I had the pleasure of connecting with David Lender a few months ago and discovered he lives near one of my favorite cities (New York), comes from a financial banking background as I did, and he’s also a writer. Given all this, I was delighted to learn of his latest release, Vaccine Nation.
Please give a warm welcome to multi-published author, David Lender, as he tells us about his newest book.
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My new thriller, Vaccine Nation, launched on November 22. When I started formulating ideas for it, I settled first on writing about a gutsy, strong-willed woman protagonist. That decision was influenced by the enjoyment I got from creating and living with the character of Sasha, the feisty heroine of my first novel, Trojan Horse, and from readers’ strongly positive reaction to her. Dani North of Vaccine Nation is 29-year-old award-winning documentary filmmaker and a single mom who will do anything for her son, Gabe. She’s passionate about many things, but primarily about the pharmaceutical industry. She hates it, blaming it for her three-year ordeal when social services sued her to drug Gabe for ADHD when he entered school. She lost, ultimately moving to New York and finding a homeopathic doctor to certify Gabe didn’t need drugs. Within the first few pages of the novel, she finds herself being chased by the hired killer who murdered a drug industry whistleblower who handed her something just before he died.
Vaccine Nation is a fast-paced action thriller intended to be reminiscent of Six Days of the Condor or Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. The action of Vaccine Nation occurs over four breathtaking days. While the book is designed to entertain, it also explores the very real issues in the current debate over vaccine safety in the mandatory U.S. National Immunization Program. Vaccine Nation is a dramatization of this debate, presented in the form of a thriller that will hopefully leave you breathless and make you think.
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Dani North just won at the Tribeca Film Festival for her documentary, The Drugging of Our Children, a film critical of the pharmaceutical industry. She’s also just started work on a new documentary on autism. When a pharmaceutical industry vaccine researcher hands her smoking gun evidence about the U.S. National Immunization Program seconds before he’s murdered right in front of her, Dani finds herself implicated and pursued by the police.
Dani realizes what she’s been handed could have crucial implications on upcoming hearings by a Senate committee. A key issue the Senate committee will consider is whether Congress should continue the immunity it granted in 1986 to the pharmaceutical industry for claims by parents on damage to their children from the U.S. National Immunization Program. That puts Dani on the run in a race to understand and expose the evidence. That is, before the police can grab her, or Grover Madsen, a megalomaniacal pharmaceutical industry CEO, can have her hunted down by his hired killers. Madsen knows exactly what Dani has and how explosive it is for the pharmaceutical industry: it has the potential to make the tobacco industry’s lawsuits and subsequent multi-billion dollar settlements seem like routine slip-and-fall cases. Madsen uses all his company’s political and financial resources to track Dani.
I asked David what motivated him to write this book.
My primary inspiration for writing Vaccine Nation was my exposure to the vaccine debate through my fiancé’s work as a documentary filmmaker in the health-related field. That includes films on ADHD and related drugging of children, and on vaccines and autism. The facts in Vaccine Nation are accurate—the 1986 Congressional grant of immunity to the pharmaceutical industry for liability related to their vaccines for the National Immunization Program, the toxicity of certain ingredients of vaccines, the controversy surrounding the safety and side-effects of vaccines, and vaccines’ suspected relationship to the autism epidemic. The issues in the book are real and the debate on vaccine safety is increasing: recent CDC statistics show that 10% of parents (up from 2% to 3%.) are avoiding or delaying vaccinating their children because of concerns about vaccine safety.
Read an excerpt of Vaccine Nation
Congratulations, David on your new book! Readers, please feel free to leave a comment for this fascinating man.
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David Lender is the bestselling author of Trojan Horse, The Gravy Train, and Bull Street. He writes thrillers set in the financial sector based on his over 25-year career as a Wall Street investment banker. He draws on an insider’s knowledge from his career in mergers and acquisitions with Merrill Lynch, Rothschild and Bank of America for the international settings, obsessively driven personalities and real-world financial intrigues of his novels. His plots reveal the egos and ruthlessness that motivate the players in the business world, as well as the inner workings of the most powerful of our financial institutions and corporations.