This is a book that should be promoted. I believe that, if done right, it would be a best-seller. I believe that it would at least make the top ten New York Times best-seller list. It is that good. You artfully and dynamically wove your plot and sub-plots in such a way that the reader (me!) had no difficulty in keeping each of them separate, although it all stove and succeeded, in painting the final word tapestry of this crafty novel. Toward the end, you might have relied a bit too much on the technical part of the research, but not enough to deter me from reading on. But some might began to "read-by-glance" until the dialogue began again and the story moved by "doing" instead of "showing." That is my only criticism of this damn well-written thriller. And you did it without gratuitous sex or violence. I would have had some, but that is just me and my own style of writing. The end of the novel was good. I know that you were putting your own views of how things should be, and rightly so, after all it is you baby. I tend to agree with you about the "balance" of nature and a good many other points. Lastly, Leland, I want to thank you for writing such a book as this. It took the justice system of America head-on. I did the same in my novel, "God Sleeps Tonight." Vigilante justice will, I have no doubt, become more and more popular in the future to combat the lackadaisical, inept justice system of this country.
In the opinion of this reviewer Vigilante Virus is one of this story teller's best. With Vigilante Virus Author Waldrip proves his versatility as an novelist . From the opening paragraphs of the prologue when young Marcus Peterson sees first hand just how powerful hormones can shape behavior right on to the last paragraphs when Peterson's daughter Sharon dedicates herself to becoming the best scientist she can, Vigilante Virus is a true reader grabber. Reader interest is maintained on a breathtaking rush throughout the work.
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Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 14 years ago
The ReviewFirst it is sexual deviates, rapists, child molesters and the like who begin to become diseased with a particularly virulent strain of the mumps. Bill Etelmeyer, investigative officer with the US Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, has his work cut out for him with this mysterious case. As they each recover the afflicted men find they have been effectively castrated and are not particularly interested in sexual liason with anyone. Hard on the heels of that outbreak comes a horrifying world-wide epidemic of a peculiar flu mumps which leaves most of the world unable to bear children. Dr. Marcus Peterson whose wife was killed by rapists years earlier has perfected the virus used to effectively sterilize rapists and others having warped sexual tastes. Peterson is a meticulous scientist, however, when the police begin to home in on him as the Vigilante infecting sexual deviate and Dr Peterson realizes the officials are suspicious that the same person is behind both the mumps and the flu mumps outbreaks he takes his own life. Dr Stephen Montgomery, co worker of Dr Peterson, is fired from the National Institute of Health during the fallout following Dr Peterson's death. Following her graduation from University of Virginia Sharon Peterson, a scientist in her own right is determined to clear her father's name when she sets up a laboratory in the basement of her childhood home. Vigilante Virus is one of this story teller's best in the opinion of this reviewer. Author Waldrip proves his versatility as an novelist with Vigilante Virus. From the opening paragraphs of the prologue when young Marcus Peterson sees first hand just how powerful hormones can shape behavior to the last paragraphs when his daughter Sharon dedicates herself to becoming the best scientist she can, Vigilante Virus is a reader grabber. Interest is maintained on a breathtaking rush throughout the work. Waldrip's characters are all well thought out individuals. From the silly peeping tom to child molesters and stalkers and finally the fearsome serial rapist murderer each of the sexual deviates is believable, frightening and worrisome. Dr. Marcus Peterson and his solution to the predicaments police cannot control is fathomable, and maybe more than applauded by some as they read the stories of lives ruined, or listen to television news accounts relating how serial rapists and others continue their hurtful activities following incarceration, attempts at counseling and other methods employed today. As in his previous two works Waldrip's settings are well thought out, dialogue is hard hitting and at times downright gritty. Many descriptions of particular activity are just plain disturbing, however Waldrip does not toss in titillating activity, conversation or scenes only to stimulate the reader. A skillfully interwoven suspense filled plot is the basis for the work. This powerful, well written tale is one you will want to finish in one setting so choose a time when you can read fro
A suspenseful, fun read!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 18 years ago
The author has a gift-- the ability to bring the crime scene to life through the eyes of the perp. The story hooks you immediately, and keeps you turning pages until late in the night. Like any Vigilante, your heart immediately goes out to Marcus, and you cheer him on. The subject invokes a lot of emotion, and the plot intertwines a theme of dedication and extreme love and loyalty to friends and family to produce a suspenseful, fun read.
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