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Germ

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If you breathe...It will find you.

The list of 10,000 names was created for maximum devastation. Business leaders, housewives, politicians, celebrities, janitors, children. None of them is aware of what is about to happen--but all will be part of the most frightening brand of warfare the world has ever known.

The germ--an advanced form of the Ebola virus--has been genetically engineered to infect only those people whose DNA matches the codes embedded within it. Those whose DNA is not a match simply catch a cold. But those who are a match experience a far worse fate. Within days, their internal organs liquify.

Death is the only escape.

The release of the virus will usher in a new era of power where countries are left without defense. Where a single person--or millions--could be killed with perfect accuracy and zero collateral damage. Where your own DNA works against you.

The time isn't coming. It is now. Pray the assassins get you first.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. What are your thoughts about genetic engineering? Can science go too far? If so, how can it be regulated and who would enforce the prohibitions?
  2. Do you think the U.S. government continues to develop chemical and biological weapons in secret, despite international treaties banning the practice? Given the threat of such weapons from other countries, is the U.S. right to continue working in these areas?
  3. Currently, the government and private institutions collect DNA specimens from many people--for instance, members of the Armed Forces, felons, and even newborns under the pretense of testing for genetic diseases. What do you think of this storing and cataloging of DNA? Do you think these specimens could someday be used to harm the donors?
  4. Karl Litt's primary motivation in creating the Ebola Krugel virus is revenge. Have you ever hurt someone or thought about inflicting pain out of revenge? How did you overcome the urge--or what do you think now about having acted on it?
  5. Can you understand Karl Litt's rage? How could he have handled the deaths of this family better?
  6. Is Kendrick Reynolds a villain? Or is he someone who simply bases decisions on the "greater good," regardless of how his actions may hurt people? Have you ever had to choose the lesser of two evils? In hindsight, what would you have done differently?
  7. In chapter 71, Julia Matheson, a federal law enforcement officer, breaks the law by acquiring bogus identification. Was she justified in doing so? Under what circumstances is it okay to break the law?
  8. Do you understand Stephen's decision to drop out of med school to become a pastor? What do you think of his family's reaction? Have you ever done anything that your loved ones disapproved of? What was the outcome?
  9. How did Stephen's past influence his decision to act the way he did at the end? Can you think of a situation that would cause you to act similarly?
  10. Atropos lived for his job. When is dedication to your vocation a bad thing? Have you ever been too dedicated to your job? Who did it hurt? What did you do about it?

Literary Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the theme or lesson of Germ? How does each major character contribute to this theme?
  2. Did what happened to the CDC agent at the end of chapter 10 come as a surprise? Why do you think it happened (how did it benefit the story)?
  3. The author attempted to advance the plot by following his characters and showing how they responded to each new situation. Do you think he succeeded? If you were Julia, Allen, or Stephen, how would you have responded differently to Atropos's assaults?
  4. In most good stories, characters experience a change in their attitudes or behavior as a result of the events of the story--this is their "character arc." How did each major character in Germ change? Was it for the better? Did their experiences justify their changes?
  5. Germ is a fast-paced story. Is it too fast-paced? Just right? What benefits could have been realized if the author had taken a more leisurely pace in telling the story?
  6. Did you find the end satisfying? Why or why not?
  7. What scenes in the book gripped you the most? Why?
  8. If you were to adapt Germ into a movie, which plot threads would you keep and which would you not incorporate? What actors do you see playing each part?

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Germ, Robert Liparulo

Details

If you breathe...It will find you.

The list of 10,000 names was created for maximum devastation. Business leaders, housewives, politicians, celebrities, janitors, children. None of them is aware of what is about to happen--but all will be part of the most frightening brand of warfare the world has ever known.

The germ--an advanced form of the Ebola virus--has been genetically engineered to infect only those people whose DNA matches the codes embedded within it. Those whose DNA is not a match simply catch a cold. But those who are a match experience a far worse fate. Within days, their internal organs liquify.

Death is the only escape.

The release of the virus will usher in a new era of power where countries are left without defense. Where a single person--or millions--could be killed with perfect accuracy and zero collateral damage. Where your own DNA works against you.

The time isn't coming. It is now. Pray the assassins get you first.

More Information

Length 500 Pages
Publication Date August 7, 2007
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595541705
ISBN-13 9781595541703
Height 8.2"
Width 5.3"