Malthus Revisited- The Cup of Wrath by @LinWilder is a Holiday Book Festival Pick
Title: Malthus Revisited- The Cup of Wrath
Author: Lin Wilder
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Dystopian
Eighteen-year-old Morgan Gardner did not seem like someone who could save the world--unless you took the time to notice her eyes. And most people didn't.
Morgan's exceptional gifts were known only to her and to the animals she could understand better than people. For a long time, she told no one about her nightmares. Embarrassed and afraid that no one would believe her, Morgan waited until it was almost too late. Then she confided in her mom's best friend, Dr. Lindsey McCall.
Lindsey and her husband Rich had worked hard to reestablish their lives and careers after their last harrowing escapade. Relocated in a beautiful California home and newly reunited with Lindsey's biological daughter LJ, all seemed to be going smoothly--until an enemy from their past returned with as deadly a plan as they could imagine.
The fourth novel in Lin Wilder's popular Lindsey McCall series is her best one yet--combining the innovative medical research her readers have come to admire with a new and terrifying threat to the world's population: a biological timebomb. Vivid characters old and new rampage across the continents of Europe, Asia, and the U.S. to stop the contagion, picking up steam as they head toward a life-or-death climax in the remote Qinghai province of China.
Malthus Revisited adds a dystopian element to Wilder's evolving Lindsey McCall mystery series, and is guaranteed to captivate both her loyal fans and eager newcomers, right down to its last riveting page.
“They, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been
poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.”
– Revelation 14:10
“You love evil more than good,
lies more than truth.
You love the destructive word,
you tongue of deceit.”
– Psalm 52
“No one becomes depraved all at once.”
July 1995, Srebenica, Bosnia-Hercegovina
He lay motionless. Aware that any movement would give him away, he barely breathed, kept his eyes tightly closed. He tried not to think about the soldiers cutting the throats of his father and three brothers: Adin, who had just turned thirteen; Davud, only ten; and Hakem, his twelve-year-old twin. The laughter and their hideous expressions as they committed cold blooded murder. The blood everywhere, the blood…lakes of it. Or the screams of his mother and fifteen-year-old sister, Fatima. She was strong, fearless. The terror on her face when the leader slung her over his shoulder contorted her beautiful features but did nothing to extinguish the look of fear in her eyes.
He did. A family of Bosnian refugees had discovered him wandering in the woods outside his family’s burned Sarajevo home. A professor, his wife, and two small girls had taken him with them to Srebrenica, where they would all be safe. The United Nations was protecting the city. The professor had explained in precise language what the UN was, and the power that they had. Mile after mile, the small band of refugees walked toward the eastern coast of Bosnia, Srebenica, where they would find refuge. The teacher reassured them all that they would be safe once the exhausting trip was over. The United Nations had proclaimed that the small town they were headed for was safe from attacks or hostility.
In the war-ravaged debris of what was once Yugoslavia, the hope of a peaceful transition from Communism to a new form of multi-party democracy had been smashed into oblivion.
But the soldiers came again, and this time he could not run away. The professor’s blood saved him. This time they were in a hurry, using machine guns rather than knives. More efficient. The words of the kind, learned, and God-fearing man lying dead beside him rang in his ears as he lay waiting for a death that did not come. We have nothing to fear, the United Nations will protect us. There are UN soldiers who are commissioned to keep us safe.
To this day, the Srebrenica massacre is considered the worst genocide in post-second-World-War history. Despite the town’s protected status, it was attacked and captured by the Serbian Army. More than 8,000 Bosnian people were killed. An additional 20.000 civilians were expelled from the area in a process described by a tidily euphemistic phrase, ethnic cleansing.
A battalion of 450 Dutch soldiers charged with protecting the small town was routed by superior forces of better-armed Serbian soldiers. Dutch Commander Karremans pulled out his entire force when Serbian General Mladic assured him that his men were merely transporting the civilians to another city. The killing began as soon as the UN troops retreated.
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It’s a Christmas vacation for Lindsey and Rich and their two Cal poly college students- what better way to spend it than by trying to save the world from the worst disaster imaginable?
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Lin Wilder is the author of the Lindsey McCall medical mystery series, which includes The Fragrance Shed By A Violet, Do You Solemnly Swear? A Price for Genius and Malthus Revisited. Her memoir, Finding the Narrow Path recounts her journey away from God and back again. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including a Feathered Quill, three NABE Pinnacles, two IAN Best Books, two Literary Titans and a Readers Favorite Best Book. She lives in northern Nevada. Her latest book is I, Claudia: A Novel of the Ancient World.
All her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at her website, linwilder.com where she writes weekly articles.
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