The Influenza Bomb

A Novel

The Influenza Bomb

(Part of TSI)

Masses of people are dying from a mysterious flu. While the TSI team searches for a cure, a notorious eco-terrorist group,Return to Earth, uses an influenza bomb to poison the water. It’s a race against time—with the outcome impacting the entire world.

By the time the team discovers that the terrorists are using the water supply to infect people, the sickness is spreading worldwide and no one has a cure. When Return to Earth makes off with a mysterious device called the influenza bomb with the intent to destroy all of mankind, Dr. Hutchinson must stop the contamination from being spread before it’s too late.
  • Howard Books | 
  • 448 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416569756 | 
  • June 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Influenza Bomb includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Paul McCusker. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


1. Some of the characters in the book deal with forgiving, being forgiven, or refusing to forgive. What was the outcome with each character?

2. Is it reasonable to think that the victims of the Holocaust should forgive those who tortured and murdered their families and friends?

3. What kind of offense do you (or would you) find most difficult to forgive?

4. Do you meditate on an offense over and over? Do you ever feel that you are a prisoner of unforgiveness? When? Why? Do you think this gives you bitterness and anger, or joy and peace?

5. How do you find it in yourself to let go of past offenses, even though you “deserve” to hang on to them?

6. Does forgiving someone mean that the offense is forgotten and has no further consequences?

7. What is the only phrase in the Lord’s Prayer with a “condition” attached? (Matthew 6:12)

8. Does forgiveness necessitate reconciliation? If Mark forgave his ex-wife, should he also hav see more

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About the Authors

Paul McCusker
Photograph by Elizabeth McCusker

Paul McCusker

Paul McCusker is the Peabody Award–winning writer and director of the audio drama Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom and of the multiple award-winning audio dramatizations of The Chronicles of Narnia, Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, Little Women, and his original series The Luke Reports (just nominated for the Audie Awards’ Best Audio Drama) and The Father Gilbert Mysteries (also nominated for the Audie Awards’ best production award).  

He is also a writer and director for the long-running children’s program Adventures in Odyssey, writing not only over 250 audio episodes, but also scripting two of the animated video series and eighteen spin-off novels.  For adults, McCusker has written the Gold Medallion–nominated Epiphany, The Mill House, and A Season of Shadows. His plays and musicals have been performed in community theatres across the country—one, A Time for Christmas, was a Dove Award nominee. McCusker currently has over thirty books in print, including the TSI series he is co-authoring with Walt Larimore, MD. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Walt Larimore
Photograph by Don Jones

Walt Larimore

Walt Larimore has been called one of America’s “best-known family physicians.” He was awarded the 2004 Christianity Today Book Award for coauthoring Going Public with Your Faith and has been a Gold Medallion Book Award finalist three times. The author of the popular Bryson City Tales series, he lives in Monument, Colorado.