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Plaguemaker [Hardcover]

By Tim Downs (Author)
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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595540229  
EAN  9781595540225  
UPC  020049130131  

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Item Description...
New York City, July 4. Millions gather for the city's famous fireworks display. But the dazzling finale rains down a host of plague-carrying fleas to infect the city's rats and, from there, humans. That's the horrific what-if scenario behind this spine-tingling tale.

The stakes are high when a volatile FBI agent named Nathan Baldwin, his terrorism-expert ex-wife Macy Armitstead, and a mysterious and refined Chinese Christian gentleman named Li Ming are pitted against Syrian terrorists and an elderly Japanese biological-weapons expert with a decades-old grudge. This fast-paced read combines meticulous research, deeply human characters, a constantly shifting plot, and plenty of heartstopping action. The final, surprising twist transforms this first-rate international thriller into an unforgettable story.

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More About Tim Downs

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! TIM DOWNS is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University in Graphic Design. After graduation in 1976 he created a comic strip, "Downstown," which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate. His cartooning has appeared in more than a hundred newspapers worldwide. In 1979 he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, where he founded and directed the Communication Center, a communication training facility. He continues to serve as a speaker and writer. He and his wife, Joy, have spoken at FamilyLife Marriage and Parenting Conferences since 1985. He is author of "First the Dead, Less Than Dead, Chop Shop, Head Game, Plague Maker, Shoo Fly Pie," and "Finding Common Ground," which was awarded the Gold Medallion Award in 2000. He is also co-author of "Fight Fair" and "The Seven Conflicts: Resolving the Most Common Disagreements in Marriage" along with his wife Joy. Tim lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife and three children.
JOY DOWNS is a 1979 graduate of Indiana University in Journalism. After graduation, she joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ where she served as a radio writer and producer and helped direct the Communication Center, a communication training facility of Campus Crusade. Joy and her husband, Tim, have spoken at FamilyLife Marriage and Parenting Conferences. Together they have co-authored two books entitled "The Seven Conflicts: Resolving the Most Common Disagreements in Marriage" and "Fight Fair!: Winning at Conflict without Losing at Love." Joy lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her husband and three children.

Tim Downs currently resides in the state of North Carolina.

Tim Downs has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bug Man Novel
  2. Bug Man Novels

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Oh, is that what Christian Fiction is  Mar 26, 2007
The first Tim Downs book I read was Head Game and it's an interesting read, different, and holds together pretty well throughout the entire book. I had seen somewhere that Downs was a "Christian Fiction" author, but it wasn't readily apparent in Head Game. So I went on to read Plague Maker, and I think I know what CF is now. It's the gospel retold as an action thriller, and not bad if you are into the gospel, but weird if you were just expecting a good thriller. The book is well written and researched and quite fascinating--U731 is all historically real. Downs weaves a plot worthy of Crichton, but it gets interlaced with Christian messages. The action suffers as a result, but if you are looking for a modern way to access the gospel, this is the way to go.
Tim Downs proves he's a master storyteller  Oct 27, 2006
Another novel about government officials (FBI, CIA, etc.) trying to stop a terrorist from executing an attack on America with a WMD? At first I was skeptical. In my opinion, this story line has been played out--alright already! But Tim Downs changed my mind. Plague Maker is a story told in the finest way--real characters, real intrigue, and (the most satisfying part of the book) real dialogue. Downs is a writer, pure and simple. If you're a reader, get the book for a great story. If you're a writer, get the book for a great story and to learn something. When it comes to scene and setting, metaphors and similes, Downs is right up there with the master, Stephen King.
Powerful Storytelling  Oct 17, 2006
I've read each of Tim Down's other novels. Plague Maker was one of his strongest storytelling efforts to date. I found depth in the characters and the plot twists kept me turning the pages until late at night.

Downs has turned into an excellent thriller writer. I recommend Plague Maker.
Equals and Exceeds  Aug 7, 2006
Since the debut of Tim Downs' Bug Man books ("ShooFly Pie" and "Chop Shop"), I've eagerly awaiting anything else of his. He's shown a penchant for creating memorable characters, then wrapping them into a plot that involves creepy-crawlies.

"Plague Maker" continues this trend, with a story of plague-carrying fleas and a sardonic hero. Although Nick Polchak (the Bug Man) makes a humorous cameo appearance, the story revolves around two older men with long-standing grudges, and the angry FBI agent, Nathan Donovan. Slowly, Donovan unravels the motives of these older men and uncovers a monstrous threat against the United States. Flashbacks are used effectively, and the story gallops along to a high-seas finale.

A few weeks ago I finished another thriller that's been featured in bookstores across the country. That book was titled "The Faithful Spy." As I read Tim Downs' "Plague Maker," I found myself comparing the two. They both feature terrorist attacks planned against the US; they both show intensive research and narrative skill; they both wrap big ideas around likeable, believable characters.

Downs' book is equal to the other book on every level, but exceeds it in moments of comic relief, and in the portrayal of vengeance and forgiveness. "Plague Maker" is never preachy or pedantic, but it uses nicely the motif of the plague--and the plague of hatred and bitterness that plagues us all on some level. Once again, Downs' proves to be a master of character and suspense.
Well written and researched but...  Jun 21, 2006
...not nearly as entertaining as "Shoo-fly Pie" and "Chop Shop". I really missed Nick. What a great character. While this third book from Tim Downs contained humor it was not nearly as funny as the first two. In fact it wasn't as good. I believe there are two types of fiction stories: 1. Character driven 2. Story driven. Where this book goes wrong is that it's a character driven book that should have been a story driven one. We have a story that is very serious and the lives of millions of people are at stake but the book spends most of the time on the characters and their personal lives. I found myself over and over saying to myself "okay now let's get back to the story". Many times in the book I found it hard to keep moving forward. If the plot wasn't so good I never would have made it to the end. The story however is good, I learned quite a bit and found that the personal quest of Li was very well done (no I'm not giving it away) and executed. (What's the deal with the holy water? That's a Catholic thing not a Christian belief?)
Overall it's a good book. Women may enjoy it more then men due to it's heavy lean towards the personal lives of the character.
I'm looking forward to Tim's next book.

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