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Quick synopsis with no spoilers.
A research biologist, Dr. Richard Draman, who is working on shoestring budget to find a cure for progeria (Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome), a rare genetic condition that produces rapid aging in children, becomes the recipient of research data from a dead colleague, Annette Chevalier. Annette's research revolved around the "fundamental structures of life" and Richard believes this data may help him save his eight year old daughter, Susie, who has progeria so he has a personal stake in finding the cure. When Richard and his wife Carly seek help in analyzing the data from other prominent scientists they find themselves caught up in a conspiracy by a group of extremely wealthy men who want to keep Annette's findings secret. The secret could be the answer to immorality and those with money and power do not want to share it with people who live "mundane lives."
Richard and Carly become targets as they race to find the cure for their daughter while evading this secret group who has vast resources through power that wealth affords to track and kill them. They find themselves unable to turn to any type of authority because the tentacles of this group reach far into police and government agencies.
The novel was interesting and moved along at a well devised pace. It kept me wanting to know what would happen next and was entertaining, what good fiction should be. Why four instead of five stars? Because it does have some minor flaws, but not worth hashing out in a review.
Susie had been born to Richard Draman, one of the top cancer researcher in the country. His
work was watched and was more promising than most, and he gave credit to his much higher than
average IQ. His intelligence, which got him into plenty of scrapes as a boy, also got him sent
to a boarding school where a teacher took Richard under his wing and the rest, as they way was history.
When Susie was born to Richard and his wife Carly, they knew immediately that she was one of the
few children in the world who suffered from Progeria, or rapid aging. Due to the fact that so few
children suffered from this disease, it got little notice from researchers. It also attracted little
money for anyone interested in doing such research, as Richard found when he left his lab and began
to research it himself. He was determined to save Susie and the other children he had come to know
with this disease.
After hearing of a death in the research community, a suicide, Draman was visited by the victims husband.
He brought with him a thumb drive that contained his wife's most recent work. He took it to Draman because
his reputation as a brilliant scientist was well known. And so began the thriller part of the novel.
This is not a bad book by any means. It just seems to sort of peter out after a while. It starts out
just fine and draws you in quickly. Then things just sort of begin to crumble. I can accept improbable...
this is a book, a story. In fact, improbable is intriguing when used skillfully. The premise that a
scientist was working on research that can turn back time, not only stop the aging process but reverse it,
is not new but it is interesting. The fact that something like that held promise to the victims of progeria
was not lost on Draman, and he was determined not to let anything stop him from completing what his colleague
had begun. Great!
What happened after they left their very ill daughter with a near stranger, (but darned nice guy) did
stretch my credibility just a bit too far.. especially what happened when they were making their way to
the one and only friend they had that might be able to help them. I won't spoil it for you, but it was a bit
The ending ? I love a good strong ending in a book. This one did not have that. It seems that at a
certain point everything became about wrapping it up instead of finishing the story. Too bad... this
one had promise.
Richard and Carly Draman are given a chance at helping their daughter, Susie, stricken with progeria.
Fund raising, laboratories, people who aren't what they appear to be, good people making bad choices, bad people making worse choices, chase scenes - all combine to give the reader an exciting look at the "what ifs" of an artificially-induced immortality.
I wish there had been a bit more character development of Susie so I could have gotten a little closer to her and how progeria affected her - from her POV. But all in all, I enjoyed the pacing and storyline, and I especially liked how the ending was handled.
With all of the scientific reality of Robin Cook, and all of the suspense of Dean Koontz, Kyle writes a story as believable as the headlines of today's news. In this story, Richard Dramun has invested his life in finding a cure for progeria, a battle he faces each day in the eyes of his own daughter. But the implications of finding a cure for this childhood disease go far beyond simply looking at the premature aging of these children, into the structure of aging itself.
When Richard is approached by the husband of a colleague who died in an apparent suicide, he begins to unravel a plot hiding the possibility of an actual cure to progeria and the end of aging.
From the moment he steps onto this path there is no turning back, and as he proceeds he has to make decisions concerning friendship, love, and the meaning behind life itself. What would he be willing to give up for a cure?
Well worth reading! I love finding great authors!
Recently I have read a few books by authors who excel in their normal genre but seem to have run out of ideas and unsuccessfully change to different types of plot, sometimes with unbelievable/fantasy themes. Kyle Mills has done this with "The Immortalists" - it is not one of his best works, but I am still a long term fan of his work.
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