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Russell Atchison’s attraction to mystery, thriller and suspense stories began at an early age when he discovered the Hardy Boys books and the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Over the years, his passion for these genres has evolved into an aspiration to craft and write his own stories to share with readers for their enjoyment.
His novel, The Fantasy Effect, is a mind challenging and captivating medical science mystery-thriller that draws from his education, expertise, and experience in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.
When he isn’t writing, he likes to read books or watch movies from his favorite genres. He also enjoys ham radio. He loves dogs and is an Eagle Scout with all three Palms.
Russ and his wife reside in their native state of Kansas. They are enthusiastic fans of the KU Jayhawks, KC Chiefs, and KC Royals. They enjoy spending time with their two daughters and their families. They share a passion for raising butterflies and feeding birds. Unfortunately, they expend an inordinate amount of time and energy chasing Starlings and Grackles away from the backyard bird feeders.
on Jan. 13, 2017 :
A really enjoyed Russell Atchison's first book, The Fantasy Effect. The characters were likable and intriguing. I found myself rooting for some of the characters, hoping for their success, and at times nervous for them, not knowing what might happen next.
The book is packed with beautiful descriptions of the setting that are well written. I felt peaceful in the tranquil gardens as well as tense in the conference room. There were moments when my heartbeat quickened. It was the undercurrent of suspense that kept me turning the pages.
I found the relationship between the research institute and the pharmaceutical commercial industry to be fascinating and synergistic on one hand, and a complex tug of war on the other. This creates a backdrop of palpable angst and I couldn't wait to see how things would work out.
I'm excited to see what Russell will come up with next!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Dec. 28, 2016 :
Dr. Grant Matthews' pharmaceutical research empire is about to come crashing down around him. Anecdotal reports indicate that his blockbuster drug my be responsible for a number of bizarre deaths. Grant uses his resources to attempt to uncover the source of the problem and is quickly confronted by deadly dark forces that threaten his existence.
Russell Atchison has combined his knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and human nature to create a gripping mystery/suspense novel that will have you guessing until the end. He created a smart, likable character in Grant who also has the ability to solve problems usually left to law enforcement and follow his convictions even in the face of danger.
I really enjoyed Mr. Atchison's first book very much and I am looking forward to reading his next one.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)