The unabridged audiobook version of “The Chemist” is now available on audible.com AND IS SPOKEN BY AWARD WINNING NARRATOR ERIC G. DOVE. To order, click here. For a sneak peak of Chapter One:
Click here to listen to Alan’s JANUARY 27TH, 2017 INTERVIEW with SciFi writer S. Evan Townsend’s Speculative Fiction Cantina on the Writestream Radio Network. Alan read an excerpt from his latest novel and shared the hour with YA Fantasy and Romance author Beth Barany.
Click here to listen to Alan’s November 15th, 2016 interview with Tony Kay on the ArtistFirst World Radio Network.
Check out Alan’s posted interview on the Mercedes Fox Books Blog.
Click here for the full interview and an excerpt from the book.
2017 FINALIST: CHANTICLEER CLUE AWARD FOR SUSPENSE/THRILLER NOVELS
What they’re saying:
“The Chemist” . . . is far and away one of the most original and just flat-out interesting and crazy thriller/suspense fiction novels I’ve read in forever.” Jhonni Parker—Indie Book Reviewers
“I was hooked from the first pages of “The Chemist” and much to my surprise my interest never faded for a moment! . . . [T]he author Alan J. Field brings a fresh attitude and literary style and makes it all his own and doesn’t just rehash the same old plot lines we’ve seen a million times before which makes this book wholly unique.” Steph Coleman—Goodreads.com
“It is incredibly well-constructed with impressively complex plot lines that are terrifying, yet strangely believable.” Essie Harmon—Barnes & Noble
“Love the whole “cat and mouse” and “racing against the clock” feel that totally kept me hostage night after night. He has a natural gift for crafting a well-thought-out story and developing complex, memorable, if not disturbing characters who take you on a dark and wild ride that will totally engulf you.” Laura Clarke—Indie Book Reviewers
“Fast paced, well-written and disturbingly plausible, Field crafts an engrossing novel that stays with you long after you are done.” John Goodman—Barnes & Noble
“Try and be bored reading this… just try. I dare ya!” Claire Middleton—Goodreads.com
The most virulent weapon of mass destruction will be unleashed upon the world, but Delta Force veteran Daniel Strong isn’t about to let that happen. Recalled from the depths of drug addiction and depression, Danny is the last chance for the CIA to stop an auction in New York where powerful weapons dealers are to bid for the right to proliferate a deadly neurotoxin. The road to finding the auction’s location leads directly to the weapon’s creator: a devil in Tory Burch flats and heroin addict who has committed the chemical compound to memory. Yet Danny isn’t the only one chasing her. He must protect her from a sadistic Palestinian terrorist known only as Sabir, who wants to use the weapon to destroy Israel and will do anything–including torture–to get it. Danny must walk a fine line to control his obsession to resolve a dark secret from his past and his feelings for the chemist that could compromise the operation’s objective–before it’s too late.
Welcome To My Site: Let The Thrill Ride Begin
Perhaps you read thrillers because they take you to international locations you think you’ll
never be able to visit. Perhaps you read thrillers because you identify with the protagonist, who always prevails in his or her own way. Perhaps you read them because the story focuses on a cause or zeitgeist that interests you. Or perhaps you read them simply because they are a fun guilty pleasure.
As a new writer, I tend to lean toward the latter two. International terrorism seems to be the zeitgeist of the day, save for global warming. And, why would I want to write about something doesn’t interest me, anyway? “The Chemist”, the first of a trilogy following the path of former Delta Squadron veteran and CIA operative Daniel Strong, focuses on terrorists and their conviction to obtain the most virulent chemical weapon on earth.
Author Shalom Aleichem once lamented the fact that “scientists always end up selling their discoveries to murderers.” The ‘murderers’ he was referring to were the military industrial complex that exists within all governments. Along the same line, Robert Oppenheimer basically confirmed that when he said, “It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them.” We very well know who wrote his paychecks.
So, this idea of scientists doing ‘the devil’s work’ intrigued me as I set out to write “The Chemist”. I wanted to expose the mind of a scientist who discovered a horrific way of killing as many people as possible–without having to worry about those nasty bi-products, nuclear fallout and half-life–then selling the creation to the highest bidder with no questions asked. Would the scientist have any remorse whatsoever after learning what the discovery will be used for? If so, how would it affect the scientist?
I’m initiating my blog with a discussion about the proliferation of such weapons and what, if anything, can be done about it. If you are still reading, I hope that means all this interests you.
Writing a book is all well and good, but I felt that if I truly wanted to make a difference, actions would speak louder than words. So, I will donate 20% of any profits earned from book sales to humanitarian organizations that help victims of the Syrian crisis.
I look forward to reading your comments!