Louis Kirby is a neurologist who specialized in neurodegenerative diseases, chiefly Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Throughout his life he has always been drawn to writing. While in medical school he published two of his stories, one landing him in hot water with the Dean of Medicine. He is founder of ZettaScience, LLC a company that plans to index global scientific data to accelerate scientific innovation and discovery. While in clinical practice, Dr. Kirby founded Pivotal Research Centers in Phoenix, a research facility that specialized in human drug testing and grew Pivotal into one of the nation’s largest medical research centers of its kind. During this time, He served as principal investigator on nearly 400 clinical trials. He frequently gave presentations at national and international conferences on drug development and consulted for the government and the pharmaceutical industry. After selling Pivotal Research Centers to a publicly held company, he has served in various senior capacities for medical device, diagnostics and pharmaceutical firms. Dr. Kirby currently serves on the scientific advisory boards non-profit and for profit companies. Louis enjoys the wide-open skies (and dry heat) of Phoenix with his beautiful wife and...Read More
A call for a physician on board a 747 awakens Dr. Steve James. He is ushered into the cockpit where he finds an unconscious copilot and a delusional captain. Moments later, he is the only conscious person in the cockpit as the jetliner dives headlong towards Washington DC. Dr. James is confronted by the puzzling but relentlessly progressive brain illness of the 747 Captain and a young woman each screaming from terrifying delusions, an illness that may be the forerunner to thousands more getting the invariably fatal illness. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Linda Strahorn and President Robert Dixon watch in horror as China ruthlessly kills 30,000 peaceful worshippers in Hong Kong, broadcast by a single, ill fated TV camera crew. Secretary Strahorn and the White House Staff become alarmed as President Dixon becomes increasingly erratic in his management of the escalating confrontation with China. With stunning realism and detail, Shadow weaves a chillingly plausible story that takes the reader on a non-stop rollercoaster of intrigue, murder, corruption and sabotage and uncommon heroism. Shadow of Eden grabs you from the opening pages and never lets you go, in a non-stop whirlwind of intrigue, murder, corruption and sabotage. — Peter Glassman MD, author of THE HELIOS...Read More
Shadow of Eden is a story that had to be told for several reasons. First, is drug safety. We should have confidence in the drugs prescribed by our doctors. The FDA is supposed to watch over drug safety. Yet there are mistakes. During my research career, I have inside information on several drug recalls. When one in particular was announced, we were still doing research on it. I had to call each of my study participants and tell them that the drug was being recalled. On one of those phone calls, I spoke to the wife. Her husband, who had been enrolled in the study, had died the previous week of precisely the condition that triggered the recall. There is real danger in drugs, in sloppy science and in pushing the limits of what is safe. While I know some of the individuals involved in this drug’s decision making process, and I know them to be thoughtful, decent people, drug safety nevertheless is abstract. The safety exercise becomes a balance of the benefit of a drug against its potential to do harm. How difficult indeed is it to make these decisions! Now let’s add money into the mix and the decision becomes harder still… SHADOW OF EDEN, in my mind is my story, told from the front lines of drug research and drug prescribing. I have looked at the dangers of drugs and drug research at eye level, held the hands of those affected by real damage from the drugs, yet I have also seen the amazing good that can be achieved by a new and beneficial drug. For my novel, I felt the real life consequences of ethical...Read More
—William Gartner author of BIOTOXIN.
Mad Cow Disease, that prion based, irreversible brain disease has struck again in the United States, so says a CNN report. Mad Cow disease, otherwise known as vCJD (variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease) is believed to be transmitted by eating meat from an infected cow. This bovine spongiform encephalopathy (called that because the brain looks like a sponge under a microscope) causes a progressive loss of coordination, strength, and mentation ultimately leading to dementia and death.
There is no treatment and no spontaneous remissions. In fact it is nearly impossible to diagnose during life.
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Some fast facts here.
This chilling disease has a long latency during which the disease may be active before there are any outward manifestations. It might even become the basis for a prophetic novel called Shadow of Eden….Read More
Dirk Cussler who has taken over writing for his father Clive’s Dirk Pitt franchise read Shadow of Eden and enjoyed it enough to write a comment about it.
By the way, I’m a big fan of Dirk’s writing. He has taken on a tough task stepping up to write for an immensely popular series with millions of fans around the world. He has succeeded fabulously, with gripping plots, impossible situations and sky-high stakes that make reading each one an irresistible compulsion until you finish it. (missing meals, sleep, work…)Read More
My novel, Shadow of Eden, jumps ahead of perennial bestselling authors with his medical and political thriller.
I can honestly say, I never thought I’d ever be in such August company. I’m enjoying the moment.
In the meantime, I’m working hard on my next novel about a scientific expedition to find the Garden of Eden.
On Friday, I gave a talk about weight loss, obesity and the science on why it is so hard to lose weight. I have uploaded it here because of the references and comments on the slides I wanted to make available. There is so much bad information posted even by physicians that I wanted anyone who was interested to be able to look up the scientific articles I read in preparation for the talk. See below for a quick summary of the talk.
Author Patricia Zick interviewed me in December but just posted it yesterday on her popular blog site called Writing Whims. In it she asks me such questions about Shadow of Eden such as did my subject choose me?, What author influenced me the most? (you may be surprised), and who is my favorite character?
We spend some time talking about the antagonists in the book, a particular topic about which I am passionate. It takes a really good villain to make a great hero. Think Harry Potter’s Voldemort, Sherlock’s Moriority, and Skywalker’s Darth Vader.
We talked about characterization and what it takes to make a book come alive.
Through this whole time, I got to know and appreciate Patricia’s work and her care in putting out a substantial product day after day. I know that carries itself over into her novels as well. She has well regarded nonfiction and fiction books. You can read about them on her website.
I hope you enjoy the interview and as always, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Shadow of Eden starts out by a doctor called to the cockpit of a 747 in flight to tend to the incoherent pilot. Farfetched? Not! See the real life replay of a nearly identical situation. Only this time, the pilot didn’t savage the plane like in the book…
Shadow has also foretold the deteriorating relations with Taiwan, the plane crashing into the pentagon (that part written before 9/11), the advent of several diet medications, and several others.Read More
My recent interview by acclaimed writer Seeley James, author of the Pia Sabel series. In it, Seeley opens with this question, “Your thriller Shadow of Eden has one of the most exciting beginnings of the year. How did that come about?” Cool. How can you beat that?
He goes on to ask about writing realistic dialogue, my favorite authors (some you won’t expect), how I keep it real, and the latest book to blow me away (this one is really from left field).
Amazing. The Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor’s Center picked up the photos from my last hike to post them on their website. They found them on my Facebook page and tweeted me asking if I would give them permission to repost. They went live today. How cool to be recognized for your photography. I must say, one of my favorites was taken by Chris Weber (the one in the narrow Canyon). They posted three from the hike.
So I attached the link and you can see for yourselves.
The National Geographic page: https://www.facebook.com/grandcanyonngvc
If you are interested to see more, click https://www.facebook.com/LouisKirbyAuthorRead More
AnnaMaria writes books and also interviews authors that interest her. She and I sat down over coffee and scones (blueberry) and had a nice chat about my writing, my book, Shadow of Eden and quite a few other things. She is a very intuitive interviewer, which says a lot about her approach to her own writing. She asked about my interest in writing, some of the nuts and bolts about my plot, and slipped in a question or two about my family. Read it by clicking here.
Also, check out her web site describing her books by clicking here.
Darth Vader, Hanibal Lector, Lord Voldemort, The Joker. Villains we love to hate. They are so good, we remember their names. Importantly, they make the hero for without a great opponent, we’ll never know how good the protagonist is.
So I created two scary villains. One the mastermind, the other, the muscle. Morloch and Mallis. Both smart, cunning and supremely good at what they do.Read More