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Seven years ago Amanda Flynn survived an outbreak of a deadly virus. She was the only one who did. Now, she's seeing signs of the same virus in Colorado. Not knowing what else to do, she contacts the Center for Disease Control, a group that held her captive for 3 months after she returned from Honduras. She knows that they are going to want her to try to find a cure, but she's not willing, at least, not yet.

One of the affects of surviving from this virus is the ability to read people's thoughts and to kill by only using your mind. You also survive injuries that would kill normal people. However, very few people survive. Up until now Amanda was the only known survivor but now there is another and he's spreading the virus.

Who is this stranger? Why is he killing people? Is there a terrorist group involved?

This medical mystery suspense is Brian O'Grady's debut novel. He shows get promise in bringing readers some awesome books.

This story starts of with some very interesting emails sent by Amanda. Within a couple of pages, I really liked her and couldn't wait to read her story. However, it's not Amanda's story. It's a complex story with several lead characters depending on the chapter and the action. To get all of that into place takes about 100 pages of background material and character introduction. If you can hang on, the book does get better.

The characters are well done with histories, motives, families and friends. No character is just introduced and forgotten. Each is brought in for a reason, though it may take a while for that reason to become apparent. And there aren't any stereotypical characters or those that don't fit. Each comes into its role with ease and determination.

The complexities are more than surface. Reisch has a plan that isn't exactly what he was hired to do. There is a spy in the Center for Disease Control. There's also an incompetent scientist who missed a major problem! There is a terrorist plan but why is the head turning himself in and where are the operatives living? Lots going on in this story.

The dedication reads "To Margaret: here's a little sex." Why this dedication, I don't know. There is no sex in this story. There is no love interest in this story. There is just a chase to get the bad guy before he kills millions.

Okay, I will admit that this type of story is not my cup of tea. Still, I see the allure that it will have with those that do like this type of story. It is well written with a good story line. The characters are excellent. The progression of the case logical. For a debut novel, it exceeds expectations. I expect many more novels from Mr O'Grady.

Book Blurb for Hybrid

A virus engineered for genocide has been released in Colorado Springs, leading to mass, and seemingly unexplained violence. Some of the survivors of the infection begin to evolve into something that is both less than and more than human. The race is on to prevent world-wide release of the virus.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 4.00