STREAMS OF BABEL
Orlando : Harcourt, 2008
Trinity Falls, is just a small suburban town in southern New Jersey. It is not any place you would expect to find anything interesting. But now four teens have come down with a mysterious flu. A flu that has killed two people already. The doctors can't figure out what is causing the illness. Even the CDC isn't sure what is going on. But the kids seem to be getting worse. Can a teen from the other side of the world help figure out what is going on?
Cora is a loner. She has been
since her mother returned from her international journalism job, addicted
to morphine, and hating to be around her “brat.” But she is concerned when
her mother becomes so ill that she starts bleeding out of her nose, eyes,
and ears. When the paramedics arrive, she is dead. Along with the
medics is a neighbor, Mr. Steckerman, an ex-FBI director who is now the
regional supervisor for the USIC, the United States Intelligence Coalition.
There had been a water scare a few months back about chemicals in the system
but it had been checked and come out with flying colors. So why was he
here? She tried to think and answer questions but all she wanted was to
be alone. She had diarrhea all day and a killer headache. When they left
she crawled into bed shivering with chills and fever. The next day there
is another death in the neighborhood. Same symptoms, same cause of death:
a brain aneurysm. But there was something more. Their tissues were like
cooked noodles and the sinuses like jello. And like Cora, her two sons
and a friend are all exhibiting the sickness that killed their mothers.
Bioterrorism -- Fiction.
Terrorism -- Fiction.
Communicable diseases -- Fiction.
Computer hackers -- Fiction.
Spies -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
New Jersey -- Fiction.