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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press; New Ed edition (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842432044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842432044
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juris Jurjevics was born in Latvia during World War II and emigrated to the United States. He served in Vietnam and is the co-founder and publisher of Soho Press

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In some ways this excellent thriller is a throw-back to the good/bad old days of the Cold War. The principal setting is a multinational research station in the Arctic where, in the opening pages, three scientists out on the ice succumb to an agonising and instantaneous death, produced by ... well, by what?...Highly recommended. - Philip Gooden, Shots Magazine

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As an international team of scientists at the spectacular Trudeau Research Centre prepare for six months of unrelenting Arctic winter, three of their colleagues are found dead on the ice, their pupils missing, their bodies contorted in ghastly, unnatural positions, hardened from the inside out. Cause of death: unknown. Dr Jessica Hanley, a talented and unorthodox American epidemiologist, is summoned to the isolated station to investigate the cause of these grisly deaths before the unthinkable becomes reality. Halfway around the world in Moscow, Admiral Rudenko, well past retirement age, is summoned to locate a submarine that has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared in the waters he once knew well - the Norwegian fjords. Ideally suited to this sensitive assignment and conveniently expendable, Rudenko must locate and retrieve this rogue ship at any cost. Their missions will converge explosively in the unforgiving extremes of the Arctic night. Brilliantly crafted and terrifyingly convincing, "The Trudeau Vector" delves into the precarious, volatile area where science and politics clash, with potentially disastrous results. The die is cast.

Their missions will cross paths, and bring them up against hazards much bigger than microbes - scientific megalomania, lingering cold war tensions, world- threatening environmental toxins - all unfolding in the unforgiving extremes of the Arctic. A thriller that superbly depicts the precarious, volatile area where science and global politics can clash with disastrous results, "The Trudeau Vector" is reminiscent of the classic suspense of Frederick Forsyth's "The Day of the Jackal" and the terrifying realism of Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain". With its disquieting and revelatory authenticity, readers cannot help but fall under its spell and ask themselves, "Could this really happen?"


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Fairweather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2007
Format: Paperback
This thriller is attractive because of its location and subject. An international community of scientists and researchers live in a claustrophobic station high up in the Artic. Suddenly, four of them, out for an expedition on the ice, are found dead in very dramatic, mysterious circumstances. The likely killer seems to be a new lethal bug.

Jessica, a smart american biologist, is then sent to the Trudeau station as a kind of bug-detective, trying to find its origin before more people are found dead. The complication comes from the Russians, as the government is not too keen to see the truth revealed...It could be a really great and riveting novel with more editing. There is a lot of time spent around the background of many characters who, in fact have only minor roles and we don't really want to know so much. A thriller should concentrate on action and swift pace, not on plodding, irrelevant psychology. So as far as the plot goes, it is rather disapppointing, especiallly the very unsatisfying, near-absurd conclusion. It is nevertheless an interesting story that could have been much much better. Of course, as a reader it is an easy criticism to make. I certainly would not want to discourage anybody to read it.
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By J. Cronin VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Trudeau is an advanced Canadian research station situated deep in the Arctic Circle, where an international community of scientists collaborate in harmony. But tradegy strikes, and 4 scientists are killed by an unknown factor. Jessie, a brilliant, unconventional, American epidemiologist is requested to visit the station to determine the cause of these mysterious deaths.

Deep in the depths of the polar oceans, an experienced, old submariner is asked to lead a Russian team to investigate the disappearance of a Russian submarine. As the book unfolds, their missions converge as they race to solve the scientific and political mysteries that surround them.

I both liked and disliked this book. Jurjevics' grasp of scientific and engineering concepts is impressive, resulting in a book that is rich in information. Initially, the plots builds well, leaving the reader with a nicely tense sense of foreboding. Unfortunately, the book fails to maintain its excellent start and the plot descends into borderline silliness. Still though, it's well worth a read for the interesting scientific concepts raised by the author.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
MUST READ! 14 Sept. 2005
By Jerry A. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I picked up Juris Jurjevics' first novel,The Trudeau Vector, on Saturday morning and started reading after lunch. We were having old friends to dinner, but by the time they arrived I was so caught up in the tale that I watched the clock all evening, waiting for them to leave. More company arrived on Sunday afternoon, by which time I'd hunkered down in the spare room, completely engrossed in the frozen wasteland where Jurjevics' story takes place. Again, I could hardly wait to bid our guests a fond farewell. By Monday morning it was all I could do not to call in sick and stay in bed to finish the last few chapters.

The Trudeau Vector is a masterpiece of plot and pacing. It is rife with fascinating tidbits about the polar ice cap, cold war and post cold war politics, and the fragile nature of the world in which we live. It is peopled with characters whom I hope one day soon to meet again.

This is more than a story; it's an experience not to be missed. Do NOT wait for the paperback; this is well worth the full price of admission!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
An intricately plotted and well-written mystery 13 Sept. 2005
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Juris Jurjevics is, in a sense, the man behind the curtain. He is the co-founder and publisher of Soho Press, whose intricate, well-written mysteries are set in exotic locales and peppered with unusual characters. As expected, THE TRUDEAU VECTOR --- Jurjevics's initial excursion into the world of authorship --- possesses these elements, and more.

A Canadian research center whose international team is ensconced in a remarkable but fragile ecosystem is rocked by the deaths of four of its members. Three are found in impossibly contorted positions, their irises and pupils erased, while the fourth inexplicably committed suicide by giving himself over completely to the frozen environment outside. Dr. Jessica Hanley, a quirky but brilliant epidemiologist, is sent to determine and isolate the cause of each death. These tragedies coincide with the departure of another member of the team, a Russian scientist who is picked up by submarine from her home country; unbeknownst to the world, except for Russia, the vessel is lost.

Admiral Rudenko, a mothballed Russian naval officer, is roused out of quasi-retirement to lead an expedition to find it. The mission is a success but a horrid one: the sub is discovered though all the passengers are dead, exhibiting the same symptoms that afflicted the three research team members.

THE TRUDEAU VECTOR proceeds along these two, slowly converging tracks, with the principals of each unaware of the other. Hanley wants to interview the Russian team member who left on the day of the killings, not knowing that she has been the victim of the same malady aboard the submarine. Meanwhile, Rudenko, who is unaware of the deaths at the research center, is sent there to pick up the remaining Russians.

Jurjevics's pacing is nothing short of marvelous; he is in no hurry here, but his narrative is anything but plodding. His unseen and unknown microbiotic serial killer could strike again at any moment, which increases the tension factor one-hundredfold. He also peppers his story with marvelous little factoids, the product of which is obviously yeoman's research, yet these items never get in the way of his story or characters. Hanley would be a necessary irritant in lesser hands; here, one actually begins to like her, partly due to her brilliant intuitiveness as she assembles the minutiae of the scene of the deaths (and the lives) of the four victims. It is Rudenko, however, who almost steals the show. Sturdy, dependable and gruffly likable, he is a knowing, underestimated pawn in a much larger game.

THE TRUDEAU VECTOR creates a bit of a conundrum. Jurjevics's debut is the stuff of wonder and immediately leaves one wishing for more --- though not at the cost of losing his guiding hand at Soho Press. If somehow the reading public could continue to have the benefit of both, it would be a blessing. Highly recommended.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
How much danger is Jessie in? Can she survive? 26 Sept. 2005
By N. Larrabee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Two different stories are told simultaneously. Dr. Jessica Hanley is a well-known; nonconformist American epidemiologist who gets an emergency call to go to the Trudeau Research Center. Four of the scientists working in this remote center were found dead out on the ice. No one can figure the cause of these brutal deaths. There was a fifth scientist who mysteriously escaped via a Russian submarine. Admiral Rudenko is summoned out of retirement to locate the submarine. Jessie dearly misses her ten year old son Joey on this five month mission. Her tough exterior cracks just a bit whenever she in touch with her son. It is a stressful mission, where she races against the clock in this unforgiving environment, trying to find answers. Not known for being very socialable; Jessie is impressed by the hard work and dedication of the scientists at Trudeau. She falls in love with Jack Nimit, an engineer; and as she discovers there's no secrets in the Trudeau Center. Jessie and the Admiral do meet in a volatile ending. An excellent debut novel!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A thrilling piece of epidemiological detective work in the high Arctic! 30 Dec. 2007
By Paul Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The submarine warfare technology of Tom Clancy's "Hunt for Red October"; the thrilling epidemiological detective work of Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain"; the stunning descriptions of breathtakingly beautiful landscape from Barry Lopez's "Arctic Dreams"; the intimate understanding of the Inuit culture and the Inuktitut language from Canada's Farley Mowat; the deep and abiding concern for the environment in general and global warming in particular that has been showcased around the world by David Suzuki; the clever portrayal of the Canadian political climate from Hugo Award winning sci-fi author Robert Sawyer; and the cold war geopolitical tensions reminiscent of Frederick Forsythe's "The Day of the Jackal"! Quite a powerful eclectic blend, wouldn't you say? And yet, this is precisely what Juris Jurjevics has achieved with his timely political thriller set in the bleak Canadian Arctic Winter "The Trudeau Vector".

Four staff members of Arctic Research Station Trudeau are found dead close to the polynya where they were conducting their research. Three have obviously been killed by some unknown yet extraordinarily powerful and virulent agent, and the fourth is discovered lying nearby, naked and frozen solid having succumbed to profound hypothermia in the frigid dark depths of an Arctic night. Whether the cause of death is inorganic or organic, man-made or natural, bacterial or viral or even a mutated prion similar to that which causes the dread mad cow disease is not known. A hair-raising night-time parachute insertion drops solo epidemiologist Jessie Hanley into ARS Trudeau to work her well known combination of brute force scientific research coupled with near magical leaps of intuition. The devastating pathogen with an unheard of and completely terrifying 100% mortality rate must be found and controlled!

I just don't understand why this novel is so little known and hasn't vaulted Juris Jurjevics onto the best seller lists. The science is exciting, informative and yet written in language that lay readers will grasp. The brutal physical, technical and personal realities of living in the close confines of an Arctic research environment are portrayed in vivid detail. The epidemiological detective work will have any reader hanging on the edge of their seat. The characters are fully developed and even the romance is warmly realistic without that sense of gratuitous inclusion that one often feels about sex and intimacy in a novel.

A highly recommended page turner that deserves a much, much broader audience.

Paul Weiss
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Artic and a Virulent Killer - What More Can You Ask For? 5 April 2006
By P. Bigelow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jurjevics is a talented writer who can draw you in slowly as he builds the tension of trying to find the cause of the deaths of the four scientists. His decriptions of not only the protective clothing everyone must wear to survive outside the shelter, but the science involved in searching for the causes of the deaths, the state of the dead during the autopsies, and the weather itself are nothing if not compelling.

The development of the characters is a little less thorough. We know that Hanley felt she had no choice but to travel to the Artic to find the causes of the mysterious deaths - I wonder if we would be as harsh regarding her decision if she were a man.

The author introduces us to many characters - some more finely drawn than others, but I didn't find any of them to be someone I actually cared about. And I was mildly surprised at Hanley's reaction to the death of a colleague at Trudeau.

Overall, though, I thought the book well written, the science interesting, the mystery sustained throughtout the book, and the Artic beautiful.
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