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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

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  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 22, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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119 of 163 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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146 of 201 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Writing ok, poor research on subject 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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70 of 96 people found the following review helpful
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Let me say first that I am a physician, as opposed to the author, a toxicologist, and a pediatrician. I have also been recognized as an expert in vaccines by the Department of Justice, speaking FOR the injuries vaccines may cause. That being said, I would advise the reader of this book to be careful about its assertions. Let me elaborate:

1) Vaccines do incredible good. I must look back 50 years or so to remember a case of paralytic polio, or congenital rubella. Most doctors never see a case of tetanus, or diphtheria, or mumps. Varicella (chickenpox) is no longer seen anywhere in the world. Countless lives are spared and children are releived of lifetimre burdens by the immunizations that have eradicated by immunization administration.

2) Paranoid fear of vaccines has done incredible harm. We are now seeing deaths do to pertussis (whooping cough) a disease long on the wane because immunization rates are dropping. Carriers pass the disease to pregnant mothers who have limited immunity, who give the disease to their infants who are too young to immunize. These infants are vulnerable to the disease, and represent a mortally injured population ... two deaths this year in my hospital alone. The unimmunized child next door may transmit indirectly his carriage of the bacterium to vulnerable unimmunized infants. There is more. The mortality to rubeola (measles) in third world nations exceeds the rate of death due to ALL CAUSES in the US ... principally a consequence of low immmunization rates. Once I had to show residents pictures of the rash in books. The disease is re-emerging in the US because of the fear of rare (or unproven) complications.

3) Complications are very rare. All medical treatments have side-effects.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting
Cliched and choppy. It's as if the author took a current events story and slapped it into a novella.
Published 5 days ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense
This is one of David Lenders best. It is a suspenseful read. It really makes you think about the growing epidemic of Autism
Published 13 days ago by Romi Scown
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
A Good read, especially for new parents. This work of fiction alerts you that there are too many dangers in what we eat and what the medical profession promotes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rochester Adult Education
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Interesting story line, but there were just too many times where I couldn't help but think "Come on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MP
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the $2 I paid to download it.
This book is full of pseudo science about vaccines and their connections to childhood disorders, including autism. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jane B Frick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read!
Published 2 months ago by Susan G. Staton
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 2 months ago by Jamie Diaz
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the reading
very interesting story line ... I enjoyed the reading
Published 3 months 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 4 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 5 months ago by lspiper
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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 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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