The End of October

The End of October

In this riveting medical thriller--from the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author--Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees.

At an internment camp in Indonesia, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When Henry Parsons--microbiologist, epidemiologist--travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Now, Henry joins forces with a Saudi prince and doctor in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city... A Russian émigré, a woman who has risen to deputy director of U.S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare... already-fraying global relations begin to snap, one by one, in the face of a pandemic... Henry's wife Jill and their children face diminishing odds of survival in Atlanta... and the disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions--scientific, religious, governmental--and decimating the population. As packed with suspense as it is with the fascinating history of viral diseases, Lawrence Wright has given us a full-tilt, electrifying, one-of-a-kind thriller.

Title:The End of October
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525658658
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    The End of October Reviews

  • Roxane

    There may be spoilers ahead.I will say that a lot of research went into this book. This is not a lazily written book but it is poorly written. Sometimes, when a writer does a lot of research and wants...

  • Donna Backshall

    It's difficult to believe The End of October was written just before the *ish* hit the global fan a couple months ago. If I'd read The End of October, say, last fall, I'd have said "Cool speculative f...

  • Carolyn

    4.5 stars. Lawrence Wright is an esteemed journalist and author. Among his many honours is his Pulitzer Prize for the non-fiction book, The Looming Tower about the rise of al-Qaeda and the road to 9/...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 Scared the bejesus out of me. Keep in mind this was written before Covid, and the parallels are beyond astonishing. A pandemic breaks out, but in China but in Indonesia, ravishing the world. Peopl...

  • Libby

    Lawrence Wright’s new novel, ‘The End of October’ delivers a prescient account of a pandemic and its effect on the world and the USA. Who could have guessed that the world would be suffering fro...

  • Jessica Jeffers

    Most advance copies of books include a letter from the editor or publicist explaining what's so great about the book. This one includes a letter from the author that starts: "I pray that the events de...

  • Faith

    This book was fast paced and entertaining and the author obviously did a lot of research before writing it. I’ve read a lot of escaped-killer-virus books, but I never thought I would be living insid...

  • Denise

    Hello readers -- I rarely give 5 stars to a fiction book but this one completely blew me away! To say that it is prescient and timely is an understatement. If you have a desire to really understand wh...

  • Kathleen

    Want to know even more about viruses and pandemics? Wright’s latest novel will provide you with the history of both. He incorporates accounts of major epidemics, descriptions of Russian biowarfare c...

  • Judith E

    Lawrence Wright explains the history and tenacity of viruses that humans have encountered. Through the undeveloped plot and lightweight characters, he illustrates how a pandemic can start a domino eff...