As a writer I’ve always held to a simple standard of whether somebody has written a great book. Ask people who’ve read the story what they think. Everything else is just marketing. By that measure, the book I co-wrote with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases is the best book written about viruses in the past twenty years.
Looking at the top books similar to PLAGUE in the virology section of Amazon and having at least 10 customer reviews these are the rankings based on a system of 5 stars. I think you'll be surprised at how well PLAGUE does against some popular books and authors.
PLAGUE – By Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits (2014) – 69 reviews – 4.9 stars
THE HOT ZONE – By Richard Preston (1995) – 1,704 reviews – 4.6 stars
EBOLA – By David Quammen (2014) – 68 reviews – 4.3 stars
THE PANIC VIRUS – By Seth Mnookin (2011) – 135 reviews – 4.2 stars
LEVEL 4 – By Joseph McCormick (2015) – 33 reviews – 4.2 stars
VIRUS HUNTING – By Robert Gallo (1991) – 10 reviews – 3.8 stars
And so there you have it. People who read PLAGUE are consistently giving it five stars. Why? I’d like to think that the reason is that we don’t take any shortcuts with the science and at the same time we didn’t shy away from any of the tough questions about whether modern science is helping or hurting the public’s health. My co-author, Dr. Judy Mikovits is a government scientist of more than twenty years experience and headed up the Lab of Anti-Viral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute. As for my background I’m a science teacher, an attorney, and a founding contributing editor of the web-site, Age of Autism, which has been consistently challenging the government narrative of the autism epidemic for the past ten years.
Both Judy and I share an unshakeable dedication to seeking the truth and we’re not concerned if our conclusions bother anybody in our respective communities. We just want the suffering of all those with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), autism, and other diseases to come to an end.
If you don’t believe us, just read some of our five star reviews from actual readers!
I have just finished reading Plague and want to offer a sincere thank you to Judy and to everyone else who has supported her. Thank you for having the integrity not to drink the kool-aid with everyone else! Thank you for standing by what you saw happening, even when others with power and prominence want to bury the inconvenient truth! You are an inspiration and a beacon of hope and I deeply appreciate the unbelievable sacrifices you have made. I know very few people who have shown this much courage. (Mary Jane Aloi – February 23, 2015)
This book is about ¼ science and ¾ biography. I mainly bought it for the science, but the rest is illuminating, if somewhat discouraging. Of course we all know that scientists are human, and can have honest differences or opinion and/or interpretation of results. However, it is shocking to see how things can really turn crazy when autism is even mentioned. It’s as if any presentation of any hypothesis other than 100% genetic is verboten. Whether or not you agree with the folks who wrote this book, it is valuable: everybody deserves their turn “in court” – and sometimes in science people are shut out of the journals for no reason. (Lynne Tagawa, April 29, 2015)
This book provided me with a glimpse into the “sausage making” of medical research and what happens to new ideas and their researchers when they go through the grinder. Interesting read. (Paula Molinary, April 19, 2015)
A true story that is worthy of a John Grisham bestseller. An abuse of politics, power, and money that will change what you believed about unbiased scientific research. (KD, May 8, 2015)
This is a well-written, well-referenced account of what may bring about our demise as a culture, the failure of truthful inquiry and integrity in our scientific and political leaders decision-making process. Read this book if you care about life as we have known it, because if something is not changed within the scientific and political systems, life as we know it may involve a very few of us caring for many disabled people with neuroimmunologically based diseases in an unsustainable way. (Kindle customer, February 23, 2015)
A rare instance of the interplay of science, profit and moral courage. (Matthew Moriarty, March 27, 2015)
Amazing read!!! Lots of “My Gosh” moments (or worse). Actually, it is hard to believe what you are reading but it is also well-referenced, so the history, lies, and corruption are all there to see plus the unbelievable story of how an esteemed scientist with such integrity gets to be treated like a criminal and thrown in jail. There is so much to this book that I am going to have to read it again and make notes. I expect my notes will make another book. I think everyone should read this book, and I do mean everyone! (Maxine Middleton, April 13, 2015)
Do you understand now why you should buy and read our book? And if you happen to be going to Chicago for Autism One you’ll be able to listen to Judy and I as well as meet us during a book-signing! Here’s our schedule in Chicago.
Saturday, May 23, 9:00 am to 10:00 am – Dr. Judy Mikovits – “Autism is an Acquired Immune Deficiency” – Avedon Ballroom
Saturday, May 23, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Kent Heckenlively and Dr. Judy Mikovits – Book Signing for PLAGUE – Avedon Ballroom
Sunday, May 24, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Kent Heckenlively – “Retroviruses and AIDS (Autism Immune Deficiency Syndrome)” – Guggenheim Ballroom
Kent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and a co-author with Dr. Judy Mikovits of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can buy the book HERE.