Factor – 7 By J. D. May

Categories: Suspense/ Science Fiction / Romance / Medical Thriller
Publisher: Palmetto Publishing
Date of Publication: January 5, 2021
Number of Pages: 468 pages
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Dr. Sam Hawkins’s friend and mentor, Dr. William Roberts, has been struck down by an unknown and hideous disease. Roberts’s dying words are cryptic, and Sam is soon confronted by a massive cover up of his friend’s death. He reluctantly partners with Dr. Rainee Arienzo, an Italian infectious disease specialist, and together they uncover the terrifying truth about Factor-7, a bio-weapon with a 98 percent mortality rate. 

Roberts’s journal tips them off that a clandestine plot for using the virus is about to be unleashed by a secret society, the Keepers Collegium. The Collegium, an international group of rogue intelligence agents, ex-military, and government officials, has a demonic plan to use the pathogen to destroy anyone who threatens their twisted ideology.

Sam and Rainee soon realize that public exposure of the evil plot would be as dangerous to the world’s security as the bio-weapon itself—the fallout could lead to World War III. Therefore, they must not only shut down the plans of the Collegium, but also keep the top- secret information away from the media.

But as they work to stop the plot, Sam and Rainee are kidnapped by the drug cartel. The kingpin, who financed much of the Collegium’s plot, wants them to hand over Roberts’s journal because it lists the names of the major players in the Collegium who had double-crossed him. He plans to carry out his own revenge. In order to survive, Sam and Rainee have no choice—they must play with one of two devils or be burned by both.



The author took the famous quote of Sir Walter Scott to heart.  “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” They also took it to the next level and covered several conspiracies in many fields over various countries! With a basic set up of bioterrorism and a secret society, I really thought I could guess where this story was going.  I was wrong. Nor could I have imagined the map I would need to keep all the adventures straight.  Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, a large fork appeared, and my mind had headed in the wrong way.

I could tell that there was a tremendous amount of research done for this book.  The medical information was precise and detailed as well as legal issues, cartels, drug markets, and even Porsche knowledge!  The hubby was not a happy camper when I described one scene with the Carrera.  Looking back, I should have kept a page of notes to keep track of the variety of subplots and minor characters.

With never a dull moment, this story can keep you guessing on every page.

Personal note:  There are explicit sex scenes in the story that, in my opinion, did not enhance and were not needed to move the story.


J.D. May is a third generation Texan from the Lower Rio Grande Valley. She loves her band of house cats as well as the large tribe of fat, happy TNR’d feral cats that came with her rural property in a small citrus-growing community. Palm tree-lined roads, natural waterways, and roaming wild animals including alligators, deer, wild hogs, and birds of every color make Bayview a perfect place for a writer and painter. She also loves the beach, rock and roll, Tex-Mex food, cooking, Shiner Bock beer, and she believes wine is a legitimate food group. She shows her paintings at The Laguna Madre Art Gallery in Port Isabel, Texas.

J.D. May attended Sam Houston State University, San Miguel de Allende Instituto, and Rice University where she studied drama, art, creative writing and Spanish. J.D. May worked in advertising for most of her career. She is married to a former award-winning surfer and has a daughter and soon to have a brand-new granddaughter.

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