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Author: Frank Herbert
ISBN: 0425090507
Language: English
Category: Thrillers & Suspense
Publisher: Berkley (July 15, 1986)
Rating: 4.8
Formats: docx lrf doc lit
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From Science fiction grandmaster Frank Herbert, creator of the Dune universe, comes this novel of bioterrorism and gendercide. What if women were an endangered species? It begins in Ireland.

The White Plague book. The book is very well written and engaging but I did have a couple of grumbles, the first being that Herbert utilises national stereotypes quite a bit, which was a bit irritating. He also clearly HATES the British Man, this was a harrowing read! Made all the more so because of its plausibility. I don't know if the science was up to it at the time the book was written but the titular plague, which is carried by males unsymptomatically but kills all females, is more than possible today.

From Science fiction grandmaster Frank Herbert, creator of the Dune universe, comes this novel of bioterrorism . Society, religion, and morality are all irrevocably transformed by the White Plague. What if women were an endangered species?It begins in Ireland, but soon spreads throughout the entire world: a virulent new disease expressly designed to target only women. As fully half of the human race dies off at a frightening pace and life on Earth faces extinction, panicked people and governments struggle to cope with the global crisis. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The White Plague is a 1982 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert that explores madness and revenge on a global scale. When an IRA terrorist car bomb explodes, the wife and children of molecular biologist John Roe O'Neill are indiscriminately killed on May 20, 1996. Driven halfway insane by loss, his mind fragments into several personalities that carry out his plan for him. He plans a gendercidal revenge and creates a plague that kills only women, but for which men are the carriers.

René Dubos THIS CASTLE’S haunted, Kate whispered night. Shush, Stephen whispered. My grandmother could tell when ghosts were about, and I’ve inherited it. This is an evil place.

To Ned Brown For his years of friendship. I fear for the shape of things which may come from the heat of O'Neill's plague. Truly, I fear, for the heat is great. Fintan Craig Doheny.

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Frank Herbert was born on October 8, 1920, in Tacoma, Washington, to Frank Patrick Herbert Sr. and Eileen (McCarthy) . and Eileen (McCarthy) Herbert. Other highlights were The Dosadi Experiment, The Godmakers, The White Plague and the books he wrote in partnership with Bill Ransom: The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect, and The Ascension Factor which were sequels to Destination: Void

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A warm day in Dublin, a crowded street corner. Suddenly, a car-bomb explodes, killing and injuring scores of innocent people. From the second-floor window of a building across the street, a visiting American watches, helpless, as his beloved wife and children are sacrificed in the heat and fire of someone else's cause. From this shocking beginning, the author of the phenomenal Dune series has created a masterpiece. The White Plague is a marvelous and terrifyingly plausible blend of fiction and visionary theme. It tells of one man's revenge, of the man watching from the window who is pushed over the edge of sanity by the senseless murder of his family and who, reappearing several months later as the so-called Madman, unleashes a terrible vengeance upon the human race. For John Roe O'Neill is a molecular biologist who has the knowledge, and now the motivation, to devise and disseminate a genetically carried plague-a plague to which, like those that scourged mankind centuries ago, there is no antidote, but one that zeros in, unerringly and fatally, on women. As the world slowly recognizes the reality of peril, as its politicians and scientists strive desperately to save themselves and their society from the prospect of human extinction, so does Frank Herbert grapple with one of the great themes of contemporary life: the enormous dangers that lurk at the dark edges of science. The White Plague is a prophetic, believable, and utterly compelling novel.
Comments (7)
I am a computer science student and I have taken an interest in molecular computing. Upon telling my professor about my interest, he gave me a book on recombinant DNA. He warned me to read The White Plauge first so I can understand that playing with DNA is not full of hope and cures. When I started to read this book, I did not read what it was about and I did not read reviews. I went at it blindly. Honestly, I enjoyed it. When people say that it slows down towards the middle/end I don’t consider that a bad thing. I loved reading the priest and Joseph bicker back and fourth. I thought that their trek through Ireland was very interesting. I didn’t really like Kate and her husband. More her than him. I thought she cried the whole time. However, she had every right to. Their story never really went where I wanted it to go. I especially enjoyed hearing the scientist work through the problems and figure out how the virus spreads. In all, this was a good read and I’m happy I was able to find time to read it while going to school.
I read the paperback of this book 20 years ago and I have liked this book ever since. I think it is a great book by a great author with a great speculative ending based on potential scientific outcomes! I suspect that since 9-11 books like this are too how-to explicit to make into a movie but I think that if we could go back 40 years and make the movie of the book the movie version would be as valuable a contribution to the SF genre, and society, as the original 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (the TDTESS remake, is in my mind is too apocalyptic and no longer SF!)

Boy this book on kindle if you must but, my advice, is to find a hard copy (preferably hardcover) and keep it around for your later enjoyment.
I am not a huge fan of science fiction but I do enjoy post-apocalyptic story lines. So the overview, reviews, and book jacket sold me that this work from Herbert could be an interesting and entertaining romp. And indeed, it did start out that way with an engaging setup for the book involving the IRA, a scientist and his family, and the question of terrorism which unfortunately remains an important part of our lives. However, the book soon devolved into one part Crichton pseudo science, one part religious/moral debate, and one small part action and entertainment. Not that any of these ingredients are bad - it is just that they are poorly executed and the flow of the book is brutally challenging. I stuck with it hoping it would pick up and that my efforts would pay off. Unfortunately, my stubbornness would not allow me to give up and by the end I remained unrewarded.
I enjoyed the premise and have always liked Frank Herbert's writing. My only complaint is that there was too much technical detail regarding the biochemical processes. One would have to be a scientist in a related field to enjoy that. However, the plot moved along and the characters were interesting.
This is one of my favorites of Herbert's though it's less well-known that his Dune series. His exploration of our world and its designs and dangers is just as poignant as when he delves into fantasy, and just as effectively shows us ourselves, at our best and our worst. I'll be using this in my college course soon, and will update after the semester with student feedback.
Although there was some fantasizing about the details of the technology, it is absolutely possible that some genetic plagues are now possible. The only problem is we don't know who controls them.
This is one of those books that you want to re-write so bad that it haunts you. Especially now with all that has happened during the past 6 months. The beginning premise is currently shown at your local theather under the title of "Collateral Damage." However, the White Plague is way beyond that intellect. There are places in the book that drags on and on. This is the area that you want to re-write. I think if you approach the reading with a re-write in mind, you may enjoy it very much. Evolving of mankind does not fare well in this book. Maybe you could give it a little hope.
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