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When they asked the nation’s trial lawyers: ‘What’s your favorite legal thriller?’ there was a surprise.

In the September 2017 edition of Trial Magazine, they asked the nation’s trial lawyers “what’s your favorite legal thriller?”

To have Taming the Telomeres mentioned in a favorite legal thriller list with Greg Iles and Truman Capote, well, is pretty humbling and amazing.  Thank you Wayne Parsons of Hawaii!

Taming the Telomeres won the Gold Award in the Reader’s Favorite 2015 Literary Award Contest for suspense thriller, and later, during May 2016,  the novel held the #1 thriller position on Amazon for suspense thriller ebook.  The author is working on a follow along sequel to the novel, and re-posts a sneak preview of the Prologue chapter for the forthcoming novel, tentatively titled Targeting the Telomeres.

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What kind of scum-sucking cockroaches kidnap a defenseless baby, Amanda Michaels thinks while trying to fall asleep. She will make them regret that decision.

Lying on the cramped, lower bunk of the sleeper car, she feels with her fingertips along the thin foam-rubber pad masquerading as a mattress. There it is. She tugs on the lower portion of her backpack hiding the loaded pistol with the customized silencer, nestling what constitutes all her belongings in the crook of her right arm. The sheath strapped under the left pant leg of her jeans secures a long KA-Bar serrated edge fixed blade knife. And in the right pocket of her hoodie are two identical burner cell phones. One is her only means of communication with her compatriot, who is also on the train, both of them full-in with their improbable mission. Imagining the linen scent of her favorite candle briefly tricks her olfactory glands into ignoring the foul odors. The elderly Chinese lady on the bunk overhead smells of mildewing clothes. On the lower bunk an arm’s length away, a twenty-something Chinese girl sleeps with her jacket over her head. The sleeper car’s other occupant, a tiny woman who barely stands five-foot tall and can’t weigh 100 pounds, presses her torso against the tiny sink, paper towels surrounding the collar of her shirt, while she works some type of soapy liquid through her dark brown shoulder-length hair. Amanda decides to pass on that shower.

She thinks, all I wanted was to get some of my memory back from before the crash. Not this.

If she’s captured, what could Chinese intelligence agents possibly “get” out of her anyhow? Sure, she survived the Hemispheres plane crash, but she doesn’t know how or why. Only that it might have had something to do with her dad’s research and her being his test subject. To study her telomeres, maybe that’s what they would want? Most likely to torture her to learn whatever she knows.

The bullet train hurtling northbound towards Beijing at 180 miles per hour suddenly lurches, causing a metallic screech that soon fades.

Amanda thinks for a moment about a family photo. Of her dad, her, and her mom, sitting on the front porch of the house they lived in before the crash. The one she hopes to recall, that her Uncle Andy showed her. She mentally photoshops her baby brother Justin in too. Nothing can stop fantasies no one else can see.

The sink-showering lady climbs back up to her top bunk, and talks in Chinese with the other older lady.

If my plan fails, I won’t have to worry anymore, Amanda decides. Because I’ll be dead.

(c) 2017 R.N. Shapiro All Rights Reserved.

 

True or False Fun Fact: A telomere [tel-uh-meer] is a rare monkey found only in Madagascar?

 

This answer is not found within a species or genus of monkey. Nor on Madagascar.   A telomere is the protective tip at the end of cell chromosomes, involved in controlling cell life. And death.  A nobel prize was awarded in 2009 for scientific strides in telomere biology: how the chromosomes can be copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation. The Nobel Laureates showed that the solution is to be found in the ends of the chromosomes – the telomeres – and in an enzyme that forms them – telomerase.  Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak discovered that a unique DNA sequence in the telomeres protects the chromosomes from degradation.

Taming the Telomeres (TTT) is a fiction thriller that examines the vast commercial potential of telomere research to the world’s super powers.  The value of extending human life even 15% is mind boggling, and biological spying on these advances is hardly surprising.

While not about taming monkeys on Madagascar, TTT won the 2015 Gold Award for top fiction thriller in the Readers Favorite Int’l. Book contest, and was the lone medalist in the New Apple Literary Awards for ebook fiction thriller also.

Some call TTT a biological thriller, or a medical thriller.  Amanda Michaels is the lone survivor of a jet crash that killed all aboard.  Except her.  She comes to learn that she possesses biological secrets that covert agents will kill over.

Taming the Telomeres is now available on audible.com narrated by Mikael Naramore, and the ebook and paperback  versions of Taming the Telomeres are also on Amazon.

 

Taming the Telomeres Named 2015 New Apple Literary ebook Mystery/Thriller Medalist

Taming the Telomeres was named the Medalist in the 2015 New Apple Literary award contest, for ebook mystery/thriller.

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Taming the Telomeres explores the tip of the human chromosome, and efforts to commercialize extension of cell life. Named the 2015 Medalist for ebook mystery/thriller by New Apple Literary Awards

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New Apple Literary Award for 2015 ebook mystery/thriller, Medal to Taming the Telomeres by R.N. Shapiro

 

Attorney-Author R.N. Shapiro Interviewed About His Award Winning Thriller

Profuse thanks to Patrick Austin, who now is the editor of the Virginia State Bar Docket Call Newsletter, for a nice interview about the ethical dilemmas faced by trial attorney Andy Michaels in Taming the Telomeres, my fiction thriller. The Judges also have some serious ethical issues as well.  Click below for the interview.

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R. N. Shapiro interviewed in Docket Call Newsletter published by VA State Bar

 VSB interview RNS [Click link].

 

Author Book Bubble comments: Horror of waking up from a coma with no memory

Click to see my latest author comments about the “Doctors Explain” book chapter from Taming the Telomeres, when Amanda Michaels first comes out of her coma, surrounded by medical doctors.

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Author R.N. Shapiro book bubble from ‘Taming the Telomeres’ thriller-awakening from a coma lacking any memory

Taming the Telomeres Audible.com and ITunes Productions Nearing Completion

Producer-Narrator Mikael Naramore has nearly completed the complete audible version of Taming the Telomeres, in association with author R.N. Shapiro.  Naramore has professionally narrated dozens and dozens of best selling audiobooks and brings TTT to life with his unique production style.  Challedon Publishing and the author plan to release the audio version of TTT in early January 2016.

In November, 2015 R.N. Shapiro was honored with the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Award for top fiction thriller, selected from over 500 entrants in the category.

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Author R.N. Shapiro receives the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Int’l Book Contest “Gold Award” (fiction thriller).

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Audible-audio version of Taming the Telomeres nears completion.

R. N. Shapiro at the 2015 Readers Favorite Award Ceremony Receiving the Gold Award

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The official award ceremony photos from the late November 2015 Miami award reception were recently released by Readers’ Favorite.  It was great to meet so many talented authors from the USA and other nations.  I have connected with some great authors and picked up some tips and ideas on the craft of writing from them.

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R.N. Shapiro receiving the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Award for top fiction thriller at the Miami award reception.

Author Insights: Middleburg Sadness Chapter from Taming the Telomeres, A Thriller

The story shifts to the prestigious Middleburg Academy where faculty and students are shocked to learn that Amanda Michaels and family members may have been on the jet that crashed in Pennsylvania, enroute to NYC. Click here to read the inside discussion:

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Author Insights on “Air Disaster” chapter from Award Winning Thriller: Taming the Telomeres

This discussion is about the moments when Andy Michaels first learns his close family members were on a Hemispheres jet that crashed in PA. Click here to read the full interactive bublish.com chapter discussions.

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Author Note: Meet D.C. Attorney Andy Michaels (in Taming the Telomeres)

Andy Michaels is the D.C. attorney whose brother, sister in law and niece were all passengers on a Hemispheres jet.  Michaels is well known in D.C. for his handling of the only filed civil case for Pentagon victims of the 9/11 attack.  Click on the image to go to the full “book bubble” about this chapter, from the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award winning thriller.

Click the image to open this page about Andy Michaels

Click the image to open this page about Andy Michaels

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