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Sleeper is the Opening Chapter of Targeting the Telomeres, Book Two

Finally, a sneak preview of the opening chapters of Targeting the Telomeres, A Thiller (Book Two-Amanda’s Telomeres series) are unveiled.

Spoiler Alert:  Don’t read further if you have not read Taming the Telomeres, a #1 Amazon Best Seller.

The first chapter of Book Two is set out below:

TARGETING THE TELOMERES (c) R.N. Shapiro 2016

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Amanda Michaels, a teenager with genetically altered telomeres, was the sole survivor of a jet crash. After a new tragedy befalls her family, she decides vigilante justice is her only option.

‘Sleeper’ the opening chapter of Targeting the Telomeres, is a prologue, a foreshadowing of events deep inside the novel.  Click the image below to read author insights and the opening chapter on the author’s portal at  Bublish.com or just scroll down further.

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The first chapter of Targeting the Telomeres, Sleeper, along with author comments are posted on Bublish.com by author R.N. Shapiro.

Sleeper

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.

 

 

Amanda & Andy Michaels’ Music Playlists Posted on Youtube

 

Ever wonder what kind of music one of your favorite characters in a book was listening to on their playlist? I have joined some of my author colleagues, and curated music playlists of two of the lead characters in Taming the Telomeres (TTT), Amanda and Andy Michaels.

The playlists are inspired by dialogue, actions or scenes in the award winning novel, Taming the Telomeres on Amazon.

Residing on Youtube, some of the songs in the playlists have videos as well which can immerse listeners into a whole new perspective.

The unpredictable protagonist of Taming the Telomeres is Amanda Michaels, a high school girl who is the sole survivor of a commuter jet crash, and her playlist is here:

Amanda Michaels 2016 Playlist

Amanda playlist

Andy Michaels is her uncle, the high-profile DC trial attorney who ends up representing her and other victims of the hemispheres jet crash, and his playlist is here:

Andy Michaels 2016 playlist

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Both of the playlists are found on the Taming the Telomeres channel on YouTube. You can shuffle the Youtube playlists or listen to them in the order presented.

Also, scenes and action inspired by TTT can be found on the Taming the Telomeres Pinterest page and a video interview of author Shapiro can be found here.

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Enjoy!

 

Thanks to Taming Readers: #1 Suspense Action Thriller on Amazon

Just want to say “wow” and “thank you” to every reader of Taming the Telomeres, as the novel about Amanda Michaels, and her tale of survival and redemption, held the #1 position on Amazon’s best seller charts in the suspense action thriller category in early May.

Taming the Telomeres is now available in ebook, paperback or audiobook on Audible.com and on iTunes.

Working hard on the sequel with the working title ‘Targeting the Telomeres’ which will pickup within a year of where TTT leaves off.

 

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Taming the Telomeres Audiobook Now on Audible.com and itunes

Quite pleased to report that the audiobook narrated by Mikael Naramore is now available on itunes, Amazon, and on audible.com.  It was a real pleasure working with producer/narrator Naramore, and the review and editing process was illuminating. Rather than “typos” the main issues involve pronunciation preferences and many other subtle preferences. See the screen shots.

There has been a major increase in audible sales of books since users can listen to an audible book through their mobile phone and use bluetooth in a car, which eliminates the need to have any CD’s, like 5 years ago.  Now, Taming the Telomeres is available in audio format.

 

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

Author Comments on Hand of Fate (Amanda’s Hamsa) Survival Chapter in Taming the Telomeres

Can just one trinket, one necklace, make a person identifiable to her family and friends so unmistakenly?  The “Hand of Fate” refers to Amanda’s hand necklace (hamsa necklace) that her rescuer mentions as having been distinctive.  Read more here:

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Taming the Telomeres wins Gold Award for top thriller

Taming the Telomeres wins Gold Award for top thriller

Amanda's Hamsa (Hand of Fate)

Amanda’s Hamsa (Hand of Fate)

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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What’s a Telomere?

telomere imageEvery chromosome has a special ending or cap called a telomere.  It’s like the plastic tip protecting the end of a shoelace.  When a cell divides, some of the telomere is lost.   But some enzymes can cause cell telomeres to have more cell divisions, extending cell life. Sound Intriguing? Read Taming the Telomeres to find out just how valuable telomere biological research is.

 

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