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Michael Rushnak

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I'm a retired physician who returned to my passion for writing. Join me on BOOK BLOGS. http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/DrM...

Fulfilling another bucket list passion, I've authored TERMINAL NEGLECT, THE SAVIOR VACCINE, and DENIED as THE HEALTH CLUB MYSTERIES trilogy.

My 4th medical mystery thriller-UNSEEN SHADOWS is also receiving rave reviews--Five married couples living in Princeton are a close knit group since their college days at Stanford. But if you dig deeper into their relationships, nothing is as it appears to be. Betrayal, seduction, espionage, surveillance & deception explode in the face of Dr. Brandon Kiefer, threatening the innocents and the survival of the secrets to project immortality.


UNSEEN SHADOWS is my latest medical mystery thriller

With all new characters, Unseen Shadows is a medical thriller about a world renowned scientist who unlocks the genetic code to extend our human life span. As the story unfolds, Dr. Brandon Kiefer's wife mysteriously vanishes.

Betrayal, seduction, international espionage, surveillance, and deception explode in Kiefer's face, threatening the destruction of the secrets to Project Immortality.

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Published on January 06, 2014 10:58 Tags: espionage, genetics, immortality, medical, mystery, thriller
Average rating: 4.45 · 71 ratings · 29 reviews · 4 distinct works
Terminal Neglect

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The Savior Vaccine

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Unseen Shadows

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UNSEEN SHADOWS (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:36PM
Description: Dr. Brandon Kiefer’s wife mysteriously vanishes. A month later, she inexplicably returns home leading to unanswered questions as to why she deserted the world class scientist. The rising tension between them triggers flashbacks from his childhood days when he barely escaped his father’s murderous rampage. Troubled by his failure to save his younger sister, when he was a ten year old boy, Brandon becomes increasingly obsessed with protecting his closest friends. On the verge of developing the greatest scientific innovation of the 21st century-- the discovery of a medicine to extend the human life span, Kiefer becomes the target in a covert war of international espionage. Will his friends come to his rescue and will those opposed to his controversial genetic intervention join hostile forces to prevent his treatment from becoming available to the public? If he is killed, while being hunted down, the secrets of Project Immortality will be lost forever.
DENIED (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Denied is a psychological thriller about Cardinal Joseph Gallagher, a charismatic man with ruthless ambition and many secrets. When his shady past is uncovered against his will and the person he has hurt the most seeks revenge, he asks his lifelong friend, Dr. Jonathan Rogers for help. To Gallagher's mounting displeasure, Rogers demands that he publicly admit his greatest fear. In Rome, Bishop Peter Shuls, the Cardinal's mentor and a conniving insider, enlists the help of the evil organization, The Health Club, to ensure that his personal choice becomes the next leader of over one billion of the faithful. If the Cardinal refuses to unveil the untreated mental illness that has led to the death of the innocent, will Rogers become the next victim? But, if Gallagher agrees to disclose his darkest days, will anyone be able to stop the Bishop before he embarks upon a chilling rampage to quench his insatiable lust for power?
THE SAVIOR VACCINE (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:32PM
Description: President Jane Williams wants every American vaccinated against a deadly disease. She asks the Surgeon General, Dr. Jonathan Rogers to investigate the safety of a vaccine that a famed scientist claims will save millions of lives. The following day, Rogers receives a call from a pharmacist working with the world renowned scientist. She informs him of covert evidence that the vaccine is a killer. When the Surgeon General discovers the vaccine may annihilate every citizen, he and his family suddenly find themselves in grave jeopardy. The President is unconvinced, calling the unique vaccination - The Savior Vaccine. Will Rogers be able to override a presidential order to "save" the nation or will he choose to look the other way and save his family?
TERMINAL NEGLECT (Mystery & Thrillers)
0 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:26PM
Description: Within minutes of leaving the White House, State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jonathan Rogers is gunned down on Pennsylvania Avenue after interviewing for the position of Surgeon General. Rogers awakens from surgery with a life threatening medical finding and soon discovers he's been targeted by a sinister organization known as The Health Club. Weeks later, the FBI informs Rogers that the attack on him has become a matter of national security ever since his Oval House meeting with President Will Jordan. The doctor is warned not to question that he was a victim of a random drive by shooting. But was it?

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Norman LaFave Hi Micheal,

Thanks for becoming a friend. As a new author, it is my hope to have good authors read my work and to learn from them. I am looking forward to reading your novel soon.

Best Regards,


message 2: by Michael (last edited Apr 20, 2009 12:36PM)

Michael Rushnak Hi Andrea

I was inspired by the poem on your site

"Every person has the power to make others happy.
Some do it simply by entering a room --
others by leaving the room.
Some individuals leave trails of gloom;
others, trails of joy.
Some leave trails of hate and bitterness;
others, trails of love and harmony.
Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism;
others trails of faith and optimism.
Some leave trails of criticism and resignation;
others trails of gratitude and hope.
What kind of trails do you leave?”

William Arthur Ward

I wrote my medical thriller as a novel that hopefully will be inspiring and thought provoking. Its called TERMINAL NEGLECT. Please visit my website at www.michaelrushnakbooks.com

One of my favorite quotes is by Edmund Burke "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."


Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend.

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