We All Fall Down

We All Fall Down

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Not since Pandemic have we seen a thriller like this from bestselling author Daniel Kalla: The plague has hit Italy. Can Dr. Alana Vaughn find the source in time to save the world?

No person is left unscathed, no family untouched. Death grows insatiable.

Alana Vaughn, an infectious diseases expert with NATO, is urgently summoned to Genoa by an ex-lover to examine a critically ill patient. She's stunned to discover that the illness is a recurrence of the Black Death. Alana soon suspects bioterrorism, but her WHO counterpart, Byron Menke, disagrees. In their desperate hunt to track down Patient Zero, they stumble across an 800-year-old monastery and a medieval journal that might hold the secret to the present-day outbreak. With the lethal disease spreading fast and no end in sight, it's a race against time to uncover the truth before millions die.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ♭2019.
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
ISBN: 9781501196935
Characteristics: 370 pages ;,23 cm

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sapl3 Apr 08, 2020

JOANNE'S MYSTERY PICKS

The killer in this novel by Canadian author Daniel Kalla is not a person. The killer is the bubonic plague. Alana Vaughan is an infectious disease specialist with NATO and is called to Genoa, Italy, to attend a patient suffering from the disease. Could it be bioterrorism or is there another explanation?

Alternating between the modern story with Alana Vaughan and the story contained in an eight-hundred-year-old medieval journal, Kalla pulls no punches when describing the horrible progression of this usually fatal disease and the suffering of its victims.

The clock is ticking as Vaughan and her team hunt for patient zero. As the disease spreads, it’s a race to stop it from reaching epidemic proportions.

A great thriller that’s hard to put down once you read the first page.

Joanne gives We All Fall Down 4 daggers out of 5!

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fpsutka
Feb 11, 2020

I am a mature reader, as a senior, and I enjoyed this novel (by a Canadian doctor) very much.
It is a very relevant topic at this point in 2020.

The book reads like a tv script. The Characters are shallow and formulaic. Some interesting medical detail about the plague but how many times does he have to tell us this is epidemiology 101? Interesting for a young audience but this would not appeal to a mature reader.

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DenisDesautels
Jul 08, 2019

A great read, compelling and entertaining.

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carolefort
Apr 04, 2019

We All Fall Down is a suspenseful novel about a modern-day plague which closely resembles the Black Death which occurred 800 years ago. The author, Daniel Kalla MD, is an emergency room physician from Vancouver BC. Dr Alana Vaughn, a doctor with the NATO infectious diseases department arrives in Genoa, Italy to investigate the sudden critical illness of a woman who was working at a construction site where an ancient monastery had been demolished. The contagion soon claims several more victims, thereby baffling the medical experts. The plague then mysteriously spreads to Naples and Rome, leaving the medics at a loss to determine what or who is the carrier of this contagious atrocity. Time being of the essence, the doctors from NATO and the World Health Organization rush to solve the mystery of where the plague started and how it is spread. If you enjoy tense medical drama, this novel is for you.

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