews comes at you like a Humphrey Bogart saga: film noire, complete with slow, blousy soundtrack, deep shadows and wisps of cigarette smoke in the air. Chunky, crude sarcasm aimed at solving a suspiciously unroutine murder, until Bam’s partner Billy dies…of Ebola.

Ebola B, that is. Airborne and so fast-acting that in two days the victim is dead, faster than the turn around time for a diagnosis.

Bam is devastated, and determined that, through the roadblocks of government agencies and mobsters who have it in for him, he’ll get to the Why and fix it.

Along the way, he meets an Angel of a woman – imagine Lauren Bacall, for consistency’s sake – who lifts him when he trips and grows him into a more complete man.

And then the World collapses. How Matthews navigates the mess is a juggernaut of Enright storytelling. How Enright resolves all this is a miracle, and best left to be discovered on one’s own. Trust me; you can’t put this book down.

As always, Larry plies his trade expertly. Bam is a solid character, gritty but likable. There’s a heart here that we can identify with. Izzy [Isabel], his Angel, fills in his deficiencies nicely. He’s needed her for a long time…

“‘I can hoof it from here.’

‘I’ll take you home, Bam.’

‘You’ve done enough thanks.’

She folded her arms across her chest and sized me up like she was trying to decide whether to punch me in the guts or kick me in the nuts. I was beginning to like this girl.”

More compelling – and a preview of things to come – though, is Bam’s reaction to Billy’s death…

“Time was wasting, but Time wasn’t Billy’s killer. It was Ebola. I stood at that booth, angry as hell at something so small it couldn’t be seen, a murderer without remorse, a killer, a stone-cold killer, just like Carmine [a mobster], only worse. I could empty my .38 into it, reload, and empty it again and still not stop it. There was no grabbing Ebola by the neck and beating the crap out of it, no locking it in jail and throwing away the key, and no bringing back Billy.”

[I’ve felt that way myself when faced with a loved one’s terminal medical crisis.]

But these features only occupy the top of the mountain. Once the story’s gravity begins rolling toward its breakneck conclusion, situations dovetail or unravel exponentially. Surprises are everywhere.

As Chapter 13 ends, it seems Enright’s wrung all the emotion possible from the devastation. But in the brevity of Chapter 14, he tugs once more, resolving the important issues on paper, and leaving the rest to one’s, by now, exhausted imagination.

Blacker Death is a tornado of a book. Make sure you’ve got some free time. You won’t want to do anything else.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BLACKER DEATH is a comprehensive, entertaining, and frightening thriller 24 April 2015
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The Story
THE BLACKER DEATH revolves around a modern-day plague, previously known in the Middle Ages as the Bubonic plague or The Black Death. Mr. Enright notches up the stakes in his book. The Blacker Death is a deadlier strain. It’s an airborne virus, which essentially poisons the very air we breathe.

The irony is that the tools that have made our lives more accessible to each other—transportation and communication—are what will eventually help kill us. The world has become a small place, and a virus knows no global boundaries.

The Main Characters
I’m a sucker for a leading man like FBI agent, Bam Matthews. I like my men in fiction weatherworn and beaten down by life. If they’ve been paying attention, it fills them with wisdom and understanding. Bam is that type of man. Though somewhat detached, he has a keen eye and an unwavering stubbornness to achieve justice. He’s quick on his feet and thinks for himself, but he’s no caricature. Think of him as a combination of Sam Spade, James Bond, and Columbo—with a swagger!

As for his lady love … Belgian Special Agent Izzy Aimee—they complement each other, and their chemistry and dialogue are delicious.

Overall thoughts
I’ve always been more fearful of reality than fiction. The scariest stories for me don’t include zombies, vampires, or other monsters. Fear exists for me when it comes from what I already know, but where we have yet to be tested.

This book is well researched and involves all levels of government and law enforcement. There have been cases of Ebola, but not to the extent as outlined in this story. THE BLACKER DEATH may be fiction, but it has a powerful message on how we may react in the case of such a pandemic.

To quote a line from the book: “It was pretty clear the life-as-we-know-it train was coming to the end of the line.”

The Blacker Death is a multi-layered novel that makes you question biological warfare in a whole new light. Bravo to author, Larry Enright, for such a comprehensive, entertaining, and frightening story.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold onto your seat. Get ready for the ride! 15 June 2015
By Richard L. Weatherly - Published on
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This story by Larry Enright opens with seasoned FBI agent Bam Matthews on the tail of a mob boss while training a new partner. If you want a good preview be sure to read the book description. It provides a great introduction and enough insights to draw you into the story. Considering the Ebola scare in the late summer and fall of 2014, this story smacks of realism, one that is thoroughly researched.

The author drew me in early on. With plot twists and turns, it was one of the fastest reads I’ve enjoyed in a long time. The Ebola threat starts early with the death of a Belgium delegate to the UN. In no time a pandemic erupts as the mutating virus spreads worldwide. One of its victims is Bam’s new partner. Bam makes use of personal contacts and gut instincts to track down and put an end to the threat. As cities fall into chaos, North Korea launches an attack on South Korea.

If you’re into thrillers, you need to check out Larry Enright’s The Blacker Death: An Ebola Thriller!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Fast Paced 10 March 2016
By Kathleen S. Pressley - Published on
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Life as we know it ends with a wimper, not a bang. Stephen King has explored this in several novels, most notably The Stand. In the classic H.G. Wells novel War of the Worlds, we do not conquer the invaders, our viruses do.

Enright takes a virus that is scary enough, Ebola, and makes it scarier. He gives us a hero in the film noir detective style, a villian set on revenge, a femme fatale and a fast moving plot with seemingly loose ends that are tied together in the end. The plot needs to move fast because the disease moves faster. I read this in 2 days. I enjoyed it & couldn't wait to read what transpired next. Would make an excellent Black & White movie if anyone wanted to do an artistic version of film noir.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the FBI Stereotype 17 December 2014
By RJ McDonnell - Published on
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The Blacker Death: An Ebola Thriller was not a title I expected to be reading a couple of weeks before Christmas, but I’m very glad I did. That’s because I’ve yet to read a novel by Larry Enright that I didn’t like.

The jewel of this book is protagonist, Bam Matthews. He’s a flawed FBI agent who breaks the stereotype of the stiff automaton who follows every order to the letter. My father was a detective with the Pennsylvania State Police. Bam Matthews would have no problem fitting into Dad’s stationhouse. Unlike so many fictional law enforcement people, Matthews travels a path between the laws of the land, the boss’s orders, and his own moral compass that has a very genuine feel. Placing him on scene at the outbreak of a pandemic gives us a chance to see this unique character in the most stressful situation imaginable. Don’t miss this terrific thriller.

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