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...

  • Blaine

    At best, Henry had only slowed an inevitable, history-shaping pandemic. Governments would fall. Economies would collapse. Wars would arise. Why did we think that our own modern era was immune to the ...

  • 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...

  • Gabby

    This was quite terrifying to read during a global pandemic. This book very much parallels what we are experiencing right now; a virus that is taking over the world, doctors and scientists are scrambli...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • David

    Let's give credit where credit is due. Lawrence Wright does his research. He won the Pulitzer for non-fiction for his examination of Al-Qaed. He followed that up with an expose on L. Ron Hubbard and S...