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Antigo author Laurel Bradley’s new book, Scream, is almost literally to die for.

The prolific author, who writes in a variety of genres, travels back 53 years in time to an Africa ruled by warlords and stricken by poverty and disease for her new novel, which mixes medical mystery, romance and bio-terrorism across 348 pages.

The book is being released Wednesday with written and electronic copies available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and publisher Wild Rose Press.

My advance box of Screams came in the mail last week and opening it was as loud as you’d imagine it would be, Bradley joked. It was exciting. It’s kind of like the birth of a baby...you wait and wait and suddenly it’s there.

While Scream is fictional, the characters, the science and the political environment are both specific to 1963 and universal.

The story fits well in the turbulent sixties, but it could have easily come out of today’s headlines, she said.

The story focuses on Centers for Disease Control researcher Dr. Liam Frank, who takes a leave of absence to go to Uganda where his girlfriend is teaching grade school in a Peace Corps camp.

The minute he arrives in Africa, however, he’s hijacked by Mwana, a master strategist from the Belgian Congo, who has far different plans for the research scientist. He’s coerced into the lab to try to isolate and control a horrific new disease called Scream, which drags its victims through a bloody, screaming hell and leaves no survivors.

Frank’s altruistic motives run headlong into political power struggles, uncertain agendas and the killer disease to yield a roller coaster ride of a story.

Bradley’s research for Scream was impeccable. She consulted friends including Dr. Barbel Kohm Spychalla to ensure scientific accuracy, right down to making sure that the equipment used in Frank’s Congo laboratory was available at the time.

I love research and did a lot of it for this book, making certain both the technology and the science are accurate for the day, she said. If there are any mistakes, they are mine alone.

The research sections alone are worth the book’s $16.99 price, detailing how Frank’s lab moves from being mystified about what causes the horrific hemorrhagic outbreak to understanding its causes, effects and transmission process.

A native of New Brighton, Minn., Bradley and her husband, Tom, have five children, ages 28 to 19. She has been sketching and writing for most of her 53 years and penned her first novel, which she says will never see the light of day, while on bed rest awaiting the birth of her fifth child.

Her first two published books were romance novels, written she says because those were the stories she was enjoying at the time. They include an award-winning, time-traveling romance, A Wish in Time and what she terms a fluffy novel called Creme Brulee Upset written for a publisher’s contest.

After a hiatus, more books followed, including two released by Storyteller Publishing, For the Love of David and Trust No One which mix darkness with redemption in a way that was appreciated by lovers of their genres; and a children’s picture book filled with paintings from her family’s Bass Lake cottage.

Now, add Scream to that list.

 Scream is not a quick or a light story, delving as it does into deep waters and lingering real-world tragedies. The story lingers with the reader long after the last page is turned.
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Laudrel Bradley signs a copy of her new book, Scream, which will be released on Wednesday.

Laurel Bradley pens new novel, a mix of medicine and romance
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Antigo author Laurel Bradley’s new book, Scream, is almost literally to die for.

The prolific author, who writes in a variety of genres, travels back 53 years in time to an Africa ruled by warlords and stricken by poverty and disease for her new novel, which mixes medical mystery, romance and bio-terrorism across 348 pages.

The book is being released Wednesday with written and electronic copies available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and publisher Wild Rose Press.

My advance box of Screams came in the mail last week and opening it was as loud as you’d imagine it would be, Bradley joked. It was exciting. It’s kind of like the birth of a baby...you wait and wait and suddenly it’s there.

While Scream is fictional, the characters, the science and the political environment are both specific to 1963 and universal.

The story fits well in the turbulent sixties, but it could have easily come out of today’s headlines, she said.

The story focuses on Centers for Disease Control researcher Dr. Liam Frank, who takes a leave of absence to go to Uganda where his girlfriend is teaching grade school in a Peace Corps camp.

The minute he arrives in Africa, however, he’s hijacked by Mwana, a master strategist from the Belgian Congo, who has far different plans for the research scientist. He’s coerced into the lab to try to isolate and control a horrific new disease called Scream, which drags its victims through a bloody, screaming hell and leaves no survivors.

Frank’s altruistic motives run headlong into political power struggles, uncertain agendas and the killer disease to yield a roller coaster ride of a story.

Bradley’s research for Scream was impeccable. She consulted friends including Dr. Barbel Kohm Spychalla to ensure scientific accuracy, right down to making sure that the equipment used in Frank’s Congo laboratory was available at the time.

I love research and did a lot of it for this book, making certain both the technology and the science are accurate for the day, she said. If there are any mistakes, they are mine alone.

The research sections alone are worth the book’s $16.99 price, detailing how Frank’s lab moves from being mystified about what causes the horrific hemorrhagic outbreak to understanding its causes, effects and transmission process.

A native of New Brighton, Minn., Bradley and her husband, Tom, have five children, ages 28 to 19. She has been sketching and writing for most of her 53 years and penned her first novel, which she says will never see the light of day, while on bed rest awaiting the birth of her fifth child.

Her first two published books were romance novels, written she says because those were the stories she was enjoying at the time. They include an award-winning, time-traveling romance, A Wish in Time and what she terms a fluffy novel called Creme Brulee Upset written for a publisher’s contest.

After a hiatus, more books followed, including two released by Storyteller Publishing, For the Love of David and Trust No One which mix darkness with redemption in a way that was appreciated by lovers of their genres; and a children’s picture book filled with paintings from her family’s Bass Lake cottage.

Now, add Scream to that list.

 Scream is not a quick or a light story, delving as it does into deep waters and lingering real-world tragedies. The story lingers with the reader long after the last page is turned.
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Laudrel Bradley signs a copy of her new book, Scream, which will be released on Wednesday.
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