Saturday, September 8, 2018

Guest Post by William Leibowitz, Author of the Miracle Man series.


Readers Muse : The author writes on his reason for writing the series
By:  William R. Leibowitz, Author of the best-selling novel, Miracle Man and its sequel, The Austin Paradox

Hello Dhivya –let me tell you why I wrote Miracle Man and its sequel, The Austin Paradox.
These novels tell the story of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in history (we’re talking 10X Einstein’s brain power).  These books are psychological thrillers with fast paced twisting plots, as Austin battles incredibly powerful external and internal forces that seek to destroy him-- including Big Pharma and its political cronies.
In writing Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox, I wanted to create an inspirational hero who isn’t a comic book character and who isn’t one of the meritless celebrities that dominate media today (e.g., the reality TV stars who are famous for being famous).  I also wanted these books to be the vehicles within which I could convey, in an entertainment context, certain spiritual and humanistic messages that are important to me. 
One of the underlying themes is the sanctity of human life and the ramifications that one person’s death can have for the entire world.  Robert James Austin should have died as a new born, but he was saved in the most unlikely of manners; he then went on to change the world in extraordinary ways.  His life was not expendable. The individual counts.  That’s why Miracle Man begins with the quotation from Scriptures – “To destroy one life is to destroy an entire world, and to save one life is to save an entire world.”
In writing Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox, I also wanted to get readers thinking about a real-life problem that affects us all. One of the powerful forces fighting Austin is “Big Pharma” which views him as their enemy since he cures diseases and thereby makes many of their “cash-cow” drugs obsolete.  In short, Austin is bad for their business.  Like Austin, I find it incomprehensible that virtually no major disease has been cured in over 50 years.  How can that be the case when so much money has been spent over the decades on research?  Simply put, there’s a lot more money in treating symptoms than there is in curing diseases.  Austin realized that Big Pharma has no interest in curing diseases.  It just wants to keep on selling expensive symptom treatments –and as we know, many people are on expensive ‘medication maintenance programs’ for years, sometimes for life.  Austin wanted to change that.  I think people need to start questioning Big Pharma on many fronts –from the price of drugs -- to why there aren’t more cures.

---So what I tried to do in both of these novels is first and foremost to write entertaining books that engage readers and keep them turning the pages.  But within that entertainment context I wanted to get my readers thinking.  From the reviews I’ve received and the letters sent to me—I’m extremely gratified that this has happened.


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