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Susan Fox was lost in thought as the cab she traveled in negotiated the city’s rush-hour traffic. Her destination was the Sheraton Grand Hotel in South Hope Street – the venue for a celebration of the recent re-election of Los Angeles’ popular mayor, Dean Lopez.

Twenty-two-year-old Susan, or Suzie to friends and colleagues, was attending the function in her capacity as a member of the mayor’s now disbanded election team of voluntary canvassers. That successful exercise, along with a glowing testimonial from an appreciative Mayor Lopez, had helped secure her a sought-after position as an account executive with a prestigious boutique public relations firm. It was her first job, her first real job, since graduating from UCLA where she excelled in the allied fields of communications and journalism.

When the cab stopped for a red light, Suzie reflected on the past week. It was, she thought, the week from hell. And that was saying something. As someone who had been subjected to sexual abuse in her teens, first by an abusive stepfather and then by a corrupt policeman, she’d had some bad times to contend with, but this past week, in her opinion, had to be one of the worst. 

So begins our soon-to-be-released thriller THE ME TOO GIRL. You can check this upcoming book out on Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48390120-the-me-too-girl?

 

The Me Too Girl

Heroine a beacon for The Me Too Movement.

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Here’s a soon-to-be-released book, a high concept drama-thriller, coming soon from Lance & James Morcan, the writers of the critically acclaimed novels Silent Fear, The Ninth Orphan, and The Heathrow Affair

 

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In ‘The Me Too Girl’ young Los Angeles public relations exec Suzie Fox is being blackmailed for sex by a bad cop, a senior officer of the LAPD no less. Suzie fights back the only way she knows how, and, in the process, unwittingly becomes a beacon, a shining light, for America’s Me Too movement and for abused women everywhere.

 

The Me Too Girl…coming your way soon on Amazon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48390120-the-me-too-girl? 

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Here’s a selection of books members of our Underground Knowledge global discussion group on Goodreads are reading:

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Written by Underground Knowledge member Sibel Edmonds (AKA The most classified woman in U.S. history!).

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God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

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Written by Underground Knowledge member Gerald Posner.

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The Untold History of The United States

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The companion to the Showtime documentary series, director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick chall…more

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To see all the alternative thinking books Undergrounders are reading go visit the Underground Knowledge group’s Bookshelf at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/bookshelf/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group

Better still, if YOU are the author of an alternative thinking book, feel free to add it to the list! 

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The Underground Knowledge group has been designed to encourage debates about important and under-reported issues of our era. All you need is an inquiring mind and a desire to gain or share underground knowledge. Everyone’s welcome! No topic off limits!

 

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Membership of our Underground Knowledge global discussion group on Goodreads.com continues to climb with the number of Undergrounders  topping 10,500. It remains one of the most active and fastest-growing groups on the Amazon-owned book site for authors and readers.

 

 

The group’s aim is to encourage debates about important and under-reported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share ‘underground knowledge’. Everyone’s welcome!

You can visit the Underground Knowledge discussion group at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group

Check out the near-limitless number of discussion threads, or, better still, have YOUR say.

And if you’re an author of alternative books YOU are invited to add YOUR books to our ‘Alternative Thinking Books’ discussion thread here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/241268?group_id=142309

 

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Dear Fellow Authors,

Here’s a FREE offer to those of you who have written alternative thinking books.

As co-founders of the Underground Knowledge global discussion group – the edgiest group on Goodreads, and one of the fastest-growing, too – it’s our pleasure to invite you to add your books to our ‘Alternative Thinking Books’ discussion thread.

You can access the thread via the Underground Knowledge group’s home page via this link: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group

Books featured in this group are noticed. The group’s membership is 8,371 and climbing rapidly. Our members include bestselling authors and avid readers from around the globe. The group was designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All Undergrounders (members) need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share “underground knowledge”.

Examples of books featuring in the Underground Knowledge group are listed below.

Come join us in the Underground!

Lance & James Morcan

 

ALTERNATIVE THINKING BOOKS LISTED IN THE UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE GROUP

Classified Woman

by Sibel Edmonds  (AKA The most classified woman in U.S. history!).

God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

In 2016, USAID (The United States Agency for International Development is the United States Government agency) reported that nearly 75 percent of all new, emerging, or re-emerging diseases affecting humans at the beginning of the 21st century are zoonotic (i.e. originated in animals).

 

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There is talk among the scientific community that in the near future, humanity may face another Spanish Flu-level pandemic (the Spanish Flu H1N1 influenza virus killed 50-100 million in 1918 and infected 500 million worldwide)…or even something more extreme that threatens humanity’s survival.

Besides the Spanish Flu, the more recent history of pandemics, including and especially the H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak in 2009, inspired our new release novel Silent Fear (which goes on sale on Halloween on October 31: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/ ). We worked closely with a medical laboratory scientist/microbiologist to get all the medical aspects of the virus in our novel correct. And soon discovered microbiology is a fascinating, and sometimes scary, world underneath the surface…a place where viruses form at the micro level before sometimes spreading worldwide and threatening all of us.

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On the TheBlackVault.com website, in an article headed ‘USAID’s Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats (PIOET) Program‘, they mention: “Notable reminders of how vulnerable the increasingly interconnected world is to the global impact of new emergent diseases include HIV/AIDS, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, and the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus. The speed with which these diseases can emerge and spread presents serious public health, economic, and development concerns.”

The article continues, mentioning how USAID’s “Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats (PIOET) Unit supports two major lines of work: H5N1 Avian Influenza, and Emerging Pandemic Threats. H5N1 Avian Influenza: Since 2005, USAID has strengthened the capacities of more than 50 countries for monitoring the spread of H5N1 avian influenza among wild bird populations, domestic poultry, and humans, to mount a rapid and effective containment of the virus when it is found, and to help countries prepare operational capacities in the event a pandemic capable virus emerges.”

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So what’s looming in the world right now, virus wise?

Deadly Bird Flu In China Evolves, Spreads To New Regions http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/09/07/549069924/deadly-bird-flu-in-china-evolves-spreads-to-new-regions

This article mentions:

“This past year China had the largest outbreak of a deadly bird flu since the virus was first detected in March 2013.

For the past five years, China has had annual waves of H7N9 outbreaks that peak around January and February.

During the 2017 season, the country reported nearly the same number of cases as all four previous years combined, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report Thursday. The virus cropped up in more geographic regions. And it showed signs of evolving in ways that cause concern.

As NPR reported in April, the virus has picked up mutations that make it more deadly in poultry and less susceptible to antiviral treatments. “Our research shows it can kill all the chickens in our lab within 24 hours,” virologist Guan Yi told NPR.

H7N9 isn’t your run-of-the-mill bird flu. H7N9 is “the influenza virus with the highest potential pandemic risk,” the CDC writes in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

In people, H7N9 can cause a severe form of pneumonia and progress into septic shock and multiorgan failure. “We know of only a small number of people who presented with influenza-like symptoms and then recovered without medical attention,” the World Health Organization says.

During the 2017 outbreak, the Chinese government reported 759 cases of H7N9. There were 281 deaths — about a third of those infected. By comparison in 2016 and 2015, the country reported 123 and 226 cases, respectively.”

 

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But wait, there’s more…Oh no!

CNN: The big one is coming, and it’s going to be a flu pandemic https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/04/07/health/flu-pandemic-sanjay-gupta/index.html

Article Excerpts:
  • “Unlike seasonal flu, pandemics occur when a completely new or novel virus emerges
  • Gupta: Developing and deploying a pandemic flu vaccine just 24 weeks faster, would save many lives

(CNN)Experts say we are “due” for one. When it happens, they tell us, it will probably have a greater impact on humanity than anything else currently happening in the world.

And yet, like with most people, it is probably something you haven’t spent much time thinking about. After all, it is human nature to avoid being consumed by hypotheticals until they are staring us squarely in the face.

Such is the case with a highly lethal flu pandemic. And when it comes, it will affect every human alive today.

Pandemic flu is apolitical and does not discriminate between rich and poor. Geographical boundaries are meaningless, and it can circle the globe within hours. In terms of potential impact on mankind, the only thing that comes close is climate change. And, like climate change, pandemic flu is so vast, it can be challenging to wrap your head around it.

When most people hear “flu,” they typically think of seasonal flu. No doubt, seasonal flu can be deadly, especially for the very young and old, as well as those with compromised immune systems.

For most people, however, the seasonal flu virus, which mutates just a little bit every year, is not particularly severe because our immune systems have already probably seen a similar flu virus and thus know how to fight it. It’s called native immunity or protection, and almost all of us have some degree of it.

Babies are more vulnerable because they haven’t been exposed to the seasonal flu and older people because their immune systems may not be functioning as well.

Pandemic flu is a different animal, and you should understand the difference.

Panˈdemik/: pan means “all”; demic (or demographic) means “people.” It is well-named, because pandemic flu spreads easily throughout the world. Unlike seasonal flu, pandemics occur when a completely new or novel virus emerges. This sort of virus can emerge directly from animal reservoirs or be the result of a dramatic series of mutations — so-called reassortment events — in previously circulating viruses.

In either case, the result is something mankind has never seen before: a pathogen that can spread easily from person to defenseless person, our immune systems never primed to launch any sort of defense.”

 

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In our new release novel Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes), we have created a fictional scenario inspired by this microbiology and worked closely with a scientist who guided us on our medical sub-plot. Within a murder investigation in a university for the Deaf in London, England, a deadly flu virus (H7N7) outbreak occurs, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world.

In the sealed-off university, we then explore in detail a chaotic virus management story where not only does the virus continue to infect more Deaf students and claim more lives, but a serial killer remains at large and terrorizes those who manage to survive the deadly virus.


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And just today, in an unusual coincidence that sounds all too similar to Silent Fear, news has broken out in the last few hours that four hospital wards in the Devon, England have been forced to close due to an outbreak of the norovirus.

Wards closed as outbreak of norovirus confirmed at North Devon District Hospital http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/wards-closed-outbreak-norovirus-confirmed-690373

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People are being asked not to visit the hospital if they have had, or been in contact with someone who has had, diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours, unless their visit is essential.

Four wards at North Devon District Hospital were forced to close due to an outbreak of the vomiting and diarrhoea bug norovirus.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is asking people not to visit the hospital if they have had, or been in contact with someone who has had, diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours, unless their visit is essential.

Norovirus is a highly contagious gastro-intestinal virus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting.

Following the spread of this virus in the North Devon community, there is an increase in patients being admitted to NDDH with norovirus.

There have been confirmed cases of norovirus at NDDH this week and four wards were closed to new admissions as a precautionary measure.

The Trust is asking people not to visit the hospital if they have had, or been in contact with someone who has had, diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours, unless their visit is essential.

When in hospital, people should keep their hands clean using soap and water or the gels provided, and encourage others to do the same.

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Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

If you would like to follow up on this virus outbreak, and other outbreaks around the world, click on this link: http://www.globalincidentmap.com/beta/disease-outbreaks-map 

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Check out Silent Fear on Amazon (it published Halloween, Oct 31, but can be pre-ordered now):

 

See you on the flip side, guys (if you survive the pandemic AND the serial killer in SILENT FEAR!)

James Morcan

The Kindle ebook version of our thriller-horror SILENT FEAR (A novel inspired by true crimes)  will be launched on October 31 and we thought it appropriate this coincides with Halloween. It’s a scary read.

Our friend and collaborator-in-crime Lisa Norris — @ernorris — kindly designed this artwork (below) to commemorate the occasion, and we reckon she nailed it!

 

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Pre-orders for the Kindle version of Silent Fear  are open now  via https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/ — Order now and it will be auto-delivered to your Kindle at Halloween.

The paperback’s available already via https://www.amazon.com/dp/0473408120

Prepare to be scared!

 

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