Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Guest Author: Mark Fadden

Author’s latest thriller asks a timely, horrific question

What if the presidential candidates were assassinated? That’s the question that author Mark Fadden asks in his latest thriller, The Campaign. The story takes place over a 48-hour period during which all three of the presidential candidates in the race for the White House are killed. The hero is Dallas Police Chief Scott Turner, who must lead the investigation into the deaths while trying to cope with losing his mother, who is only days away from dying of cancer.

“I first thought about the plot several years ago. In fact, I wrote the first version of The Campaign back in 2006 and went so far as to narrate an audiobook version, hoping to market it during the 2008 presidential campaign,” said Fadden, who is an award-winning author and freelance writer. “But the funny thing was, after hearing myself read it out loud, it didn’t have the suspense and flow that I thought it should. The main character was someone that readers couldn’t root for, he wasn’t sympathetic enough. So I shelved it.” But after Fadden began caring for his mother, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and came to live with him and his family while she received hospice care before she passed, he knew that he would need to write about that experience to deal with it. “As most writers will tell you, writing is cathartic. As I cared for mom, I would write down everything, from her daily medication amounts to the wonderful moments we shared recalling the good times and bad. After she passed, I reflected on how best to honor her memory, this woman who had been there for me every day. As she was a lifelong book lover, I thought there would be no better way than to base a character on her and to show readers the kind of tough, yet relentlessly loving person she was. Plus having never cared for someone in hospice before, I also wanted to include that experience in case readers wanted to get a glimpse of how hospice really works.” 

Fadden’s call to shelve the book and then work in his own painful experience seems to have been the right one. Reader reviews have been strong and Kirkus Reviews called the novel, “exciting and fast-paced, this is a satisfying political thriller with heart.”

Fadden has two previously published books, Five Days in Dallas and The Brink. He’s been called “the next Dan Brown,” and has garnered awards for The Brink, as well as accolades from some big names in the book business. A Writer’s Digest reviewer called him, “a masterful storyteller,” and bestselling author Sandra Brown said, “The Brink was a hell of a read.”

The Campaign is available as an eBook for $0.99 at Amazon.com. Click here to get your copy. 

by Mark Fadden

Kindle Edition

File Size: 359 KB
Print Length: 226 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Booktango (May 5, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Amazon Link

About the book:

Three Candidates are left in the race for the White House.
Within 48 hours, all three will be dead...

About the author:

A native Texan, Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and has published three novels: Five Days in Dallas, The Brink, and The Campaign. After recently reading The Brink, best-selling author Sandra Brown called it "a hell of a read." Visit his website at www.markfadden.com.


Felicity Grace Terry said...

Sounds interesting though perhaps a little too political for my tastes.

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