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By John Leifer



In this chilling prequel to 8 Seconds to Midnight, the most devastating terrorist attack ever recorded on American soil begins and ends without spilling a single drop of blood. Four jihadists, armed with nothing more than a briefcase and a pen, walk nonchalantly through the country’s busiest airports, killing time and killing people. A deadly mist, laden with a universally lethal virus, trails close behind them. Their goal: foment a global pandemic. Their vision: Armageddon, where only the Chosen Ones – those loyal to the United Islamic State – survive. The job of stopping them falls squarely on the shoulders of one man, Commander John Hart, but will he be in time?

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John Leifer

John is an accomplished fiction author – writing thrillers that draw upon his experiences with key governmental agencies and scientists, including serving on a presidential panel led by former national security advisor, Brent Scowcroft. His Commander John Hart thriller trilogy begins with Terminal, a heart-pounding tale of bioterrorism, followed by, 8 Seconds to Midnight, involving nuclear espionage. The third book in the series will be released winter 2018.

Leifer is also the author of two successful non-fiction books published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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8 Seconds to Midnight


8 Seconds to Midnight takes the reader on a non-stop thrill-ride that begins with the clandestine transfer of nuclear material from a secure Pakistani military installation thirty miles north of Islamabad to a group of radical Islamists

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After You Hear It’s Cancer


When your doctor utters the word “cancer”, life changes in an instant. It is a moment when time stands still, a moment laden with anxiety and uncertainty. A new journey is beginning, and it is one for which you are likely ill prepared.

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The Myths of Modern Medicine


The American health care system is terminally ill. It is astonishingly expensive, remarkably variable in quality, and incapable of stemming the rising tide of chronic illness in our population.

I was completely captivated with the story line from the very first chapter [of Terminal]. John Leifer writes effortlessly and eloquently.
– Amanda Rofe, Readers' Favorites

8 Seconds to Midnight is a thriller packed with energy, action, and suspense, which consistently delivers on the promises of the genre.

– Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader

I think a word to describe After You Hear It's Cancer as a whole would be 'empowering.'

– Health Progress: Journal of the Catholic Health Association of the United States

Policy makers and industry leaders should read the book [The Myths of Modern Medicine] for Leifer’s big-picture view of the issues

– The Kansas City Star

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