This book is actually three stand-alone pieces: a novella and two short stories. However, all thee are tied together by the Craig Wells family that appears in each.
“Toxic Situations, A Novella” is a fast-paced thriller that leads the reader from Atlanta to Australia on the hunt for stolen capsules containing a deadly avian flu virus. We follow the adventures of CDC agent Craig Wells Jr. as he and his partner travel the globe battling warring organized crime figures that are determined to sell them to the highest bidder or unleash the deadly virus.
In “Family Secrets”, the reader is invited to a family gathering where the stage is set for an unfolding tragedy and the discovery of the horrid truth about the secrets hidden by seemingly happy families.
In “Thrills at the Esplanade Cinema”, what begins as an innocent daily occurrence has the potential to become a life-ending event that stays with the protagonist.
“The sights and sounds jump off the page with the writer’s descriptions and narrative. Treat yourself to a wonderful read. Anyone searching for absorbing, lyrical prose will enjoy this carefully crafted collection. “
“The first one–‘Toxic Situations’ is fast-paced with the proverbial twists and turns about stolen capsules containing a deadly avian flu virus that involve organized crime figures and CDC agents. Who will win? The story ends with the reader wanting more and anxiously awaiting a sequel! I’m hoping there will be one!”
“The characters are sympathetic,and drawn with vivid realism. Weatherly is a wonderful storyteller, and his new book Closed Doors, which opens with Toxic Situations, is a thought-provoking read.”
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CIR: There are three stories here, but where did you get the idea for the first one, “Toxic Situations”, about deadly viruses
WEATHERLY: Geneticist and Author J.J. Brown co-authored an article for a medical journal about the risks of performing laboratory research on deadly viruses. The concern addressed the possibility of such viruses getting into the hands of the wrong people.
CIR: Who will these stories appeal to?
WEATHERLY: People who enjoy a fast-paced read with a focus on intelligence, police and military operations enjoy the book. One reviewer told me “Toxic Situations” reminded him of CSI. I think those who remember MacGyver and liked it will enjoy my stories, too.
CIR: One of the reviewers wished for a sequel. Is there more coming?
WEATHERLY: Yes, my current work-in-progress, Operation Pandemonium, picks up where “Toxic Situations” left off. My protagonist heads up CDC security operations and investigations. His counter-part in Australia arrives in Atlanta on the trail of an arms smuggler who she believes has returned to the States.
Lia London, the host of this site, has read this book and recommends it as an exciting series of character studies.