Fade to Blue by Hank Scheer
I'm happy to join iRead Book Tour's with a debut novel involving bio-tech and fast paced action. I also have an interview with the author but be aware the second question does contain a small spoiler so if you have not read the book you may want to skip that question. One reason I love iRead Book Tours is they always include a giveaway on their tours. You can enter at the bottom of the post!
About the Book:
Will Dr. Brenalen's unauthorized experiment lead to a cure for Alzheimer's, or will it be used for bioterrorism?
Biotech researcher Sarah Brenalen is frustrated by her boss’s dismissal of her controversial theory, so she secretly injects lab mice with experimental Alzheimer’s drugs of her own design. Sarah is stunned when one of her experiments goes horribly wrong. But Marcel and his international cabal are intrigued. Sarah's brain-destroying T-3 formulation could be just what they need.
Fade to Blue is a high-tech, fast-paced, cat-and-mouse game played for keeps. What Marcel didn't count on is that two can play this game.
It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. It has great characters, non stop action, threats of mass destruction and so much more. Sarah wanted to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s when one of her experiments goes wrong. When the wrong people find out about her mistake, they want to use it. Sarah is on a desperate trip to protect everyone she loves and also tens of thousands of others.
I had a very hard time putting this book down. I love stories about bio weapons so this boo love caught my attention right away. The authors writing style had me engaged from start to finish. I absolutely loved Sarah. She is a strong resourceful character who you can’t help but marvel at what she is capable of. Highly recommend!!!!
Interview with the author:
In Fade to Blue, your protagonist works at an Alzheimer’s research facility. How did you come up with that idea?
Shortly before I started writing Fade to Blue, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I decided to make Sarah a pharmacologist who’s working on a cure. And as a tribute to my father, I created Kendrick Perkins, a physicist who succumbs to the disease.
Did Fade to Blue change over the course of writing?
Yes. My first version featured a 37-year-old man whose brain is ravaged by early-onset Alzheimer’s. I wrote eighty pages about him before realizing his saga was a diversion from the main story. I wound up deleting his character altogether—along with a year’s worth of writing.
Also, I had Sarah becoming a victim of her own creation. After much thought, I decided to write a happier ending.
Did you ever get writer’s block? If so, what helped you overcome it?
I realized I couldn’t write in the morning or afternoon. I had to drink two glasses of wine to be productive. It was only after dinner and wine that my mind got creative.
What was your favorite travel spot?
Indonesia. My wife and I went there in 1998 after the dictator Suharto was overthrown. We were surrounded everywhere we went. “Are you from CNN?” we got asked countless times.
“No,” we’d reply. “We’re steelworkers from the United States. We came here to learn about Reformasi,” the popular term used to describe their newly won freedom.
As far as cities, Paris is my favorite. Since a lot of Fade to Blue takes place in Paris, I went there three times to make sure I got all the scenes and descriptions right.
Describe a scary moment from your life.
I was at a concert in Santiago, Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. Soldiers burst into the venue, forced everyone outside, and made us stand with our hands against a wall. After checking everyone’s ID, they loaded a few men into a military vehicle and drove away.
“Why were they arrested?” I asked a Chilean friend.
“They’re on the junta’s enemy list. We’ll never see them again.”
Meet the Author:
Hank Scheer's writing journey began during a work break when a coworker said, "Hey, let's write a short story." They were working for a steel mill in Pittsburg, California, so brainstorming ideas became a fun way to pass the time.
At one point the following week, after the manufacturing process caused a computer to crash, Hank had his idea: an evil scientist creates a drug that destroys a person's brain.
Now it was a simple matter of plotting the story and writing it. Fade to Blue is the result of three trips to Paris, France, and long weekends spent driving around the San Francisco Bay area.
It doesn't involve steelmaking, but the science is just as real and the potential for trouble exponentially more terrifying.
Hank is now retired and lives in Martinez, California. He enjoys writing and recording music, world travel, biking, downhill skiing, and supporting other working people fighting for a better world.
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