Joseph Massucci“This fiction can become reality. Our reality.” –USA Today

Fifteen years after USA Today lavished this praise on author Joseph Massucci’s debut novel CODE:ALPHA, the threat of bioterrorism is the new reality for millions.

Joe’s 1997 technothriller anticipated ways terrorists might launch a man-made plague and wipe out the entire population of the U.S. eastern seaboard.

Joe decided to update this international bestseller with GORGON. Back is the beautiful and brainy Julie Martinelli, a biochemist whose inadvertent creation – a genetically engineered virus known as Saint Vitus – becomes a terrible weapon of revenge for the Middle East’s most dangerous terrorist.

Recently released in both print and eBook, GORGON re-imagines ways Arab terrorists might acquire and deploy a genetically engineered virus by relying on America’s addiction to the region’s other export – oil. Like most novelists, Joe began by writing about what he knows: oil tankers.

He drew from his own experience with the ocean-going behemoths. Standing in the engine room of a 70,000 deadweight-ton oil tanker en route to a refinery in Virginia, Joe spent several days interviewing its captain for a magazine article.

The Pittsburgh native learned about the intricacies of ferrying millions of gallons of crude across open and sometimes rough Atlantic waters.

His own voyage as a writer began, improbably, in the steel-town of Pittsburgh, Pa., where he published The Berry Street News at age 10.

After graduating from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism, Joe earned a master’s degree in rhetoric and communications from the University of Pittsburgh.

Editorial assignments from a major oil company soon took him to the Middle East, Europe and South America, where he experienced first-hand many of the conditions endured by characters in GORGON.

Along the way, Joe has written more than 2,500 articles on a variety of technical topics for corporate and trade publications – and authored four other best-selling novels.

Now founder and CEO of Safari Multimedia, LLC in Texas, he builds killer websites for corporations and helps writers edit, design and publish their own stories.

His 28-year-old daughter Jennifer is a singer and DJ in Austin. His administrative assistant, a shelter-dog Chihuahua named Clementine, helps him pick new manuscripts. Tanner, a dachsund rescued in the horrific aftermath of Katrina, barks at coyotes, deer and vultures that threaten corporate headquarters.

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