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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller and a Vaccine-topic must read combined June 10, 2014
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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 the other side makes for a fast-paced read. It is a murder mystery and an illustrative book on the workings of the disease industry, Wall Street, and big Pharma. It is a complex mixture of people, not all are evil and not all are saints, and it makes a full, enjoyable, and thought provoking book. You cheer for the main character right from the start, but the actions that move the plot along are probably the most difficult to believe, how for example the main character is able to escape the hit man in the first few pages is a bit unbelievable: The big Pharma whistleblower that is coming to give information to the heroine who manages a health food store is murdered in front of her by a professional hit man, and it is fast paced from there on. A good read. A good book to give to a friend, too. It deserves a five star as a fast paced and entertaining book, and it deserves a 5 star rating in the way it painlessly teaches about how large agencies are motivated in their actions.

This book, is based on current findings and information, and notes the sources used for this book. It exposes the dangers of most of the vaccine industry, and the reason for it. The format of the book is a fast paced murder mystery, but the main theme of the book shows that the vaccine industry is selling a commodity,not good health. The marketing of vaccines has all the power of the best advertising, and the book well illustrates that it is a product that must be promoted for profitablity. The author has a very full Wall Street background and understanding, and uses this knowledge in the framework of this book.
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14 of 17 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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119 of 162 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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8 of 9 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vaccine Nation February 13, 2012
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With the background of a father who was a biochemist/bacteriologist, I found the book quite good. As fiction it did a fairly good job of bringing those who have not been following this very significant issue in the production and forced vaccination of our children, into focus. It is light on what the current marketing is saying... and I would stress that much of what we are fed is just that - marketing. All of our agencies today are not doing their jobs in my opinion, and the public is often used as the final "trial" of a medication, and perhaps (?) also vaccines. After some adjudication, we have now been told that these vaccines are safe and necessary blah blah. But that is a judgment provided by the very same folks who are making money selling the vaccines. All in all a good book in that it brings thought into a few households that otherwise might not have been up to speed on this subject. But it is the tip of the iceberg for this very real and very serious problem we have regarding the efficacy and safety in our medications and vaccines.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting to read. Well done November 25, 2013
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a pretty good book
This was a pretty good book. The one thing about this author that drives me nuts is he fills pages so sometimes he drags it out unnecessarily and its not in a suspense type of way. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jamie Diaz
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the reading
very interesting story line ... I enjoyed the reading
Published 27 days ago by Martin Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Really big stretch of imagination
Lender is such a skillfull writer but I fear this story would have been better served in a Marvel comic book featuring Wonder Woman or Captain America. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Larry J. Allred
5.0 out of 5 stars great as usual
This book was a real page turner I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I'm stuck on the David Lender books.
Published 3 months ago by lspiper
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read. Very interesting and keeps you reading on
Yes, a good read. Very interesting and keeps you reading on.
Published 3 months ago by nancyv
1.0 out of 5 stars overdone and unrealistic
The plot was ok but was just over the top in the killing department. Why? There is barely a casualty in the John le Carre books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard Oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good read.
Published 4 months ago by Donna L Kelley
4.0 out of 5 stars read and enjoy
good book!
Published 4 months ago by del
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 4 months ago by Den DeMarinis, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very entretaining
Published 4 months ago by ulrich jena
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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 and six short stories and novellas, including the financial and corporate thrillers that made him an e-book sensation. He writes standalone thrillers as well as two series: Sasha Del Mira Thrillers and White Collar Crime Thrillers. He lives in northern New Jersey with his family and a pitbull named Styles.

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