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scoloderus conspiracy"The Cool Book of the Day," is a service of Dan Janal's company. As the banner proclaims, "Cool Book" features interviews with authors of the hottest new books coming out today. This interview was about The Scoloderus Conspriacy.

Who is the intended audience?

Young and older adults. It has particular appeal to people who are familiar with the military, higher education, government, or large hospitals (these are the principle characters and settings in the story).

What is the book about?

the Scoloderus Conspiracy is a non-stop thriller set 300 years in the future when the United Americas Trade Federation rules the known world. The Libre Voyageurs have fought this formidable government for decades, only to suffer one disastrous defeat after another. They now have a daring plan that will annihilate their enemy. Scoloderus is a three-day journey of abduction, deception, betrayal, and devastating revenge.

Why are you the best person to write this book?

This book dramatizes the tensions that occur when the military and academia cooperate in a joint project. It also serves as a thinly veiled metaphor of the concerns we should all share about military research and development, and the many uncontrollable realities of implementing large-scale deceptions. I worked as a research psychologist for the U.S. Army. I also worked as a U.S. Department of Defense consultant and worked in higher education and academic administration where I conducted research on academic excellence and faculty support and evaluation.

How is this book different from other books on this topic?

This book is about ideas and the extraordinary ways we can get information when we think we have no options. This book is also about the excitement of having several very bright and capable people trying to foil each other’s plans and not being caught.

Is there anything else we should know about this book?

This book moves quickly; however, one cannot read it quickly. It has many characters and these people will not conform to the reader’s expectations of them. No one knows how this story concludes until reading the last two pages (guaranteed).