True Events – Really?
I am often challenged about this bold statement “based on true events” when discussing and promoting my debut novel, EQUITY of EVIL. There are actual Author Notes at the end of the book that identify many (but not all) of the true events upon which this story is based. As an example, the Prologue is from my true experiences as an undergraduate pre-med student working in the Human Genetics Research Laboratory where we cultivated fetal organs from aborted fetuses obtained from the clinic the previous evening. We were eventually successful in growing fetal organs and tissues that included lung, heart, liver, kidney, and even brain. It was something that we were prohibited from discussing back then, and even now it requires a bit of explanation.
There are other components of the story that deal with human trafficking, the black market for organ transplants, and various new medical procedures not yet approved here in the U.S., that are also based on true events. For example, I know of an individual who was in need of a heart transplant, but was eventually taken off the waiting list here in the U.S. because he was trying to manage other organ complications. His prognosis was not very good. However, through the right connections, he was suddenly able to secure an appropriate heart donor in Southern Europe after writing a substantial size check. The donor was a healthy young male with the right tissue type who had died from a gun-shot wound in the emergency room of a major medical center. The American received his new heart, finished his vacation and returned to the U.S. about ten days later.
The Abortion Theme
I’ve been told that there are only about a dozen novels that have boldly included the business of abortion in the theme of their story. The original manuscript of EQUITY of EVIL initially carried the title “Harvest of the Unborn” since the writing of the first chapter over three years ago. It wasn’t until my Literary Agency told me that they were having some “difficulties” stimulating interest with top NY publishers because of the title; (forgetting the fact that I’m also a first-time author with no brand recognition)! I also had a reviewer from one of the major booksellers outright refuse to review my manuscript simply because of the title and what it implied.
This is a deeper story that touches on human behavior and reveals how powerful people tend to usurp the rights of others less fortunate or less strong, for the sake of their own personal pleasure or gain. Ironically, the reference to the “unborn” became a marketing concern and we decided to change the name in hopes this piece of literary fiction reaches a broader mainstream audience. My hope is that this debut novel becomes a politically compelling, suspenseful and reality-cutting medical thriller that will challenge the reader’s personal views on capitalism, ethics, and the basic morality of his fellow man. It will surely drag you through a dark and brutal new world where human life becomes the actual equity of evil.
Rudy A. Mazzocchi is best known as a medical device and biotechnology entrepreneur, inventor, and angel investor, with a history of starting new technology ventures throughout the U.S. and Europe. He’s been privileged to have the opportunity to see the newest innovations in healthcare and work with some of the most brilliant researchers, scientists and physicians in the industry.
Authoring more than 50 patents, he has helped pioneer new companies involved in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, neurosurgery and even embryonic stem-cell development. Through these efforts, he has become the recipient of many technology and business awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Healthcare and the Businessman of the Year Award.
Combining these experiences and opportunities, with thousands of hours of travel and long evenings in hotel rooms, he found the initiative to start writing a collection of medical thrillers based on true events, the first of which is entitled EQUITY of EVIL.
You can visit his website at www.rudymazzocchi.com.
ABOUT EQUITY OF EVIL
A Venture Capital Fund makes a risky investment to start a challenging new business that appears capable of reaching profitabililty with modest capital requirements. The real challenge: optimizing one of the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the World — Abortion.
Founding Partner, Roman Citrano, a successful entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, soon struggles with what he believes is his choice to establish the controversial new company. He soon realizes that he and others are but pawns on a massive, ugly chessboard being manipulated to benefit a far larger, illicit market in human organs for transplantation. Unknowingly, prime, hyper-enriched organs are spawned from the aborted fetuses and grown like hydroponic vegetables.
An unfolding world of deceit, rape, human trafficking and assassination becomes deeply personal as Roman’s sole love interest secretly uses one of his new abortion services to terminate her untimely pregnancy. When she disappears, his frantic search becomes a hellish nightmare that grows worse by the hour.
Based on true events, this bold novel involves some of the world’s oldest, most emotional and controversial issues. At the core of each matter is man’s predisposition to control and take ownership of the human spirit for the sake of profit and person gain… such is the dark and brutal new world where life becomes the equity of evil.