Fortech Industries, the pharmaceutical company behind the Immortal Gene, aims to put an end to Jake any way they can. They start by going after the people closest to him.
Hunted by both Fortech and the police, Jake must find a way to stop Fortech’s brutal attack and get the authorities off his tail.
Going to extreme measures, Jake discovers something that could take Fortech down forever, but not before learning he isn’t the only carrier of the Immortal Gene … and nobody lives forever.
Jonas Saul recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest thriller, THE IMMORTAL TARGET:
Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?
In this case, character came first. I wanted a character that became a modern vampire without the need to drink blood. My character is immortal, always cold to the touch, has fangs, and eats raw red meat.
What was the biggest challenge this book presented? What about the biggest opportunity?
Getting the research correct was the biggest challenge. Presenting it in the novel in a way that “sold” the character was extremely important. Yet, once achieved, that gave me an opportunity to fly with it and do wonderous things with this character.
Was there anything new you discovered or that surprised you as you wrote this book?
Yes, that people can be allergic to horses, and that snake antivenom is made using horse blood. So after being bitten by a venomous snake, imagine giving the antivenom to someone who is not aware of their horse allergy … and you get what happened to my character, Jake Wood.
What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?
My sense of adventure was influenced by Clive Cussler. My sense of horror was influenced by Stephen King. The master of the twist came to me by Harlan Coben and tension by Greg Iles and Don Winslow. I must add Dean Koontz and Jack Ketchum to this list as well.
Jonas Saul is the bestselling author of the Sarah Roberts Series and has written and published nearly 50 thrillers. After selling several million books, he signed with the Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary and Dramatic Rights Management. He’s a literary manager with Imagine Media Group Literary Management and the editor-in-chief at Imagine Press Inc. Saul is regularly invited to be a guest speaker, teacher, and workshop presenter at international writing conferences and film festivals worldwide.
To learn more about the author and his work, please visit his website.