NEWSWEEK....Look for Bob's coverage of Arctic issues from Norway in an upcoming Newsweek Magazine, winter 2017.
WRITER IN RESIDENCE...Bob will be a writer in residence at the Anchorage Museum in summer 2017, researching issues relating to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and it's state and fate under the incoming Trump administration.
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA SPEECH...Bob was the keynote speaker discussing the future of the Arctic at the American Institute of Architects, Alaska chapter conference, Saturday night, Nov. 5, 2016, at Wedgewood Resort. Bob discussed his non-fiction book, "The Eskimo and The Oil Man", and articles on the region he published in magazines including Smithsonian, Parade, Readers Digest and Newsweek.
COMING IN SUMMER 2017, "VECTOR" a new Joe Rush bio-thriller novel.
FROM COMBINED PRESS SERVICES...TERRORISTS RELEASE GENETICALLY MODIFIED MALARIA IN US CITIES. PANIC HITS THE EAST COAST.
IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL NORMAL MOSQUITOES FROM NEW VARIETY
ATLANTA: CDC officials today confirmed that the outbreak of a new, deadly malaria in the United States has been traced to an unknown terrorist group.
"Unfortunately, the vector carrying the disease is resistant to pesticides, and able to survive colder temperatures," said Dr. Wilbur Gaines, CDC head. "It is impossible to know how many of these genetically modified insects are out there, and impossible to distinguish them by sight from the normal every day variety."
As the death toll climbs, cities have turned into virtual ghost towns, with residents fearing to go out. The sighting of a single mosquito can cause panic in a crowded subway car. The President has advised citizens to stay indoors during hours of peak mosquito activity, dusk and dawn. "Keep your windows down, and screens in place. When you go out, wear plenty of DEET," the President said.
White House spokesmen denied rumors that the government had advance notice of the attack, and has refused to comply with terrorist demands. "The nation has been brought to its knees by an insect," said Gaines.
The idea for VECTOR, fourth novel in the Joe Rush series, began germinating years ago, when Bob was writing non-fiction about a gold rush in the Amazon, and a malaria outbreak there. It took years for the book to come together. The writing began long before the current outbreak of mosquito borne Zika virus occurred.
"When Zika appeared I considered changing the plot because I was afraid that readers would think I was taking advantage of a bad situation. I got no pleasure out of anticipating that mosquitoes would return to being a public menace in the developed world, but I finished a book that was already halfway complete," Bob said.
Like all the Joe Rush books, Vector will be published under the pseudonym of James Abel. Like all the Rush books, the hope is that the story will entertain but also increase public awareness about a real disease.
Malaria is currently growing resistant to medicines and insecticides and kills as many as one million people each year around the world, mostly in poor countries. But climate change is driving the disease to expand into other areas too.
In "Vector", it will fall to Joe Rush to trace the outbreak, before it gets even worse.
"THE LAST SPY", Bob's cold war era Washington Post seller, was recently re-released as an e-book.
The NY Times said that the novel, "powerfully evokes the espionage agent's mind-set of distrust, and piles the insecurity created by the Soviet coup onto the already treacherous state of being a spy within a system of spying." Washington Post called it, "Sparkling and fast paced...a thoroughly engaging thriller." Publisher's Weekly, "This well wrought tale perfectly captures the undercover agent's sense of paranoia, the inability to trust anyone of anything and the consequences of that terrible loneliness."
Bought outright by Paramount, this book takes place during the Soviet coup, and pits Russians against Russians in Washington, with no Americans ever finding out.