The Ninth Day

My first thought after reading this book was: damn! This is a great book; too bad I'm finished! So too, are my second, third, and fourth thoughts. If you like action, adventure, don't mind the creepy-crawly sensation as you read about mysterious medical issues, then this is the perfect book for you (or someone who likes these kinds of books, is going to take a long trip, or could use a gift). Stellar action, a realistic plot in terms of information on drug war efforts, and believable characters, all make this book fast-paced, and highly entertaining. I already want a second helping of this author's work. I normally eschew drug running books as too violent, lots of cursing, and stereotypical characters. Nothing could be farther from the truth in this novel. There is violence, some swearing, and well-developed characters. Typical characterization of good guys v. the bad guys, but not all the time (just like humans) aids in the credibility of the novel too.

I have no major complaints (other than it ended too soon). A stray thought: I'd read about how Thalidomide was helping with leprosy in South America and the resulting new generation of Thalidomide babies just before reading this book. I don't think I'll be checking out the Armadillo section at the zoo any time soon.

Book Blurb for The Ninth Day

In less than nine days, terror crosses the border . . .

Hiking in Arizona, biochemist Emma Caldridge inadvertently interrupts the operations of dangerous traffickers in human cargo—and is chased south into the arms of millionaire drug merchants. Suddenly a prisoner of Mexico’s most feared cartel, Emma makes a shocking discovery in the marijuana fields outside Ciudad Juarez: plants rotting with a flesh-eating toxin that causes a truly horrible death within nine days of exposure. And there is no antidote.

The cartel believes that U.S. agents contaminated the plants, and, determined to make their enemy pay, they prepare to spread their lethal product across America. Emma Caldridge searches desperately for a cure, but time is running out more quickly than she anticipated. For Emma herself has been infected—and, barring a miracle, she will die before the terrible dawning of . . .

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 5.00