What if we had the cure for a catastrophic illness, but it lay hidden inside the blood and bones of just one man?
A mysterious new contagion is decimating the population. It starts in the lungs, like the flu, then moves to the bones, where it weakens and breaks them, eventually killing the host. The disease's origin, methods of propagation and means of contraction are all unknown. There is no vaccine, and none is expected, as the virus is protean and elusive. If it remains unchecked and mutates into a more virulent form, it will become an extinction level event.
Jason Kramer has the disease, known by its nickname "Trips Lite" (the CDC doctor who discovered it is a fan of Stephen King's THE STAND), but his body produces a unique antibody that kills the viruses inside him. This component in Jason's blood can be harvested and given to anyone who needs it—his blood can heal. But pharmaceutical magnate Phillip Porter needs to keep people believing that only his expensive drug cocktail will slow Trips Lite down, and so if there’s any chance someone with the disease will live, Phillip Porter must make sure that Jason Kramer does not.
Interweaving the styles of John Grisham and Michael Crichton, THE CURE is a thriller that fuses genres while retaining its own unique voice to tell the story of Jason—burdened with the knowledge that he is mankind’s last hope—as he struggles against Porter’s avarice and greed in the face of an impending viral apocalypse.read more
Where I got the book: review copy from author, thanks!The story: Fitness fanatic Jason finds he has caught the disease that's raging through the population, a death sentence since there is no cure for the swift-moving virus. Moved to a top-secret research institute for treatment with a dodgy drug, Jason suddenly finds that his own body is better than any experimental medication at killing the virus. Which makes him a hot property for the morally deficient drug developers, but there's a problem - there's only so much of Jason to go round. Can he escape before they literally bleed him dry?I've said it before, I'm not a thriller fan. So there was definitely some consumer resistance going into this one, and I found it hard to get into at first. And then I found myself enjoying it. The writing is good with few errors, the plot was easy to follow and, most of all, the characters were nuanced - hooray! They all came across as very human; even the bad guys were not just cardboard cutouts. I have absolutely no idea how accurate the medical details and the depiction of the drug company were, but who trusts drug companies? It was plausible enough for me.I kind of wanted a different ending, I think, but when I thought about it I realized I would probably do the same as Jason given his options. Again, realism. So five stars for making me enjoy a thriller, Brad.read more
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