The Homeland Directive

The Homeland Directive (Amazon Link)

Paperback, 144 pages

On the heels of reading Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney, I find that I’m more sensitive to (and paranoid about) issues of biological warfare. Reading The Homeland Directive reminded me of the episode of Criminal Minds where unsub used envelopes as a delivery system for the contagion. It was a long time before I could lick an envelope.

In The Homeland Directive, the government may be out to get Dr. Laura Regan, who is the foremost authority on infectious diseases at the CDC. There’s an outbreak of an unknown disease. Because no one knows what it is, and no one knows how it spreads, there’s a potential for mass panic. It doesn’t help that Dr. Regan’s partner has been murdered, she’s been kidnapped by rogue government officials, and no one really knows who’s responsible for the outbreak.

I found the use of color in the different story lines to be stunning. The authors used color to illicit feelings about each story, and I thought they did well.  Coming on the heels of reading Witchblade Origins Vol. 1, I found the dialogue to be refreshingly smooth and appropriate, where Witchblade’s dialogue and exposition was clunky and unrealistic.

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