Dear Ms. Stark,
Your profile at Trident states you are seeking literary debuts for authors with character-driven thrillers and that you enjoy fiction that delves into the surreal. I hope my 125,000 word techno-thriller Viral: Into the dead zone will appeal to you. My novel posits this simple question: What if scientists were able to resurrect an extinct virus and it escaped the lab during testing? It may sound preposterous but my novel is a fictionalized version of an actual event that occurred in 1977-1978 (http://mbio.asm.org/content/6/4/e01013-15.full) when the previously extinct H1N1 flu virus was resurrected and then escaped during testing, creating the first known manmade pandemic as the result of viral research.
A Bioweapons Collector must make the hazardous journey through the sacred caverns of the “Land of Souls” to prevent a pandemic from the virus he created.
Lt. Colonel Tony Stryker is a ‘Bug Collector’ for the military, and business has never been better. Outbreaks of Ebola, Zika and Yellow Jack are all in a routine day’s work. His clandestine bioweapons program, disguised as a clinical drug trial, accidentally creates a deadly, new strain of flu. The emerging epidemic kills scores of children on a third world island that is already reeling from cholera and civil unrest. Stryker allies with the daughter of an aging shaman to avoid becoming ‘specimens’ of a Russian Biocontainment Force. He flees from his Soviet counterpart and his former lover into the sacred, subterranean ruins of the Taino in search of a cure. He must solve ancient petroglyph riddles if he is to prevent the virus' spread into a global pandemic and prevent the Russians from recovering a hard drive that implicates his country with its release.
Viral is an exciting blend of history, science and medicine. My style is a unique fusion that focuses on detail in a manner similar to Tom Clancy or Robin Cook. My novel combines elements of both espionage and medicine in a setting that is rich in natural history, pre-Columbian mythology and native mysticism.
My qualifications for writing a science-adventure genre novel include decades of research as a Molecular Biologist for a university and a major pharmaceutical firm. I authored several papers on viral vector development and one on gene cloning that was published in Nature. My academic book, Bottom Line Medicine: A layman's guide to evidence-based medicine, describes problems related to medical treatment of diseases. I worked nationwide as a traveling ICU nurse and am a former Special Forces Aidman where I learned the gritty details of field medicine.
Thank you for your time and consideration,