About the Book
A secret preview into the treacherous journey of a man thrown from a successful life in Silicon Valley into the dark asphyxiating prison of San Quentin, with murders, serial killers, rats, and COVID around every corner. This true story is told by an inmate who was inside, living and breathing in the system of incarceration for nearly two years. He paints a masterpiece of detail by challenging the stigma that prisoners are less than people, that law enforcement is superior, and that the system of incarceration in the United States is still functioning. You will join him in the cell while he recounts hunger strikes, malnutrition, panic, and pandemonium, by weaving comedic banter with a stoic sense of realism. This is a captivating tale of how sick and dying men, caused by the nationally publicized disaster of thirty deaths in a short period in the prison, stitched together the remnants of their shattered dignity and formed a brotherhood to withstand all odds; it paints the solo journey of a man’s struggle through addiction, loss, corruption, oppression, racism, and fear. You won’t put down this enthralling and uttering engrossing saga of survival, a triumphant testament to the endurance of the human spirit, loyalty, respect, and the fallacy of rehabilitation while incarcerated.
About the Author
Justin Cook was born in Nevada. He’s a technical architect who has worked at the most prestigious companies and holds over fifty technical certifications, including top-tier status among the technical community worldwide. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature, a master’s in information systems, and is pursuing a PhD in information systems. He also taught at a college in Nevada and was a faculty member in the information technology department. He is a marathon runner who has also stupidly run with the bulls in Pamplona, twice. He speaks four languages, which he developed while living abroad in Spain, France, and Germany. He has traveled to over thirty countries, which translates to he doesn’t know how to save money. He enjoys teaching Kenpo, where he holds a black belt, playing piano, snowboarding, and hiking. He is much better at being divorced than he was at being married. He is a father of rambunctious kids who enjoy reminding him that he is no longer cool and is gaining weight. He now lives in a house free of bars that is made for naps, reading books, and drinking too much coffee. Most days, you will find him lounging in his Kirkland sweats from Costco, writing, where he transports readers to a place where bold heroes have endearing flaws, as he broadly addresses the human experience. The swashbuckling action-adventure Infectious Injustice is his first novel.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
The book follows me, day by day, through the land of incarceration in California, through corruption, violence and pain, all the way to San Quentin, where I was trapped during the globally-recognized Covid-19 incident that killed over 30 people around me.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
I didn’t write to market this book. I didn’t write to even SELL this book. The fact that the book hit #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list in 9 categories in UNREAL. The goal was to get out a message of freedom, and a message that something in broken in the shadows in American justice.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
Ayn Rand moves me more than anyone else, because she flawlessly captured a fallacy in the American psyche before people even knew it existed. Collectivism revolutionized the American minds, and was especially potent coming from a Russian Immigrant. The best part is her philosophies still hold true to this day.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
The first key is toss out all structured writing techniques. It needs to be you, alone, grasping at your message, and your words are the tool. The second key is to write sloppy, but continuously. At this point your writing will be a lump of madness. Last, you edit so intensely that you treat it like your life depends on it. Then re-edit your edits. Keep going, until you allow yourself to sleep.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
Find out more at infectiousinjustice.com, and I can be contacted there. I am setting up an international book signing toward in the coming year across the US and Europe.