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Vaccine Nation by [Lender, David]
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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: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z23TYW
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I have to say, for some reason I downloaded this story in March 2012, and I've finally gotten around to reading it. It is magnetic, and a topic which is really educational to parents today. Dani North has just won a reward at the Tribeca Film Festival for her documentary film, "The Drugging Of Our Children." She has a 9-year old son, Gabe, who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which she feels was caused by vaccinations. She is a single mom who was forced to accept mandatory vaccinations under the guidelines of the Federal Government, or have him taken away from her. She is a very strong advocate against making such vaccinations mandatory and believes parents should be allowed to make their own decisions. She works with Dr. Yuri Orlovski who provides homeopathic remedies. She manages the non-medical practice side of his business of whole foods, vitamins, health-related DVDs, books, etc. A Doctor Maguire, a research analyst at Pharma International, is due at her office at 9 a.m. to discuss a pending new documentary. He is killed right in front of her desk as well as an officer arriving quickly to the scene. Before Dr. Maguire dies, he slips into Dani's hand a USB flash memory drive. Before the local police arrive at the scene, two men identifying themselves as FBI agents question her. But why? This story is brilliantly written and very powerful. It puts the spotlight on how the pharmaceutical industry can influence our government and take away the rights of parents to decide which vaccinations for their children. In today's world, our children are receiving nearly 40 vaccinations before the age of five years. I lost a granddaughter in the 70s due to early vaccination where many other parents did also. A class action lawsuit followed.Read more ›
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David Lender's story Vaccine Nation moves like a freight train, pitting the ruthless ambitions of a morally bankrupt pharmaceutical company CEO against investigative filmmaker Dani North. Caught in the middle of a ruthless power play, North unwittingly becomes the last guardian of long suppressed evidence that could turn the multi-billion dollar vaccine industry on it's head. As the body count rises, Dani finds herself pursued by brutal assassins and every law enforcement agency on the East Coast.

Ripped from recent headlines underscoring the epic greed and corruption uncovered in big business, Lender's plot takes a gritty "stab" at the most extreme "clean up" options imaginable when the entire foundation of a billion dollar industry is at risk of imminent collapse. Vaccine politics aside, the story kept me engaged from start to finish, literally cringing as the underdog, Dani North, dodged the militant arm of a modern day Goliath.

Murder, mayhem, conspiracy and non-stop action abound in a tense cat-and-mouse chase spanning several cities. David Lender takes a controversial topic, and spins a fantastic "against all odds" suspense story around it. From a thriller standpoint, you won't be disappointed...though you may need to check your vaccine politics in at the door. Vaccine Nation doesn't make apologies for pharmaceutical industry.
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The book kept a pretty good pace with an interest s going plot. The subject of the drug industry and the National Vacine Progra m was a captivating subject matter that aren't 've r y believable. TERRIFYINGLY SO.
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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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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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