Todd Easterling recently completed his fourth novel, an epic high-concept suspense story at 432,000 words based on years of research on great people from history and their contributions in several sectors (Scientists & Discoverers, Entertainers, Artists, Writers, Athletes, Leaders & Politicians, and Spiritual Leaders).
The novel has been described as "Michael Crichton meets Dan Brown," a story that combines real history and locations with a high concept premise encompassing new technologies, an exciting climax, and a surprising conclusion with global impact. Research for the story involved genetics / biotechnologies (CRISPR-Cas9/gene editing), issues facing Earth's species, and the evolution of the world's gods and religions from Egypt and the Ancient Era to modern times—with emphasis on the Roman period, and the historicity of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. There was also a review of scholarly research on the canonical and gnostic gospels, archeological sites/tombs, Constantine's and early Christians' development and marketing of the Church, and historic sites such as the Pantheon, Saint Peter's Basilica, and its necropolis.
Todd was influenced by people who kindly provided technical input on his previous books, such as Dr. Ian Wilmut (first scientist to clone a mammal, "Dolly the sheep") and Dr. Raul Cano, the scientist who first extracted dinosaur DNA from ancient amber, which helped encourage author Michael Crichton to write Jurassic Park. Todd's vision for the project was to create a story that is exciting, supported by science, includes incredible real locations and accurate history, is capable of being marketed to worldwide audiences, and can support broad publishing, motion picture, and merchandise business models. Research for the story included trips to Rome, Florence, Venice, and Pisa Italy, as well as London and Paris.
"It's much longer than my previous novels, not by plan or intent but simply because of the need to create credibility for the high-concept story, which is aimed at mass-market international audiences, and potential film rights. It is the first in a planned series, with the goal of a franchise that includes merchandising, etc. It is over three times as long as "The Miracle Man" and "The First Witness." I love research and facts, and the research involved for this story was intense and changed my life forever. There were trips to London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Venice Italy."
(Picture: the three main/key drafts, with the final on the right.)
When her fourteen-year-old daughter's life is threatened, the mother, Katie, takes matters into her own hands to try and protect her and inadvertently finds herself swept into an exotic, far from home breathtaking adventure. David Stein, as Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster said, "Strong writing, strong characters, solidly researched, exciting novel. Great love scenes, powerful imagery. A very strong novel."
San Diego, California author Todd Easterling, originally discovered by the Jay Garon-Brooke Literary Agency of John Grisham fame, paints vivid atmospheric settings, real world dilemmas, and sympathetic characters who leave an indelible impact on the reader in this sweeping story made for the big screen. The author's last novel, The First Witness, was in the top 1% in sales of all/4.4 million books for over three years and on 8 Best Seller lists, as high as #1.
On a mission to take control of what has threatened to destroy everything that's important to her, Katie leaves behind her life in Kentucky horse country, where she works for a thoroughbred breeding and genetics facility, and finds herself on an unexpected dangerous adventure in Africa pursuing the world's most renowned expert on genetics, a doctor devoted to saving and bringing back endangered species in the amazing new field known as de-extinction and resurrection biology.
To ensure accuracy with technical aspects of the story, the author enlisted the help of celebrated experts including Nobel Prize nominee Sir Ian Wilmut, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his astonishing breakthrough in cloning a mammal (Dolly the sheep), and Dr. Hal Broxmeyer, who pioneered work in a revolutionary new procedure.
USA/September 18: ***** A defiantly great read! I loved the characters. I didn't want to say goodbye to them.
USA/July 28: "***** Best novel I have ever read. I am usually a follower of Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Jude Devereaux, but this novel was "FANTASTIC' . . . I could not put it down. Romance, adventure, danger, excitement, travels through Africa as though I was right there, African animals described like I was watching them, in the jungles, unbelievable medical information about cloning and how far was have come in that direction...Not a dull moment in the book . . . What a blessing to be born a true writer who captures every single moment that grabs the reader right in and doesn't let go."
Australia/May 9: ". . . reminded me of the best of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult...and I loved how the story paid homage to Ernest Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and the novel Out of Africa . . . stunning descriptive writing combined with solid research, and a romantic backdrop leaps beyond today's category romance and adventure stories . . . very impressive, potentially ground-breaking novel . . . for the serious, discriminating reader who wants more than a quick fix run of the mill story."
Canada/April 8: ". . . Beautiful sensory writing. A sweeping story . . ."
UK/March 23: "I was enthralled by this book & I couldn't stop reading it . . ."
USA/March 25: "It's truly an enchanting story written in such a manner as to keep the reader looking for what will happen next . . . compelling characters reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks & Nicholas Evans (The Horse Whisperer) . . . mingled with the excellent technical, genetics, & adventure aspects of Dan Brown and Michael Crichton."
Highest rankings to date:
When a top Washington Post reporter discovers what he believes is an unauthorized CIA and military mission to destroy Iran's nuclear development sites, he finds himself caught in the middle of a global crisis, international intrigue, and a beautiful and exotic woman he desperately wants to trust. San Diego California author Todd Easterling, originally discovered by the Jay Garon-Brooke Literary Agency of John Grisham fame, weaves a well-written, character-rich, high concept/big story with cinematic potential and a balance of suspense and supporting romantic backdrop.
Shawn Coyne, as Senior Editor at Doubleday/Random House, said of Todd's writing, "This is certainly a thriller that builds to global dimensions and I liked the way Mr. Easterling tackled the plot by having his journalist piece together the clues. The final revelation is also believable and consistent with the pervading paranoia in DC."
The story follows Tom Lassiter in a fast paced race to separate facts from propaganda, and ends in a heart stopping glimpse of the new world we live in and threats posed by rogue states, or leaders, set on nuclear weapons development. Walking a razor-thin line between being seen as either a criminal, if he's wrong, or a hero if he's right, Lassiter takes matters into his own hands and stops at nothing to uncover the truth and try to stop a catastrophe of historic proportions.
The climax of the story is vividly written, quickly paced, and lends itself to motion picture-like uncertainty and twists, with the fate of millions of people on the line, if not the survival of the entire planet.
Best Seller lists/highest ranking to date, out of 4.4 million Amazon books:
Also available by author Todd Easterling, the #1 best selling adventure novel: The Miracle Man. A mother tries to save the life of her daughter and finds romance and adventure in the process. Advisers: Sir Ian Wilmut, the brilliant scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep, and Dr. Hal Broxmeyer, acclaimed doctor.
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