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Are We Prepared for a Smallpox Threat?

Los Angeles, CA (September, 2006) What happens when bioterrorists unleash the “smallpox” chemical on a highly populated city and time is crucial to prevent its lethal spread? The drama unfolds in the realistic fiction thriller, Sledgehammer. Terrorists have successfully used the acute, highly contagious, febrile disease as a biochemical agent with plans to spread it into several sport arenas, airports, and shopping malls to maximize its deadly effects. If not for the quick action and prior medical expertise of the main character, Dr. Max Kroose, fatalities could be in the millions.

What makes the book extremely interesting is the events unfolding in the Emergency Room symbolize real events that occur throughout the country’s hospitals on a daily basis. The author, Dr. Paulo J. Reyes, is a practicing ER physician and First Responder to disasters in Los Angeles, California with a medical career spanning over 25 years. Reyes’ medical expertise helped to create an environment that both medical personnel and science fiction fans will enjoy. Added to the harrowing tale, the characters are well developed and passionate in their rapid quest for life-saving answers.

In Sledgehammer, the first case of smallpox is presented in an emergency room in Los Angeles. The hospital staff faces the immediate challenges of the contagious disease spreading quickly and effecting patients and staff alike. Adding further drama to the story is the doctors’ discovery that this particular the eruption is “sledgehammer,” a particularly aggressive form. Sledgehammer smallpox, caused by the variola virus, develops a non-typical rash and patients succumb to the disease fairly rapidly, which further increases the urgency to find a cure. The action packed plot that has received numerous 5 star ratings from both Midwest Reviews and Heartland Reviews, as well as numerous others.

With today’s ongoing terrorists’ threats, the growing concern of a biochemical attack, the fear of a global pandemic, and the style in which Dr. Reyes has created this book, Sledgehammer is an excellent choice to add to your collection.

Dr. Reyes is available for media events by contacting Publicist Diana Ennen at (954) 971-4025. Sledgehammer is available at, publisher’s site at or leading online bookstores.


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