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Sector C by Phoenix SullivanAmazon Top 100 in April 2012 #2 Medical Thriller on Amazon throughout most of January 2012

A rise in stroke-like cases has CDC analyst Mike Shafer on alert. Patients in every demographic in the Great Plains area, from toddlers to healthy adults to the elderly, are succumbing to rapid deterioration – and death.

Veterinarian Donna Bailey, meanwhile, is dealing with an outbreak of her own. It looks like mad cow disease. But to be affecting so many species? Impossible.

Whatever it is, it’s spreading. Fast.

As state and federal agencies race to contain the growing threats, Mike and Donna’s searches for Patient Zero intersect at a big-game compound in a remote corner of North Dakota. There they find their answer buried in a secret thought extinct for 10,000 years. A secret entrepreneur Walt Thurman will kill to protect.

But even if Mike and Donna can escape the compound with the secret of Sector C, it may already be too late.

Because after today, extinct no longer means forever.


Ripped from today’s research and tomorrow’s headlines, SECTOR C is a near-future medical thriller fans of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook are sure to enjoy.


“Settle in for a satisfying mystery that plays out through clues dropped into story lines you know must somehow be connected but you’re not sure how – at first. Halfway through, you and the two main characters learn what the answer to the mystery is, then the MCs are off running for their lives, only to maybe be saved by – oh, now that would be telling!”

“Solid mystery in the beginning, fun thrills at the end.”

“With such a wild hypothesis at its core, the action in this book could have been ramped up right out of the realm of believability. A restrained hand makes the crisis not only plausible, you’ll be watching the news certain that it’s inevitable.”

“Don’t expect a pulse-pounding adventure beginning to end. But brain-pounding? If there was an ‘intelligent thriller’ category, SECTOR C would be in the top 10. It’s one ah-ha moment after another.”

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IBD Verdict

A mix of science with mystery, sprinkled with an apocalyptic plot and authentic characters. Phoenix Sullivan has created an epic medical thriller that cannot be missed.

Book Insight

  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (August 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K4W0QS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled

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Over the years, Phoenix Sullivan’s short stories have been published under her real name in various pro anthologies and magazines. Marion Zimmer Bradley was her first editor. In the corporate world, Phoenix was a professional writer and editor for 23 years. Before that, she was a registered veterinary technician, working with small animal clinics and wildlife rehab centers.

Retired now – and still in her early 50s – Phoenix blogs about writing-related matters at

Her “Confessions of an Animal Junkie” blog features heartwarming stories about running a farm, being a vet tech and learning to engage with the animals around us. She invites you to stop by and share YOUR stories and pictures too.

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Author Bio

My older brother introduced me to science fiction when I was nine, shortly after the first lunar landing, which, doing the math, means I was born long before most of you.* Luckily, I was a precocious child, so when he threw me into the deep end with 2001: A Space Odyssey, what could have ended very badly turned into a life-altering experience. I didn’t immediately give up my treasured Black Stallion or Jack London books, but in a couple of years I went from embracing heartwarming stories about boys and their dogs to reading “A Boy and His Dog.”

I was a hard science kind of gal in my teens. None of that fantasy stuff for me. At least not until the day a friend placed a copy of The Lord of the Rings in my hands.

Soon, I realized I, too, could create stories. My college didn’t offer a literary MFA, but I was able to cop a creative thesis: a collection of short stories. It certainly helped when Marion Zimmer Bradley chose one of the stories for her fifth Sword & Sorceress anthology. It was a humorous take on shape shifters and dragon hunters and grabbed the coveted tail spot Marion reserved in the “leave ‘em laughing” tradition.

Marion placed another fantasy story in anthologies that sold across Europe. And she published a third in her pro Fantasy Magazine. That story won a reader’s award, plus its sale meant I could join SFWA. Then, tragically, the venerable Ms. Bradley passed away. I believe I hold the distinction of being the last person she ever rejected. In fact, I have a letter dated the day before she died. I picture her struggling out of her coma with single-minded determination, vowing to reject my work if it was the last thing she ever did. Sadly, it was.

Somehow, organizers of SF cons found me and invited me as a guest panelist. I made the Texas circuit for a handful of years, sitting elbow-to-elbow at signing tables with some of the greats. Lines stretched forever to either side of me, with only the occasional kind attendee wandering my way, asking for a signature scribbled in the margin of their program.

Soon, real life caught up, leaving little time for pursuing The Dream. Oh, I dabbled: the high- and historical-fantasy novels, the odd piece of fanfic, even a script and a comic book series — some gained industry attention only to have publishers fold shortly after expressing interest. I started to feel like the proverbial “kiss of death.”

I didn’t stray far from the writing process, though, accepting writing and editing positions for a series of high-tech firms to the tune of some 23 years. Recently, I picked up the creative writing gauntlet again. I’ve edited a wonderful multi-author anthology, EXTINCT DOESN’T MEAN FOREVER, and authored a women’s historical novel with romantic elements, SPOIL OF WAR, set in Arthurian times, as well as the medical mystery/ecothriller SECTOR C. You can also follow my Vet Tech Tales series every Friday on my other blog, Confessions of an Animal Junkie.


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