Blood RunBook - 2017
Biochemist Emma Caldridge joins Jackson Rand, pharmaceutical CEO, on a humanitarian mission to deliver vaccines to remote villages in Africa. But after narrowly escaping a crew of trained assassins, Emma realizes that there is more to this mission than she anticipated. Rand is keeping secrets from her, information that could cost both of them their lives…not to mention millions more.
After its eradication nearly forty years ago, the smallpox virus is once again threatening the world. With no known cure and limited stores of vaccine, the highly contagious, deadly and disfiguring disease has the power to wipe out entire cities. Rand’s company was hired to secure the last known vials, but some have gone missing in Africa and a ruthless government now hunts them for use as a biochemical weapon.
Emma must locate these vials before the killer plague is unleashed on the innocent, ravaging a world that never expected to see it again. She runs to the border, finding and freeing hostages as she does. But an insurgency is rising around them, blocking their every attempt to escape. Surrounded and with no choice but to head to the desert, Emma must stop the virus and lead her ragtag team to freedom…if the Sahara doesn’t kill them first.
When billionaire CEO Jackson Rand invites chemist Emma Caldridge on a humanitarian mission to deliver vaccines to villages in Africa, she jumps at the chance. But two weeks into the mission Emma, Rand, and his secretary are ambushed on the road to Dakar by a crew of assassins. When Emma drills Rand, he admits that he feared just such an attack, because the US government had hired Rand’s company to secure the last known vials of live smallpox virus, and several insurgent groups were seeking it for use as a biological weapon. He tells her that some of the smallpox vials were found hidden among the vaccines, but claims to have contained them all.
Emma calls Edward Banner, a defense contractor, for assistance and he relays some additional frightening news—three different insurgent groups are massing at the borders all around them, burning villages and kidnapping any Westerners in their path. Surrounded and with no way to break through to Dakar, Emma heads toward a refugee camp on the border, finding and freeing enslaved hostages along the route, and enraging the insurgents, who begin tracking her. While on the road, she discovers that a smallpox vial is close, the insurgents know it, and soon she’s leading a ragtag group north through the Sahara Desert in a desperate bid to keep the vial safe and to reach Morocco and freedom.