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For Jason Lambert, a prominent M.I.T. geneticist, fear of natural death has become a thing of distant memories. His latest concoction has, in a sense, increased his longevity and made him nearly immortal. Over the past one hundred years, the technological advances of medical science have rendered the deadliest diseases of the twentieth century insignificant. Cancer, heart ...more
Published October 24th 2014 by Anchor Group (Dark Seas imprint)
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Sharon Obelenus Holland
Sep 22, 2014 Sharon Obelenus Holland rated it it was amazing
This is the first of this type of book for me to read, going in I didnt think I would like it..but I was wrong. It took me a day from start to finish!! It just kept drawing me in deeper and deeper. When I got to the end I panicked, (once you read you will understand) but thankfully there will be more!!

In this thrilling sci/fi, science has cured everything, except the flu. Almost everything is automated. Jason Lambert is a scientist, that does his work at the college. He has been working on a ser
Jun 12, 2014 Earicka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Gone Wrong ... Or Women Are Evil!!!

This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

Heaven felt that it was love at first sight when she met Jason. He was everything she had ever wished or hoped for in a mate. He was attractive and highly intelligent with an incredible job and a witty sense of humor. To her it was written in the stars. She was going to get and keep him at any cost and her future would then be completely secure! Is she making the right decision? Will she come to reg
June J.
Aug 25, 2014 June J. rated it really liked it
As I was reading this book, there were two aspects that I found were amazing. First off, I was left to guess as to what was going to happen next. Is this a love story? Is this a government conspiracy in the making? Is this a glance into our future? I honestly didn't know where this book was going. I tried to guess, unsuccessfully several times. This is unusual for me because I almost always know where a book is going. Second of all, I was completely in awe at how the author allowed us into the h ...more
Debra Lavoie
Jun 12, 2014 Debra Lavoie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, horror
EL-204 by Lucian Barnes

El-204, his best book yet!
A brilliant scientist and his “lovey” wife work in a government lab with El-204 and STR.
Jason has invented a super vitamin that prevents cellular aging; no, not zombies, something much more sinister. EL-204 combined with his other invention strange and wonderful experiments are happening. Of course these crazy scientist types always create monsters; what Jason creates is the scariest yet.
Lucian Barnes has outdone himself, his best book thus far. M
Lori Vargas-Agnew
Aug 20, 2014 Lori Vargas-Agnew rated it it was amazing
Here is a story that is fast paced because you can't put it down . Why? You need to know what is going to happen next. It is set in the future where there are no major diseases yet there are still problems of every day life. Love anger companionship and marriage are still important to people but most of all is trust. The ending is brilliant . I Loved it.

Without giving it away , I had no idea and never saw the ending turning out the way it did. I can't say enough on how much I really enjoyed rea
Aug 12, 2014 Candice rated it it was amazing
I kept hearing about how much I HAD to read this book!
I admit, I've had the book a while now,
and just not had the time.
Until I saw a review another ARC reader posted.
Then I had to drop all the other books I was interested in and

And as usual, Lucian didn't disappoint, and left me wanting more!

Let's discuss!

I've seen several reviews saying it starts slow...
I don't think so.
I think Lucian starts with drawing you in slowly,
and then in typical Lucian style,
he captivates you,
and then
Jennifer Treviño
Creepy, Gory, Experimental Conspiracy Theory ... Not a Romance, August 26, 2014
Barnes delivers once again! EL-204 is a government/military conspiracy waiting to happen...or so I thought. There's a lot going on in this story & my brain opted to go with what was most likely, but I should have known better since Lucian has told us time & time again that he would never write a romance novel. Soon after the main characters' relationship takes off hidden issues, deception, & rage are revea
Paranormal Tendencies
Jun 12, 2014 Paranormal Tendencies rated it really liked it
The tagline on this books cover is How far would you go for love?. But this is far from a romance novel. When I started reading this book I thought it might go that way and that surprised me because this author claims he would never write a romance novel. He described this book to me as a mix of fatal attraction and frankenstein. When he did I had to pause. That can’t end well, I thought. Yeah if you’re looking for a HEA, then go look somewhere else. You’re not getting one here. What you will fi ...more
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Nov 02, 2014 Lynn 2 Girls & A Book rated it really liked it
El-204 is by fair the most bizarre piece of fiction I have read. It is straight out of the Twilight Zone and I loved it.

Heaven is one crazy bitch. She is what is wrong with society. Heaven puts so much stock in her appearance and a chance at immortality that she cannot see the price being paid. Vain much? And what she
does to Bruno is unforgivable.

Jason, Heaven's husband and the mad scientist of this pairing, proves that a love makes you blind. How could he miss all that crazy.

I am telling you,
Jennifer Bonges
Jan 25, 2015 Jennifer Bonges rated it it was amazing
I will shamefully admit I've had this book since October 2014. Due to some unforeseen illness and recovery, I just started it again after a break from reading and finished it.

I wish I would have read it sooner.

This book had me from the first chapter. I was skeptical of the description of the book, I wasn't sure if I'd like it. I am so glad I went on to read it. It is an awesome story with great characters and plot.

So, if you are reading the "book blurb" on this one and are wondering if you shoul
Oct 27, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing
This is a really interesting storyline about a doctor who has found a way to heal the human body and create longevity;possibly immortality. He meets a woman and falls in love with her and doesn't realize that she is using him until it's too late. This is a project I could see our government working on. Science projects that should never be messed with or thought of. I think that's what made it somewhat haunting knowing it could be reality. Overall fantastic storyline, it ended somewhat abruptly ...more
Alicia Marietta
Jun 12, 2014 Alicia Marietta rated it really liked it
EL-204 is entirely different book than Lucian normally writes. This is take if you will on romance after a few fans teased him relentlessly over writing a romance. Now, this is by no means a gushy romance, erotica or anything like that. Yes, the two man characters date, move in with each other and have sex, but there is so much more to EL-204 than that. Thrills, suspense, mystery and Lucian's normal gore.
Michael Darkstone
Aug 09, 2014 Michael Darkstone rated it it was amazing
Wow. You think you're reading a romance? Think again! Deception should be this author's middle name. A little lie turns into something beyond description in this work (and I woudn't want to spoil it anyway ;) ). This is a must read. What happens when obsession takes over a relationship? Lucian knows and takes us to the horrifying limit.
SB Morales
Oct 30, 2014 SB Morales rated it it was amazing
This was one twisted tale! It started off innocent enough, but it didn't stay that way for long! I have to admit Heaven scared me early on. She was just creepy scary. The story made me cringe and made my stomach turn more than once. So obviously I just loved this story!! I love reading Barnes books and can't wait to get my hands on his next one.
H.W. Vivian
Oct 31, 2014 H.W. Vivian rated it it was amazing
Awesome writing. Really worth reading. The diary entries format and the narration reminds me a lot of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. If you liked Gone Girl, then you'll like this book. A much-deserved 5 stars!
Sep 15, 2014 Cheree rated it liked it

Lucian has put together gruesome horror story set in the future. Different from his previous work, this has some romantic aspects but is in no way a Romance novel. EL-204 will have you second guessing everything you think will happen, with many twists to the plot. Organized well, easy to read and great imagery in the writing; but I felt the time line of events were off as far as how much and what happened with in a short span of time.

I like this story and will be waiting to see if there is goin
Bonnie Gleckler Clark
This is a book of futuristic horror. Barnes wrote in the style that one of his favorite authors might write (Stephen King). It's the, albeit brief, story of Jason and Heaven (Jason's wife). Jason is a genosist with a degree from MIT. He has invented medication that all but guarantees Eternal Life (EL-204). The federal government hires him to invent something more, an injections that advances the body's healing process. In his underground lab, Jason sets to work with his new wife to create just w ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Brenda rated it did not like it
I really don't know why I finished this book - I don't think the author has heard 'show don't tell'; the dialogue was not realistic; there were inconsistencies; and I found the characters stupid, unprofessional and not scientific at all.
It's a good idea for a story, it's just not executed well.
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I spent most of my youth in rural Ohio and began writing stories at an early age. Many of these early attempts at story-telling were inspired by mysteries, such as those found in the old Hardy Boys books and the cartoon antics of Scooby Doo. As I entered my teenage years I began to drift away from writing stories, instead picking up my pencil to compose lyrics for heavy metal songs because my new ...more
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