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Cold Plague

Pristine water — untouched by pollution for millions of years, and possessing natural healing powers — is found miles under Antarctic ice. While people around the world line up for a taste of the therapeutic water, a cluster of new cases of Mad Cow disease explodes in a rural French province.  Dr. Noah Haldane and his World Health Organization team are urgently summoned. Noah recognizes the deadliness of a prion — the enigmatic microscopic protein responsible for Mad Cow Disease. Despite intense international pressure to accept the outbreak as random, Noah suspects factors other than nature have ignited the prion’s spread among animals and people. Facing a spate of disappearances and unexplained deaths, Noah uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from St. Petersburg, Russia to Beverly Hills, and from the North to the South Pole. He realizes that the scientific find of the century — a lake the size of Lake Superior buried three miles under the Antarctic ice — might hold the key to a microscopic Jurassic Park.

With a billion-dollar industry hanging on his silence, Noah has to stay alive long enough to sound the alarm.

“A terrific read.”  —  Globe & Mail

“Well-written novel… Kalla, an emergency-room physician, employs just enough medical realism to carry a wild tale through one cliff-hanger chapter after another.”  — Library Journal

“Similar in many ways to Michael Crichton and even Dan Brown’s bestsellers, Cold Plague is testament to just how good commercial fiction can be: entertaining, informative, and downright fun.” — Winnipeg Free Press 

“Plenty of suspense and layering the kind of scientific detail the fans of the medical thrillers crave. Recommended to fans of Robin Cook and other such A-listers…”  —  Booklist