Nearly everybody got sick. They won't let us leave.' 'Everyone is sick? Who won't let you go?' Lucy pressed to Lewis's side, grasping his arm closely with both hands. 'The people in the yellow suits who came to help us; they put us in tents. All of Dafne's turkeys died, and then everybody got real sick.' 'God help us.' The Beginning of Sorrows, ER Webb's third novel in a series of six, finds the world on the brink of a global viral pandemic that threatens the lives of millions and the economic ruin of nations. The pandemic, introduced manually by a Russian bio-terrorist into two turkey farms in Israel in an attempt to eradicate the tiny nation, rapidly escapes the boundaries of Israel and spreads over the globe. World centers for disease control are caught flatfooted, with no hope of stemming the viral tide. While scientists race to contain the virus, a select team known as the Pallium Project make an astounding scientific discovery-a serendipitous breakthrough that relies upon the properties of nega-mass activity-which could prove to be the means to halt the spreading pestilence, and an opportunity to ease the rising tensions between the USA and Russia. The Beginning of Sorrows is another start-to-finish read from ER Webb as global events unfold with gripping tension. Is The Beginning of Sorrows the beginning of the end?
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