Sarasota, FL. December 10, 2013 — The Madness Analog (First Kindle Edition), recently published and written by Carl Proujan, is a gripping, nail-biter of a novel that starts at a fevered pitch and never lets up.
From a chaotic police precinct in New York City’s Washington Heights district, to an exchange of gunfire along the River Seine on an otherwise tranquil evening in Paris, The Madness Analog spans the globe while keeping the reader breathless.
In the wake of a handful of positive 4-star reviews, in-depth author interviews and his first 5 star book review, the 84 year-old first-time fiction author hopes for a groundswell as readers learn about, and then are compelled by, the realism of the tale.
“First of all, the settings are real. I have actually visited almost all of the places described in the book. I drew upon my personal experiences of growing up in New York City, and having traveled through Paris, Madrid, the Pyrenees Mountains, Washington, D.C., and Israel. This helped tremendously in developing the realistic settings for the novel.
“Next, the book had to be authentic and believable, especially the science. (Mr. Proujan has a degree in chemistry and biology). I tracked down primary scientific sources to make sure the scientific underpinnings were infallible.”
Mr. Proujan, in an interview for the NjKinny’s World of Books website, states that although the book’s final presentation is a product completely formulated within his imagination, “many of the characters are based on real people. And, although the weapon created in the story is a fictitious one, the fundamental science is very real, as is the danger posed by such a weapon.”
The story, which revolves around an intelligent Mossad/FBI counterterrorism agent in his pursuit of al-Qaeda operatives who manipulate a series of homicides concurrently throughout the United States as they scheme to unleash a secretive weapon of mass destruction, adds an element of nuance to the growing terrorism fiction genre.
Sinister and shadowy forces conspire in some of the world’s most conspicuous locales (the Rodin Museum in Paris, the National Mall in Washington DC, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid), and yet, their schemes seem to go unnoticed by just about everyone. That is, everyone but Special Agent Matt David.
In his 5-star review for the Readers’ Favorite website, Ray Simmons writes: “The protagonist, Matt David, … is a smart, likable character with a tragic, somewhat mysterious past. We are drawn into his world and thoughts as he discovers a totally new type of terrorist plot – a terrorist plot so brilliantly conceived, and so cunningly carried out that America won’t even know it has been attacked until it’s too late.”
Everywhere the ebook is reviewed, it receives glowing praise for its pacing, dialogue and compelling story craft. That is one remarkable accomplishment for a first-time novelist who just happens to have been writing non-fiction for the better part of four decades.
In conclusion, Simmons says it all when he calls The Madness Analog “…a masterpiece of the terrorist-thriller genre,” noting that “with the right promotion campaign, this book could easily become a bestseller and it is also easy to imagine it could be a blockbuster of a movie. The Madness Analog is that good.”
Carl Proujan could not agree more.
“If you enjoy a good mystery, with unexpected twists, a solid scientific foundation … a potentially deadly romance, and characters with whom you can either empathize or despise, you will find The Madness Analog impossible to put down. I refer to it as “a terror so real, it could be happening now.”
The Madness Analog is temporarily exclusive to Amazon.com, where it can be purchased for under $4.00. However, Mr. Proujan has definite plans to expand its distribution soon, before unveiling a much-anticipated sequel.
“A Matt David sequel is definitely in the works, Mr. Proujan teases. “There’s a lot of ground yet to cover.”
About the Author:
Born in 1929, (on the very day of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre), Carl Proujan remembers his childhood streets of Washington Heights, New York fondly. Upon graduating high school (The Walden School), he went to sea as a merchant seaman, visiting ports in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America.
From CCNY he earned a B.S. degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, he ventured into the world of publishing as a way of marrying his scientific training to his literary ambitions. Along the way, he enjoyed two years in the Medical Department of the U.S. Army as a preventive medicine technician and surgical technician, in the United States and in Italy.
As a science journalist working at Scholastic, Inc., he was invited by the National Science Foundation to visit and interview scientists working in Antarctica and the South Pole (he is a Certified Member of the Society of the South Pole). Only one continent has eluded his footfall, Australia. But, it’s on his to do list. Born and raised in way-upper Manhattan, Carl Proujan now live in Sarasota, Florida.
Mr. Proujan can be followed on Twitter ( @AuthorProujan) and The Madness Analog can be “liked” on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheMadnessAnalog)