"White Sleeper is simply infectious ! ...it's the 'little things in life' - - those pictured on the cover under an electron microscope - - which can kill you ! "
Pacific Book Review
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 07, 2011
Osama bin Laden may be gone, but threats of terrorist attacks on the United States still remain a frightening possibility. Among the scariest scenarios is an attack using toxic biological agents, which could cause untold number of deaths throughout this country.
That’s the unsettling premise that drives the new bioterrorist thriller White Sleeper by David R. Fett and Stephen Langford, which has been published to critical acclaim by Synergy Books. Fett, a Los Angeles-based ophthalmologist and bioterrorism expert, and Langford, a screenwriter and producer, are longtime friends who teamed up to write a story that combines the threat of a homegrown terrorist linking up with foreign terrorists who wreak biological havoc on the United States, each with their own reasons.
When Arkansas experiences a wave of rare, fatal diseases, the CDC calls in Dave Richards, a doctor with a shady past, to investigate. Richards sees this as an opportunity to clear his reputation and save his career. He joins with FBI agent Paula Mushari to investigate the seeming plague. When they think they’ve found the person responsible for the bioterrorism, the find themselves drawn deeper into a sinister pact between a white supremacist and a vengeful terrorist sect, each bent on causing mass destruction on the American populace. Richards and Mushari must race against the clock – and their own personal issues – to prevent a catastrophic plague from breaking out.
White Sleeper is Fett’s first published book, although he has published many articles in his field. “I’ve always had an interest in toxicology,” says Fett, who holds a graduate degree in toxicology from MIT. “I thought for some time about writing a non-fiction book on bioterrorism. I told Steve about my idea and he suggested collaborating with him on a novel.”
Fett did extensive research on biological agents and bioterrorism, and he and Langford began to meet weekly to work out the narrative and characters for White Sleeper. The title, Fett notes, springs from the concept of a Caucasian homegrown terrorist joining with a foreign terrorist sleeper cell, “like a cross between Timothy McVeigh and Al Qaeda.”
Fett’s main reasons for writing White Sleeper were “entertainment and education,” he says. "The thriller part is to make people wake up. People need to be vigilant, act together, and open themselves up to the world at large. We need to protect the whole world from homegrown and foreign terrorists.”
Both Fett and Langford are fans of the biological terror novels of Michael Crichton (“The Andromeda Strain”) and Robin Cook (“Coma”), so it was natural for them to conceive a novel in a similar vein, Fett says. In one respect, then, White Sleeper is a tribute to those writers.
The authors have also written a screenplay based on White Sleeper, but, Langford says, “right now, we’re just trying to get the book out to the public.”
What critics and readers are saying about White Sleeper:
“I found this book hard to put down, and I loved the action and the interaction between Dave and Paul. The story is believable, and the writing is great. If you’re a fan of Robin Cook, then you’ll enjoy this newcomer.” Asthepageturns.blogspot.com.
“White Sleeper is a lightning-fast-paced story about two characters trying to stop a homegrown terrorist from unleashing a deadly virus on American citizens. Those who are looking for a straightforward action story about deadly viruses won’t be disappointed.” Prettyopinionated.com
About the Authors
Dr. David Fett is an ophthalmic plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery around the eye, such as removing skin cancers around the eye, fixing children born with drooped lids, accidents, etc. He holds a BS degree in applied biochemistry, an MS degree in toxicology from MIT and received his MD from Dartmouth Medical School. Fett has published numerous articles on medical topics; White Sleeper is his first work of fiction. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his family.
Stephen Langford is a TV and movie writer and producer of more than 150 hours of prime time television. His credits include “Family Matters,” “Malcolm and Eddie,” and the movie “Lovewrecked,” for which he was screenwriter. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and lives in Tarzana, CA with his family. More information on "White Sleeper" can be found on the book's website at http://www.whitesleeper.com.
272 pages; $18.95; Soft Cover; ISBN-10: 0-9845040-2-8
Publication date: April 12, 2011
Published by Synergy Books
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