Books by JMU Alumni
The Organ Donor
2002 Double Dragon Publishing e-Books
By Matthew Warner ('95)
The Organ Donor is a supernatural thriller and the first novel by Matthew Warner ('95), who says the inspiration for his e-book came from the People's Republic of China's policy of selling organs harvested from death row prisoners. 'The book was written for entertainment,' says Warner. 'But I also wanted to draw attention to the thriving and corrupt trade of human body parts. Although the law forbids it, the Chinese government harvests organs from death row prisoners for transplantation at more than 100 hospitals. My book follows American brothers who purchase a kidney from the Chinese black market. What they didn't know was that its unwilling donor was an executed prisoner - an immortal 5,000-year-old being from Chinese mythology. Pursuing the brothers to Washington, this ancient king will stop at nothing to recover what was once his.'
A member of the Horror Writers Association, Warner has published short stories in Tourniquet Heart, Extremes III and Stories of Fear III. He also coordinated the republication of Lovecraft at Last, by H.P. Lovecraft. Read more about Warner's writing at
2002 1st Books Library
By Edward G. Kardos ('91)
The first novel by Edward G. Kardos ('82), Yours, Aiden, is about friendships and self-enlightenment. According to 1st Books Publishing, the novel is set in the '70s at a Catholic boys boarding school in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The main character, Sean, tells his story of delineation and how his life changed when he met Aiden. 'Sean moves from a typical boy to a man who learns to listen to himself,' says Kardos, who grew up in a Catholic family in Richmond. 'Sean learns to value each moment. Each solitary path we travel, like Sean, comes together at the same spot. That is, if we are willing to look within.'
Kardos is director of development for the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University. He directed the JMU annual fund from 1987 to 1991 and has received two writing awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Alumni can contact Kardos at