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an Interview with Author P. L. Reiter Today we present an interview with P.L.Reiter, author of the new book, Five Days in Babylon. Good Morning, Mr. Reiter, and thank you for creating me.

Reiter: Welcome to the Web. Please tell the audience why you decided to take up writing.

Reiter: Well, in 2002, I was working as a system consultant in Los Angeles for the world's largest automobile manufacturer, driving six hours a day in the commute from San Diego to LA. This gave me lots of time to contemplate various subjects, such as how to stop driving six hours a day. Looking at the bigger picture, I had been doing this type of computer work for over 25 years, and I decided it was high time that I did something else. I didn't want some Information Systems gibberish scrawled on my tombstone when I died. And so you decided to write the book?

Reiter: That's right, I knew the first thing I had to do was to start using the opposite side of my brain. The left brain had taken over my life, so to speak. The left brain seems to control analytical thought -- problem solving and so forth.

Reiter: That's correct, and the right brain is more the creative side. At least, in a nutshell. Where did you get the idea for Five Days in Babylon?

Reiter: I wanted to write about what I perceived as political correctness gone wild in the newly-hyped and so-called "green movement". It all seemed very hypocritical to me. Can you give the audience some examples?

Reiter: Certainly. Here I was, working for a worldwide leader in the automobile field whose main thrust was a diverse workforce and being "ecologically sensitive". I think that is the phrase. Yet, their employees cannot work from home, they have to drive in on the already crowded freeway system, which as you can imagine, is a nightmare. It wastes time, gasoline, and will make you insane. This seemed to be very inconsistent with their stated goals of conservation. Under the covers, it was the same old you-know-what. And then you have organizations like the E.L.F. . . Excuse me?

Reiter: The Earth Liberation Front, or as it is commonly known, just The E.L.F. This group is the numero uno domestic terror organization, yet most folks have never heard of them. The ELF is a collection of people who at first glance are basically nobodies. These faceless individuals have committed horrible crimes and, in most cases, gotten away with them. I suspect that many unsolved cases can be directly linked to misguided forays by the ELF, and as you can discover in my novel, more and more of these crimes are being perpetrated every year. When you call them "nobodies", what do you mean?

Reiter: They start out as nobodies, but in the end, they're looking for publicity. They crave the notoriety that comes from association with the ELF. They want to be known as "secret agents" in some mistaken belief that the label will raise their social status. For example, when the authorities apprehend these people, they discover that they're little more than geeky college students, usually taking organic chemistry, or microbiology, or some other scientific curriculum. They get so far into it that they lose whatever social conscience they might have had. Life becomes "us versus them", the little geeky guy takes on the big, bad, world, and ultimately wins. Or so they believe. I take it that you're skeptical of their motives?

Reiter: Their motives are not truly as ethical, or should I say, morally pure, as they would have us believe. Tell us a little about the plot of Five Days in Babylon.

Reiter: The novel is set in present day, more or less. A broken-down Viet Nam vet named Jack is coerced into finding a young, hip, Maria, who happens to be an agent for the E.L.F. As he is tracking her, she continues to commit heinous acts, from burning down an apartment complex to blowing up a mothballed nuclear reactor. Did I mention she guns down anything that crosses her path? Sounds as if she has absolutely no redeeming qualities, right?

Reiter: On the contrary, she's beautiful, resourceful, and highly motivated. She's acting under post-hypnotic suggestion. She knows not what she does. You mean she's under a form of mind-control?

Reiter: She's been brainwashed by the high mucky-mucks of the E.L.F. to shut down a nuclear reactor at San Onofre, California, before it contaminates their idyllic lifestyle. In the process, several people are killed, and a mysterious white powder begins to envelop all of Los Angeles, with disastrous results. What else can go wrong?

Reiter: Jack and Maria sort of, you know, fall in love. Something has to give. Sounds really cool. Where can I buy this novel?

Reiter: It's available on, here: Thank you for talking with me.

Reiter: You are welcome. Now, get back to work selling books!