I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about The Influenza Bomb. Basically the plot was great. It was meticulously researched and its premise is frighteningly possible, especially in view of alternative news that circulated regarding the 2009/2010 H1N1 scare. The threat of bio-terrorism is truly a subject that deserves our attention and the way the authors tied the modern threat to events from both world wars made for very interesting reading.

In my opinion, The Influenza Bomb was more of an event driven rather than character driven story that was almost overloaded with details, many of them repeated. The narrative also switched back and forth between several time periods and/or characters which made it a challenge to hold my concentration. There were so many characters that I had a difficult time relating to any of them.

Despite the fact that the writing style was not my personal cup of tea, I am glad that I persisted and finished The Influenza Bomb. The story is full of historical information as well as future possibilities that leaves the reader with plenty to think about.

This book was provided for review by
Rebeca Seitz with Glass Road Public Relations.


Masses of people are dying from a mysterious flu. While the TSI team searches for a cure, a notorious eco-terrorist group,Return to Earth, uses an influenza bomb to poison the water. It’s a race against time—with the outcome impacting the entire world.

By the time the team discovers that the terrorists are using the water supply to infect people, the sickness is spreading worldwide and no one has a cure. When Return to Earth makes off with a mysterious device called the influenza bomb with the intent to destroy all of mankind, Dr. Hutchinson must stop the contamination from being spread before it’s too late.


Paul McCusker is the Peabody Award winning writer and director of the audio drama Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom and of the multiple award-winning audio dramatizations of The Chronicles of Narnia, Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, Little Women, and his original series The Luke Reports (just nominated for the Audie Awards’ Best Audio Drama) and The Father Gilbert Mysteries (also nominated for the Audie Awards’ best production award).

He is also a writer and director for the long-running children’s program Adventures in Odyssey, writing not only over 250 audio episodes, but also scripting two of the animated video series and eighteen spin-off novels.  For adults, McCusker has written the Gold Medallion nominated Epiphany, The Mill House, and A Season of Shadows. His plays and musicals have been performed in community theatres across the country—one, A Time for Christmas, was a Dove Award nominee. McCusker currently has over thirty books in print, including the TSI series he is co-authoring with Walt Larimore, MD. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Walter L. Larimore, MD, has been called one of “America’s best-known family physicians” and listed in “Distinguished Physicians of America,” “The Best Doctors in America,” and “Who’s Who in America.” As a medical journalist, he has hosted the award-winning cable TV show Ask the Family Physician on Fox’s Health Network (1995-2000) and the nationally distributed Focus on Your Family’s Health radio and TV features (2001-2005). As an award-winning writer, he was awarded the 2004 Christianity Today Book Award for co-writing Going Public with Your Faith: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work. He has been a Gold Medallion Book Award finalist three times—for the Going Public book and small-group video series, as well as his book The Highly Healthy Child.  He also authored the popular Bryson City Tales books and co-authored the TSI series with Paul McCusker. He lives in Monument, Colorado.