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Vigilante Virus
by Leland Waldrip   

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Publisher:  Rappahannock Books ISBN-10:  1892105012 Type: 


Copyright:  Jun 1 1999 ISBN-13:  9781892105011

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Micro-biologist Marcus Peterson invents a virus to castrate sexual predators and opens a Pandora's Box of trouble.

Eminent micro-biologist Marcus Peterson invented an organism to stop the activities of rapists, wife-beaters, child abusers and other sexual outlaws, became a vigilante to implement his project, and set off a chain of events which he never dreamed possible. Reporter Janet Lowrey would sacrifice anything to find and expose the Vigilante. Sharon Peterson's obsession to clear and honor her father's name would bring her face to face with horror and death.Not your ordinary medical thriller! It weaves the lives of many characters into a story of a man who stalks stalkers and those who stalk him, of victims, of flawed principles and twisted agendas, of good intentions and unintended consequences. Vigilante Virus -- this is one for your memory banks. 

Marcus was aroused from his thoughts by a large man entering the bar. The man's image, frontlighted in the doorway, triggered an immediate reference to the photo in his hand. He pocketed the photo and finished his beer. The man was difinitely his target, and definitely a sexual predator -- all the evidence was in. And he'd reached a decision. Yes! it was time to introduce Frank Summers to the Vigilante Virus! The crudely fashioned hypodermic needle felt large in his hand as he readied the weapon. He rose to his feet, apparently unsteady, even staggering, and moved toward his mark.

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Midwest Book Review
Wisconsin Bookwatch (James A Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review):
". . . Vigilante Virus is a superbly written, roller-coaster read that is like no other medical thriller. Leland Waldrip demonstrates a special talent for engaging the reader in this page-turner of a novel."

Reader review
A reader from Albuquerque, New Mexico writes:
A suspenseful, fun read!
"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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Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 2/24/2005
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.
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 8/26/2004
Here is a compelling book to stir the imagination.
Two sparkling and inherent concepts are clothed in modern garb. We totally empathize with the sensitively sketched protagonists - scientists Marcus Peterson and his daughter Sharon - in their courageous efforts to sweep away ancient taboos. Yes - let us disarm the rapist! Yes - let us avoid the fate of the lemmings now that a serendipitous twist of fortune has given us that choice.
The impressive knowledge that the writer brings to his subject gives the work both dimension and integrity. A riveting, excellently crafted novel. Novel? Could all this be happening right now...
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 12/7/2003
The Review

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. Interest is maintained on a breathtaking rush throughout the work.

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.

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 from beginning to end. Keep the lights on. This is not a fluffy little tale for a dark and stormy night, or when you are home alone.

Powerful read, happy to recommend.

Reviewed by: molly martin full review this site: as an article on mj hollingshead site

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