Charles Jacobs

Pages: 360
Binding: paperback
Trim Size: 6 x 9 inches
ISBN-10: 1951490282
ISBN-13: 978-1951490287
Publisher: DartFrog Books (2020)

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Press Release

COVID-19 has taught the world that the spread of disease can be just as deadly today as it was centuries ago. Even worse, advanced technology now allows small groups to carry out lethal attacks the size of which only nations could have considered yesterday.

Biological threats aren’t just from foreign governments. Aggression and animosity have risen around the world in recent years due to many factors—racial and religious conflict; social, economic, and political upheaval; all compounded by overpopulation.

Financial industry risk expert Charles Jacobs explores the threats that fringe groups pose to the world in his debut thriller, The Pangaea Solution. A Dan Brown-esque page-turner, The Pangaea Solution reveals the growing danger at the crossroads of overpopulation, food shortages, and the ability of small, violent groups to attempt to alter the world based on their misguided beliefs. Jacobs’ extensive research for his novel, combined with his career in quantitative risk analysis, positions him as an expert to discuss heavy-hitting topics from current news headlines, such as:

• Genetic manipulation of animals and plants
• Relationships and conflicts between science, religion, and morality
• Chances of a small group using bio-weapons of mass destruction
• The most lethal religious extremist groups already on American soil
• The possibility of secret cabals making global decisions

Facts are what power The Pangaea Solution because everything in it either exists or is being researched for tomorrow’s reality: the Christian Identity movement, white-supremacist groups like Aryan Nations, bio-engineered hybrid animals, genetically-mutated plants, weaponization of global weather patterns, and the role of internet commerce in global money-laundering.

The 21st century landscape is crowded with more threats than ever before, and former FBI agent David Blum is unexpectedly thrust into the dark world of international bio-attacks after the mysterious death of his father. The University of Illinois campus is the epicenter for this thriller which reveals the terrifying dangers that small, dedicated groups pose to billions of citizens.

An international economic authority who has spoken before Congress on financial regulations, Charles “Chuck” Jacobs learned the importance of international diplomacy at an early thanks to a childhood spent living around the world including Thailand, Japan, and Iran before settling in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jacobs is an authority on measuring financial risk for international firms using advanced mathematical modeling. A graduate of the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL) and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), Chuck used his international upbringing to focus on creating models and simulations for international firms throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Currently, Jacobs runs a private consulting firm that specializes in building, testing, and applying mathematical models to measure risk; and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Q & A

Given Elizabeth Warren’s prominence among Democratic leadership, a Biden administration is likely to swing back toward more versus less regulation. Much of the need for government intervention during the Great Recession was precipitated by the notion that the biggest institutions were “too big to fail” and therefore needed support. Perhaps we will move to breaking up the biggest institutions, either vertically into smaller versions of the whole, or, more likely, separating investment banking and other risk-taking business from core financial intermediation. I would also expect to see greater scrutiny of lending practices.

Yes, even according to our own government’s assessment. While Islamic terrorism killed more in a single event (9/11), the vast majority of actual or thwarted attacks in America have come from domestic white-supremacists, including the second-most deadly attack—the Oklahoma City bombing—which was fueled by white supremacy, and whose leader was inspired by the fringe thinking of Christian Identity. Despite this, the Trump administration has diverted resources from focusing on domestic terrorism, failed to call it out when asked to, and at times even appears to encourage it.

Election polls go wrong for many reasons—the sample may not represent the overall voting population (or who ultimately show up to vote); responders may change their minds—either over time, given new information, or at the moment of voting when they decide to vote their own self-interest instead of their ideals. In other cases, they may be afraid to admit how they plan to vote, or perhaps even intend to mislead the poll. It’s not clear that polling changed in the last four years, but, correctly, people were a lot more cynical about trusting polls this time.

Deadly biological agents are easy enough to come by—until recently you could even order them through the mail from lab suppliers. Turning that agent into a weapon, though, is difficult, especially developing a means to disperse it broadly before it dies out from exposure to the elements. For that reason, bio-weapons tend to work better in creating panic than in actually killing a lot of people. That said, recent advances in genetic engineering may give smaller and smaller actors the ability to modify existing, highly contagious, diseases into more deadly strains.

I think genetically-modified animals and plants have a place in producing an adequate food supply for the world, but growing the food supply alone doesn’t solve the problem of overpopulation; it simply delays disaster. Curbing the explosion of the world population requires changing cultural norms, increasing education and career opportunities, particularly for young women. It also requires widespread education on, and availability of, birth-control, especially in developing countries. Unfortunately, much of the outside contact the general population of the developing world has comes from religious outreach that condemns birth control. Until that changes, the problem only gets worse.