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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  1,038 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Alexa Hampton runs her own interior design firm in New York’s Soho but now a heart mishap threatens her life. Her black-sheep younger brother insists she go to a New Jersey clinic owned by his eccentric boss for stem cell experiments. There she and her long-ago lover, a medical reporter, uncover a bizarre experiment to reverse the aging process.

Idea points: Medical Thrille
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Published (first published November 1st 2003)
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Uuuuuuuughhhh. This had so much potential! And it started out so well, but took a huge nosedive in the second half. The author requires you to suspend disbelief a little too much. I guess I was able to go along with the CFO of a company just happened to be the brother of an interior designer who just happened to be the old flame of a reporter who just happened to be the son of the CEO of the company. I think. But I really draw the line at believing an Amex card is going to open a pass-card type ...more
Why do I keep doing this to myself? Why do I keep attacking these overlong "hard" (sorta) sci-fi and/or medical thriller books, when I don't even want to admit I've read half of what I actually have. So much potential, crumbled into wasted time.
I have a weak spot for a medical thriller. But man-o-man, this was not a good book. It was written like a first-draft hash-out of what might have become an action movie staring Nic Cage as Stone Aimes. No I'm not making up that name, Tommy Hoover beat me
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What made this book so unappealing I stopped halfway through? Firstly, I just didn't connect with the characters. In part, that's because they felt like characters, not real people. It was as if I was reading a play, and they were playing a part that was not who they truly were, because each seemed so flat, and without dimension. If I can't connect with the characters, there really is no redeeming the book for me, but I will give a little bit of feedback on the story anyway.
As I've said in other
Angela White
While the premise of this novel holds tremendous promise, the execution failed to deliver upon that promise as I'd hoped. Perhaps it's because I'm such a fan of medical and psychological thrillers, but this novel never drew me in as fully as I expected.

Amid a number of improbable coincidences, the lives of the main characters are intertwined in a mysterious clinical trial that's gone horribly wrong...except it's not until the final third of the novel that the reader is given information that bri
Angela Pennock

Even 5-10 years ago, people knew telomerase was a main mutation that caused a lot of cancer. I think we should spread this mutation all over people's skin!! It's a mysterious disease. Not believable. Maybe I should stop knowing so much science and trying to enjoy a medical thriller.

I couldn't make it through this, even though it was free. GOD still not worth it.
Aug 31, 2011 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only people who don't know anything about stem cells.
Shelves: kindle-free
This was a free kindle download so my hopes weren't necessarily that high, but I still didn't like this book. I started reading this book three months ago and at some point stopped reading it and never started again so it's probably safe to say I'm just not going to finish reading it.

My main issue with this book is that the science is just so terrible. Hoover didn't change things enough to make the the science futuristic or alien so I couldn't even read it like science fiction; I did try really
Jeff Hatzenbuehler
I can't believe that such writing is actually published. The writing was dry and child-like with technical terms to try to show off. Don't waste your time on this one.
Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton
Jul 14, 2015 Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys good literature
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are mostly well-developed, and believable, and so is the science behind the story. There is just enough truth to the genetics and research that makes this just at the edge of science fiction, but very close to reality to be able to suspend belief for me. I would say that within a few decades, this will be proven to be true, just as an early short story about surrogate motherhood by one of the leading women in sci-fi turned out to be true a few decad ...more
I think this book would benefit from a good editorial eye. I thought the story was interesting enough, but there was SO MUCH DESCRIPTION that it could easily be cut down a few hundred pages.

For example, "Ally was walking down the second-floor marble hallway... They [stairs] were wide and blue marble and had a kind of splendor as they seemed to literally flow down... The marble hallway upstairs ..." across two pages seems redundant. There was a little over an entire page describing one character
Matt Schiariti
This is my first time reading Thomas Hoover...I've found that overall I enjoyed his writing and I think I'll be revisiting him again in the future.

Syndrome is a medical thriller based on cutting edge stem cell research. I admit that I don't have a full working subject of the novel so I can't really comment on the veracity. I will say that, as a work of fiction, this isn't that unbelievable. One of the strong points of Hoover's writing is that while it revolves around a heavily scientific subject
Mike  Owens
A medical thriller based on the concept of increasing longevity and curing disease by repairing damaged DNA with enzyme infusions. The concept is certainly mainstream, and stem cell infusions have been in use for years now. I did have some issues with this work, however.
Stylistic issues: too much backstory. The entire first chapter, with the exception of Ally taking her dog for a walk is backstory, Ally's aortic valve disease, Mom's Alzheimer's, Dad's suicide, husband's death, etc. This doesn't
Dr. Karl van der Vliet is an undisputed genius who's medical research results in the ability to work miracles. He realizes a way to use adult stem cells that when injected into unhealthy organs, they can rebuild, regenerate and basically fix themselves. This process is the proverbial fountain of youth that can keep diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and cirrhosis at bay indefinitely. Enter Alexa, she suffered an illness as a child that resulted in scar tissue in her ventr ...more
This was the first full-length eBook I've read and I enjoyed it. The issues I had were more with the eBook format than the book itself, such as some of the text appearing 2-3 font sizes smaller than the other printing on the page and odd line breaks in the middle of the line. Also, the book needed a proofreader, as I noted many spelling, grammar, and perhaps AutoCorrect errors, but they didn't affect the book too much.
Plotwise, it was very fast moving and could probably be finished in an afterno
Leanne Hunt
In spite of some negative reviews I read about this book, I actually liked it a lot. The subject matter is medical research and experimentation. The specific area of experimentation is stem cell technology. Although some of the plot elements are entirely of the author's making, they are nevertheless within the bounds of possibility and have received some critical attention from experts in the field of tissue regeneration. Other parts of the plot are actually a reality in advanced medicine today, ...more
The plot is not tightly written and is very redundant. You finally say, "I get what's happening already. Time to move on Mr. Hoover." So sad since this plot had such amazing potential. The redundancy made for very slow reading or instead of indulging in every morsel of word in the text, you end up skipping the parts you feel like you've already read. Very frustrating. Tthe plot went from riveting to juvenile. I'm very disappointed in this book.
Rkb 2015
Experimental stem cell research that could lead to the "fountain of youth"? Maybe. The premise sounded interesting, but was lacking in the technical aspects, needs editing. Words are hyphenated mid-sentence for no apparent reason, very annoying. The characters behave in an unrealistic manner at some points.
Experimental stem cell research that could lead to the "fountain of youth"? Maybe. The premise sounded interesting, but was lacking in the technical aspects, needs editing. Words are hyphenated mid-sentence for no apparent reason, very annoying. The characters behave in an unrealistic manner at some points.
I thought this was a very good and enjoyable medical thriller.
It took a little while to get really drawn in for me, but then it picked up and was very exciting. My one character complaint is that the main character was described as a strong independent woman but seemed to be easily bullied into things. Though I suppose the plot could not have progressed if this were not so.
The concept being explored in the book was thought provoking and interesting, even if the science wasn't perfectly accurat
Desley (Cat fosterer)
This is the first time I have read a Thomas Hoover book (the first time I gave up due to the typos) – I do enjoy medical thrillers, although I do wish that his books would be edited, as the errors are simple hyphenated words, rather than typos per se, but there are so many of them they do stop you getting immersed in the book.

Stem cell technology does interest me a lot, so I did enjoy reading this
Angel Graham
This ended up being a snooze fest for me. I wanted to like it. It had promise, but the whole thing moved at a snails pace. I ended up skipping ahead by 100 pages, and everything was still at about the same place it had been 100 pages back!

Martin Butland
The book was a little predictable, I thought it was a good read and did enjoy it. Medical drama is not my usual read but wanted to check it out and glad I did. I would read it again
Interesting concept - written in an unconvincing style. No real depth or warmth to the characters which would have helped you to empathise with them and make reading about what happens to them more compelling. Odd, disparate people & no character development make the tale less convincing. Some characters seem to change mercurially with no explanation so difficult to determine motivation. Too many psychopaths with no conscience to believe and difficult to follow the relevance of weird dream s ...more
A sleep loser

A story line that was so unique and intriguing that I had many nights that I just couldn't put it down. I will be reading more of Tom's books.

K.R. Bankston
Great read!! definitely a rollercoaster ride with very memorable characters. I hated the supposed victim/herionne from start to finish. Not sure I was supposed too, but she was just way to overthe top extra for me. I loved Stone, the reporter and even the villains Winston Bartlett and Dr Van...the supporting cast was also enjoyable and i liked the flow of the story. I'm thinking perhaps there is a slight bias however to paint stem cell research as some dark sinister force of evil, when it's actu ...more
This was a Kindle $.99 or freebee, don’t remember which, but it turned out to be a fairly good read. Alexa Hampton is running her fathers interior design business after his suicide and is facing an early demise from a serious heart problem. Enter her estranged brother who is working for a biomed research company. He is offering her a chance to be a late entry in stem cell treatment trials that could repair her heart. Brother and boss have an ulterior motive though which is not in Alexa’s best in ...more
Very, Very creative read. Sometimes a little predictable, but for everything you figure out you are surprised by an unexpected turn!
The syndrome has to do with regenerative medicine gone horribly right and horribly wrong. A series of experiments led by a genius doctor who has a pretty decent moral compass but is easily influenced by his very off-balance financier. After curing many individuals with "regenerative medicine and stem cell" they push the boundaries too far. Eventually leading to coer
While this book started out well enough, it really dragged in places. The end was way too much Science Fiction for my taste. I was expecting more of a medical thriller.
Jessica Buike
I found this story to be rather boring until closer towards the end - it just seemed to drag. I kept hoping for more action, more mystery, more SOMETHING, but nothing really pulled me in until the ending. I think that if it were a little shorter and/or had more action, it would be a much more interesting read!

There were some interesting medical ideas, but I don't know that they were truly believable. The story switches between the two main characters' points of view, which can sometimes get a li
First, the bad hyphenation in the Kindle edition makes this book maddening to read. Lazy, lazy, lazy production -- he chose speed over getting it right.

Second, Karen's aortic stenosis would have resulted in an aortic valve transplant years before the defect became life threatening. My husband has had two, so I know what I'm talking about. If Hoover got that wrong, why would I trust any of his medicine or science?

But mainly I think the book crapped out on the ending. It wasn't good enough for me
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Thomas Hoover has a doctorate in oceanography and served as senior vice president of an architect-engineering firm in New York, where he has lived for several decades. His vices include being an avid sailor and a recognized collector of the classical music of India. He began his writing career with two classic non-fiction books on Far Eastern art and religion and then moved into fiction writing wi ...more
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