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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,010 ratings  ·  138 reviews
What would you do to save the life of your child?

It’s a question microbiologist Richard Draman thought he’d answered when he walked away from his career to focus on curing a genetic defect that is causing his daughter to age at a wildly accelerated rate. But now he and his wife Carly are being forced to come to terms with the fact that eight-year-old Susie’s time is runnin
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Hardcover, 276 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Thomas & Mercer
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 2.375* of five

The Book Report: Progeria is a rare genetic disorder that causes the very young to age at a rate unimaginable to us normal folk. It is always fatal, and it can't even be ameliorated. It's a cruel, cruel disease, and since it's so extremely rare, no one in the drug industry cares enough to work on it, since there's not a profit to be made. (Typing that sentence made me nauseated.)

Researcher Richard Draman isn't one of those profit-driven asshats, because his daughter is a pr
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Randy
What would you give for the secret of immortality? What would anyone give? Microbiologist Richard Draman's aim wasn't that high. His daughter suffers from a rare genetic defect, commonly known as progeria, that causes rapid aging in children. They rarely live past twelve and his daughter was already eight. Things weren't going well when research lands in his hands, courtesy of a grieving husband, that shows promise. His scientist wife had committed suicide, only he didn't believe it. He wanted R ...more
Jim
I would give this 5 stars for the originality of the concept and 3 stars for the execution. The thriller genre seems to cause authors to flesh out their story with improbable daring do. In this case, he has avoided the worst examples of the genre but does so by often just leaving gaps in the story. The "how did they get from there to here" is often not answered. But, the story moves along and it is an easy book to read.

Here we follow the story of Richard Draman who is working to cure his daughte
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Karolyn Sherwood
The Immortalists is my first book by Kyle Mills. I chose this one first (even though he's better known for his "pure" spy-thrillers) because I was curious about the medical aspect of this novel. In it, the protagonist is a "genius" scientist whose daughter has a very rare genetic disease that he sets out to cure, while also trying to figure out why other scientists studying similar diseases are being killed off. Because I'm not comparing The Immortalists to Mills' other works, I can say that I f ...more
David
Internationally-respected microbiologist Dr. Richard Draman is working on a cure for an extremely rare disease: progeria, a genetic disorder that causes premature aging and early death. Despite facing a lack of funding and general public interest, Draman strives to eradicate this hideous disease. The reason: his daughter, Susie, has the disorder.

After a brilliant female colleague dies of an apparent suicide, Draman is handed the details of her work-in-progress by her widower, who is convinced hi
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Jason
A preposterous plot from beginning to end with virtually no twists (beyond one utterly predictable one about one-third of the way through). Unfortunately, the first few scenes were quite good--beginning with the killing of a biologist, the shift in scene to another biologist and his 8 year-old daughter with progenia (which manifests itself as rapid, premature aging), and the handover of the first biologists thumb drive. But then a massive almost parody of a Dr. Evil global conspiracy starts chas ...more
Charlene Intriago
This is a "light" read. Good guys, bad guys, innocents caught in the middle, good plot, a little far fetched in spots, but entertaining.
Shirley
I bought this book for 99p to read on my computer as I don't yet have a Kindle. I figured at that low price even if it was hopeless at least I hadn't wasted too much money. But my goodness what a rip roaring read. I finished the book in little over a day and a half - which is pretty extraordinary for me as I am quite a slow reader. I didn't want to go to bed last night even though it was getting late, just because I was enjoying it so much, (and if I had a Kindle or something else to read it on, ...more
Diane
Here is a book that is a medical thriller that will have you asking questions of yourself.
I was to of won this and did so want to read, but had not received this. Saw it at the library and picked it up to read. Glad I did.

We find Richard Drama who is a brilliant microbiologist who has a personal reason for finding a cure. He is desperate to find a cure for a rare disease that his young daughter has. She has the aging disease that is making her age faster then her years.

Most children with this ra
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Trunatrschild
A story about people trying to live forever. It starts slow, I almost didn't really get how the author could derive a thriller from the story, but then it built up to the point that I had to stay up late to finish it. It's good for what it is, like a summer read, a thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat. It didn't seem too realistic at first, but that passes. The good guys are good and the bad are very bad and they have a lot of money. The good guys were very lucky that they had an old so ...more
K.R. Bankston
Wow, this book was great!! It was filled with twists, turns, and the adventure kept on coming. I admit both Susie and Carly got on my nerves at times, but they were great characters. I loved Richard's dogged determination, even in the face of impossible odds. Seeger, the old soldier, was another great character with both smarts and determination, who found a new lease on life with the vague friends who invaded his life. Xander, Karl and Oleg all were decidely dark and evil villains who played th ...more
Brian
I was disappointed in this book; Kyle Mills is one of the best contemporary thriller writers in the business and this one just wasn't all that great. The theme was typical for him - out of the box and thought-provoking - but the adventure was more Hollywood than a good tale. I can actually see this book being made into a decent summer blockbuster, but that doesn't necessarily make it a great read.

All that being said, this wasn't a bad book by any stretch; it is that I have come to expect a lot f
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Bungo
I quite enjoyed the first half of this thriller - a scientist (Richard Draman - better remember the lead character's name! Oh, don't worry, most chapters start with a recap of his name in case you've forgotten from the previous paragraph) working on a cure for progeria being drawn into a web of industrial espionage, genetic craziness and shady groups with power over seemingly everything. But about halfway through it just got a bit silly which I suppose was inevitable but I found myself wondering ...more
Barb Husch
I loved this book. It's a thriller in all aspects. It kept me reading into the night.
A Microbiologist and his wife, have a very ill daughter. She is aging at an alarming rate
due to her rare disease. When someone turns over research to them that is cutting age, and
may either help or cure their daughter they are elated. But, then they learn that people
are hunting them, and all who were connected with the research and being murdered. Thus
they enlist the help of an old friend, a retired Special Forc
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Susan
This book was the first Kyle Mills I have read. I liked this easy to read thriller. It was the perfect summertime read - fast paced, small chapters with interesting characters. I liked the central idea of creating a serum that would reverse the affects of aging. It did lead to some interesting moral questions that added to the interest of the book. I did like the way the story ended as well. I would not hesitate to pick up another Kyle Mills book.
Chance Maree
The plot and characters were okay, the writing competent, but nothing inspired or particularly thoughtful. I'm certain I'll forget everything about it tomorrow.
Shane
A random recommendation from Amazon that turned out to be a good read.
Francis T. Villante
Young forever?

Young forever?

This bok was a good read. it,really makes y o u think about immortality and whether you want to live forever. one thing I took from this book was the way they chose what charity received the largest amount of funding. it makes you think if the charity that their research would save a lot more lives than a rarely known disease that only affects a small
percentage of lives would get the lions share of funding. who determines whose live is more valuable. it kept me turnin
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Amy
The first thing I think of when finishing this was 'that was rather Dan Brown'. The same kind of science fiction revolving around a discovery that would turn science and humanity on its head and the 'ordinary' family who need to save the day, or in this case the life of their.8 year old daughter who suffers with progeria. It all pans out as you expect, the characters are cliched but you still want to continue! Enjoyable but nothing amazing, ideal for those wanting a quick read between long days ...more
Rob Fox
Excellent writing overshadows the implausible

It's not hard to imagine people like the antagonists that Mills writes about. People's selfishness has no bounds. Though the idea of a fountain of youth are at the least implausible, the idea that cures for other illnesses may exist is not only plausible, it's likely. Mills plays on this idea brilliantly and for those with children, the story is especially poignant and meaningful. What would a parent do to save the life of their child?
Kara Jorges
Scientist Richard Draman turned his back on a lucrative career in medical research when his daughter was born with progeria, a disease that causes children to age at a vastly accelerated rate. A close friend’s death is ruled suicide, but her husband doesn’t believe it and gives Richard a disk containing her work, sending his whole family on an odyssey. Despite evidence to the contrary, it seems that Dr. Draman is not the only one interested in research on aging, and some wealthy individuals purs ...more
Bill Garrison
The biggest dissappointment of THE IMMORTALISTS, by Kyle Mills, is how pedestrian it is, how plain and uninspired the plotting is, and how cliched the characters are. This is the first Mills book I've read, but I know he's been writing for years. So, when I picked his recent novel, I expected there to be something that indicated why he's been so successful, but I didn't find it.

Richard and Carly Draman's daughter Susie has the tragic desease Progeria, which causes children to age rapidly and di
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Alexia561
At first glance, this didn't seem to be my sort of book. I don't care for medical thrillers, and the synopsis sounded like a medical thriller. May be shallow of me, but I usually get bored and don't really care if the doctor(s) are able to find a cure in time before the whole world dies of some new deadly disease strain!

Boy, was this a nice surprise! This is more a straight thriller, where the main character just happens to be a medical researcher. No boring details of the disease and no long,
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A Book Vacation
This was a highly entertaining read, especially as it deals with the idea of immortality. Who wouldn’t want to live forever? To slow down and reverse ageing, and to have infinite time with loved ones? It’s a really intriguing concept, and while many might say they’d rather not live forever, I think that, if the fountain of youth were unveiled and people had the option, many would probably change their tune. Of course, then we’d get into issues of who controlled the fountain, who could drink from ...more
Heather
I don't think I'd have picked this out had it not been one of the free selections for the Kindle. It had a lot of good potential, and I'll admit it kept me turning the pages (flicking the pages - sorry, I'm still in that new Kindle owner glow ;-)).

At the same time, I spent a lot of the reading time thinking how much better it would have been if the author had spent a bit more time on it. There wasn't much depth to the characters, the daughter whose feelings about the subject probably would have
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John Paul Ryan
I honestly don't understand why this book got so much hate from other users of the site. Personally, I loved it. I was glued to the book and found that I managed to stay up until very early in the morning because I was so lost in the story. Pretty much starting on the second page I was hooked- it was that good an intro.

The author had a knack for getting the reader attached to the characters, probably because of the fact that one of them was a little girl with progeria, a genetic disease that ca
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Lizzie Whittington
I don't know whether it is that the thriller mode no longer entertains me, but I found this novel really quite dull. For something that has kidnap, intrigue and conspiracy theories in it, I found that it was quite static and even though it's meant to have an emotional cause as the motivation for the two protagonists, I pretty much remained unmoved throughout.
The characters never seemed to come alive and although you could follow their actions and the causes behind them logically, I never really
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Debbie Young
Living Forever?

The Immortalists not only believe it's possible but will do anything to keep it for themselves alone. But a researcher with different ideas proves to be a match against the rich, powerful and ruthless.

I thought this would be a sci fi but it turned out to be more realistic than I'd anticipated. The build up was good but it fell apart near the end.

All in all an easy satisfying read.
Dkattean
A microbiologist races to find a treatment that will reverse his young daughter's progeria, a condition marked by rapid aging. But a cabal of ruthless billionaires want to appropriate the research in their own quest for immortality, and will stop at nothing to obtain their elixir of youth. The science, suspense, and heartache of watching one's one child fade away promised a heady, exciting summer read. But the execution was flat. Certainly Mr. Mills tells an adequate story, but it suffered from ...more
Sheila Rodden
Fascinating theory

I enjoyed the simplicity and ease with which I read this novel in one day. It was so interesting I wanted to keep reading to see if there are indeed medical miracles. There was some logic to the greed and experimentation. Proof that all the money in the world doesn't necessarily get you what you want. Excitement mixed with sadness and a degree of justice.
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