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A jolting, scientific thriller by Italian journalist, biographer and novelist Di Stefano (The Zanfretta Case, 1984, etc.) On a warm day three decades ago, young librarian Tom Dempsy is riding the elevator at his Florida apartment complex when a fellow passenger turns white, begins to convulse and collapses to the floor. After securing help, Dempsy rifles through the man's briefcase and finds a series of papers that hint at a vast conspiracy sponsored by the right-wing Temple Corp. The protagonist dives in head first, milking sources,solving riddles and fighting off gun-toting villains with equal panache. With the help of a friend, Professor Philip Gilman, Dempsy discovers that Temple scientists have intentionally infected a handful of Americans with the AIDS virus. But he can't sort out the strands of the scheme quickly enough. A gang of criminals are on his tail, and they succeed in killing Dempsy's friends, associates and even--after a high-octane chase scene--his girlfriend. Di Stefano sets the last section in modern-day America, as Gilman takes over the case and tracks down the man behind the Temple Corp.'s plot. The author is skilled with the big picture, and his sketch of two brave men caught in the crosshairs of a shadowy organization is riveting. His characters, however, are not much more than plot vehicles--the reader is never allowed full access to their thoughts. Exposition dominates the proceedings to a distracting degree. Further, the disconnect between the chapters devoted to Dempsy, and the conclusion--which belongs to Gilman--is jarring. Still, the conspiracy Di Stefano evokes feels plausible, and humid, overheated southern Florida is a fitting backdrop for the whole affair. A high-paced political mystery, painted in broad, colorful strokes. --Kirkus Discoveries

About the Author

Biographer, columnist and fiction writer Rino Di Stefano was a deputy editor in chief of the Italian national newspaper, Il Giornale. Recently retired, he continues his professional activity of investigative journalist. He is the author of five books: The Zanfretta Case, in its sixth edition of which a television adaptation was broadcast; Alcibiades, translated from English to Italian of the work of professor Walter M. Ellis of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles; “My dear Marion…”, an historical essay about past Italian president Sandro Pertini; Over the Horizon, a collection of political essays about the life of Italian minister Claudio Scajola; The Viral Solution, a novel about the spread of AIDS in the USA (this book has been awarded both in Italy and in the States); The Orchid Shadow, a novel about the role of a mysterious Italian immigrant in the Teapot Dome Scandal in Washington D.C.; The Return of the Prince, a novel about the paranormal presence of Raimondo de Sangro, Prince of San Severo and one of the most interesting personality of the European XVIII century, in today Naples. In 2014 RSI, the Swiss Radiotelevision, broadcast the movie The Machine Coming From The Future by Victor Tognola, a documentary about the Di Stefano’s report published on Il Giornale. Di Stefano received the Italian National Award Chronicle of Mystery 2014. One year later, Di Stefano also received the Italian National Journalistic Award Joseph Allen Hynek 2015. He lives in Genoa, Italy. His website is www.rinodistefano.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419654802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419654800
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,053,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello, everybody. My name is Rino Di Stefano, and I am a journalist and a writer. Just to let you know something about myself, here there is some news on my life.
I was born in 1949 in Genoa, in the Northern part of Italy, and I studied political science at the University of Genoa before I was drafted and became a sergeant in the Bersaglieri Corp of the Italian Army. Later I moved to Florida where I earned a college degree in journalism. Upon returning to Italy, I began my writing career at Corriere Mercantile, an afternoon newspaper in Genoa. In 1980 I passed the State examination and became a professional journalist. Meantime I also attended the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies at the Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria. In 1982 I was hired in the Genoa editorial office of the national newspaper Il Giornale, directed by Indro Montanelli, and later joined the foreign staff in the Milan main office. Back to Genoa I was deputy chief editor until the end of 2007, when I retired. At present, I continue my activity of investigative reporter.
So far, I published five books. The first was The Zanfretta Case in its fifth edition of which a television adaptation was broadcast; Alcibiades, translated from English to Italian of the work of professor Walter M. Ellis of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles; My dear Marion..., an historical essay about past Italian president Sandro Pertini; Over the Horizon, a collection of political essays about the life of Italian minister Claudio Scajola; The Viral Solution, a novel about the spread of AIDS in the USA (this book has been awarded both in Italy and in the States); The Orchid Shadow, a novel about the role of a mysterious Italian immigrant in the Teapot Dome Scandal in Washington D.C.; The Return of the Prince, a novel about the paranormal presence of Raimondo de Sangro, Prince of San Severo and one of the most interesting personality of the European XVIII century, in today Naples. I received the Italian National Award Chronicle of Mystery 2014. I live in Genoa, Italy.

My mailing address: P.O. Box 72, 16011 Arenzano GE (Italy).
My web site: http://www.rinodistefano.com
My e-mail address: info@rinodistefano.com

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Evil doesn't play by the rules, sick twisted people will do anything to get what they want to do done. "The Viral Solution" tells the story of several crusaders who dared to stand in the face of a religious powered and zealous corporation. Librarians, professors, their families and others stand up to the vicious business, which has little shame in simply using murder to silence its detractors. "The Viral Solution" is a story of evil, and those willing to resist it, recommended.
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The Viral Solution seems at first to be another great, action-packed thriller, and so subtely does Rino Di Stefano lead his readers on, that it isn't until well into the plot that the hidden meaning of the work becomes clear.

Writing in a friendly, informal style, Mr. Stephano lays out an extraordinary panorama in which the very principles forming the structure of our society, and the protection of the individual, come into question. It leaves the reader wondering in the end, about the real play of evil versus good in our world.

If you are looking for a riveting read, its a good one!
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Rino Di Stefano has created a fantasy using significant events in world history beginning at the close of the twentieth century and into the 21st Century, to establish the chronology of events as they unfold in the story. A dying mans discarded briefcase and note book contain clues leading to a secret international conspiracy. A naïve Graduate Student finds the briefcase and compulsively attempts to follow the trail of clues to understand the motivation for the extreme secrecy surrounding a conservative corporation claiming ownership of the secrets documented in the notebook. Those seeking to reveal the secret and those suspected of falling privy to its existence are eliminated until the story reaches its logical conclusion.
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