Newsweek: March 2017

Bob's Newsweek cover story on the new Arctic, July 2015.

August 2015, a bio-thriller novel set in the US Arctic.


Fortune Magazine - Look for Bob's coverage of the state and fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge under President Trump...will Congress open it for oil an upcoming fall 2017 issue of Fortune Magazine.

Just published, August, 2017, "VECTOR" a new Joe Rush bio-thriller novel.



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 was 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 falls to Joe Rush to trace the outbreak, before it gets even worse.

WRITER IN RESIDENCE...Bob was 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.

NEWSWEEK....Bob's coverage of Arctic issues ran in Newsweek Magazine, March 2017.

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.

"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.

Reviews for the work of Bob Reiss

"White Plague" received numerous raves. "Stunning," said Linda Fairstein. "Relentless action and suspense," said Alex Berenson. Steve Berry: "A stellar novel of action, adventure and intrigue." John Sanford: "Fast, well written entertainment wrapped around something to think about." Lisa Gardner: "A bone thrilling chiller." Booklist gave it a starred review. Kirkus Reviews called the author, "...a master of this chilled universe."
The side effect of a new drug heightens human intuition to an astounding degree. Who will control the drug?
A genetically engineered microbe has stopped the world's petroleum supply. If an antidote isn't found within 50 days, the collapse will reach the point of no return. "The book is very good and interesting and makes you think." - Good Morning America
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Raised together, trained together, married to each other, this cadre of Soviet spies is trapped in the US as the Soviet Union collapses.
“The Coming Storm is the most readable and intelligent summary of global warming science and politics I have read.” Bill McKibben,
--New York Observer
2. Novel
The novel examines how far a free society can and should go in combating terrorism.