Congratulations to new Wordherder, Jeff Bailey, whose first book The Defect was released June 9, 2016.
Jeff tells us …
I write nuclear terrorist novels for a reason. I worked in nuclear related technologies of one description or another for forty-five years. My first U.S. Army assignment at nineteen years old was to repair and maintain nuclear weapons at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2012, I retired from the science staff of a national laboratory, after seventeen years. In the years in between, I built, initially started, or operated a variety of nuclear power and research reactors.
While I infuse my nuclear resume into my stories, I base the stories themselves on true events from everyday news items. I based my recent fiction release, The Defect, on the actual events surrounding the meltdown and destruction of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Station and on the lone gunman attack on Watts Barr Nuclear Power Station. The Wikipedia account of Three Mile Island says that the failure of an air pilot valve contributed to the accident. In The Defect, the defective air pilot valve is the hero.