Title: The Oracle Virus (The Kavanaugh Sci-Fi Mystery Thriller Series Book 1)
Author: Paul Michael Privateer
Spellbinding. So readable. The Oracle Virus nerve slams its way into being an “on the edge of your seat” sci-fi thriller. This debut novel doesn’t brake for Hitchcock twists or Phillip K. Dick paranoia. It shreds the veil hiding the madness of a bio-tech WW II experiment gone wrong. The first page is a rabbit hole: why is there a fake Gestapo assassination of Hitler or does it really happen? How does a secret genetics lab survive WWII bombings? How can the Newton machine create reality or how does a nanovirus control people without them knowing it? How is a serial geek murder, a +5 hurricane aiming at Washington D.C., a massive whale stranding, debris in the Potomac, the kidnapping of 20 world presidents, a bloody fight atop the Washington Monument and a secret Louisiana bayou organization connected? Are early critics correct? Is The Oracle Virus the first novel to explore what is happening to America’s new political landscape?
The Oracle Virus may be the most intense sci-fi mystery thriller of 2017. Lock yourself in. Travel through time, fly in and out of world capitals and meet renegade Nazis, a computer genius, Dark Web halt and catch fire code dwellers, Shaolin priests, Interpol’s smartest and toughest agents, insane prophets, dirty cops, and Jack Kavanaugh.
Mix Sherlock Holmes, Jack Ryan, and James Bond together and you have Jack Kavanaugh. A British Interpol agent with special powers, authentic good looks, and a keen mind, Jack is the first high tech rebel who escapes the ho-hum book or film world formula of today’s secret agents. Jack is real because he knows who he is, what he does and what is happening to the world. Plus Jack isn’t a fake stud, some martini drinking Mr. Cool any woman would sleep with because his name sounds like Bond. Kavanaugh is a man that women find sexy because he has a brain and a soul. Jack’s spirit comes through his eyes. But don’t think there isn’t a bottom line: Jack won’t rest until he finds out who destroyed his family and why, pandemic or not. Jack Kavanaugh makes it clear that James Bond maybe dead.
A popular thriller yet serious literature, The Oracle Virus pays homage to McFarlane, Hugo, Dickens, Woolf, Kafka, Hardy, Melville, Camus, Beckett, Borges, Foucault, Dick, Auster, Gibson, Bartheleme and many others whose influences made its writing a gathering of ghosts.
~I received a free copy for my honest review~
The opening of this book has a scene in the past featuring Nazis. I mention this as the first part of my review because I know this topic can be off putting to some people, but it ties into the story later on. The rest of the novel takes place in the present day, however, following six generations of a family battling against the effects of a virus that turns people into puppets. Definitely an interesting and unique concept.
I love how many genres are mashed together in this book. It’s a different kind of read but enjoyable just the same. The sci-fi in the book is believable and the suspense keeps you turning pages.