Ted Galdi to Release ELIXIR
Elixir, a cerebral thriller by Ted Galdi, comes right on the heels of NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden citing that surveillance technology - intended for the purpose of monitoring national security threats - is being used on US citizens. Elixir reveals the inner workings of the NSA and has readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
Meet Sean Malone. Sean is 14 years old. He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country's top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy! Life is sweet; however, Sean wishes he could just be normal.
His life, however, is anything but normal. In class, Sean writes an algorithm solving the Traveling Sales Problem - the biggest enigma in computer science - and his professor submits it to the NSA. The NSA soon manipulates Sean so they can control the code, using it in their pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.
For many reasons related to his own personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he's 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it's up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past.
"Elixir is different than a typical thriller because it doesn't just focus on suspense," says Galdi. "My favorite part of writing it was coming up with characters the reader would care about. The thrills are that much better if the characters mean something to you in their own way. I also think people will find the tie-in to the recent controversy around Edward Snowden and leaked NSA activities interesting. Since it happened, no thriller has really tried to pull the cover off the type of stuff that goes on there, at least not on this level."
About the Author
Ted Galdi graduated from Duke University and co-founded StadiumRoar.com, a software company which streamlines event management logistical data. Now 29 years old, Galdi has written his first novel.