“interesting, well written, and taut thriller… about our responsibilities to ourselves, our children, and our planet.”

“i started reading intervention hoping to get through a few chapters because i felt guilty that my ‘to review’ list was so long. i didn’t make it through a few chapters, i finished the entire book in one sitting. i’ve seen it variously described as science fiction, techno-fiction, a medical thriller, and (strangely) as a fantasy. it doesn’t really fit into one category because w.r.r. munro manages to bring a variety of different topics together smoothly into one coherent and captivating storyline.

munro takes bees, genetically modified organisms, nefarious multinational corporations, the united states government, philanthropists, evil scientists, and more and dances them through the pages of intervention weaving a captivating story about our responsibilities to ourselves, our children, and our planet. it is tempting to look at that and think, “oh man, not another of those end of the world if we don’t change our ways stories,” but it’s not that at all. it’s an interesting, well written, and taut thriller.”

4/5 Stars

– Shane Alonso

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“technothriller sci-fi page turner that is highly recommended for all adrenaline junkies”

“Intervention: The Pandora Virus by WRR Munro is a technothriller sci-fi page turner that is highly recommended for all adrenaline junkies.

In June 2011 Marc and Cate knew they were in trouble if they stayed with Gardener and his biotech company. Cate was the one who realized what was happening: “It is that bad. It’s worse. It’s not chimp, Marc. I can tell you exactly what species we have been experimenting with, and believe me, we’re in the deepest trouble imaginable.” (Location 71)

Marc was sure she was over reacting: “C’mon, Cate. We’re not in physical danger. Gardner may be a bit of a megalomaniac but he’s also a scientist. He’s dedicated himself to medical advancement, to helping people. He’s not a thug. He’s not going to—” “You’ve no idea what he will or won’t do, nor do I. We had no idea how far he’d take our work.” (Location 231)

It soon became clear that Gardner would go to pretty drastic measures to keep his research secret.

Jumping up to 2033, Ayden Walker is a researcher trying to get data on why bees are not pollinating trees. He is head of field research for the EPA’s Bee Anomaly investigation. His team has just announced that their research is releasing “a preliminary finding, blaming an unidentified bacterium for leaving a waxy deposit on the leg hairs of the bees, which affects the ability of the hairs to collect pollen.”

Ayden is anti-GMO. As he explains to a young colleague, he is against commercializing new  genetically modified organisms before they are understood. The EPA only gives them a cursory one-dimensional look at the risks, but not the complexity of interaction. He’s frustrated and upset about his discoveries and an attempt by William Hanford at Genenco, a huge biotech company,  to keep him quiet: “ Someone has released a genetically modified organism into the environment. That organism is causing—has already caused—substantial damage to the ecosystem and many millions of dollars of crop losses, soon to be billions. If your organization is involved, surely you need to think about damage control. Surely, the faster you cooperate, the better it will be for your organization, as well as for agriculture and the environment.” (Location 746)

Then Ayden is told the whole truth of his parents background – and thus his background. The question is really how much will the truth influence him, as well as how far will he go to find out who is releasing the GMO into the environment before life as we know it completely ends. And how far will William at Genenco go to keep Ayden quiet?

This is a thriller with a timely message about GMO and ecological consequences of our current practices. Whether you agree with Monro or not about his conclusions/beliefs, he has written a good thriller that is highly entertaining. I can’t say the writing or character development was outstanding, but, with the exception of a few little slowdowns in the plot, Intervention starts out at a fast pace and certainly races along to the end. A perfect airplane book: lots of action and intrigue, with the added bonus that you won’t be sobbing aloud during any part of it.”

4/5 Stars

– Lori Lutes

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“explores a very likely future”

“This book is absolutely fantastic. Set in the near future world of 2033, it is an exploration of Earth as it very well could be. Beginning in a field as Ayden Walker, a young scientist attempts to discover why bees are failing to pollinate plants, it spans a journey through science and politics and a world on the brink of collapse. And the best part about it is that it’s all entirely plausible. With the rapid progress on the technological front, things like the specs and gesture cuffs in the book are not entirely out of the question. More than that, this book explores a very likely future which seems to be very rooted in science and the trajectory of its progress.

However, on that note, science jargon could have been a little better explained. I found myself having to look up various terms because while they were thrown around by the characters, who all understood what they meant, I, as a reader, did not. But they did not hinder the story very much; it just would have been nice to have the definitions of the scientific terms that were not otherwise explained, though they were important to the plot.

Other than that, it was a well planned story, and though it seemed bogged in description sometimes, it all went toward world building, or the details were relevant in the plot. However, there could have been a little more conflict; much of the plot was ‘we need this device/science to counter our problem’ and then miraculously, they had it. But in general, it was a very, very enjoyable book – essentially it is everything the Divergent series attempted to be, but Roth lacked the scientific knowledge to make it so. Also, the fact that it’s aimed at an adult audience does wonders, because the protagonist isn’t consumed by hormone fuelled lust all the time.

On a more personal level, I like that Ayden and his parents, though technically American, had some Aussie ticks in their language. It was nice to see Australians represented even in a very American-centric novel.

This is the kind of book that could easily become a very good film, if the screenplay was well adapted. Apparently there is going to be a second book, and though I’m wary about how it could proceed, seeing as this works very well as a stand alone novel, I will definitely be reading it.”

4/5 Stars

– Mersini (Goodreads Review)

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“I loved this book”

“It’s intelligent, and so plausible it’s scary. I found the characters interesting, and the story compelling.

I highly recommend it if you’re into science/thrillers. I look forward to reading the next installment.”

5/5 Stars

 – Rosemarie Cawkwell

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“this one will make you keep reading”

“This book is made for readers of Robin Cook, Crichton, or any author of virulent apocalypse. Fast paced and extremely interesting, this one will make you keep reading. I found it to be of an interesting writing style as well.”

4/5 Stars

– Stephanie Elliott (NetGalley Review)

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“Frighteningly brilliant depiction of the future of humanity”

“Intervention – The Pandora Virus is a frighteningly brilliant depiction of the future of humanity. This book forces us to consider the age-old question of whether it is better to kill one person or one hundred to find the cure for cancer, but on a planetary survival level. This book is a very fast-paced techno thriller, with its author easily compared to one of the greats in this field, Michael Crichton. Intervention postulates the theory that in the not-too-distant future, climate change and population growth has left the Earth so devastated, that at its current rate of growth, it will take two Earths to sustain the population. The question WRR Munro forces us to ask ourselves is how far we would go to ensure the survival of the human race and our very planet? The answer for one man is very far indeed.

I found the characters in this book were easy to relate to. Ayden, while a super genius, comes off as someone who is genuinely concerned for humanity and is just trying to figure out the best solution, while his counterpart, William, has the best parts of a villain; those parts I can relate to. That’s what makes this book so relatable and so gripping. I can sympathize with both their point of views. This author is going places and I can’t wait for the sequel!!”

5/5 Stars

– Sean Ryan (Goodreads Review)

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“This is pretty much a rave review for a new thriller”

“This is pretty much a rave review for a new thriller, with one caveat (but don’t let that deter you!).

In 2033, field researcher Ayden Walker is trying to determine the reason some bees (world wide) are not pollinating the orchards in which they live. Enter a young woman who believes she has found a correlation between these bees and a new pattern of sterility in human males. With the help of several other scientists, including Ayden’s parents, Ayden expands his search, largely through the online network of the day, which is a joy for the reader to anticipate. Unknown to Ayden, his own conception was part of an experiment, and the impact this has on his work, and his ability to do his work, is a central part of the story.

I dare not say too much more about the plot, but it unfolds very nicely. This isn’t just a “young man finds and conquers a conspiracy”. It’s quite complex, and it isn’t necessarily who you think who’s set things in motion. My main complaint is that the young woman mentioned above, who becomes somewhat of a love interest for Ayden, is constantly whining and questioning why “the people” can’t be told what’s going on, several times causing serious problems. Luckily, she’s out of the way for much of the plot, but why Ayden would be drawn to her is completely unbelievable. Otherwise, this is a fascinating read, especially for the author’s view of science 20 years in the future.”

4/5 Stars

– Margaret Bailey (LibraryThing Review)

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“all too possible and scary because of that”

“Intervention took a while for me to get into. Lots of gadgets and technology to get use to……fascinating gadgets! Intervention is one of the science fiction stories that are all too possible and scary because of that. Once into the story it was very enjoyable.”

4/5 Stars

– Ann Bresnan (Goodreads Review)

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“A masterpiece of it’s genre”

“I absolutely LOVED this book! As soon as I finished it, I scoured Amazon to see if the author had written anything else. It kept me up into the wee hours, two nights in a row and I would have finished it in one go if I didn’t have to go to stupid work in the mornings. The premise was solid, the science was wonderfully believable – a rarity these days – and I’m still pondering the moral questions. It’s a masterpiece of it’s genre. I cannot wait for the sequel.”

5/5 Stars

– Julia Pierce (NetGalley Review)

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“A fast-paced, highly intelligent thriller”

“Read this in about 2 days. Loved it from beginning to end. Not only is it a well-paced thriller, but the big questions brought up over the course of the book are intriguing and all sides are discussed with intelligence and logic.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because the environmental science and programming principles are discussed at a high level, and may be less enjoyable to those less able to comprehend the full range of details. However, I would urge anyone to give it a go, if only to get an idea of what you’d be missing out on.”

4/5 Stars

– David Gifford (Amazon Review)

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