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A Cure to Die For: A Medical Thriller

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  687 Ratings  ·  381 Reviews
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 Pharma to keep the miracle drug off the market. Alex Farmer, a drug-a ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Creative Artists Publishing (first published June 6th 2011)
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Jul 30, 2011 M.L. rated it it was ok
A crime novel - but not a thriller.
Alex Farmer is a physician who was on the skids. A childhood friend has been murdered and Alex finds himself uncovering what amounts to medical espionage; a miracle cure is eventually unleashed, "Cannastar" (a hybrid of cannabis and a plant called Death Star), and society is in an upheaval.

The premise is good but it's more of a comfy, chatty, western-to-city-and-back-again romp instead of a thriller. There is none of the tension/intensity/threatening sinister-s
May 10, 2014 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Suspense & medical thriller fans
Recommended to Katy by: First Reads from Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads-book
Please Note: I originally read this in August, 2011, and was provided a copy from the author through the Goodreads FirstReads program in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: A Cure to Die For is a medical thriller, encompassing the greed and hypocrisy of the “health care” system. When Maury Bernstein, a brilliant geneticist, develops a plant that cures cancer, the pharmaceutical company that had been sponsoring his research (hoping for a cure for the common cold) sets out to destroy all ev
Nov 28, 2013 Zoeytron rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
This book is touted as a medical thriller. Also a mystery, a love story, and an adventure tale - and herein lies the rub. Quite 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 tog
Jul 20, 2011 Amandaj rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
This is one that I got for free through goodreads giveaways.
Originally, I was interested in the book because the premise seemed realistic. Someone finds a miracle cure and the results of the discovery are complicated-it is a tremendous ethical dilemma. A cure like that has the potential to make health care almost completely obsolete. I felt like the ethical issues were really played down.
While initially interested in the story, I didn't find the writing enjoyable. There was an unnaturally abru
Dec 13, 2013 Marvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: autographed, suspense
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 ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Aliya rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, first-reads, fiction
In summary, this story is about a transgenic weed that can cure anything and is apparently indestructible. In order to be cured, you dry the leaves then boil them in water (like tea), and in order to remain cured, you have to keep drinking the tea forever. This amazing plant was created by a scientist, Maury, who is killed for it by a drug company that doesn't want people to be cured since they would stop profiting off of sick people. Maury's childhood friend, Alex, gets dragged into it and it b ...more
Patty Marion
Jul 27, 2011 Patty Marion rated it it was ok
I appreciated receiving a copy of A CURE TO DIE FOR - A Medical Thriller as a first reads giveaway and dove in with great anticipation because I love thrillers and am fascinated by the science of medicine.

Webster defines “thriller” as “a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure or suspense,“ with synonyms: cliff-hanger, hair-raiser, nail-biter.

I’ve read lots of thrillers but this is not one of them. I’ve read great medical thrille
Jul 25, 2011 John rated it it was ok
Really not a well-written book. I won this book in one of the Goodreads giveaways, and it sounded like a good story, on top of the obligation I felt to read it because of the giveaway. While I was right that the story sounded good (well, moderate), the writing style was just awful. The sentences were short and choppy, and the segments of the story were even shorter and choppier. Mitchell went into detail on some minute parts of the story, but whenever it came time to give details about some of t ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Tommie rated it it was amazing
Stephen G. Mitchell did an excellent job on this book! I was totally sucked into a world where a "miracle" plant exists, and can cure all diseases and addictions. The characters were very vivid, in my mind, as were the locations and the storyline, itself. I finished the book yesterday and caught myself daydreaming about it today, wishing and wondering how the world would be if a plant like the "Cannistar" actually existed!!!
Iona  Stewart
Jul 15, 2011 Iona Stewart rated it it was amazing
I received this book free in return for a review.

This "medical thriller" (I've never heard that phrase before) is enjoyable, captivating, exciting, entertaining and funny. The author has a knack for describing his characters succinctly by means of memorable and often amusing turns of phrase, so the reader easily remembers who's who.

The story begins with the murder of one of Alex's old friends, Maury. It turns out Maury has secretly been working for years on a potentially controversial cure-all p
Mary Teresa Reno
Oct 04, 2013 Mary Teresa Reno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished listening to the version of A Cure to Die For and it was fantastic! First and foremost, I'd like to thank the author, Stephen Mitchell, for so graciously sending me a consolation GoodReads first-reads giveaway version of the book after I didn't win the initial giveaway of the Audio CD book set.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Audio Theater format of A Cure to Die For. The narrator's voice is excellent, as are all of the characters in the book. Adding to setting
Jennifer (JC-S)
Jul 17, 2011 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it did not like it
Shelves: review-books
‘With the good came the bad and with the bad came the beautiful.’

In this novel, a genetically modified plant not only cures the common cold, it provides a cure for at least some forms of cancer. The new plant was named Cannastar by its developer Maury Bernstein, a botanist working for a pharmaceutical company called Rxon. Alas, the pharmaceutical company sees nothing but trouble – a negative impact on the bottom line - as a consequence of this miracle drug, and they set out to destroy it before
Jun 22, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, fiction
A captivating, fast paced story with such great characters that it kept me wanting more.

Alex Farmer, a physician who lost his job, is on his way to visit his friend Maury Bernstein. He was picked up by a gal in a beat up pickup from the airport. Before getting into the truck he noticed something in the back and asked what it was. It was his friend, Maury. He inquired as to what happened. She replied "hunting accident". But hunting was not Maury's forte. Now Alex was bound and determined to find
Mar 07, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
When a pharmaceutical company hires a scientist to works on a new drug, the scientist accidently discover a cure for almost everything, including cancer. The company then has the scientist killed and the plants responsible for the cures distroyed. But all is not lost, and what begins is a big cover-up by the company and the government. A great story evolves, and I could hardly put this medical thriller down. I highly recomment this book!
Nancy Morecraft
Dec 04, 2013 Nancy Morecraft rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Good Reads and I loved it! As soon as I saw the cover of the book, I figured it would be "cheesey" but I was wrong. A love story, medical thriller that I wish was non-fiction. I did not want this book to end and hope there is a sequel because I want to know what happened to Cyd and Alex and all of the other characters that I came to love. Pages 334 and 335 sum it up completely but don't want to get a spoiler review. Guess you will need to read it for yourselves. And I know I w ...more
Laura Schuster
May 19, 2011 Laura Schuster rated it it was amazing
You'll ask yourself, "is this fiction or is it real?" A Cure to Die For spins an incredible tale of credible reality. Heroes you could imagine as friends and villains you'll love to hate wrapped up in conspiracies you suspect are true...Stephen G. Mitchell sucks you out of your comfort zone and spews you into a world that may very well be running out of time....
Rick F.
Jul 11, 2011 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
Look out Robin Cook- Stephen Mitchell is here to stay! A gripping, unique and brilliant medical thriller- not to be missed.

The Tattered Thread
Dec 30, 2013 The Tattered Thread rated it it was ok
Shelves: librarything
Firstly and as always, I received this audio book because it came to me as a free download from Audible. After having listened to it would I have paid money for it? No way.

To begin, if I had to categorize this I'd put it in the realm of paranoid medical suspense novels. As a million other reviews will tell you, a scientist develops a panacea for all of human disease and the drug companies scramble to cover it up. This is pretty standard fare really so I won't go further. That's what you're getti
Jul 19, 2011 Haley rated it liked it
I won this book for free by way of goodreads' first reads giveaway.

This is a pretty good adventure story. A cure for cancer is found. The medical and drug companies, and the government don’t want it to surface because it would devastate the flow of income into the medical field. The corporate big boys don’t want to see their money go bye-bye. So the big corporations try to bring this new miracle drug and anyone trying to grow and sell it down. This causes a lot of crazy stuff to happen. The syno
Aug 06, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this from a first reads giveaway. I'll start with what I did like about the book. There was some intrigue in the plot that kept the book moving at a fast pace. Some of the characters were very lovable (Bigfoot, energetic Annie Seeley, Otis) unfortunately they weren't the two main characters whom I didn't really like very much. The premise had great promise...a drug that can cure cancer.
What I didn't like about the book: first of all, too many 'f' words. Sorry, but it just ruins a book for
This wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It takes a turn somewhere in the second half that turns it from developing thriller into more of a life adventure. It’s hard to put your finger on quite where it loses the thriller edge. It may be with the ever increasing cast of characters.

There’s no climatic as you tend to be waiting for from a title billed as a thriller. There is some violence but no great detail so you don’t quite feel the impact. Yes, I’m bloodthirsty, but I don’t think it’s just me!
Aug 19, 2011 Lyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: x2011
Note: I received a copy of this book free for review from GoodReads.

Overall, I thought this book was a mildly entertaining piece of brain candy. The overall premise was interesting, but the execution left a little to be desired.

The characters felt very cartoony - all of them had very over-the-top responses to every situation and it never felt like they developed at all over the course of the story. Even what I thought was supposed to be the defining emotional-development moment for the main char
Carol Nichols
May 21, 2011 Carol Nichols rated it it was amazing
Where’s the sequel? I want to know how all the characters I met through Stephen G. Mitchell’s captivating book are doing now—the folks I got to know intimately and found myself rooting for. The writing made it fun and easy to get to know them. They became my friends. They grew dear to my heart because they were strong and bold enough to prioritize human decency over corporate ruthlessness and greed. In rooting for them I was rooting for all of human kind who suffer at the hands of integrity-chal ...more
Leroy Christopher Crawley
May 26, 2011 Leroy Christopher Crawley rated it it was amazing
A Cure to Die For by Stephen G. Mitchell is a book that you will be hard-pressed to put down. Prepare yourself for a wild ride via planes, trains and automobiles; join riveting adventures trekking the expanse of forests, jungles, and mountainsides; and experience the glorious vistas of tropical islands, bays, and continental divides. The author packs so many sensory treats into one book that your eyes will water, your mouth will salivate and your spirits will soar.

Be prepared to be joyful, demol
Dec 03, 2013 Ivory rated it really liked it
Since I was one of the lucky people to get a first hand look at the book before it came out I was very exited to read it. The story is a wonderful plot, but starts off a little slow in my opinion. **CAUTON MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!!!(not really, but some mini spoilers)** Recommended for ages 13 and up.

It's about a man and a woman who's friend died while out. They go through some pretty rough times, but manage to find out about some research that their friend was doing. Some say it was for the com
Sandy from Alaska Colón
I received this book in a giveaway contest. I put off reading it because the cover didn't look like my kind of book. Then, when I started reading it I was annoyed by juvenile comments. But, I kept reading since I needed to write a review of the book.

From the beginning, I liked the storyline and I ended up enjoying the book. It's a bit of a fantasy, as a plant has been created, through science, that can be used to cure many of the world's illnesses. Wouldn't that be wonderful?! The story is what
Howard Green
May 26, 2011 Howard Green rated it it was amazing
Reading A Cure to Die: A Medical Thriller won’t disappoint you. Mitchell addresses several key issues of our time:
Drug company conspiracies, corrupt politicians, and the media all working hand in hand, manipulating the world to their own ends, and perhaps most importantly how powerful groups like these, can stifle incredible breakthroughs that serve mankind.
What he accomplishes is to show what the individual can do to triumph over, when faced with this reality.
It was one of those books I simply
Nicole Fall
Jul 16, 2011 Nicole Fall rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I could not 'get into' this book. The flow of the writing, the character set-ups and the overall voice of the book was unorganized, unbelievable and, in my opinion, lacking in experience. It felt like the author was excited, rushed almost, to write the book. The characters were hastily pushed into emotions and situations that they were not 'lead' into. Trust is earned, even in books, not just given inexplicably to a stranger you just met, for example. Even with that said, I did lov ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Maryr rated it it was amazing
What an exhilerating read - I loved the straightforward simple storytelling approach which kept me turning pages wondering what was going to happen next. It was hard to put down! I felt like the author could have been telling me this story over a campfire coffee down by the lake. Very picturesque in detail and love to hear about an adventure unfolding in so many places I've been in Montana. Some of the characters reminded me of strangers I've seen or a few eccentric but interesting relatives I h ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Jjudyfl rated it really liked it
I won this book from Goodreads.
Loved it!
A drug that cures cancer was discovered while trying to cure the common cold. The big drug companies want to kill Cannastar, its seeds, its plants, its discoverer, and everyone else. Cannastar would destroy their sales, their profits, EVERYTHING!
What a wild ride!
This is the kind of book you will want to read. This is not a skeleton outline with a few paragraphs hung on each bone by some hack. There's no graphic, gross scene included just to give
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Stephen G. Mitchell writes fast-paced, relevant thrillers about memorable characters and timely events. An avid reader, Mr.. Mitchell is a sailor, swimmer, mountain biker and hiker. He lives in Montana in a 19th century Victorian home with his lifelong companion Beverly, two dogs, three cats and an undetermined number of squirrels.

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