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Terrorists in the ER – Smallpox Epidemic – Could It Happen Today ?


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Los Angeles, CA December 2005. You’ve read about it, you’ve seen it: terrorist attacks on trains, in nightclubs and the worst terrorist attack in U.S history on the World Trade Tower in New York City. But will the next terrorist attack strike even closer to home – your own hospital’s emergency room.

That’s the premise behind the new gripping medical fiction thriller, Sledgehammer, which occurs in a Los Angeles emergency room, where terrorists have used smallpox as a biological agent with plans to spread it into several sports arenas, airports and shopping malls to maximize its deadly effects.

The emergency room setting is brought vividly to life through the eyes of the author, Dr. Paulo J. Reyes, a practicing Emergency Room Doctor and First Responder to disasters in Los Angeles, whose medical career has spanned 25 years.

In Sledgehammer the hospital staff in a Los Angeles emergency room faces the daunting challenge of preventing the contagious disease from quickly spreading and affecting their patients and colleagues alike. What adds further drama is the discovery that this particular form of smallpox is an aggressive type – sledgehammer smallpox or a malignant smallpox which starts out as non-typical rash and quickly turns into a life-threatening situation.

Dr. Reyes is also the author of Health-Care Reform or Redistribution of Cost? and is currently working on the sequel to this book. Realizing there’s a clear and present danger of a terrorist attack today leads him to support voluntary smallpox vaccinations and through his book to spread the word of potential dangers.

Sledgehammer is an excellent book to add to your collection. It’s fiction at its best, only depicting real life possibilities. With many five-star reviews, it’s plot and non-stop action has you eagerly turning every page to find if they stop its deadly spread in time. Available at Dr. Reyes’ website and at Amazon and leading online bookstores.

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