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Fire Will Fall
by Carol Plum-Ucci
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Harcourt, 2010 (2010)

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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

This sequel to Streams of Babel is once again told in the alternating voices of the Trinity Four. These are the four teenagers who drank water poisoned by bioterrorists. They're out of the hospital now, but still in critical health.

Although they are told they are in no danger from the remaining terrorists still at large, they are now housed in a historical mansion owned by the state of New Jersey and guarded by the U.S. Intelligence Coalition. While they cope with the physical and psychological fallout from the poison, they are also dealing with each other.

Cora tries to shake the long-time crush she has on paramedic Scott Eberman. She became more dependent on him in the hospital, where he saved her life. She's grateful to the mysterious young professor, who lives on the Kellerman House grounds, for taking her mind off her fear of terrorists and Scott.

Scott wants to work for the Intelligence Coalition. He's never been good at doing nothing, but most of all he wants to go after the terrorists who killed his mother. He has no intention of falling in love with Cora, but he can't help but worry now that she's seeing an older man.

A hospital nurse tells Rain that the illness caused by the poison might be transferable through bodily fluids. Rain's always planned that she and Owen will eventually marry, but he won't even discuss a relationship that might make her sicker.

Owen's not worried about his own health. He's not afraid of dying. He's believed from the beginning that he won't survive the poison.

The sixteen-year-old v-spy who uncovered the Trinity Falls terrorist plot is now living on Long Island. Although he worked for US intelligence in Pakistan, in the US his age is a factor and they can no longer employ him. Whether they want his help or not, the Kid, as he is called by his US handler, and his hacker friend Tyler, are still on the virtual trail of the bioterrorist who escaped after the Trinity Falls attack.

Sexual tension, love, international terrorism and teenage spies. What else is needed to keep the reader turning pages?

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