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A Cure to Die For characters ✓ 107 ô A genetically engineered cure for the common cold a simple inexpensively grown plant turns out to be a cure for cancer and threatens to make most other drugs obsolete The discovery triggers a crisis of medical and corporate greed that sweeps the country as the government and the media conspire with Big PhaA genetically engineered cure for the common cold a simple inexpensively grown plant turns out to be a cure for cancer and threatens to make most other drugs obsolete The discovery triggers a crisis of medical and corporate greed that sweeps the country as the government and the media conspire with Big Pharma to keep the miracle drug off the market Alex Farmer a drug addicted doctor with a shattered life and C. I think this is a pretty decent effort from a first time author It's clear he was trying to do a lot here sci fi crime thriller and he bit off a little than he could chew but I enjoyed the book nonetheless It really is not hard to see how or why government or big pharma might do something like this although a few parts of the story could get somewhat campycheesyA solid 355 stars

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Yd Seeley a research assistant with a deadly secret are inadvertently thrown together to protect a medical breakthrough that could change the face of healthcare forever Amid the suspense of harrowing kidnappings manhunts political and corporate intrigue Wall Street corruption suicides arrests and terrifying escapes in the Montana wilderness in the high tech world of Houston Texas in the political cesspool of W. Let's start with the premise A botanist genetically engineers a marijuana plant and a poisonous plant together to make an herbal medicine that can cure any disease known to mankind and some unknown ones I presume The one hitch is the patient has to continue to take the medicine or the disease will return The pharmaceutical company that funded the research stops at nothing to eliminate the miracle cure including murder less all their products and obviously profits go down the tube It is left up to our heroes to battle the drug companies an evil senator is there any other kind in a thriller and mercenary thugs in order to keep the research alive and therefore save humankindLet's think this through The drug company owns the research they therefore will own the patent and have a monopoly on the cure I don't think it takes much brains to see that the corporation holding the cure to cancer the universe and everything will make tons of moola regardless of what they sold before The fact that their customer have to keep taking it therefore buying it repeatedly is icing on the cake Why the hell would they want to destroy it Now keeping other people from stealing it make sense but destroy it I don't think so Such a plot would only be sensible to Laetrile proponents and gimmicky conspiracy thriller writersBut if that was the only complaint I had I could go with it After all wasn't it Arthur C Clarke who said that every novel is entitled to have one unbelievable thing in it Unfortunately A Cure to Die For is sloppily written loaded with spur of the moment unbelievable contrivances and packed with cardboard heroes and villains It's the kind of world in which the evil senator sprouts out things like Words are Turds and our hero's first thought on finding out his new infatuation is going to die of cancer is what her breast will look like in the last stage I know we males obsess about breasts but be real The heroine isn't much better going off like a volcano because her boy friend takes pain pill while she is taking a drug that is basically addictive Well OK It cures her cancer But I think you see what I mean Essentially it's a thriller that isn't much of a thriller It's predictable with no real sense of tension and foreboding I really wanted to like it Despite the preposterous plot it could have been fun But the string of predictable actions and cliche responses got to me By the end I was still rooting for the heroes but only so they could win or lose and I could get on with my mundane but realistic lifeSo obviously it is a book I can not recommend As I said I really like thrillers but this novel isn't thrilling nor it is very medical I guess I'll just have to reread some old Robin Cook novels if I want a medical thriller

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A Cure to Die ForAshington DC and on a vast Indian reservation Alex and Cyd fight to survive a perilous journey where the fate of a healthy planet hinges on the survival of a tiny seed A critically acclaimed work of literature reviewed as one of the best new books of the year A Cure To Die For is a timely thriller that is part adventure part mystery and part love story; a novel about two people who stand against a broken world. This book is touted as a medical thriller Also a mystery a love story and an adventure tale and herein lies the rub uite simply it tries to do too much The premise of the story is intriguing but the delivery is handled with an utter lack of subtlety that comes close to sullying the entire exercise The foreshadowing is dealt with such a heavy hand that it loses all effect Passages like these are nothing but distracting an adult woman who was so elated that 'she clapped her hands together like a happy chipmunk' We have another lady who was made 'so mad when he said it that the top of her head almost blew off'With all that being said the core idea is good and was just interesting enough to keep me reading With a sterner hand at the editing wheel it could have been so much better This was a first reads giveaway thank you