NEW JERSEY – When Dr. Stephen Martino set out to write his futuristic medical thriller The New Reality, he based it on every doctor's biggest fear. What if a global pandemic of hemorrhagic fever broke out while the world's best medical facilities were facing a systemic collapse? The answer to that provides the plot for his debut novel The New Reality, which recently ranked as the #1 Thriller at Amazon, the world's largest book retailer.
Martino takes readers to the year 2080 when a deadly retrovirus is inadvertently released upon the planet. Facing financial ruin and catastrophic loss of life, the world's nations turn to acclaimed neuroscientist Alex Pella and NIH expert Marissa Ambrosia. Assembling a team of experts, the scientists begin an international search for the cure while fighting off a foreign elite military unit sent to stop them at all costs. Guided by a code concealed within the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the scientists must traverse ancient lands and solve a biblical riddle in their quest to save humanity from its eminent destruction.
Drawing from both our nation's politically charged environment and the worldwide economic crisis, The New Reality follows Alex Pella on a journey that projects a frightening path for human existence in the twenty-first century––a path that seems uncomfortably close to reality with the latest outbreak of Ebola.
The novel has resonated loudly with readers, who have been quick to praise the book. "Readers are in for a chilling thrill ride..." wrote Pacific Review.
Martino holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a neurologist in New Jersey. He also runs a conservative political blog found at martinoauthor.com where lately he has been exploring issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak and the potential consequences of the disease holds in the US and beyond.
Martino is available for interviews and author events. He can be contacted at smartino [at] lightmessages [dot] com. Cover artwork and author photos are available from Light Messages Publishing at books [at] lightmessages [dot] com.
PRAISE FOR THE NEW REALITY
"With a storyline that could be ripped from tomorrow's newspaper headlines, author Stephen Martino reveals an extraordinary ability for creating memorable characters embedded in a thrill ride of an adventure that will grip the reader's total attention from first page to last. Attention Hollywood! This is the stuff of which blockbuster movies and ratings gold television series are made! Highly recommended for community library fiction collections and personal reading lists..."
–The Midwest Book Review
"Readers are in for a chilling thrill ride...
Alex Pella... could easily become a fixture in the thriller genre."
"I can not believe that this book is Dr. Martino's first book."
–Cheryl Koch, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer, 4 stars
"This edge-of-your seat science fiction thriller offers a glimpse into a frightening future that could be all too real a few decades from now."
–Marika Charalambous, Blogger/Reviewer
"a web of intrigue and wonder... 5 out of 5 stars"
–Herb Fogler, Blogger/Reviewer
"In a near future less than 70 years ahead, human greed, avidity, and lack of moral compass result in a dread pandemic which is both incurable and unstoppable. Like a Juggernaut, "The Disease" mows down one after another without restraint. Behind the tragic numbers are shadowy puppet masters pulling strings." 5 out of 5 Stars –M. Anne-Marie Forbes, NetGalley Review
"Martino in his debut novel sets himself among the best thriller writers of this genre." –Lonnie, Amazon.com 5 star review
–Jill, Amazon.com 5 star review
"deeply intelligent and well written"
–Marsha Jeanne Thalleen, Amazon Review, 5 Stars