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Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Westport Threatened by Bioterror Attack

Westport Threatened by Bioterror Attack
No, not really. But its a central theme in author John R. MaximҒs latest thriller, BannermanӒs Ghosts (William Morrow, $24.95).

The former Westport resident, now living in Hilton Head, S.C., continues to use Westport as a backdrop for his best-selling tales of intrigue.

PublisherԒs Weekly began its review of the latest Bannerman saga this way:

Travelers to Westport, Conn., should keep an eye open for unusual characters. That distinguished old gent who runs an antique shop? He’s an ex-KGB colonel. That red-haired woman whose bookstore sells a lot of Harry Potters? She’s a professional killer who likes to blow up trucks and planes.

ӓAnd the owners of a popular restaurant, a quaint bed-and-breakfast, a home security firm? They’re all former assassins for the U.S. government, possessed of various violent skills that they’re ready to exercise once again if their boss, Paul Bannerman-who runs a travel agency on the Boston Post Road-gives the word.

If the idea of a bioterror attack on Westport sounds like something out of recent headlines, it is.

In an interview with, Maxim said he did his research through meeting a virologist who put him in touch with other experts who fear smallpox will be at the core of a possible new wave of bioterroism that could possibly kill 200 million people.

ThatԒs the bad news. The good news, according to Maxim, is that any attacker would almost surely be identified through means that I’ve described in ӑBannerman’s Ghosts. The attacker would face total annihilation and he knows it. It’s the same as the nuclear deterrent.Ҕ

Just what Westporters need to help them relax. Let’s hope he hasn’t given the real bad guys any ideas.


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