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The Eyes of Darkness: a Dean Koontz thriller from ..1981.A virus Wuhan-400 makes people terribly ill(Kindle Edition Book) - 99p @ Amazon
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How is it that some books appear to prophesy events?
  • The Eyes of Darkness features a Chinese military lab in Wuhan that creates a virus as a bioweapon; civilians soon become sick after accidentally contracting it
  • In fact, the one lab in China able to handle the deadliest viruses is in Wuhan and helped sequence the novel coronavirus the world is currently battling

The Eyes of Darkness, a 1981 thriller by bestselling suspense author Dean Koontz, tells of a Chinese military lab that creates a virus as part of its biological weapons programme. The lab is located in Wuhan, which lends the virus its name, Wuhan-400. A chilling literary coincidence or a case of writer as unwitting prophet?


In The Eyes of Darkness, a grieving mother, Christina Evans, sets out to discover whether her son Danny died on a camping trip or if – as suspicious messages suggest – he is still alive. She eventually tracks him down to a military facility where he is being held after being accidentally contaminated with man-made microorganisms created at the research centre in Wuhan.


If that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up, read this passage from the book: “It was around that time that a Chinese scientist named Li Chen moved to the United States while carrying a floppy disk of data from China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon of the past decade. They call it Wuhan-400 because it was developed in their RDNA laboratory just outside the city of Wuhan.”


In another strange coincidence, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which houses China’s only level four biosafety laboratory, the highest-level classification of labs that study the deadliest viruses, is just 32km from the epicentre of the current coronavirus outbreak
. The opening of the maximum-security lab was covered in a 2017 story in the journal Nature, which warned of safety risks in a culture where hierarchy trumps an open culture.
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Coincidence?
Edited by: "zcaprd7" 16th Feb
Ordered. Sounds interesting. Thanks
It's just Americans, looks like some doctor/lab guy had to read it in the past and that gave him an idea where to start epidemic of his new virus pet
Heat was going to look for this book after reading about this coincidence on another website , apparently he originaly wrote this book under another name like writers sometimes do (nick something or other cant remember ) then re launched it in 81 under koontz. Ive read a few of his books and found the ones ive read have turned into the cant put it down type of thing. Am well pleased you found it for me cheers
the book was first released under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols. Well remembered Pastizzi
I thought I had read all Dean Koontz but not this! Thanks op
"How is it that some books appear to prophesy events?"


C'mon this was written almost 40 years ago.

I watched a few years back an excellent BBC series from the mid 70's called Survivors (it was slightly before my time). That is about a virus from a lab in China that escapes and spreads. It is a common theme in books and film.
Edited by: "xenophon" 16th Feb
xenophon16/02/2020 21:54

"How is it that some books appear to prophesy events?"C'mon this was …"How is it that some books appear to prophesy events?"C'mon this was written almost 40 years ago. I watched a few years back an excellent BBC series from the mid 70's called Survivors (it was slightly before my time). That is about a virus from a lab in China that escapes and spreads. It is a common theme in books and film.


I think it's the fact it's specifically in Wuhan that makes people think it's not just a common theme.
Trixie_McMinx16/02/2020 22:04

I think it's the fact it's specifically in Wuhan that makes people think …I think it's the fact it's specifically in Wuhan that makes people think it's not just a common theme.


The Institute was founded in 1956 as the Wuhan Microbiology Laboratory. Not much of a coincidence that if you are going to choose a lab from a secretive authoritarian state China is up there with the USSR to pick. Then not much of a coincidence to then pick Wuhan that has a well established microbiology lab in that country.
xenophon16/02/2020 21:54

"How is it that some books appear to prophesy events?"C'mon this was …"How is it that some books appear to prophesy events?"C'mon this was written almost 40 years ago. I watched a few years back an excellent BBC series from the mid 70's called Survivors (it was slightly before my time). That is about a virus from a lab in China that escapes and spreads. It is a common theme in books and film.


Great series written by Terry Nation. Remade 2008. Worth watching if it comes on SciFi channel or more likely BritBox streaming
riggercom17/02/2020 01:49

Great series written by Terry Nation. Remade 2008. Worth watching if it …Great series written by Terry Nation. Remade 2008. Worth watching if it comes on SciFi channel or more likely BritBox streaming


Started to watch the remake, didn't take to it and never continued. Give me the original anytime. Same as the Day of the Triffids, much preferred the original TV series than the later remake.
It's all part of their plan!!
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