Dane St. John If Not for the Dawn

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If Not for the Dawn

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Eight people are on a perilous collision course in a world that never sleeps. Their individual journeys are the culmination of a leading neurosurgeon’s herculean efforts—ten years before—to save his dying wife’s life. His research results in a chance discovery that will later completely alter society when AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, the most explosive drug in a century, one that manipulates nucleotides in the human mind in a way that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake. Jake Paris is a former LAPD Narcotics detective who has come aboard a federal agency whose sole mission is to monitor the black market version of the revolutionary drug, which is controlled by a Latino syndicate boss named Isidoro Raimúndez, or “Izzy”. Somehow, Izzy has discovered a way to mass produce his own version of Vigorex, a recipe that adds a cocktail of narcotics, making it cheaper and even more addictive than the prescription. Jake and his partner, Carlos Guzmán, are determined to bring Izzy's stranglehold to an end. They launch a rigorous, off-the-book investigation that will put their resolve and integrity to the test, and lead them to Izzy’s doorstep following a series of risky undercover operations. Meanwhile, a colorful cast of characters each begin to take the drug for their own personal reasons, including a CEO, a professional basketball player, an escaped North Korean soldier, and a blind piano tuner. Even Jake and his broken wife, Teri, are compelled to start on a Vigorex regimen together as they work through the heartrending tragedy they experienced a year before. She soon after blossoms into a world-class artist, but her success comes at a steep price. At first, all of these characters benefit from the daily dosage, which if not taken properly, will have hazardous consequences. But throughout the story, we come to discover that each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another, into Jake Paris, and into the dark world of the Raimúndez syndicate, as Jake’s iron will and incessant drive for justice ultimately leads him back to the man who unwittingly invented the drug and puts him at war with AltaMira Pharmaceuticals.

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Dane St. John grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, going on to earn a postgraduate degree in history at the King's Manor in York, England. Writing fiction since the age of 17, St. John initially pursued a professional career as a marketer at a major music label before transitioning to full-time writing.

St. John's fiction tends to rely heavily on his background in history, technology, contemporary art, music, and modern American culture, all of which collectively inform his futurist themes in a genre he often refers to as "spiritual sci-fi."

Currently, St. John works as a chief content officer at a boutique innovation agency in downtown Seattle, WA, while sometimes moonlighting as a literary consultant for other authors on matters of historical research. An avid food and cocktail aficionado, he also spends his spare time traveling, cooking, hiking, playing his Xbox, and sailing his boat, aptly named the "First Draft."

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It takes the skillful work of a brilliant new author to sustain the suspense of a truly engaging narrative. You will find in these pages a staggeringly sober, meticulously researched and captivating chronicle of a gritty underworld reality. Following the lineage of influential narco-thrillers (e.g. A Scanner Darkly, Strange Days, and Limitless), St. John creates an architectural masterpiece in the convincing construction of a comprehensively systematic landscape of socio-psychological drama, the harsh reality of which is so recognizably human that it speaks authentically to the most deeply-rooted shadows and fears of our inner selves. While his prose is infused with rich language, imagery and metaphors - a true poetic testament to great literature - the incessant unfolding of the almost obsessively scripted suspense drives the reader onward into an entirely consuming cinematic journey. This is contemporary storytelling at its finest. --Lisa Marie Quillinan

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