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Chris Saper
Collateral Carnage: Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What could go wrong?
Chris Saper, author
Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What could go wrong? ​As PTSD therapist Claire Wilheit is about to learn, a whole helluva lot.​ A chance after-hours encounter with a fellow therapist reveals falsified patient files and thrusts Claire into a conspiracy poised to revolutionize treatment for US veterans now and for future generations, with deadly collateral damage.​ Trapped in an avalanche of events over which she has no control, Claire is locked in a race against time to stop the release of one of most dangerous pharmaceuticals ever developed. But she’s up against greed, power and a clock that’s about to run out. Collateral Carnage is Chris Saper’s debut novel, a bone-chilling thriller set in a future much too close for comfort. ​ ​

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10


Plot: A fast-moving pace is steeped in subterfuge and the danger of violently corrupt Big Pharma experimenting on PTSD patients in the VA Phoenix. The side story of Claire's evil sister also adds to the speed of the read.

Prose/Style: The voice is clean, sharp, and focused. Characters’ internal dialogues are exceptionally well crafted.

Originality: The focus on veterans abused by the VA system is unique for fiction, and when it's combined with Big Pharma greed and corruption, this story is not only original, it's also timely.

Character Development: The determined protagonists Claire and Aaron are a good team, and the antagonists are easy to loathe. Additional characters, such as Claire's cruel sister Stacy Atkins, have realistic and relatable personalities.

Blurb: The real-life ugliness of Big Pharma and Veterans Administration controversies are drawn into the limelight with this frighteningly believable work of fiction.

Date Submitted: August 20, 2019