Stunning New Thriller is Grounded in Current Cutting-Edge Science

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Â?The Black SilentÂ? is a heart-pounding race for control of a deep ocean organism that can prolong life and solve the worldÂ?s global energy crisis.

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Cutting-edge science always adds an exciting element to a thriller and in David Dun’s newest, “The Black Silent” (Pinnacle original; July 2005; $6.99), the bestselling author of “Unacceptable Risk” and “Overfall,” taps real science that has the capacity to prolong life while solving the planet’s energy crisis. In the rustically beautiful San Juan Islands near Seattle where the ocean plays a significant role, control of this research sets up a confrontation between a scientist who has made this extraordinary breakthrough and a determined research corporation hell-bent on reaping the potentially huge financial rewards.

As today’s baby boomers age, the pursuit of a “fountain of youth” accelerates. At the same time we live in fear of both terrorist attacks and environmental collapse. Based on real high-tech science, the premise of “The Black Silent” involves all three elements, each rooted in the true-to-life Archaea (Arcs) organism found in the deepest sea bottoms, which scientists believe may play a vital role in either preserving or destroying life on earth.

Among this strange life form’s astounding traits is unheard-of longevity. It is generally believed that individual Archaea may survive and reproduce for millions of years. In addition, they produce vast, volatile methane deposits that could destroy earth’s atmosphere as we know it or, alternatively, provide an astounding source of energy that might last humankind for 2000 years.

In “The Black Silent,” Dr. Ben Anderson, an eminent scientist in Seattle’s Puget Sound, has disappeared. Dr. Anderson has discovered the astonishing secrets of the Arcs. As Haley, Dr. Anderson’s adopted daughter and fellow scientist, and Sam, his nephew and a recuperating investigator, search for the missing scientist; others are in determined pursuit, including the prestigious Sanker Corporation, Dr. Anderson’s partner in research. At first it appears that Ben has shared his top-secret research with no one, not even Sanker. Gradually a much larger picture emerges and it becomes shockingly clear how one man could possess such a wealth of information.

Sanker is enmeshed in its own problems. About to merge with a rival, their management dominance depends on their ability to score the huge potential revenues possible from Ben’s research. Haley and Sam’s search is impeded by a dangerous rogue director of security at Sanker, whose mission is to eliminate Dr. Anderson and snatch his rich cache of research. “The Black Silent” reaches its intense climax on the sea, as science and corporate greed wage a fierce battle for the future of the planet’s soul.

David Dun’s research for “The Black Silent” involved extensive interviews with scientists who helped him understand the foundations of molecular biology and the evolution of the science of the human genome, oceanography, the geology of methane deposits, and the amazing properties of this undersea life-form. The result is a genre-stretching thriller that is already receiving admiring praise from some of the best practitioners in the field, including:

  • “When you learn what’s on the ocean’s floor, you’ll get the wits scared out of you.

This terrific scientific thriller has a heart-pounding pace that never stops.”

--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author (CREEPERS, September 2005)

  • “Nonstop action that takes off from the very first page. David Dun

knows how to keep the pages flying.”

--Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author


In addition to “Unacceptable Risk” and “Overfall,” David Dun is also the author of “At the Edge” and “Necessary Evil” (all published by Pinnacle). He was born and grew up in western Washington, but moved to northern California to begin his legal career. He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Washington, and earned his law degree at Seattle University. Currently Dun has a law practice representing family corporations. He resides in California with his wife in a secluded home perched on the side of a mountain. Dun is available for interviews.

Title: “The Black Silent”

Author: David Dun

Publication date: July, 2005

Publisher: Pinnacle

Pages: 408

Price: $6.99 paperback original

ISBN: 0-786-01637-x


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