Virginia Beach, VA author R.N. Shapiro’s debut novel “Taming the Telomeres” was awarded the Gold Award for fiction thrillers in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Int’l. Book Award Contest. The Amazon release of the biological thriller, “Taming the Telomeres,”
has attained over 50,000 downloads since its November 2014 release, gaining Amazon Best Seller status on June 5, 2015. ‘A masterpiece’ and ‘spellbinding page turner’ are just some of the praises showered on this cutting-edge biological thriller, according to Bloomberg Businessweek (3/23/2015).
Annually the contest fields books by thousands of entrants on an international basis, from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants like Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, and past contestants include J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).
“Taming” features high school senior Amanda Michaels who suffers amnesia with regard to everything before the jet crash that only she survives. She loses her parents and her memory in the aftermath, and once Amanda learns she may possess biological secrets that competing intelligence agencies will kill for, she has no idea who to trust, unwittingly caught up in a web of biological espionage.
The author is working on a follow along novel, featuring Amanda Michaels and several other characters featured in TTT.