How far would you go to fight an engineered virus with the potential to kill millions?
On a charitable mission to fund a school deep in the jungles of Borneo, billionaire Pia Sabel finds a clinic where doctors infect locals with a deadly, man-made disease. When Tania, her friend and body-guard, contracts the contagious illness their best hope for survival relies on veteran Jacob Stearne.
But Jacob isn't the most stable ally. He’s just reached a comfort level in life with a new house, a puppy, and a possibly serious girlfriend. The voice in his head has returned, complicating his mission. Is Mercury, winged messenger of the Roman gods, giving him divine guidance--or has he gone mad?
With a mole in their ranks, Jacob and Pia face the highest stakes of their lives. Racing from Malaysia to America to China, Pia and Jacob unravel the mystery until the prime suspects are murdered. Can they stop the mastermind of this horrific plan before Tania dies and the plague spreads?
Interview with Seeley James from DigiWriting.com
DW: Do readers really compare Pia and Jacob to other literary heroes and heroines?
SJ: I’ve heard Pia Sabel compared to Jack Reacher many times because she’s a straight-forward, no-nonsense heroine who beats the crap out of people. Recently, I’ve heard Jacob Stearne in the same breath as Stephanie Plum because of his whacky lifestyle and romantic problems. It’s appropriate because he’s our comic-relief character.
DW: What is your favorite book of all time? How has it influenced you and your writing?
I don’t have just one. One Shot by Lee Child, because it has such an intricate set of clues, ranks right up there with First Drop by Zoe Sharp, because she nailed the teenagers with incredible insight and humor.
DW: Did you always want to be a writer or did you fall into the profession?
I was nineteen and single when I adopted a three-year-old girl and raised her (More about that on my site, http://seeleyjames.com/about/ ). Kids need a lot of money and attention, so I worked in the upwardly mobile tech industry. Later in life, my career afforded me the ability to take a huge risk.
DW: Which authors have had a profound impact on your writing?
SJ: Gillian Flynn because she thinks way outside the Agatha Christie formula. Janet Evanovich because her books are just plain fun. J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has some phenomenal writing techniques. Daniel Silva, Harlan Coben, Russell Blake, John Sandford, James Rollins, A. G. Riddle, Lance Charnes, the list just goes on and on…