Book Snob – JERICHO 3 by Paul McKellips
U.S. Navy Captain “Camp” Campbell and Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Raines, the heroes of Paul McKellips’ acclaimed debut, UNCAGED, return, determined to execute a mission that leaves millions of lives hanging in the balance. At the heart of this operation is the dire need to prevent a first-strike with a weapon known in intelligence circles as…JERICHO 3 . In a remote corner of Afghanistan, three patients are diagnosed with a rare, incredibly infectious disease. At a U.S. base just outside Pakistan, an American army doctor is kidnapped by a local tribe to perform an unlikely surgical procedure on the wife of a powerful leader. And back in the U.S., Camp is handed his most challenging assignment ever, which leaves the normally confident hero desperate for answers. All the while, Camp must hold back his secret desire for Leslie Raines, his beautiful cohort, as they are sent off on two sides of the same mission…only to reunite when the stakes get deadly. With his trademark grit and a globe-racing plot, Paul McKellips takes readers deep into the Middle East conflict, raising timely questions of radicalism, faith, and honor. As the clock ticks down toward Armageddon, Camp and Raines must do everything it takes to stop the total annihilation of two countries. Timely, gripping, and frighteningly real, JERICHO 3 is a one-of-a-kind thriller that will open eyes long after the final page has been turned. JERICHO 3. Infectious disease. Bio-warfare. Nuclear weapons. War just got personal. Ambassador John Bolton writes: “Jericho 3 is a gripping novel…an urgent message…about an Iranian bio threat that should wake us up to the range of horror that could be visited on America and its friends and allies by our sworn enemies.”
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I did not speak with the author until after reading the book and made now promises about the review’s content.
I’m closed for reviews, and yet the review requests keep coming. I’m closed for reviews! I even put up a big thing that says I will only review paper copies, which usually deters the requests, and yet the requests keep coming! I guess ya’ll like my reviews Ok, I’ll keep writing them. Mostly for books like this one because it’s AWESOME.
JERICHO 3 pulled me in due to my interest in the Middle East, the timeliness of the content and my own nerdy interest in genetics and bio-infections (read zombie potential). When Paul’s publicist contacted me with the offer of a paper copy I just couldn’t say no. I’m glad I didn’t. JERICHO 3 is written with the intensity and perfectionism of a big 6 best seller. This baby has it all, a hint of romance without making me roll my eyes, science without info dumping grounds, bad guys who you love to hate and an international mystery that you can barely keep up with. I found myself re-reading sections because it was so interesting I didn’t want to miss a single detail. The difference? JERICHO 3‘s proceeds are all being donated to research. So this is a good book that’s helping make the world better? Wow.
I emailed Paul yesterday with a few simple questions about the book to help me with my review (the usual, I thought someone couldn’t talk when intubated kind of thing – turns out in trauma situations the intuabtion type is different and they can!). Turns out, he’s about the nicest guy you could want to meet. So I get this professional looking book with press kit information included (a major plus all you Indie Authors, he did this right, act like the big 6 and get treated like the big 6), I read an amazing book that would put Crichton to shame (because McKellips doesn’t talk down to his readers, he lets you work for it without asking to much), AND he’s a nice guy trying to save the world? Sweet Fancy Moses!
So basically, this book, despite not being my usual genre, was fantastic. It’s well edited, the subplots are weaved in expertly, it’s fast paced, interesting as well as educational AND it’s for research. This is Paul’s second book in the series. I did not read book one and had absolutely no trouble figuring out what was going on. It’s not necessary to read the other book to enjoy this at all, although now I’m curious about UNCAGED.. I’d also like to give Paul some major props for the authenticity of his book. I know some of it is based on real experience, but the time he took to explain and explore issues of Islamic beliefs in the current Middle East conflict was excellent. He did not paint all Muslims as terrorists, he did explain Shariah, Sunni and Shia, cultural vs. religious beliefs and he took the time to show the Muslims in his novel real people, with their own reasons for the things they do (or don’t do).
As for JERICHO 3 I definitely recommend you pick up a copy.
About Paul McKellips
Paul McKellips is an entertaining, engaging and motivational public speaker who delivers more than 80 presentations each year in the United States and around the world.
Combining 30-years in the motion picture industry with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last six years, McKellips – who now serves as the Executive Vice President at the Foundation for Biomedical Research in Washington, DC – has the unique perspective to creatively explain how biomedical research protects the world’s population from bio-terrorism and state-sponsored bio-warfare and the role the greatest military on Earth plays to keep us all safe.