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Thomas P. Hopp

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Scientist and writer. Author of the Peyton McKean mystery series and Dinosaur Wars science fiction stories.

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Thomas P. Hopp The Jihad Virus arose out of my background in medicine and virology, combined with the ever-present threat of terrorism. It's a classic what-if. What…moreThe Jihad Virus arose out of my background in medicine and virology, combined with the ever-present threat of terrorism. It's a classic what-if. What if terrorists unleashed a deadly virus within the U.S.? How would we deal with the crisis? Could we respond in time to avert a major epidemic?

In answering these questions in the story, I drew on my actual experience as a scientist. Having worked in laboratories where vaccines are created, I know the details of how the Centers For Disease Control would react, and I also have some ideas about how scientists could create new and better ways of neutralizing viral threats. These details are woven into a story that maintains its tension by closely following the heroes as they struggle to overcome the virus--and to survive being infected themselves!

Add an oil billionaire gone bad, and some light romance, and I have crafted a story that I hope will engage readers on multiple levels and keep them reading through the thick of the adventure.(less)
Thomas P. Hopp What if my evil bosses hadn't fired me on their way to becoming biotechnology hundred-millionaires? Where would I be now, and what would I be doing?

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What if my evil bosses hadn't fired me on their way to becoming biotechnology hundred-millionaires? Where would I be now, and what would I be doing?

Many people get fired for arguing with their bosses. It just happens from time to time. But fired after you made scientific discoveries despite your bosses' angry resistance, and those discoveries made your bosses fabulously wealthy? That doesn't happen so often. But it happened to me.

Now, some people might be destroyed by finding themselves in the unemployment line while their former bosses were written up in Forbes Magazine as the latest and greatest biotechnology tycoons. And all the while, they're gabbing about the work you did for them. In a darker turn, some folks might get a gun and vow revenge. How's that for a mystery plot concept?

In fact, I did just that. Er, the latter, not the former. I wrote caricatures of my old bosses into several of my works of fiction, and I must say, with very satisfying results. I take great delight in writing in my medical thrillers about greedy, aggressive bosses who bedevil the hard-working scientist hero, Dr. Peyton McKean. But in my books The Smallpox Incident and The Neah Virus, those bosses are proven wrong. Or worse, they're proven to be the blustering buffoons my old bosses really were. And readers seem to go for it.

My scientific career has never fully recovered from the damage of falling from such great heights, but it goes on at a more modest pace. Meanwhile, every time I write about my old evil bosses going through some glorious comeuppance that will probably never happen in real life, my fiction comes alive, vibrantly, and brings me a delight I hope my readers can share.(less)
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Avenger turret gunNot long ago, I got the ride of my life when I climbed aboard the very aircraft that my Uncle Herbert Hopp flew to glory in the South Pacific during World War II — the Grumman Avenger Torpedo Bomber! Not only that, but I got to sit in his very seat in the rear-facing gun turret, seen here with its deadly 50-caliber machine gun seemingly poised to engage any pesky Japanese Zeros that might fly t...

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