Name: Jude Wagner
Vocation: Computer Expert
Specialty: Cyber Attacks
Base of Operation: Stanford & Consulting to San Francisco FBI
Jude Wagner should be on top of the world. His computer code unlocks mankind's greatest scientific discovery--the human genome. Leveraging a vast computer network (that really exists), Stanford now can interpret an individual's DNA with lightning speed. It brings hope to millions as personalized medicine becomes reality.
But rapid modernization provokes violent backlash. Wagner's closest colleagues suffer violent deaths. Pitted against a powerful, faceless enemy, he hunts to rescue the person closest to him and forestall catastrophic GRIDLOCK.
About the Author
While updating computer networks in Beth Israel Medical Center, Alvin saw firsthand how biology and computers were converging. A revolution had begun, but few knew about it. Petri dishes and microscopes were being replaced with databases and computer workstations. It was the start of personalized medicine...the decoding of the human genome. The advancement came like a tidal wave. The digital revolution had finally wound its way home...to our bodies. The Internet age, which had disrupted the newspaper, music, book, and movie industries, would now extend our lives. Landing in Fort Lauderdale, Alvin's curiosity was piqued. Customized drugs were replacing one-size-fits-all prescriptions. Scientists were unlocking the secrets of DNA to find our susceptibilities to disease so precision treatment could become routine. The more he dug, the more hooked he became. Turns out diseases like cancer are as individual as a fingerprint. But such radical modernization would not come without push back. Careers and fortunes depend on old healthcare practices. How far would detractors go to halt progress? That's what GRIDLOCK explores. Becoming a bit obsessive with research, he interviewed genomics companies such as Celera, which decoded the human genome at a fraction of the cost of the U.S. government, Illumina, which makes genomic medical devices, the San Francisco FBI and super computing professionals. Ultimately, GRIDLOCK came together as a plot-driven thriller, building to an unexpected and furious face off.