Title: Bio Strike
Author: Jerome Preisler
Preisler, Jerome (2000). Tom Clancy’s Power Plays: Bio-Strike. New York: Berkley Publishing.
Date Updated: April 27, 2015
Bio Strike is one of a series, “Powerplays”, developed by Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg. The plot centers on the criminal mastermind Harlan DeVane, who has developed a biological disease capable of wiping out selected groups or individuals – depending on the trigger used. The whole world has been infected without knowing it and considerable space is given to explaining how this is done.
The dramatic conflict in this novel is between DeVane who holds a grudge against Roger Gordian, head of UpLink Technologies. UpLink is a thread in all of the Powerplays novels. Gordian a highly successful businessman but is also on a mission to improve the world in general. DeVane does a trial run of the virus, triggering it Gordian. It’s up to his team of agents to battle frantically to save him.
The author obviously did a great deal of research to make the biology and technology sound realistic. Aware that many readers know nothing about biotechnology, the author burdens the reader with overkill of explanation. For nerds like me, I like his terminology. Some may be bored at the level to which he goes, for example, to explain how an e-mail server works.
Techno-freaks will like the series, as it is quite imaginative about cyberproblems we may encounter. Undoubtedly business and governments will be attacked in unexpected cyberterrorism and fantasizing about it may help develop countermeasures even before the threat is real. For that reason I like the series. The characters, too, are believable, not always the case in novels with a lot of science and technology.