INOCULATED: The end of one pandemic and the beginning of another is recognized for its outstanding writing, design and overall market appeal out of thousands of books submitted into the Book Excellence Awards.

A powerful work of dystopian fiction, INOCULATED: The end of one pandemic and the beginning of another follows Dr. Justin Martin, a former Navy Seal and current physician at a hospital in Houston, Texas. When a new virus named Darmstadt begins taking over the world, the FDA rushes to approve a miracle vaccine with suspicious side-effects. This puts Dr. Martin in a race against time to find a suitable cure for the deadliest virus humankind has ever seen, and save the world from its own destruction. INOCULATED was named a Finalist in the Thriller category of the Book Excellence Awards. The awards competition is dedicated to recognizing both independent and traditionally published authors and publishers for excellence in writing, design and overall market appeal in over 100 countries around the world.

This story is something a lot of people thought of when the COVID vaccines came out, and I thought it made a great story,” says author Todd M. Thiede. A best-selling, multi-award-winning author, Thiede brings a unique, cinematic flair to storytelling, merging realism with cataclysmic world building to create an immersive experience for readers. With INOCULATED, his goal was to take a provocative idea that mirrored real-world current events to create an unputdownable, darkly satisfying adventure.

Thiede’s heart-pounding thriller boasts more than just page-turning excitement. The book tackles difficult subjects like disease, corruption and violence with grace and acuity, shedding light on the most recent Coronavirus outbreak in an imaginative way. The plot aligns closely with standard epidemiologic principles and practices, illuminating how the world responded to a major crisis while staying within the boundaries of scientific understanding. Where Thiede blurs the lines between fact and fiction is with the vaccine side-effects and dastardly motivations of the antagonists, who put profit before people in a conspiracy with far reaching consequences. This hard-to-swallow idea is complemented by Thiede’s captivating style of writing, which goes a long way in depicting both the characters and the setting in such a way that cuts through the stories we tell ourselves about the world we live in and calls our attention to the vivid realities hiding just beneath the surface.

INOCULATED has received positive reviews from most well-known literary organizations, authors, and reviewers around the world. Emmalee Vang writes, “The author was masterful in every way. Characters, scenes, twists, turns, and most importantly the story itself. It really hit home in today’s world.” In addition, Jaylyn Friedman writes, “If you like Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp character you’ll love Dr. Justin Martin. This is the first book with Dr. Martin but I hope it won’t be the last.

INOCULATED shakes up the genre with a fresh twist that will leave readers dying to pick up the next one. Available for sale on Amazon, readers looking for an engrossing, true to life dystopian thriller are encouraged to purchase their copy today:

About the Author

Perhaps you wouldn’t characterize the Finance Manager of your local automobile dealership as an Amazon best-selling author–until you get to know Todd Thiede. He has worked for the past decade at Elmhurst Toyota, but Thiede is in the driver’s seat as the writer of a murder mystery series featuring his hero Detective, Max Larkin. “Time Killer,” which Kirkus Reviews deemed “a fast-paced thriller” that will “keep crime and thriller fans wrapped up in its twisting plot, fast pace and memorable detective,”, “Lies To Die For” (which reached No. 1 on Amazon in the “Serial Killer” category), Miss Me? (3rd in the series) and Slashtag (4th in the series) are available via Amazon Kindle. See more about him and his books at

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