Golden Plague,the new book by Ila Monroe, sheds a light on the frailty of our existence by sculpting one of our biggest fears, contagion, into a visceral nightmare; a nightmare that originates in a place where we seek solace and safety: a hospital bed.  You won't be able to put this book down! <h1>Golden Plague<h1>

Dynamic thriller, super entertaining read (Slight spoilers ahead)

By Anita M.  on July 23, 2013

Golden Plague, Ila Monroe's debut novel, is a satisfying, fast-paced read. Monroe writes engaging characters and develops an interesting story that keeps you hooked until the end. The story follows a series of characters whose lives are intertwined thanks to the MRSA bacteria. Some study it, others want to profit through it, some are afflicted by it. Monroe writes a winning story, and at the same time educates, something that is seldom seen nowadays. In her different settings (the novel takes place in Chicago, London, Cairo, Spain, and Puerto Rico) and her multi-cultural characters, she shows that MRSA infection is a global issue, not particular of only one region.


The novel initially follows Miguel, a humble Puerto Rican kid, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, working at a lab in London. Infected with MRSA, at this same laboratory, his condition becomes precarious. Miguel becomes the motivator for others to bring to justice the greedy perpetrators who intentionally created the contagion. Interconnected stories bring forth memorable characters like James Penton and Valeria Loperena. James, a Bond-like character, is the British agent who has a personal stake at bringing the villains down in this entertaining read. Valeria, the prototype sexy, intelligent, I-take-no-crap, Puerto Rican woman, is the advertising exec who inadvertently gets caught in the turmoil of greed and suffering created by the perpetrators in this story.Monroe writes colorful, but scary villains. As a reader you despise them and wish them their due justice. This is the case specially with Sam Cosgrove. It is fair to say he's a deranged mind whose only purpose in life is destruction for destruction's sake. His character is reminiscent of the villains in the recent Batman series, so creepy, you only want to learn his back-story just because he's that appealing.

Monroe's writing style at times can only be described as utterly delightful. Valeria's scenes with her best friend, Mercedes, are full of intense joy, or deep feeling as the need arises within the plot. Monroe makes you feel the moment...the frenzy and excitement in the concert scene...joy and passion in the flamenco scene enjoyed by secondary characters Ana and Paco. There are many moments in the novel that stand out, to name them all would spoil the experience.

I sincerely recommend buying this novel. I was fortunate to read both the Spanish and English versions. The translation to English is EXCELLENT, nothing is lost from the original Spanish version. Fluent in both languages I can say that Monroe's efforts are respected and true to form in the English translation. I expect great things from this author. And anxiously await the next installment in this series, as it's obvious from the end that it will become a franchise. Get your copy of Golden Plague now, and fall in love with Miguel, Ana, and Paco... With James and Valeria... Detest Josh and Sam, enjoy a whirlwind tour of London, Chicago, Cairo, Spain and San Juan...and be prepared to fully immerse yourself in a topic that's real, that's happening now: MRSA. I commend Monroe on making this subject not only palatable, but fully entertaining. And that's the best way to learn.


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AUTHOR

Ila Monroe’s is no ordinary author
 and her previous nonfiction
achievements prove it. Her smarts are really on display in fiction, where she relies on using everyday characters and plausible plots to engage us with health issues around us.
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NEWS


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced an update to A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance, which is a blueprint for specific, coordinated federal actions to address this growing threat in the United States. Read More


BOOK CLUB


Golden Plague will certainly trigger many questions which many
 readers have never asked themselves before. A discussion with your friends will certainly bring up some interesting exchanges. What would you have done? is just one... Read More

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