New Zealand based Thrillers with a Social Conscience writer Andrew Harris is on a mission to make the world a better place.
I am writing crime fiction novels under the title, The Human Spirit Series. The idea is to celebrate how we have made the world a better place using science and technology. The books are positive, upbeat and will leave the reader entertained and inspired.
Despite the vast improvements in the quality of our lives and even in life expectancy itself, we have inherent human failings that are holding us back. So why isn’t there a cure for cancer? How do we end world poverty? How will we feed 9 billion people without destroying our precious planet?
The C Clef
The C Clef is the first book in the series. It explores the corporate world of cancer research and a pharmaceutical industry dedicated to finding highly profitable treatments to keep cancer patients alive rather than finding a cure or a means to prevent this deadly disease.
Today the spread of cancer is at epidemic proportions. There will be over 14 million new cancer patients across the world this year. In New Zealand, it is the single biggest killer disease with over 9000 deaths per annum – that’s one every hour. In the UK that rises to one person every four minutes and in the USA that’s now one death every 58 seconds.
In the book our two main protagonists are thrown together and forced into unlocking the secret behind the cure for cancer. The tension builds to a spine-tingling crescendo when they come face-to-face with pure evil.
A Litany of Good Intentions
Poverty is the worst form of violence, as Mahatma Gandhi once said. The social weaknesses exposed by excruciating poverty create opportunities for making money through organised crime, child slavery, prostitution and human trafficking.
Litany is the second book in the series and takes us on a roller-coaster ride through the poorest villages and wealthiest cities of India, into the backstreets of London and on to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland. The pace is relentless and the twists in the plot uncover secrets about prominent figures in science.
There will be more food consumed in the world between now and 2050 than has ever been consumed throughout our history. This reflects expected population growth and our constant desire for more. Diabetes is set to become one of the biggest killers on Earth.
More will examine the causes behind our addictive behaviour and why the pursuit of wealth doesn’t correlate to the pursuit of happiness.
Publication date – May 2020.