With the upcoming release of the Eleventh Hour and Midnight Hour, I wanted to share an excerpt from this exciting series. Colonel Amy Cooper, a doctor with the United States Army Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRID), must simultaneously find the cause of a deadly virus and manage the potential for mass panic.
What she must concentrate on most right now was to try and defuse the national panic it would create when people began to find out that you could die from this virus. And if what Mara had told her on the phone was true, she had better move quickly. Delaying the news of the vice president’s death a few days would buy them some time to gain control of the public. It could be done . . .
Almost in answer to Amy’s thoughts, the phone rang. Its two short bursts told her that Private Derek Grosse was on the line. Wearily, she reached for the receiver. “Yes?’’
“Colonel Cooper, there’s a call for you from a Greg Harrison.”
“Thank you.” She punched the blinking light on the phone.
“Hello? Mr. Harrison?” Amy visualized the serious rugged look of the CNN reporter anxiously returning her call. “Yes, USAMRIID is ready to make a statement on the virus.”
After she made a date to speak with the reporter in front of the cameras, Amy sat in her office staring into space for a long time. Deceiving the American public would be easy; it wouldn’t be the first time. Keeping her own fear under control so she could pull it off—that would be the hard part.
She picked up the phone.
“Derek? Get me the White House.”