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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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119 of 157 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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9 of 10 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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great "Shot" at the Pharmaceutical Industry.... April 6, 2012
David Lender has always been a controversial author who writes good story lines and has exciting characters. In his latest offering he has done it once more. The story has several murders, but the killer is known and followed throughout his exploits as he works for a CEO in the drug trade. Secret data about vaccines, is the key reason for the murders. The information could wreck the profits of the industry and cause a Senate hearing to revoke the immunity from prosecution the industry has enjoyed over the years for its vaccines.

The characters are very vivid and actionable throughout the story. The reader will find this tale an easy and exhilerating read as page after page gets read. The book is short in that it is less than 250 pages, but again a lot of action is packed into those pages. I particularly liked some of the quips Lender placed throughout the tale such as the one that industry mogels are in essence "legalized drug dealers". There was even a comment made about the pictures a CEO of the industry had in his office of him shaking hands with various government noteables, one of which was President Romney (does Lender have some insight here with the election months away).

All in all though its a fun book to read and enjoy as the person carrying the secret data is chased and nearly killed several times while trying to make it to a Senate hearing. There also are some suprising twists carefully placed throughout near the end of the book which the reader will find most interesting as they add significantly to the story line at the end. I suggest you get a copy and enjoy it, you won't be disappointed by the ending I can assure you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read September 21, 2012
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In today's world Mr. Lender was very aware of the complications surrounding drugs, vaccines and the like. In this conspiratorial world it was an interesting read.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Thriller February 14, 2012
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I found this book to be a fantastic gripping thriller. The book was on the same level as any Ludlum or Clancy novel, and I should know because I've read all of them. Lender's book is packed with nail-biting, edge of your seat action, and there is never a dull moment. And it has the added benefit of educating readers as to the national problem of a corrupt vaccine policy that is causing major harm to children. Lender has a great way of interweaving thrilling action with important political topics like the greed driven influence of the pharmaceutical industry on national health. This was an excellent, exciting and informative thriller that I highly recommend without reservation.
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17 of 22 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vaccine Nation by David Lender Revew April 5, 2012
By M. West
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The author keeps his readers in suspense from the minute they start reading about murders, love and a continuous thickening plot. The printing is an easy format to read so the book can easily be read anywhere. Once I began reading, I could not put the book down. What is presented as fiction actually has truth behind the facts incorporated into the story. As a follower of the vaccine epidemic in America and having an autistic son who is certifiably vaccine injured, I could fully relate to all information written; information which was presumably "fiction" but in reality, fact. The vaccine facts which are behind the unfolding murders, is extremely well researched in the area of vaccine ingredients, testing, side effects, etc. These facts give the readers accurate knowledge but leaves them with many more questions concerning vaccines in general. Excellent quick easy reading. A suspenseful story that makes one think about more than just the story at hand. I guarantee readers will not be able to put this book down!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good read makes you think about big pharma and the FDA. Could this be true, I bet it could where big money is concerned.
Published 1 day ago by Diane
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject
Interesting and timely subject matter on vaccines and big pharma. I enjoyed this book and hard to put down. First time reading Lender.
Published 2 days ago by Howard Hughes
2.0 out of 5 stars My opinion on Vaccine Nation
Interesting story and coveted very controversial topic. It held my interest. It moved along at quite a pace so enjoyed it.
Published 2 days ago by Jenny Blair
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Comes from a political perspective I can only describe as paranoid. Makes weird claims without any foundation then derives a plot it's impossible to take seriously. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Njb
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention grabbing
it was a great book caught my attention and kept it throughout the whole thing. I didn't want to put it down.
Published 22 days ago by jeff nickles
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be A good read
This was my first real book in 8 years. I finally have the time to read again! Feels great! I have been interested in vaccines since my first born (13 years ago). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisi
4.0 out of 5 stars good thriller
Fast paced and interesting info on autism vs vaccines . Enjoyed and fast paced reading in2 and easy read...
Published 3 months ago by Judie Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Vaccine Nation
It was considered fiction but I would wonder how much of it is actually fact. Good read but a little slow at times.
Published 4 months ago by CAROL FISHER
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting to read. Well done
Very interesting and exciting to read. Makes you think of life as it is today. History can be explained in various ways, sometimes in a fictional book.
Published 4 months ago by Greyt4Me
3.0 out of 5 stars for the wife
I bought this for the wife's Kindle. She reads a lot and says this book gets a 3 star rating.
Published 7 months ago by cato0212
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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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