Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I'm working day and night this month preparing Unannounced for publication at CreateSpace. Consulting with the cover design team to work out a cover that reflects the theme and mood of the novel: hospitals, Islam, mosques, physician, FBI agent, threats, car bombs -- things like that.
I've decided to do my own interior design for the book: fonts, formatting, drop caps, fluons -- things like that. And those are the things that have me more busy than I wish to be these days. Busier than I wish, maybe, but I love it. It's a very exciting time. The result of two years of work on the novel itself.
We'll see how it all works out. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Okay, I'm back in the blogging business after spending two years writing and polishing my second medical thriller, Unannounced. As things have worked out, looks like this'll be the first one published and I expect that to happen real soon. Watch for it.
Unannounced is a fast moving thriller about a physician and an FBI agent who struggle together in three U.S. cities to unravel a scheme contrived in 2004 by Islamic jihadists from their base in Afghanistan. The jihadists hope to infiltrate American hospitals and gain a toehold in their battle to undermine Western culture. Dr. Jonathan Harding is a liberal-thinking physician who loathes the methods used by federal law enforcement agents to gather intelligence. He is also a hospital surveyor who works with The Joint Commission, a nationwide manager of hospital accreditation.
Arab-Americans posing as Joint Commission surveyors attempt to conduct several unannounced hospital surveys over a short time, and The Joint Commission assigns Dr. Harding to investigate. Jonathan soon discovers a solid link to Islam, and he fears terrorism. Reluctantly, he recruits FBI Special Agent Peter Larsen to help him unravel the mysterious events. The two explore hospitals and mosques in Boston, Detroit, and Los Angeles and learn the surveyor-imposters were coached by imams who have subsequently fled to Pakistan.
Working with pragmatic, easy-going Peter completely reverses Jonathan's opinion of federal agents and their methods. After some disagreement, the two finally see eye-to-eye on enlisting the CIA to capture the runaway imams and interrogate them. A surprise ending reveals a startling new kind of grassroots attack devised by the jihadists from the caves of Afghanistan.