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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

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  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612182771
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z23TYW
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David Lender is the bestselling thriller author of eight novels and six short stories and novellas. His books, including the financial and corporate thrillers that made him an e-book sensation, are inspired by his twenty-five year business career. He writes standalone thrillers as well as two series. His Sasha Del Mira Thrillers are fast-paced action stories of espionage, international intrigue and terrorism. His White Collar Crime Thrillers are stories of greed, moral depravity and, in some cases, redemption in the corporate world. He lives in northern New Jersey with his family and a pitbull named Styles.

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120 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Riva on 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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147 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Thankfulforall on February 1, 2012
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I enjoy reading about these things, because I love to read and, being more than a little familiar with the medical industry (see my disclosures at the bottom), I like to hear all sides.

This book was VERY unbalanced, which, though it's fiction, is sad, because people tend to believe these kinds of things are based in truth (especially when, like this author, they bring in some things based on fact). I would really like to have the author look at evidence based (not just those funded by big pharm companies either) studies AND the difference in childhood mortality rates between vaccinated and unvaccinated nations. We can't compare children in the US, because we enjoy a "herd" vaccination - the majority of kids are vaccinated, which protects those that aren't (and those who, like my sister's son who has a major heart problem, cannot be vaccinated).

Anyway, that was more than I meant to say on that subject. To be fair, this book isn't quite as "preachy" about the subject as some books I've read, and didn't really get in the way of the plot (though I thought some things were overstated). The writing was ok - it was actually edited and had some good dialog, but the characters were shallow and ... well, the good was too good and the bads were too bad. I like my characters to have a little depth and reality. The second star is because it was exciting throughout, and, though a few things happen too conveniently, does have the thriller mentality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greyt4Me on 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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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Perchorowicz on April 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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