Congress Will Spend $79 Million Funding Methane Gas Research in 2005--Stunning New Thriller is Grounded in Current Cutting-Edge Science

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Cutting-edge science always adds an exciting element to a thriller and in David DunÂ?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 planetÂ?s energy crisis.

With the tense situation in the Middle East and the price of oil soaring at the gas pump, the nation’s news organizations debate the current oil shortages as well as the long-term implications. But there are other energy alternatives that we need to be taking a more serious look at. Beyond solar energy there is the little-known but astonishing energy source with untold potential called Arcs (Archaea), found in the deepest sea bottoms, which play a role in either preserving or destroying life on earth. Amongst this strange life form’s astounding traits are:

•    Unheard of longevity, with individual life spans of millions of years; they are an invincible force comprising one third of all biomass on earth.

•    Provide an astounding source of energy that might last humankind for 2000 years.

•    Production of vast, volatile methane deposits that could destroy earth’s atmosphere

Congress will spend $79 million funding research about methane gas in 2005. What are the implications of Arcs?

•    How does one harness them and produce methane gas?

•    Are Arcs found in abundance near the San Juan Islands? Why?

•    Where are these vast reserves of gas located?

•    What applications do Arcs have for prolonging youth and retarding the aging process in humans?

•    How soon will we be able to use these resources?

•    Could the detonation of a thermonuclear device trigger the release of deadly methane gas on the planet?

•    What are the potential dangers of gathering methane gas to our environment?

•    Will this be an impossibly expensive energy source to produce?

•    If vast methane gas reserves are located in areas that are hostile, how might this change the balance of power as it is now configured

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. Dun discusses the methane gas and its traits that congress is so anxious to investigate in a heart thumping story. 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 Black Silent’s" premise 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.

"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,” said David Morrell a New York Times bestselling author.

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

knows how to keep the pages flying,” said Tess Gerritsen another New York Times bestselling author.

ABOUT THE 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.

David 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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