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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  287 ratings  ·  27 reviews
THE EXPERIMENT WAS A FAILURE. THE RESEARCH SOUNDLY DISMISSED. BUT SOMEONE IS HUNTING DOWN THE SECRET KNOWLEDGE A YOUNG CHEMIST HAS UNEARTHED . . . IN AN EXHILARATING THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE ARK.

Chemistry grad student Kevin Hamilton is sure his advisor Michael Ward's death in a suspicious fire was no accident.

The young Ph.D. candidate received a cryptic message from
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Published January 30th 2009 (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jp
This was another excellent thriller from Boyd Morrison. I have read all three of his books and reccomend them highly if you like thrillers.
Andrea Ika
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Rating :4 stars
Publisher:Gallery Books




Blurb
In this thrilling novel, chemist Kevin Hamilton must protect his research, his girlfriend, and himself from dangerous thieves after his experiments.

My thought
A thriller in which a graduate chemistry student and his girlfriend go on the run after his co-discovery of a cheap way to produce diamonds results in the murders of others familiar with the process.

Fast pace, good plot. I really enjoyed this book. Not many plot twists and turns, but
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Matt
Too far-fetched for my liking and very, cliché-chased centred. I felt that the book was too light and very much the cookie-cutter for 'student fleeing from spies or corporations trying to hide the knowledge on which they have stumbled'. While it works if you need something to read on the plane or with sand between your toes, on its own, it is nothing worth praising, in my opinion.]

Diamonds... so expensive and beautiful, yet it all comes down to carbon in the end. A secret notebook that has the s
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Kristin Lundgren
A typical Boyd Morrison thriller - lots of action, interesting premise, and plenty budding romance. Kevin Hamilton, a grad student at STU in Chemistry, was busy eying a resident doc that he had met through various school functions, and trying to get enough courage to approach her. But unknown to him, his life was about to get complicated. His mentor at school, and the man he had TA'd for, had fired him several months earlier, making his life difficult, and in need of a new internship and funds t ...more
Angela
The story is very great and wonderful. I read the story in the middle and I can't stop. Usually I don't like 26 years old as main character but Mr Morrison magic make me love Kevin and Erica instantly. I already Mr Morrison fans before since I bought his The Ark novel. And this novel just confirms that Mr Morrison is a very talented author. Cannot wait to read another book from Mr. Morrison.
Edward H. Busse, III
FYI - the book isn't sold anymore under the title of The Adamas Blueprint - it's now sold with the title The Catalyst. It was an OK read - nothing like Mr. Morrison's previous novel…The Ark. If I could have given in 2.5 stars, I would have. This story was a little slow and the premise, although highly important/sensitive, wasn't as earth-shattering as the premise in The Ark. The characters were a bit uninspired and the bad guys seemed a little too predictable…along with their efforts to get the ...more
Steve Schlutow
This was an okay book, I think he has written better. It was to predictable and far fetched. I was hoping for something different.
Michael Johnston
It kept my attention, had an interesting premise, and enjoyable characters (even if they were a little one dimensional). I didn't have any "can't put it down moments", but it was quick and enjoyable. I didn't find it as fun as Rogue Wave (although it was a lot less cheesy), but I think it was much better than some of his other work. If you have a couple of hours on a summer beach day, bring it along and you'll finish it before you head home for the day.
Fabien
The Adamas Blueprint being presented as the first, cruder book of Morrison, I was prepared to be disappointed, but it was not the case.
Sure, the story was sometimes far-fetched, but the non-stop action makes this book a real page-turner. Once I reached the last part, I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in one sitting.
A great thriller.
Stewart Joslin
Somewhat interesting...there is no way college kids could do what these kids did evading professional killers. It was an insane set of weird circumstances that came together -- some of which were simply not possible. If yuo get a chance to read this, skip it and get a Thor or Flynn or Ludlum or Cussler instead.
Rob
This a pretty good thriller. I've read most of his other books and have not been disappointed yet. Of course, with this one, it doesn't hurt that one of the main characters went to the University of Kansas, my alma mater, for their undergraduate coursework.
Shane Stafslien
Another solid novel from Mr. Morrison. It was interesting to read that this book was actually written in the 90's and updated/released in 2011. Certainly withstood the test of time. Overall, a nice story to hold you over until the next Tyler Locke book arrives in 2013!
Jen Mendeck
Meh. I guess there's a reason this isn't my typical genre. I found the plot to be pretty thin, along with the characters. As far as I can tell, chemistry not being my strongest suite, the science seemed pretty good. I really appreciate that.
Marcy
Read most of this on a cross-country flight and thought it a fine distraction from the air travel. The story is a little farfetched, but it did keep my interest. I greatly appreciate that the author made it a free kindle download.
Sarah
Pretty standard thriller -- good guys chased by bad guys, they make a series of rather unbelievable escapes, bad guys keep miraculously finding them again, good guys win in the end. But a quick read and entertaining enough.
Mickey Hoffman
This is a suspense/thriller rather than a mystery. Although I found the concept interesting, the book is primarily a series of chase scenes of varying degrees of believability. For the genre, it's an okay read.
Chynared21
As much as I love Boyd Morrison's writing style, it took me a while to get into this story. I wouldn't say that it was a fast read but the action picked up once I got into the story. A good read overall.
Jan
This was a quick read..a plot with twists and turns.. a good book for airports and planes.. murder, mystery, science (how to make your own diamonds!!), and a love story!
Jf Foronda
Good enough, considering that this is Boyd's first book. I read this because I could not get into one of the Sherlock Holmes novels.
Phyllis
I was an OK book. Very predictable. I have read other books by Boyd Morrison that I thought were much better.
Lisa
I am glad to say "I knew him when". Congratulations on getting published, you will be famous before too long!
Brian Krespan
Fast paced like his other books. If you enjoy Morrison's other novels, this will not disappoint!
Yuting
Love the suspense, action and surprises. And I would love to see the ADAMAS process come true.
Ricardo
The book is good enough to pass the time but nothing more
Rita
Loved it and Boyd Morrisons books
Sally Pearce
See my review of THE ARK.
Sean Goh
Exciting but forgettable.
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Boyd Morrison is an author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. He started his career working on NASA's space station project at Johnson Space Center, where he got the opportunity to fly on the Vomit Comet, the same plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity. After earning a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech, he used his training to develop eleven US patents at Thomson/RCA. Boyd then ...more
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