When Truth Catches Up With Fiction . . .


Setting the context:  The global annual revenue from illegal drug sales is currently $400 billion dollars, and growing.  And it’s all in cash! The more potent the drugs the stronger the addiction and thus the greater the need for more drugs.  A perfect self-reinforcing cycle. And with drugs comes an increase in crime and gangs, another threat to our children’s future.

Several years ago I wrote a thriller novel, my fourth, about global drug addiction and the criminal organisations behind this evil menace. (The title is Business As Usual and it is available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle US and UK.)

Business as UsualAt the time, my premise was pretty far-fetched and I even debated writing the story at all.  Basically it is about a small biotech entrepreneur in the UK who invents an antidote for drug addiction, especially heroin and cocaine.  Think for a moment of the ramifications, both good and bad.

Millions whose lives are ruined, and whose families are shattered, could now be free of the grip of these powerfully addictive drugs and have a hope of rebuilding their lives.  Drug crime would drop and the billion dollar global trafficking industry would collapse.  All good new as far as I was concerned.

But then, there is the dark side of such an invention.  The forces behind the drug trade, the massive and well-funded cartels in South America, the Middle East, and Asia would not go down without a fight.  Billions of dollars of income is at stake and these are not the type of people who just willingly give up.  They would fight back with a vengeance to protect their lucrative lifestyle.

And then there are the global pharmaceutical companies, mega-corporations also with billions invested in drugs for rehabilitation and maintenance programs for addicts.  The exorbitant profit margins on these products and programs are too great to just give up. How would they react?  Perhaps not as forthrightly as one might expect.

So the novel revolves around an antidote for drug addiction and two forces, the drug cartels and “Big Pharma” who join forces to keep the discovery off the market.  It’s a fast paced thriller that rockets from London to the Caribbean to an explosive conclusion on the Hawaiian island of Maui. It also features a female villain who runs an elite Nanny Service for executive families, but the nannies are specially trained in business espionage and pass on insider trading secrets they hear on the job to make massive profits in the stock market.  It gets complicated!

Definitely fiction bordering on fantasy?  Not quite.

Last evening I read an article.  Here’s the title: Vaccine Halts Heroin Addiction In Rats.

I nearly fell of my chair!  The article is exactly what I wrote about.  And it even goes on to say that human trials are currently under way.  Truth catches up with fiction!

What I find amazing about all this is how fast the world is moving and how somewhere, someone is working on solving the problems we are faced with as a global society. That’s the good news for me and the hopefulness that keeps me going against news reports that are often quite depressing.

But what is the other side doing!

Hope you enjoy Business As Usual!  And it’s only $2.99 on Kindle.  You can find my other thriller novels at http://novels.johnrchildress.com

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress


About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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