|Biohazard to the Liberty|
|Author(s):||Suiren Kimura (木村 睡蓮)|
Biohazard to the Liberty is a "light novel" written by Suiren Kimura, was originally a fan novel, but was made official after being selected in a competition called BIOHAZARD Grand Novel Prize. It was released alongside BIOHAZARD Rose Blank on March 25, 2002. While no official English translation has been published yet, a German translation, "Resident Evil: Tödliche Freiheit" was published in 2006. The story is centrally focused on an outbreak within New York City, in a cruiser of the Umbrella Corporation appropriately named Liberty.
A spate of murders linked to sexual assaults are occurring around the United Kingdom leading many to believe there is a copycat killer of the infamous Jack the Ripper. Jack Tramp is accused by the Press of being the culprit, and U.S. Marshall Jose Lopez is called in to take custody of the suspect and transfer him back to the United States. Lopez is not looked at fondly by the British authorities - he just misses his scheduled appointment with them, having to take a taxi to find them.
Lopez; Kulik and Tramp board the ocean liner, Liberty, which will take them to New York. They are unaware right now that the ship has been purchased by the Umbrella Corporation for the purpose of transporting company goods.
Shortly after arriving on the ship, Lopez befiends a young girl, Silvia, who he understands is suffering from a serious illness. After alternating shifts of interrogating the apathetic accused, who can only vaguely remember the past few days when having clear moments, Lopez becomes to doubt he is transporting the murder. Soon after this, Lopez discovers the identity of the ship's owners, and their connection with the events in Raccoon City.
Umbrella researcher Dr. Robert Chan has developed a new mutagen in secret, the C-Virus, which is capable of transforming the host into whatever they wish. He plans, alongside his lover and colleagie Louise, to unleash the virus upon their arrival in New York.
After learning of Jack, Dr. Chan considers his iron will to make him the perfect test subject for the new virus, and aims to infect the man with "C". Louise is tasked with infecting Jack, but initially fails in a botched attempt to get past the Marshals.
When the Times 'Pressman' 'snaps', the virus is unleashed. Lopez fights for survival alongside Kulik and Louise, trying to protect the young Silvia from the ongoing disaster. Kulik is killed, and a military submarine emerges. Jack snaps out of his trance and offers help to the survivors, which forces Lopez to consider whether or not to trust Silvia in his care.
At the end, it is revealed that the Pressman was the real serial killer, having used Jack as a scapegoat. Now infected with the C-Virus, he seeks only perfection.
- Jack Tramp (ジャック・トランプ) - The protagonist, and the alleged serial killer.
- Jose Lopez (ホセ・ロペス) - U.S. Marshall charge of transporting Jack to the U.S. aboard of the To the Liberty.
- Ivan Kulik (イワン・クーリック) - A middle-aged U.S. Marshall and Lopez' superior officer. The physical appearance of this character suggests that he has been inspired in Brian Irons.
- "Pressman" (新聞記者) - An unnamed journalist for City Times; this reporter claimed that Jack had been seen committing the murders.
- Robert Chan (ロバート・チャン) - A senior researcher working for the Umbrella Corporation, Robert was part of a project to replace the t-Virus with a more powerful mutagen. He is later infected by this mutagen.
- Louise Kah (ルイーズ・カー) - A female First Lieutenant with the UBCS.
- Silvia (シルビア) - Silvia is a young girl who was traveling with her father, is now one of the few survivors. However, as story progresses she demonstrates have more involvement with this case than first thought. This character seems to have been inspired in Lucia of the game Resident Evil Gaiden.