Omnimystery News is thrilled to welcome Mike Hogan as our guest blogger. Mike is the author of The Ovary Wars (The Peppertree Press, Trade Paperback, March 2010), which presents a provocative twist on terrorism as the basis for a novel of suspense.
Today, Mike writes about where the idea for his book originated. And he's also providing our readers with an opportunity to win a copy of his book. Visit Mystery Book Contests, click on the "Mike Hogan: The Ovary Wars" contest link, enter your name, e-mail address, and this code (5502) for a chance to win! (One entry per person; contest ends 09/23/2010.)
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“Why did you write the book and where did you get the idea?” are common questions authors receive. The answers are myriad, with some appearing logical, and others appearing completely illogical, but that conclusion applies only to an outside observer. To the author the reasons are always completely logical.
I wrote The Ovary Wars because I believed I had an original, unique idea which could logically and easily be implemented. The Ovary Wars describes a new and very effective form of terrorism. By surreptitiously and permanently destroying the ovaries of most American women, terrorists cause pregnancies in the United States to become rare, and births to become almost non-existent. Preventing four million births is the same as killing four million people. Because the United States economy is based on a constantly increasing population, the lack of births sends the United States economy into an unstoppable tailspin that eventually ends in “The Greatest Depression.” The United States is almost completely destroyed. It is a bloodless form of terrorism designed to destroy the economy. There are no bodies, no explosions, no gun fights, and nobody notices until the effects have already occurred, and the United States is in a depression. How the ovaries are so easily destroyed is the novel’s mystery.
Is such a plot possible, or will the idea of permanently sterilizing women always remain in the realm of science fiction? The capability of permanently sterilizing women will soon be a reality. Such a concept is really just a small extension of present day methods of birth control, and it is simply a matter of time, a short time.
How about ethics? When the capability of destroying women’s ovaries is developed, is that an acceptable form of war or terrorism? Should a book be published that could possibly aid an enemy, or cause harm to the United States? Should the author feel any guilt if such harm occurs? The characters in the book had no qualms about implementing such a horrible and evil plot, and I suspect the characters in real life would feel the same.
Do I have plans to write future books? Of course. Will they have nefarious and evil plots? Of course. I hope you enjoy The Ovary Wars.
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Michael Hogan was born and raised in Albany, New York.
He graduated from Vincentian Institute, has a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an eMBA from West Virginia University, and an M.D. from Albany Medical College. He is a Board Certified Radiologist now practicing at West Virginia Hospital, he has had many medical articles published, as well as several cartoons.
He now resides in Morgantown, West Virginia with his wife Martha and his son Danny. He also has a daughter Colleen.
Visit his website at TheOvaryWars.com.
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About The Ovary Wars: How does a terrorist kill four million people? He stops them from being born.
For no apparent reason, pregnancies in the United States become rare, and American births decrease exponentially. Because the United States economy is based on a constantly increasing population, the United States economy is undermined. The country begins an unstoppable spiral into "The Greatest Depression."
Not knowing how or why the infertility blight occurred, the United States President, and the investigating FBI agents, realize the perilous possibilities. Could the nationwide infertility have been caused by a virus, either naturally occurring or purposely spread? Could it have been caused by a secret cult or a radical religious group? Even al-Qaida is a possibility. If so, will there be another attack?
For a chance to win a copy of The Ovary Wars, courtesy of the author, visit Mystery Book Contests, click on the "Mike Hogan: The Ovary Wars" contest link, and enter your name, e-mail address, and this code (5502) in the entry form. (One entry per person; contest ends 09/23/2010.)