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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (242 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lilliefors Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns with frightening speed and potency. In West Africa, an undercover dissident journalist learns of an investment consortium planning to funnel billions of dollars into the continent. Before he can publicize details, he is savagely murdered. And in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe deposit box may be the thread that connects these seemingly unrelated incidents—if, that is, two brothers can decipher it before time runs out. Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor and former CIA operative, begins to discover the traces of a secret war, with a bold objective—to create a new, technologically advanced, and lucrative society in an unlikely region of Africa; a model civilization able to solve the age-old, seemingly insoluble problems that plague many Third World nations. With the help of his brother, Jon, can he break the story to the world before it is too late—before the “humane depopulation” takes place? As the stakes and strategies of this secret war become more evident, the Mallory brothers find themselves in a complex game of wits with an enemy they can’t see: a new sort of superpower led by a brilliant, elusive tactician who believes that ends justify means.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Viral is a world-class thriller. It doesn’t get any more real than this. Lilliefors has created one of the most compelling novels of international espionage I’ve come across in a long time.”

    Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author

  • “James Lilliefors, a brand new thriller writer on the scene, has opened with a bang with his first novel, Viral.  With the Mallory brothers, Charles and Jon, the insanity that Jim has brilliantly portrayed becomes all too sharply urgent—and certainly timely.  Hats off!”

    David Hagberg, New York Times bestelling author of The Expediter

  • “A crackling good story, so realistic that it’s scary. Lilliefors is right up there with the best thriller writers.”

    Ben Bova, six-time Hugo Award–winning author of the Grand Tour series

  • “Fans of intelligently written page-turners will be rewarded.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An ambitious thriller; its villains, no ordinary terrorists, are determined to create a new world (even if it means wiping out a large portion of its population). Solidly plotted and featuring a unique pair of protagonists—you don’t often find a team of brothers as action heroes—the book is sure to appeal to fans of thrillers with Big Ideas and capital-V villains. A sequel is in the works, which is a good thing: readers will leave the book wanting to see more of Charles and Jon.”


  • “Lilliefors’ debut thriller doesn’t slow down until the last page…This one will keep you up at night.”

    Romantic Times (4½ star review)

  • “Technologically modernizes Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal.”

    Mystery Gazette

  • “Lilliefors provides enough twists to keep the pages turning. He also manages to develop and humanize his characters including some of the villains.”

    Gumshoe Review

  • “This cautionary tale can make your blood run cold…Lilliefors is an author to watch.”


  • “Software billionaires, media moguls, government henchmen, and a beautiful bio-chem warfare expert enter and exit the story in a whirl of action with all of it leading to a suspenseful race to stop a crime, the magnitude of which is off the scale.”

    Suspense Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maggie | 2/8/2014

    " A clever book that raises many relevant issues and made my brain spin! I really like Sandra, bless her heart, but am worried about what will ultimately happen. Nice ambiguous ending. Oww! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristen | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting story about world population forecasts. Many characters, but a neat premise and a cool ending. Mucho surprises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Book Grl | 1/25/2014

    " This book was nothing like what I expeced. Which is why I think I really liked it. It took me to some neat and surprising places. This isn't a "medical" thriller really but an espionage caper, about spies and nefarious schemes. The scenes in Africa were very effective. There's a very clever idea behind the story and a lot of twists and turns along the way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gevera Bert | 1/23/2014

    " Somehow, even though 200,000 people die, it seems like NOTHING HAPPENS in this book. It drags. So many seemingly important characters get killed as soon as they are introduced that the reader just stops caring about anyone. "

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About the Author
Author James LillieforsJames Lilliefors is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, and elsewhere. He attended the University of Iowa and the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fiction Writing Fellow. He currently lives in Florida.