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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Ludensian Books; 1st edition (16 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955493927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955493928
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,939 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was published in 2007 and went on to become a best-seller in 2014, with more than a quarter of a million copies sold. Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

A new thriller, Heartbreaker, was published as an e-book in June 2014. The paperback was published in October 2014.

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"Fast, smart and terrifyingly plausible. Bite is a thoroughly assured thriller with an unusual and alarming setting - it sinks its hooks into the reader from the first chapter and does not let go."
--Jon Henley, Guardian journalist

"This a masterful and dexterous weaving together of characters and plot, and a real page turner. Nick Louth will drag you out of your parasite-free comfort zone in this immensely satisfying read."
--Rosie Carr

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A huge number one Kindle bestseller, Bite is a breath-taking ride of a novel, a high-concept conspiracy thriller about a disease outbreak and a man who will not never give up the search for his missing girlfriend --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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97 of 110 people found the following review helpful By P. Masterson on 23 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
A fast-paced and explosive thriller about a subject that really matters. It's quite a feat to twist together a daring and unpredictible plot with a real insight into the way the drug industry works. I found it not only more exciting than 'The Constant Gardener', but more convincing too. There's a truly amazing twist towards the end, and I defy anyone to guess it.
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102 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Nov. 2008
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Loved this book, normally I read crime fiction such as Jeffrey Deaver but this was up there with the best thrillers I have ever read. Loads of plot twists, action, amazing characters and really thought provoking. I was just disappointed it had to end, still wanted to know more about the characters. A thoroughly good read and would make an amazing film.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jennifer Ward on 5 Mar. 2008
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Wow! Started to read at 19.00 and finished at 00.10. Really couldn't put it down. Lots of gripping twists, then a twist on the twist. In the end Max could trust no one, and maybe the bad guys would win. Read it to find out. Me, I'm waiting for the film.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By J. Sheppard on 6 April 2014
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This book captivates you from the beginning with a cracking opening chapter, then splits into two storylines in different time-frames which build on the intrigue, before they converge to devastating effect for the exciting denouemont. The African back-story, sense-of-place, and central plot line regarding medical research into a cure for malaria are written in convincing detail that make the whole scenario very believable. Best book I have read in a long time.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Silver Reader on 29 May 2014
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This was a complex thriller that switches from 1992 Africa to present day Holland.
During 1992 scientists where held captive/ hostage in Africa. The survives of this ordeal attend a conference in Holland. However the power of money and revenge materialise with devastating consequences.
Excellent plot with detailed characters.
I didn't like the constant switching from Africa to Holland.
For me it wasn't the most gripping thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Franklin on 1 July 2014
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Bite: The most gripping thriller you will ever read.

Some claim there to live up to. Of course if you've read it or you've got some idea of the plot, the above references the plot as much as making a claim about the readability of this novel. However the challenge is there. Is it the most gripping novel you'll ever read? We should know!

Actually, it's a well written thriller twisting some interesting characters into a plot of potentially world threatening danger and incorporates many facets. There's the simple whodunit, there's the flawed good guy striving against the odds to save a fair maiden from the grip of the evil revenge seeker and there's the fight to contain a potential pandemic.

So there's a lot going on. It's well written and you ride along wanting to see how things develop and ultimately how things pan out.

But, finally, does this add up to the most gripping thriller you'll ever read? I can only say that for me, it wasn't. I can't fault it, I enjoyed it and reading It certainly wasn't time wasted. But no cigar. There are better (in my opinion, of course). However, the author Nick Louth without doubt does have a thrilling thriller (sorry) here and, despite the tongue in cheek claim in the title, it's really well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2015
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It helps though if a book has been fun, and in this case it was…. fun in that it left me with the itch you get from books about insects, the scratch of the bite, the paranoia from the potential for illness. It reminded me a little of Robin Cooks Outbreak, it gave that same paranoid feeling. But the book then has another surprising edge, a criminal tale, a war zone, a tale of revenge and a tale of love twisted by time and circumstance. I’ve not read anything by this author before but have to admit to being very surprised by how much he packed into what on first glance appeared a simplistic thriller.

The timeslip element keeps the reader on tenterhooks throughout, pulling you along from one scene to the next, constantly wanting to jump forward or back in time. The characters are well drawn, there are no super heroes here, Max our main character barely escapes a scene without injury, and despite the billing Erica only really exists in the past, the female in the present has just as many skeletons in her closet, and Nick Louth teases them out like a pro.

This thriller is more than a poolside make weight, its deserves some reading. (in fact i wouldn’t read it anywhere you need to wear mossie spray)

Recommended

(Parm)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Aug. 2014
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This should have been a great read - it had all the components, great story-line, interesting characters, got you thinking about the morals of powerful people and how greed influences the dismal fate of so many people. Basically the story is about an obscure form of maleria which originates in an isolated part of Africa and which is invariably deadly. An individual decides it might be a good idea to introduce this strain of maleria to the western world and proceeds to do so with devastating reasults.
So far so good I was really anticipating an un-put-downable read. But it didn't deliver. I didn't mind the switching over from one continent to another - in fact I quite enjoyed the tactic but the bad guy was too much of a mindless thug to be credible as was his ex girlfriend and I couldn't see the point of them being in the story at all. The author could have delivered more believable intrigue if he had kept these characters as believable as the doctors and scientists he portrayed so efficiently. MInd you, the doctor's daughter and the way her case was miraculously dealt with defied credibility too (I don't want to give away the storyline by going into too much detail here). Even the hero was unbelievable the way he escaped so many life threatening events while all around him lay the shattered ruins of everyone else's lives - it was all too fantastic and I couldn't take him seriously. Too much a James Bond teflon type but for a hero to work there must be credibility.
I stuck with it for the plot and the depiction of what happened in Africa but every other aspect of it failed to convince. Sorry, I really hate to give a negative review but this book irritated me because what should have been a really great read given the material at hand just became a very unconvincing story.
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