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Kenneth Gordon Eade (born December 29, 1957)[1] is an American lawyer,[2] film producer,[3] environmentalist, and author, best known for his legal thrillers.[4]

Kenneth Eade graduated from California State University, Northridge before attending Southwestern Law School in 1977. He practiced civil law for over thirty years in California.[5] He published his first non-fiction book, Bless the Bees:The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It,[6][7] in 2013, as well as the children's version, A Bee See: Who are Our Pollinators and Why are They in Trouble.[8][9] Bless the Bees is used as text material for the Environmental Law Seminar in the Master of Law program at University of Oklahoma College of Law.[10]

His first novel, An Involuntary Spy, was published in December 2013. An Involuntary Spy is a fictional spy thriller that critics have said has broken wide open the GMO controversy, as noted in Digital Journal[11] The story follows a rogue scientist working for an American biotech firm who goes on the run from authorities after stealing information from his employer which proves government collusion and a cover-up of fraud surrounding the dangers of the company's genetically engineered foods. Said San Francisco Book Review, "An Involuntary Spy is absolutely riveting, suspenseful, and and an eye-opener to the controversial effects of genetically enginneered food."[12] Midwest Book Review said, "Any who want a more realistic, modern-day James Bond complete with contemporary ethical concerns will find themselves held hostage to the fast action and intrigue in An Involuntary Spy, right up to the satisfyingly-unpredictable conclusion made all the more powerful for its real basis in today's uncertain experiments."[13] It was nominated for a "RONE Award" in 2014.[14]

In 2014, Eade began the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series with Predatory Kill. Midwest Book Review said of Predatory Kill, "Fans of Grisham will find equal talent here in Eade's ability to captivate and hold readers with the unexpected, both in character development in nonstop action which lays the foundation for a story that's anything but predictable. The realistic dialogue is - well - simply killer; while action points in one direction, then often takes a 360-degree turn. In a world where plot and outcome are often predictable from the start, this will prove more than satisfying to readers already well versed in the legal thriller format." His next work was A Patriot's Act, which has been acclaimed as fast-paced, well-written legal thriller dealing with negative consequences of the Patriot Act, and is a prequel in the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series, which matches Marks against the United States government, in an attempt to free a naturalized U.S. citizen from detention at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. Ind'Tale Magazine said, "An edge-of-your-seat thriller that could easily be transformed into a dramatic film. Simply riveting, start to finish." [15]Midwest Book Review said, ""It's all about delicate balance of power and experience - something gone awry in A Patriot's Act, and something explored through intimate descriptions. As Eade deftly juxtaposes the lives of two very different Americans experiencing two very different circumstances, he delves into the politics and processes of prisoners and military men alike, exposing the wounds of their experience and psyches and the points at which man's inhumanity stems from a worldview that dehumanizes and rips apart systems and people."[16][17][18] The third installment of the series, HOA Wire, was released on February 28, 2015.[19] A Patriot's Act is now being republished by Tate Publishing & Enterprises.

Early life and educationEdit

Kenneth Eade attended the Honors Program at El Camino Real High School, which allowed him to attend classes at Los Angeles Pierce College at the age of 15. By the time he graduated from high school in 1975, he had amassed over two years of transferable credits. He graduated from California State University, Northridge, before attending Southwestern Law School,[20] where he graduated in 1980 as the youngest member of his class.

Marriage and familyEdit

Kenneth Eade and photographer Valentina Eade [21][22][23][24] were married on July 31, 2010, in Russia. They currently live in the South of France.

Law and political activismEdit

After Southwestern, Eade practiced civil and criminal law for about a decade, then went into business law with an emphasis on securities law, and civil litigation. Eade practiced law from 1981 through 2013, mostly in Ventura County, California practicing business law and civil litigation with an emphasis on securities. The notable cases of his career included cases against the credit behemoths, Experian, Transunion, and Equifax, [25] as well as fraud cases against the major banks. [26][27] which inspired him to write his second novel, Predatory Kill.

Eade has specialized in securities law,[28] law regarding reputation,[29] credit reporting law,[30] and has been quoted as an expert on genetically engineered foods,[31][32] homeowners associations [33] as well as political issues.[34] His opinion pieces have also been published by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.[35]

Writing careerEdit

In 2011, Eade began writing opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Two of the articles centered on the subject of the unconstitutionality of the now defunct Monsanto Protection Act, and the dangers of genetically modified foods and neonicotinoid pesticides and their adverse effect on bees. This led to his first book, the non-fiction work, Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It" in 2013, as well as the children's book, "Bee See: Who are our Pollinators and Why are They in Trouble?[36] In conjunction with the cause of preventing extinction of the bees,[37] Eade collaborated with his wife, Photographer Valentina Eade, on the environmental exhibition, Bee Cause I Care, in Monaco, sponsored by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and inaugurated by Albert II, Prince of Monaco in September 2014 to bring awareness to the environmental threats facing the bees.[38][39][40][41][42]

Television and moviesEdit

In 1998, Eade began producing television programs; first the celebrity interview series, "Faces and Names," which he succeeded in syndicating in the United States, and then the award winning celebrity interview series, "Autograph." In 2006, he produced and co-wrote the feature film, Say It in Russian, starring Faye Dunaway, Rade Sherbedzija and Steven Berkoff [43][44][45] for which he obtained an avant-preimere at the Monte Carlo Television Festival[46][47][48][49][50][51] and a limited release in 2008 in Carmike Cinemas in the United States.[52][53][54][55][56][57][58][59][60] Say it in Russian won an award for Best Film in the 2008 Honolulu Film Festival,[61][62] and an Indie Fest Award. [63]

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