The Second Angel

The Second Angel

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
In the year 2069, plagues and climatic changes have wreaked havoc on the world, and a new virus that can only be cured by an infusion of uninfected blood runs rampant, with the moon housing America's federal reserve of the priceless commodity

McMillan Palgrave
A dark, dystopian high-velocity thriller in the cult-classic tradition of Kerr's A Philosophical Investigation.

July 2069: centennial of the Apollo 11 moon walk. What would Buzz Aldrin see if he were here? On Earth, plagues have destroyed the major food supplies, climatic changes have brought constant winter to the once-industrialized West, and a new and virulent virus--P2--has infected Earth's population, bringing radical change in economic, political, and social structures. P2 is curable--but only with an infusion of uninfected blood. Indeed, blood has become the currency of choice: It is banked, speculated in, traded, hoarded, but only by those wealthy enough (or healthy enough) to have a clean, uninfected supply. And the moon? It is now home to sex hotels and penal colonies. Home, too, to the "federal reserve" of blood banks--the most impregnable high-security installation in the world. It is the brainchild of one man--and he has every reason to destroy it. Acting on the most human of motives--revenge--he will take on the impossible. Unbeknownst to him, he will have help from a very strange source. Call it 2001 updated. Call it a chillingly convincing mix of prophecy and science. Call it Philip Kerr's best book yet. The Second Angel: 1999's prologue to 2069, a terrifying forecast of the future.


Blackwell North Amer
July 2069: the centennial of the Apollo 11 Moon walk. What would Buzz Aldrin see if he were here?
On Earth, plagues have destroyed major food supplies, climatic changes have brought constant winter to the once-industrialized West, and a new and virulent virus - P[superscript 2]- has infected the Earth's population, bringing devastating changes in the economic, political, and social structures. P[superscript 2] is curable - but only with an infusion of clean, uninfected blood. Indeed, virus-free blood has become the currency of choice: it is banked, speculated in, traded, hoarded. But only by those wealthy enough (or healthy enough) to have an uninfected supply.
And the Moon? It is now home to sex hotels and penal colonies. Home, too, to the "federal reserve" of blood banks - the most impregnable high-security installation ever built. Its security systems are the brainchild of one man - and he has every reason to destroy them. Acting on the most human of motives, revenge, he will take on the impossible. Unbeknown to him, he will have help from a very strange source.

Baker
& Taylor

In the year 2069, plagues and climatic changes have wreaked havoc on the world, and a new virus that can only be cured by an infusion of uninfected blood runs rampant, with the moon housing America's federal reserve of the priceless commodity. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805059625
0805059628
Branch Call Number: SF KER
Characteristics: 392 p. ; 24 cm.

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Agree with freeman [below] there is a bit too much medical detail but the plot is an interesting twist on man against man and man against machine. Philip Kerr is a dry wit and a clever writer. Skip some of those footnotes and just get on with the plot and enjoy the book.

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May 28, 2011

Being a fast paced book reader as I am, the medical details at the beginning really discouraged me. Didn't really feel like finishing the book. Probably a great read for medical enthusiasts.

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