It's my pleasure to welcome thriller writer David Lender onto my blog today. He's talking about his latest book which sounds like a powerful read. Take it away David!

Vaccine Nation Guest Blog Post 

When I started formulating ideas for my new thriller, Vaccine Nation, I settled first on writing about a gutsy, strong-willed woman protagonist.  That decision was influenced by the enjoyment I got from creating and living with the character of Sasha, the feisty heroine of my first novel, Trojan Horse and from readers’ strongly positive reaction to her.  Dani North of Vaccine Nation is 29-year-old award-winning documentary filmmaker and a single mom who will do anything for her son, Gabe. She’s passionate about many things, but primarily about the pharmaceutical industry. She hates it, blaming it for her three-year ordeal when social services sued her to drug Gabe for ADHD when he entered school.  She lost, ultimately moving to New York and finding a homeopathic doctor to certify Gabe didn’t need drugs. Within the first few pages of the novel, she finds herself being chased by a hired killer and the police, and is forced to live by her wits to stay alive long enough to sort out why. 

Vaccine Nation is a fast-paced action thriller intended to be reminiscent of Six Days of the Condor or Hitchcock's North by Northwest.  The action of Vaccine Nation occurs over four breathtaking days.  While the book is designed to entertain, it also explores the very real issues in the current debate over vaccine safety in the mandatory U.S. National Immunization Program. Vaccine Nation is a dramatization of this debate, presented in the form of a thriller that will hopefully leave you breathless and make you think. 

In Vaccine Nation, Dani North just won at the Tribeca Film Festival for her documentary, The Drugging of Our Children, a film critical of the pharmaceutical industry.  She’s also just started work on a new documentary on autism.  When a pharmaceutical industry vaccine researcher hands her smoking gun evidence about the U.S. National Immunization Program seconds before he’s murdered right in front of her, Dani finds herself implicated and pursued by the police. 

Dani realizes what she’s been handed could have crucial implications on upcoming hearings by a Senate committee.  A key issue the Senate committee will consider is whether Congress should continue the immunity it granted in 1986 to the pharmaceutical industry for claims by parents on damage to their children from the U.S. National Immunization Program. That puts Dani on the run in a race to understand and expose the evidence.  That is, before the police can grab her, or Grover Madsen, a megalomaniacal pharmaceutical industry CEO, can have her hunted down by his hired killers.  Madsen knows exactly what Dani has and how explosive it is for the pharmaceutical industry: it has the potential to make the tobacco industry’s lawsuits and subsequent multi-billion dollar settlements seem like routine slip-and-fall cases.  Madsen uses all his company’s political and financial resources to track Dani. 

My primary inspiration for writing Vaccine Nation was my exposure to the vaccine debate through my fiancé’s work as a documentary filmmaker in the health-related field.  That includes films on ADHD and related drugging of children, and on vaccines and autism.  The facts in Vaccine Nation are accurate—the 1986 Congressional grant of immunity to the pharmaceutical industry for liability related to their vaccines for the National Immunization Program, the toxicity of certain ingredients of vaccines, the controversy surrounding the safety and side-effects of vaccines, and vaccines’ suspected relationship to the autism epidemic.  The issues in the book are real and the debate on vaccine safety is increasing: recent CDC statistics show that 10% of parents (up from 2% to 3%.) are avoiding or delaying vaccinating their children because of concerns about vaccine safety. David Lender is the bestselling author of Vaccine Nation, Trojan Horse, The Gravy Train and Bull Street.  He spent more than 25 years on Wall Street before becoming a full-time novelist. David now lives in northern New Jersey with his fiancé, future stepson and their beloved pitbull, Styles. More on David can be found at www.davidlender.net or at his Amazon Author Central page.


 David Lender is the bestselling author of Vaccine Nation, Trojan Horse, The Gravy Train and Bull Street.  He spent more than 25 years on Wall Street before becoming a full-time novelist. David now lives in northern New Jersey with his fiancé, future stepson and their beloved pitbull, Styles. More on David can be found at www.davidlender.net or at his Amazon Author Central page

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Thanks David! It sounds like a great read. I remember a while ago when the issues about MMR vaccinations were blasting all over the media. I'm a firm believer in the fact that you never know exactly what they are putting into them. What's cheapest for the pharmaceutical companies to include in them isn't necessarily safest for us. Can't wait to check it out.

Good luck with the book!

Sibel XX