Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Factor-7 ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Excerpt & Giveaway!

Categories: Suspense/ Science Fiction / Romance / Medical Thriller
Publisher: Palmetto Publishing
Date of Publication: January 5, 2021
Number of Pages: 468 pages

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Dr. Sam Hawkins’s friend and mentor, Dr. William Roberts, has been struck down by an unknown and hideous disease. Roberts’s dying words are cryptic, and Sam is soon confronted by a massive cover up of his friend’s death. He reluctantly partners with Dr. Rainee Arienzo, an Italian infectious disease specialist, and together they uncover the terrifying truth about Factor-7, a bio-weapon with a 98 percent mortality rate. 

Roberts’s journal tips them off that a clandestine plot for using the virus is about to be unleashed by a secret society, the Keepers Collegium. The Collegium, an international group of rogue intelligence agents, ex-military, and government officials, has a demonic plan to use the pathogen to destroy anyone who threatens their twisted ideology. Sam and Rainee soon realize that public exposure of the evil plot would be as dangerous to the world’s security as the bio-weapon itself—the fallout could lead to World War III. Therefore, they must not only shut down the plans of the Collegium, but also keep the top- secret information away from the media. 

But as they work to stop the plot, Sam and Rainee are kidnapped by the drug cartel. The kingpin, who financed much of the Collegium’s plot, wants them to hand over Roberts’s journal because it lists the names of the major players in the Collegium who had double-crossed him. He plans to carry out his own revenge. In order to survive, Sam and Rainee have no choice—they must play with one of two devils or be burned by both.



Excerpt from FACTOR-7 by J.D. May 

Sam tossed and turned that night. He thought he must have looked at his clock fifty times and gotten up to pee just as many. His mind reviewed the morning hours when Bill died. He thought about John Albright and his history with him. He replayed everything that Rainee Arienzo had told him. It was beginning to come together but was still so unbelievable. It was what science fiction movies were made of and couldn’t be real life, but then again, he knew the threat of biological warfare was real. It was considered in the top three threats, right up there with nukes and cyberattacks. The world had seen multiple novel viruses arise in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Were these Mother Nature’s hand at work or something else? 

But what could a man-made pandemic achieve, and how would it be played out? How could it be proven that the pathogen was manufactured? And if it could be proven, would the major world governments even report that or do anything about it? Panic would spread, causing world economic and collateral devastation. If intentional like Rainee suggested, innocent collateral damage would be a war crime, but who would prosecute? Sam had no idea how he could help with stopping such an atrocity, especially if it was so secret. Dr. Arienzo had no proof. Bill Roberts’s autopsy specimens and blood had all been stolen and most likely destroyed. Where were the pictures taken during the autopsy? Dr. Morris had been killed. Could he have known too much? Sam wondered. There were no breadcrumbs to follow on Bill’s death.

If the pathogen Factor-7 existed and existed for the purpose that Rainee outlined, then the players might be about to engage in the rawest barbarism, and what would Sam Hawkins, MD, do to stop it? So rogue agents or not, there surely was someone in the United States government who had heard about the threat of the Factor-7. No way could something this large not be leaked. So perhaps if Sam did contact someone within the government for help, they might already know. Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? he asked himself. But if they knew the scope of Factor-7 and feared the secret getting out, and Sam and Rainee knew about it, then they could be seen as a detriment…a liability. They needed proof to tell someone in the government, or they didn’t have a chance in hell of getting anyone’s attention. And that proof could also be an insurance policy or a death sentence. Maybe there was no proof. Maybe it was all a big hoax. But he knew that was wishful thinking. If Albright and his cronies were willing to make a bacteriophage to kill people they did not agree with, Sam’s life was not worth a flyspeck to them. If those government officials in charge wanted complete silence to avoid panic, then Sam and Rainee would equally be worthless to them. But Sam knew deep in his heart that Rainee was right. They had to take a chance. They were not people made to do nothing in the face of such an atrocity. They must have proof. Yes, he convinced himself. Knowledge could be dangerous, but knowledge could also save our lives.


J.D. May is a third generation Texan from the Lower Rio Grande Valley. She loves her band of house cats as well as the large tribe of fat, happy TNR’d feral cats that came with her rural property in a small citrus-growing community. Palm tree-lined roads, natural waterways, and roaming wild animals including alligators, deer, wild hogs, and birds of every color make Bayview a perfect place for a writer and painter. She also loves the beach, rock and roll, Tex-Mex food, cooking, Shiner Bock beer, and she believes wine is a legitimate food group. She shows her paintings at The Laguna Madre Art Gallery in Port Isabel, Texas.

J.D. May attended Sam Houston State University, San Miguel de Allende Instituto, and Rice University where she studied drama, art, creative writing and Spanish. J.D. May worked in advertising for most of her career. She is married to a former award-winning surfer and has a daughter and soon to have a brand-new granddaughter.

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