New Movie - The Da Vinci Code Meets Jonathan Livingston Seagull?

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A thought-provoking suspense thriller has just hit bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. Will a movie be next?

“I really don’t think the publisher knows what kind of potential success it is they have on their hands.” Nicholas Grabowsky, director

"What if…?" hit bestseller lists in the USA and in the U.K. simultaneously this week. An English author, Steve N. Lee, penned the novel which was published in the USA in 2008. Despite a glowing reception from readers and reviewers, it initially struggled for attention, despite interest from a major international entertainment company in adapting the novel for the big screen.

Described by readers and reviewers as a cross between the spiritual "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" and the action-packed, conspiracy-laden thriller "The Da Vinci Code", "What if…?" has attracted readers not just for its entertainment value but for its philosophical elements.

Charging up's and's Bestsellers lists, "What if...?" hit the Top 30 on the Action and Adventure lists in both countries (hitting #20 in the US; #27 in the UK) to stand alongside novels by the likes of James Patterson and Dan Brown. However, it differs from the normal thriller through the extra dimensions woven throughout the story - philosophical themes and a strong ecological awareness.

Lee said, "I think it has hit a nerve. People see so many problems in the world and no one doing anything about them. "What if...?" explores this, giving people not just a vision of what could be, but a sense of hope, too."

Myoshu Jedrzejewska, a Buddhist Priest, called it "wonderful", while Jack Nicholls, the Bishop of Sheffield, England, said it was "remarkable".

It's unusual for a thriller to have something to say about the world, but by using the story of a someone posing as a healer -- who could be a nothing more than a clever con artist -- it manages to seamless blend easy-to-grasp concepts on life and how we live it with the traditional thriller elements of car chases, shoot outs and conspiracies. And all set in the USA.

Dave Peters of publisher Blue Zoo said, "It's been a long time in coming but we always knew "What if...?" would come good. There's just something special about it. It really is a darn good book in every sense."

With movie adaptation talks stalled, Lee hopes this new exposure will improve chances of "What if…?" finally hitting the screen. "It's extremely cinematic because that's how it appeared to me as I wrote it - like a movie and I was transcribing everything as it was happening."

Lee isn't the only one to see the book's blockbuster potential. U.S. screenwriter and director Nicholas Grabowsky said of it, "I really don't think the publisher knows what kind of potential success it is they have on their hands."

About Steve N. Lee

Steve N. Lee is author of suspense thriller 'What if…?', published by Blue Zoo. His three-book series on green living will be published in the fall. Media information, plus further details about his writing, can be found at:


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