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Monkey Road The e-book introduces the reader to Paul Sheffield, a successful Wall Street analyst who has a fall from grace after a series of bad stock calls rocked his firm’s client base and ended his eight years with the company. At this point in his life Sheffield had no other work skills to mention and was prepared to take any job offer that came his way and in so doing, he took a job that changed his life forever…driving truckloads of primates to testing labs across the country.

About The Author

The author under a treeJohn T. Robbins is a native of Houston, Texas. He attended public schools in Houston as well as the University of Houston School of Communication and the University of Texas School of Journalism in Austin. His professional career has included editorships with community newspapers in Houston and California. In the 1990’s he was employed by Compaq Computer Corp. as a technical writer and editor. In 2006, he was named Marketing Manager of the International Trade Center Houston, a division of Southern News Group, Houston, Texas, and in 2010 became the English editor for the firm’s daily newspaper, the Southern Chinese Daily News. He lives in Houston with his wife, Xiping Jing (“Jenny”).

 

This e-book was inspired by real-life events of the author which gave him a unique insight into the world of animal testing in the United States which is the basis for Monkey Road The e-book. Although a lifelong writer and editor, the author stumbled into the world of buying and selling of primates for laboratory testing quite by accident. Offered a temporary job after leaving the corporate world by a friend who had a contract delivering laboratory animals, the author found himself driving and delivering truckloads of primates to animal testing facilities throughout the U.S. for over two years. The company’s customer base included major drug companies, colleges and universities, U.S. Veterans Administration hospital facilities, independent drug testing laboratories and many others. All animals being delivered required paperwork from the CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention), the leading national public health institute of the United States. The buying selling of animals to laboratories for scientific testing is a legitimate trade that continues to this day. Drawing upon his years of writing and editing that included eight years with a major computer company, the author saw a storyline in his activities that most people were not aware of. To most, the term “animal rights” is not a term often seen in media articles these days, yet groups around the world continue their disruptive activities. And while most people have a passing knowledge, a general understanding or firm conviction when it comes to the subject of “animal rights” and animal testing, the majority of the population’s connection to “animal rights” goes no further than disclaimers they read on the bottles of some medications that often state, “This product Was Not Tested On Animals.” Drawing upon his years of writing and editing that included eight years with a major computer company, the author saw a storyline in his activities that most people were not aware of. To most, the term “animal rights” is not a term often seen in media articles these days, yet groups around the world continue their disruptive activities. And while most people have a passing knowledge, a general understanding or firm conviction when it comes to the subject of “animal rights” and animal testing, the majority of the population’s connection to “animal rights” goes no further than disclaimers they read on the bottles of some medications that often state, “This product Was Not Tested On Animals.”

In writing Monkey Road The e-book, the author is “calling out” the reader to put his or herself in the situation that the book’s main character found himself when his own daughter’s life was on the line and her terminal illness was totally dependent on immediate animal testing. But then, when the forces of an animal rights group came into play, the daughter’s life was immediately put into doubt and left in the hands of God and fate.

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The Author (Circa 2001)
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