How is Frederick Aldrich feeling right about now?
A full fifteen years ago, the obscure author of terrorism thrillers predicted a future eerily similar to current events. “Absolute Zero” has a premise so dead-on, you’ll think he’s either psychic, or someone’s pulling a prank.
Long out of print, the book’s for real, however, with reviews stretching back to 1999, where readers must have had a tough time envisioning a post 9-11 future. Aldrich saw an Ebola scenario where “an African man carrying the virus has arrived unhindered in Dallas.” Sound familiar?
It gets better: “experts assure the public there is no cause for fear. But is there really nothing to fear?”
All that’s missing is a president golfing his way through the crisis!
One difference: Aldrich saw Ebola entering the US intentionally as an act of terrorism, which of course hasn’t been the case in 2014. Or has it? Who really knows at this time?
Reviews have been decidedly mixed over the years, with some finding it “contrived”, while others, discovering it just now in e-book form, are amazed at the way life is imitating art.
Reader Richard N Owens, posting his critique just two days ago, said “I was mesmerized by this story which explained the Ebola virus threat better than CDC has to date. A fast paced story you won’t be able to put down.”
But IM Tanuki was relatively harsh in his assessment: “wooden characters, contrived plot, really weak dialogue. But the concept is interesting, if only in light of the current Ebola epidemic.”
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