First of all, thanks to printsasia.com for having me on their blog! I’m here to discuss my latest thriller novel, kiDNApped, out now from Chalet Publishers in both e-book and paperback editions. kiDNApped has been described as either a technothriller or “science thriller” because it incorporates elements of science and technology upon which key plot points hinge. Here’s the back cover description from the book:
A priceless biotechnology, an FBI agent, and an unspeakable act of familial betrayal collide in a tropical kidnapping more twisted than a DNA double helix.
When a renowned scientist with a solution for global warming is kidnapped at sea, FBI Special Agent Tara Shores must unravel a high-tech trail of S.O.S. messages encoded into the DNA of living cells. As each decoded message brings Tara nearer to the missing genius, it also takes her farther from help than she ever thought possible.
A lot of readers have asked me, “is that real?” Referring, of course, to the biotechnology featured in the novel where messages are coded into the DNA of bacteria. The answer is yes! A Japanese group, led by Masaru Tomita of Keio University, wrote four copies of Einstein’s formula, E=mc2, along with “1905,” the date that he derived it, into the bacterium’s genome, the string of A’s, G’s, T’s and C’s that determine everything the bug is and will ever be. The inspiration for the scientific core of the story in kiDNApped is two-fold:
1. That DNA can be used as a data storage medium, in essentially the same way that you can store characters on a magnetic disc. This is based on real life scientific research that has been published for several years now. In fact, at the end of kiDNApped, I list these papers in a Suggestions for Further reading section for those readers who would like to know more about the science behind the story.
2. The real life work of Dr. J. Craig Venter was also an inspiration to some degree, especially his tropical ocean expedition to collect genes from marine microbes. There is a link to his work at the end of the book (literally, with the Kindle version, which I think is a cool feature of e-books).
But cutting-edge science and technology aside, at the core of kiDNApped lies a rip-roaring contemporary adventure tale about an FBI agent in pursuit of a missing scientist. Set in the islands of Hawaii, where I lived for five years, the story is an island-hopping romp through some of the most beautiful terrain on the planet.
Also worth mentioning is that kiDNApped is the second in a series of thrillers, the first of which was Wired Kingdom, which also features FBI Special Agent Tara Shores. That novel deals with some completely different areas of science and technology, and is also available now as an e-book or in paperback. A third Tara Shores thriller is now in the works, and will be titled SOLAR ISLAND.
I’d be happy to answer any questions or comments you may have in the comments section of this blog, or you may visit my website at http://RickChesler.com.
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