BOOK

THE BELTLINE

BY PHILIP LEDERER MD

 

Plot Synopsis

Contagion meets John Grisham, when a superbug claims Mary Smith’s life. Dr. Leo Emerson makes a vow to find the root cause of her death, that is, until his colleagues accuse him of killing her. What he discovers is far more than he bargained for. The superbug is spreading. Leo’s quest to stop it from killing millions takes him from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters to exile in rural Mozambique then back to the White House for a showdown with an unrelenting government that could result in an apocalypse. Only one man can stop it.

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Part One

“To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.”

-James A. Baldwin, 1962

Prologue (December 23)

“Why do I work so hard and pay my taxes, anyway?” Mary Smith waved her copy of The New York Times in the air and almost splattered herself with coffee. “So these idiots in Washington can destroy the world?”

The front-page article described a scandal rocking the capital.

Forty million dollars of kickbacks have been siphoned to the administration of President Henry Dover and ten Senators. Submarine-launched W76 ballistic missiles equipped with nuclear warheads are being sold to the U.S. Navy at the cost of billions of dollars.

“The killing power of these nukes is insane!” Mary crinkled the newspaper and threw it onto the table. “We’re on the verge of nuclear war with North Korea and Russia.”

To be continued… please let me know what you think of the novel so far by leaving comments, below…