Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for We All Fall Down by Daniel Kalla.
Think Contagion meets The Da Vinci Code in the next heart-stopping
thriller from the internationally bestselling author Daniel Kalla.
A critically ill patient lies dying in a remote town in Italy. Alana Vaughn, an infectious diseases expert with NATO, receives a desperate call – she must fly to Italy
immediately and confirm what everyone already suspects… that the dying woman has the plague, a merciless disease that kills in days.
When Alana arrives, her worst fears are confirmed. But the patient isn’t just dying of the plague – she has the strain of the plague known as the Black Death, one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, which eight hundred years ago killed more than a quarter of the world’s population. And if Alana and her counterpart at the World Health Organisation, Byron Menke, can’t track down the source of the disease…then it will be the end of them all.
I thoroughly enjoyed both The Da Vinci Code and Contagion so this novel appealed to me straight away and I wasn’t disappointed! We All Fall Down is as fast past and deadly as the plague that sweeps through Genoa and beyond. We begin on the construction site where an old monastery has been pulled down to make way for a new development. An old monk turns up on a daily vigil to the site with warnings of the consecrated ground they are working on. The workers pay no heed and carry on with their work until one collapses, coughing up blood. So begins a disease that spreads with unrelenting speed; children, adults, men, women and even animals are struck down. The World Health Organisation begin to investigate alongside NATO. Dr Alana Vaughn comes to the conclusion that the victims are suffering from The Black Death. The question is not only how to stop it but if they even can? They need to find out where and how a disease centuries buried came to be. It’s a race against time as the disease spreads further and further, killing without discrimination.
This is an absolute page turner that I couldn’t read fast enough. It filled my sleep with dark shadows and even when awake my mind kept returning to the story as I eagerly awaited my next opportunity to read on. Daniel also takes us back to the 14th-century as the Black Death tore the small town of Genoa apart. Can it survive a second time? Indeed, can the world? Thoroughly recommended and I will definitely be seeking out more by Mr Kalla.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
We All Fall Down has been published by Simon & Schuster.
About the author
Daniel Kalla is the international bestselling author of Pandemic, Resistance, Rage
Therapy, Blood Lies, Cold Plague, and Of Flesh and Blood. His books have been
translated into eleven languages, and two novels have been optioned for film. Kalla
practices emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia.