1. What is the name of the book and when was it published?
It’s called “Sleeper’s Run” and it was published on July 27th, 2011.
2. What’s the book’s first line?
The gray morning veil still lingers over Miami Beach as the city starts to wake and the noise of opening cafés breaks the calm of dawn.
3. What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
War on Terror veteran, Eric Caine, is found wandering the streets of Miami with no memory of the car accident that left him there. Alone and suffering from PTSD, Eric is on a one-way road to self-destruction. Then a chance meeting at a bar begins a series of events that helps Eric start anew. When his new job relocates him to Venezuela-the land of his childhood-things, however, take an ominous turn as a catastrophic event threatens the stability of the country. Now Eric must escape an elite team of CIA assassins as he tries to uncover an international conspiracy in which nothing is what it seems.
4. What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
I always wanted to do a fiction novel set in Venezuela with native characters, but with an international scope and reach. In my research to find themes for stories, I found a book about American interventionist policies in Latin America, which awoke my interest into the gray world of geopolitics and history. Being born and raised in Venezuela by Spanish parents and eventually moving to the United States, I have a unique insider/outsider perspective that is well-suited to exploring these themes with a healthy level of detachment.
5. What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?
Intelligence. Eric Caine’s intellect and fast wits are his trump card. Another distinct feature is that he is a multi-ethnic character, half Venezuelan and half American.
Eric reminds me of Theodore Roosevelt; inquisitive, smart, hands-on and extremely driven to succeed in every endeavor he undertakes.
6. What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
“Sleeper’s Run” is a novel that falls in the political thriller genre, but at the same time manages to deconstruct it within its parameters. There are so many layers and themes to it that no one reader goes through the story having the same opinion about it, and that’s a huge element of the book. It makes the reader a participant in the story. You take out what you bring into it.