I don't get involved in partisan politics. I vote, but my voting is a private matter. I don't talk about politics with others. I've voted for Republicans, Democrats and Independents. I have come to see politics as increasingly irrelevant, mainly because our two parties tend to neutralize each other through gridlock. It's not that the two sides don't have passion for certain issues - they do. It's that, for all the ranting and whining and cheap political tricks, important things seldom get done. A lot of heat. Very little light.
Not a bad template for a thriller, it would seem. Lots of heat (conflict, screaming, shooting, running). Unfortunately, a lot of thrillers also have very little light. They're all emotion, no intellect. The general thinking seems to be that people who read thrillers aren't interested in thinking. Or learning things. They don't need a plot that actually makes sense as long as the tension is high enough and the action is fast enough and the "thrills" are great enough. It can all be reduced to a formula. This is most obvious in Hollywood movies today.
I'm sure there are moviegoers and thriller readers who are happy enough with this kind of template. I just don't write for those people. I'm interested in writing for readers who experience thrills from intriguing story revelations as much as from action and adventure. Who like to "figure things out" as they go along. Who don't need stories "dumbed down" for them. Who get hooked on ideas as much as gore. Who want to be challenged.
I started writing thrillers because I was bored with many of the books I was reading. I don't claim to do it better, but I'm trying to write intelligent thrillers that are actually about something that will make you think afterwards. My first attempt was The Shekinah Legacy. I hope you'll let me know if I'm on the right track.
About The Author:
Gary Lindberg traveled around the world to research this story. As a writer and film producer/director, he has won over one hundred major national and international awards. He is the co-writer and producer of the Paramount Pictures feature film That Was Then, This Is Now starring Emilio Estevez and Morgan Freeman. The Shekinah Legacy is his first published novel. He lives in Minnesota wit his wife, Gloria, and his Jack Russell terrier Fletcher.
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Book Description: The Shekinah Legacy
In this controversial Amazon best-selling thriller, international cable TV journalist Charlotte Ansari and her Asperger's son are caught literally in the crossfire of history when terrorists, the CIA, Mossad and the Vatican all converge in a pulse-pounding search for relics that could forever change the balance of power in the world.
Three decades ago, Charlotte's mother suddenly vanished with no trace. The mystery was never solved. Then suddenly, on the same day that Charlotte's home is attacked by terrorists, her son receives an email from the grandmother that he has never known. The coded message catapults Charlotte and her son on a dangerous mission to India and Kashmir to find the only objects that can save the old woman's life. Unfortunately, Charlotte and her autistic son don't know what they are looking for.
The Shekinah Legacy is a thriller in the tradition of Dan Brown, Steve Berry and James Rollins. In this provocative novel, author Gary Lindberg uses the form of the thriller to explore the limits and perils of belief.
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