California Author Releases New Thriller That Mixes Politics, Medicine, and Mystery

Read the new book that is part medical thriller and part political thriller. The book is and already receiving rave reviews and it hasn't even been officially released yet. Get your copy before they sell out.

4/9/12 10:44 AM CET

California Author Releases New Thriller That Mixes Politics, Medicine, and Mystery

Author, J. Thomas Shaw is pleased to announce the release of his new book, The RX Factor. Part medical thriller, part political thriller, the book is already receiving rave reviews and it hasn't even been officially released yet.

Author J. Thomas “Shaw spins a thriller that gives big pharma a convincing, ugly bruising. Various American regulatory agencies have come under close scrutiny of late, with serious questions raised about whether or not they’re in bed with the subjects they ought to be investigating. Shaw rides these suspicions with glee.” In The RX Factor “he trains his sights on the Food and Drug Administration, and the possibility of political chicanery guiding its agenda, rather than the health and well being of the citizenry. He builds the story slowly, comfortably serving forth players who weave their way into a layered tale where corporate greed, political malfeasance, personal ambition and ethical behavior vie for ascendancy. In this narrative, greed has soundly trumped any Hippocratic Oath – medical research serves as a cash cow, not a miracle maker.”--------Kirkus Discoveries


With the tragic deaths of international icons Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, the world is becoming increasingly more aware of the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs and the risks associated with popping pills as part of the daily regiment versus actually curing the problem. Shaw wrote his novel in hopes of drawing attention to the fact that despite the tens of billions of dollars being spent on medical research and on-going exponential advancement in medical technology and the medical community’s understanding of the human body, there has not been a cure produced for any human disease since Dr. Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine was released in 1955.


“...The venality of the issue allows Shaw to paint especially ripe characters, with critically flawed heroes, bought and paid for politicos and a bunch of bad guys... The rough, no-baloney sensibility of the protagonist (Ryan) befits the crude machinations of the drug company he is pitted against… Ryan is… a sympathetic individual with a clever bag of tricks to thwart evildoers. Also fortunate is that this story is not only timely, but smart, chromatic and tartly atmospheric. The crisp depiction of corporate avarice features tightly controlled action.” -------Kirkus Discoveries


Contact: John Shaw

Phone: 619-722-7000

The RX Factor

ISBN: 978-1-936782-89-5

Pages: 314 Published: May 17, 2012

Langdon Street Press 212 3rd Ave. North, Suite 290 Minneapolis, MN 55401

Fax: 612-455-2297


J. Thomas Shaw was born in Quincy, Illinois, and attended the University of Oklahoma and Illinois State University. Following graduation, he moved to Chicago and had a highly successful professional career. He now resides in Southern California with his wife and their two children. Prior to his relocation to California, Mr. Shaw lived for six years in Durham, North Carolina and two years on the family ranch outside of Cotopaxi, Colorado. He has traveled extensively throughout the Bahamas’, Caribbean and Mexico. The scenes throughout The RX Factor takes place in the various locations that the author has lived or experienced in his travels. Throughout the process of writing The RX Factor, the author consulted with his good friend, Johnny Powers Ph.D.

Dr. Powers holds a bachelor degree in Chemistry from Wake Forest University, a masters in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University, a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Dr. Powers has over 20 years experience in the biomedical field, with extensive experience in developing and marketing new diagnostic tests for the early detection and management of cancer. Dr. Powers most recently served as the President of TriPath Oncology; a North Carolina-based biotechnology company focused on developing innovative medical tests for ovarian, cervical and breast cancer. TriPath imaging was sold to a major multi-national medical diagnostics company in 2006. In his career, Dr. Powers has dealt extensively with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and various government agencies, and has published numerous scientific research papers and holds medical patents in both the US and Canada. He now resides in the New England area with his wife and two children.


To request a review copy of The RX Factor, schedule J. Thomas Shaw for an interview, or for more information, please contact J. Thomas Shaw @619-722-7000


The RX Factor is currently available for ordering pre-release on the author’s web site The book will be published on May 17, 2012 and will be available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble and numerous other outlets. Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.


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