The Biomedical Scientist as Expert Witness.
(PRWEB) May 03, 2011
TORRINGTON, CT/MAY 3, 2011 --- New fiction and thriller author, Paul D. Ellner, Ph.D. (http://www.ellner.com) , who has extensive knowledge of biological agents as deadly bioterrorism weapons, has created a frightening first novel, And Evil Shall Come (booklocker.com/2010), which chronicles an underbelly of Al Qaeda intrigue and terrorism. Ellner weaves his fast-moving tale around Kate Morrison, a reporter and the protagonist. Early in the book she discovers an alleged U.S. Army camp in Nebraska that is actually a front for an Al Qaeda operation manufacturing deadly biological weapons.
While teasing his readers with seemingly unrelated fictional instances of deadly and extensive biological attacks in the jungles of Colombia, Israel, Iran, and finally at the New York Auto Show, Ellner challenges his protagonist Kate with the constant threat of capture and death. He places her front and center in the exposure of the camp and its ultimate destruction and uses the remainder of the story to help her rise to the challenge of defeating her Al Qaeda assailants and exposing a U.S. legislator who secured the dollars for the Nebraska terrorist camp.
No stranger to the concept of bio-terrorism, Ellner, as a reserve officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, helped to establish Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and lectured on biological weapons to U.S. Navy personnel. He was also a legal consultant in infectious disease, testifying as an expert witness in many cases. Before launching his career as a novelist, Ellner wrote Understanding Infectious Diseases and The Biomedical Scientist as Expert Witness.
Ellner has been interested in writing for many years, but it was always in non-fiction. With And Evil Shall Come, he believes he has tapped into creativity that’s been there but hasn’t been expressed to write a thriller. He works every morning from 10 to 12 and is passionate about it. “If a day goes by without writing about the characters and plots that percolate in my brain, I feel like I’ve missed out on something,” Ellner said.
In one section of the book, Ellner, through research being done by Kate Morrison, introduces his readers to an actual Manchurian death camp -- Unit 731--created in 1937 for the sole purpose of developing and testing biological agents as weapons. According to Ellner, “The architect of Unit 731 was Ishii Shiro, a Japanese Army physician who had been doing postgraduate research in bacteriology and pathology in Kyoto…Most people in the West had heard of Nazi concentration camps like Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and others, but Unit 731 attracted little attention.”
“The prisoners were Chinese, Mongolians, Koreans and Russians, all charged with capital crimes, sentenced to death and sent to Unit 731 for execution. Death was inflicted by infection with lethal bacteria or by vivisection. Other inmates were electrocuted, boiled alive, subjected to lethal doses of X-rays or frozen to death by exposure. By these methods, in the guise of medical research, their Japanese captors murdered 3,000 men, women, and children.”
Ellner brings the bioterrorism message of his novel closer to home by suggesting that while he has no “inside knowledge”, he believes that the threat of a real biological attack on the United States is actually increasing because of the availability of certain biological agents. In a recent interview, Ellner said, “Biological weapons, along with nuclear weapons, are classed as weapons of mass destruction, which means they can kill thousands. If the organism happens to be one that’s transmitted person-to- person, like smallpox, it can set off an epidemic. Such an epidemic in Israel is described in the book.”