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Vaccine Nation [Kindle Edition]

David Lender
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Book Description

Dani North is a filmmaker who just won at the Tribeca Film Festival for her documentary, The Drugging of Our Children, a film critical of the pharmaceutical industry. When she is handed "whistleblower" evidence about the U.S. vaccination program, she has to keep herself alive long enough to expose it before a megalomaniacal pharmaceutical company CEO can have her killed.

Excerpts from Trojan Horse, The Gravy Train and Bull Street
, David Lender's other thrillers, follow the text of Vaccine Nation.

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A Q&A with David Lender

Question: Which books or movies influenced you in writing Vaccine Nation?

David Lender: Vaccine Nation is intended to be reminiscent of Six Days of the Condor, Marathon Man, or Hitchcock's North by Northwest. I am a fan of the “average person (or seemingly so) thrust into extraordinary circumstances” genre, so the book was also influenced by The Bourne Identity, The Fugitive, Enemy of the State, Die Hard, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Man on Fire, and The Net.

Q: Tell us about weaving real history and drug facts throughout your story.

DL: 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, vaccines’ suspected relationship to the autism epidemic, and the recent (2011) Supreme Court decision that absolved vaccine makers from product liability for defective vaccine products.

Q: You deal with some very serious and controversial topics being debated across the country. Why did you choose to take on such polarizing subject matter?

DL: I was exposed to the vaccine debate through my fiancée’s work as a documentary filmmaker in a health-related field, including films on ADHD and related drugging of children, and on vaccines and autism. The issues in the book are real and need exposure. The debate on vaccine safety is increasing: Recent CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] statistics show that 10 percent of parents (up from 2 to 3 percent) are avoiding or delaying vaccinating their children because of concerns about vaccine safety.

Q: You worked on Wall Street for 25 years. What made you decide to start writing?

DL: I always wanted to be a novelist. I made up my mind to do it about 15 years ago, when my investment banking career was in full swing. I just muscled it into my schedule, getting up at 5 a.m., writing for an hour, and then going to my day job, like most aspiring writers. I outlined or edited scenes on planes, in cabs, or in hotel rooms. I write because I love it, but also because I got to the point where I could no longer ignore the compulsion to do so.

Q: You must draw a lot of inspiration from your time on Wall Street. Where else do you find inspiration?

DL: Sometimes it’s someone in my life. Dani North, the protagonist of Vaccine Nation, was inspired by my fiancée, Manette. Elmore Leonard is one of my favorite authors, and reading his stuff frequently gives me ideas. Sometimes it’s just throwing ideas around with friends.

Q: What kind of books do you read, and which authors have influenced you?

DL: Thrillers. What else? Thriller writers who have influenced me include Elmore Leonard, Graham Greene, Frederick Forsyth, John le Carré, John Grisham (although I don’t think he’s ever gotten close to The Firm again), Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, and Thomas Harris.

Q: Which books do you read over and over again?

DL: I think F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the great American novel. I read it every year or so. Out of Sight is Elmore Leonard's best, with Get Shorty a close second. Nobody does dialogue or backstory like him. I’ll also never stop returning to Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Forsythe’s The Day of the Jackal (it may be the best thriller ever written), le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People, and Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana.


"The Grisham of Wall Street." - Bloomberg TV

"Wall Street bona fides and a flair for zippy narrative." - The New York Times

" . . . definitely among the titles that comprise my list of all-time great books I have read. . . Lender is an exceptional talent whose stories rank him alongside the very best names in thrillers – names like Thomas Harris, Robert Ludlum, Dennis Lehane, John le Carre and Lee Child." - Chosen as Best Book of The Year 2011, Tracy Riva Books & Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z23TYW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and educational read! August 7, 2012
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Thrillers are not my usual genre and I'm not fond of ongoing chase plots. However, Lender's Vaccine Nation has crafted both so well, his story kept me reading from the very beginning and engrossed until the end.
The topic, mandatory vaccinations for children, is one I had a strong opinion on and Lender managed to change my thinking. With accurate research into the topic, the author pulls the reader into the details of the debate, until we couldn't wait for the ending. Which, by the way, I loved! And I tend to be a tough critic on endings.
HIghly recommended read.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Scary story March 13, 2012
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This story is so good in that it keeps you reading and doing a lot of thinking about what is happening in our medical fields. Are we ignoring clear indications of a problem with our vaccines? I was so very leary when my grandson had to have his vaccines a few months later. It terrified me. Great read...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alarming!!! August 27, 2013
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Hard to put down, alarming to know this might very well true and what can be done about it. Very good read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting August 30, 2013
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This story was like a roller coaster building the story until the chase began and then a fast paced ride all the way to the end
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was really good February 1, 2012
From the first word to the last, this book has it all. It was exciting to read, and I just couldn't finish it quickly enough. I just hope the rest of this author's books are equally as good as this one!
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122 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece December 26, 2011
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Vaccine Nation by David Lender is quite possibly the best book I've read this year. It is definitely among the titles that comprise my list of all-time great books I have read.

In Vaccine Nation Dani North is documentary filmmaker and an advocate for parents who want the choice of whether their children should be vaccinated and who want more information made available about the safety of those vaccines. Dani has just landed on top of the story of the year, only she doesn't know it, what she does know is moments after handing off a mysterious flash drive to her the scientist who placed it in her hands is killed right in front of her. Before she even has time to consider what might be on the flash drive an attempt is made on her life and she's on the run from a killer who will stop at nothing to retrieve the data Dani now possesses.

Lender is a master storyteller weaving together fact and fiction to create a totally plausible story. My heart was racing within reading the first pages of this wonderful work of fiction and it didn't slow down until the very end. I was enthralled by the story and found myself wondering time and again where fact ended and fiction started, because, scarily, the scenario Lender paints in Vaccine Nation absolutely could happen.

Lender is an exceptional talent whose stories rank him alongside the very best names in thrillers - names like Thomas Harris, Robert Ludlum, Dennis Lehane, John le Carre and Lee Child. He writes broadly across the thriller category and he never fails to deliver a spine-tingling story that is so scary because it is so believable, so well-researched and extremely well-written.

If you only have time to read one story this year I would make certain it is Vaccine Nation.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LAME! March 5, 2013
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Any book that purports to the false theory that vaccines cause autism is not a book worth reading. I couldn't finish it because it was so LAME!! Don't waste your money.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Thrill Ride February 26, 2012
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I really enjoyed Vaccine Nation on two levels. I loved the non-stop race against time with a believable main character who is being pusured by a relentless hit man hired by one of the vaccine manufacture higher ups.
I also enjoyed the science of vaccines and their possible role in the rising plague of autism in children. Good read and worthy of your time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a shot in the arm
Vaccine Nation eventually got good. However, the book started very slow and took me a bit of time to get into it fully.
Published 10 hours ago by Dennis DeMarinis, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very entretaining
Published 12 hours ago by ulrich jena
4.0 out of 5 stars vaccines aren't always what they are made out to be
Good story line. It moved quickly and believably.

I have enjoyed Lender's several books. There's a certain lightness to them.
Published 12 days ago by Paul E. Keane
4.0 out of 5 stars Hello
If people had lived in the time when there were no vaccines; they would have a much different view of vaccinations.
Published 1 month ago by sharon donahue
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting from start to finish
Vaccine Nation by David Lender promised to be a thriller and it did not disappoint. The action started at the beginning and didn’t quit until the very end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather E. Hejduk
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller and a Vaccine-topic must read combined
I recommend this murder-mystery to all parents-to-be, first and foremost.
The combination of Wall Street, advertising, and greed on one side, and a sympathetic crusader on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolina
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
this thriller kept you guessing what was going to happen next. felt like the perfect length for the story. I
Published 1 month ago by paul gawronski
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be factual
Reading this story makes me mad because I have a grandchild who is addicted to drugs and I have often wondered if the drug he was given when he was very young caused it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Darlene Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars If only I could rate it zero stars....
First off, as others have so aptly pointed out this is a scare tactic book against vaccinations hidden behind the guise of a "thriller" novel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nikki Marty
4.0 out of 5 stars Vaccine nation
A book I would recommend for those who question the need of all the shots we are told we should have every year. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Harry Q. Anders Jr.
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More About the Author

David Lender is a former investment banker whose bestselling thrillers are inspired by his twenty-five years on Wall Street. After earning his MBA at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, he went on to work in mergers and acquisitions for Merrill Lynch, Rothschild, and Bank of America. David is the author of six novels, including the financial and corporate thrillers that made him an e-book sensation, and three books in the Sasha Del Mira series. He lives in northern New Jersey with his family and a pitbull named Styles.

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