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The Prize

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Winner of National Indie Excellence Award for medical thrillers.
Silver Medal in Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest.

What does it take to win a Nobel Prize? Deceit, fraud, even murder? Set in the competitive world of cutting-edge medical research, The Prize is a science thriller in which jealousy over the discovery of a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease leads
Published January 15th 2018 by BookBaby
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Fabulous. Medical. Thriller. If you are a fan, that is all I need to say. Geoffrey M. Cooper’s THE PRIZEis a slice of the often ruthless world of medical science, meticulous research and breakthrough discoveries. It is also a tale of the endless egos involved, the political machinations and dog-eat-dog world of research grants, which in turn provide an opportunity for the “crowning glory”…The Nobel Prize.

Wouldn’t it be nice if researchers were solely dedicated to discovering cures for human ail
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting look into the competitive world of medical research. One scientist, about to make a huge breakthrough in Alzheimer’s treatment, is ruthlessly thwarted by another. Now, with her reputation in tatters, she must do all she can to get both her work and her good name back. An enjoyable glimpse into a fascinating world.
Brian Clegg
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some would prefer to label The Prize as lab lit rather than science fiction, as there is nothing in the science, apart from a non-existent drug, that isn't perfectly feasible, but I find the distinction artificial. What Geoffrey Cooper, a former professor and cancer researcher, has produced here is an engaging and page-turning thriller with a scientific context.

I was a little doubtful when I read the opening - the wording seemed a little too Dan Brown for my liking - but by the time I was into t
Happy Booker
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Prize is a medical thriller set in a world where medical research is at its peak. The story begins with Pam Weller discovering a drug that can treat Alzheimer’s. After any discovery, the complications of placing your name on the invention becomes another hurdle. Hence, the story then revolves around Eric, Holly and other scientist fighting for different reasons in order to either become famous or claim the recognition. Deceit, fraud, and murder become the game.

I really enjoyed reading this b
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Though I enjoyed the idea of this story, it just seemed like a very long short story. None of the dialogue was believable, it all felt very forced and then suddenly, at the end of the book, all of the characters just started swearing, though at the beginning, the dialogue felt almost childish for a group of adults.
Brandi Perry
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Pam Weller finds the cure to Alzheimer’s, there was no joy or gratification. Instead, her discovery has all but taken the Nobel Prize out of one of her co-workers hands. What unravels next is one of the best suspense thrillers I’ve ever read. From the beginning of the book, there’s a sense of something’s not right and you can’t trust everybody. This couldn’t have been more true. In a world that thrives on pharmaceuticals and medical sales, this book is not far fetched with the threats of vi ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent medical thriller!

Wow! I enjoyed this completely. I loved Pam and her drive to find a cure and the other characters such as Holly and Eric were just as vivid. I am a huge fan of the academic setting too. Once Holly's true intentions were revealed the thriller aspect of the book really kicked off. It grabbed me right away. I couldn't wait to see what happened. Vivid characterization and a quick read makes this an excellent choice. The technical and scientific aspect didn't go over my hea
Yvonne Glasgow
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the clever and stylistic vein of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook, Geoffrey M. Cooper has created a magnificently written novel about medical science and deceit. 'The Prize' takes you on a journey into the world of discovery behind the closed doors of scientists looking for the next fix-it drug. In this case, two particular big names in their field are racing to find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease. It's a race that leads to death.

I really enjoyed this book. It was quite the page turner and kep
Donna Milley
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, this book was right up my alley. Although it is a work of fiction it could easily be a true story. You know that saying “truth is stranger than fiction”? Well this story would easily fit a category like that. I loved the drama and suspense surrounding science and a part of life (death and illness) that we can all relate to in one way or another. It is like a crime drama married a work of science fiction. The result was a brilliant work of art.
Katherine Parsons
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Prize is a gripping story about a scientist desperate to attain the coveted Nobel Prize. This brilliant - if brief - novel describes the vast and occasionally dangerous behind-the-scenes work that goes into scientific development. The life of the protagonist, a medical researcher, is anything but predictable. What's more, the author has clearly researched the relevant field in order to give this book an element of realism and truth, which I highly value here.

This book is completely differen
Yicheng Liu
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
-ARC Review, was given a copy to review by the publisher in exchange for a honest review-

To be honest, I originally didn't expect much of this book, as the Medical Drama genre isn't exactly known for being the cornucopia of page-turners. So I was pleasantly surprised to have stumbled upon this gem of a novel.

'The Prize' is the debut novel of Geoffrey M. Cooper, an actual scientist who wrote a textbook on cancer -- as the story is set within the boundaries of the medical science. The story
Jill Elizabeth
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I was very intrigued by this title. I have worked in pharmaceutical/biomedical research, and particularly on Alzheimer's disease. I am aware of the cutthroat nature of tenure battles and the "publish or perish" mentality, and of the way careers can be won or lost through chance encounters with scientific discovery - which itself is quite often a matter of chance or luck. I expected a lot of tension and drama. Those elements were present, but they were wrapped in language that gave the whole thin ...more
Cade Judd
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
"The Prize" by Geoffry M. Cooper is a thriller diving into the dangers and petty rivalries of medical science. Cooper promises an intense battle between two rivals within Alzheimer's disease research. However, he makes it completely obvious who the antagonist is as well as why we should hate him. Cooper also makes his protagonist, Pam Weller, very sympathetic as she strives to be as altruistic as is possible in her situation. In this way Cooper sets up a nice contrast not between good and evil b ...more
Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
The Prize is a thriller book that focuses on the competitive nature of medical science. It shows how it can sometimes be a cutthroat world where everyone wants to win. It gives readers a glimpse inside how cures are made. There is a lot work put into discovering new things, and takes a ton of research and time into making formulas precise.

This book was different from thrillers I usually read, but I'm so glad I picked it up! The novel has an constant aura of suspense. You're not sure who you can
Tracey Madeley
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The best thing about this book is the author's subject knowledge. Two competing labs are searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s. When Pam’s team make the discovery, it is one of the postdocs, Holly, who feels unfairly treated and betrays Pam’s trust by revealing her unpublished work to the rival professor Eric Prescott. Prescott is defined by his arrogance and sense of entitlement to b known as the leader in the field. The book demonstrates that he will stop at nothing to achieve the prize. Dealin ...more
Danielle Urban
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Prize by Geoffrey M. Cooper is an exciting medical thriller. One that brings the most exciting yet deadly game of all. A woman finds what could change her career only to have another one want to steal it. Even worse, kill her for the chance to win a prize over her discovery. This novel brought to life the sinister dark moments of medical discovery, drugs, and threats from people who should be lifting each other up...

I was deeply engaged. This plot was fast. Held my attention from the beginni
maria helena
I liked the idea of a medical thriller set in academia, and although I liked the overall plot, I thought it was a too predictable and everything was too easy and convenient. The characters were too one-dimensional. For basically every character, the first sentences immediately told you if they were one of the good or bad guys. I personally prefer books where characters are more complex and where there is character growth. Still, this was a quick and enjoyable read and I would read more by Cooper ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Although I liked the overall plot, I thought it was a too predictable and everything was too easy and convenient. The characters were too one-dimensional. For basically every character, the first sentences immediately told you if they were one of the good or bad guys. The characters lacked any character growth. I didn’t feel like I got to know the characters . The storyline was great, just needed to be fleshed out more to fit the character development. It is short and definitely an easy read so ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining read. Unlike some thrillers, which are so outlandish or futuristic, this book was reasonably believable. I really enjoyed the academic setting, it set a different sort of scene than one might usually find in a book like this. A nice change from government conspiracies or organized crime. The characters in the book were well-developed and interesting. The plot was exciting and fast-paced, keeping me intrigued. I couldn't put it down! My one critique is that it seemed to w ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
If you are looking for an easy read with an interesting view on scientific discovery and the politics behind it, this is a good choice. Overall this is an entertaining story. The science aspect of the plot is easy to understand and follow. However, it does become a bit predictable, leaving little room for surprises and character growth.
Wendy Golding
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
fun, quick, predictable read. Here's what I would like to tell the author: Word Fact: Alright vs. All Right. ... The form alright is a one-word spelling of the phrase all right. Alright is commonly used in written dialogue and informal writing, but all right is the only acceptable form in edited writing. Basically, it is not all right to use alright in place of all right in standard English.
Carol-Ann Rudy
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love a Medical Mystery and....

Love not knowing anything about the author before entering the world the author has created. It's like opening the box of mixed assortment chocolates! In this case, the experience was rewarding. Cooper kept the pace moving along to a fitting end and knew his stuff!
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I like the author's writing style. The plot was engaging with a few unexpected turns early in the book. But, ultimately the ending became just too predictable and tidy for my taste. I did enjoy learning more about the details of the field of medical research, on which the author seemed well informed.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. However l felt that the plot needed to be fleshed out. The characters needed to be developed more. I didn’t feel like I got to know the characters . The storyline was great, just needed to be expanded upon. This was an ARC
F. Allen
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Prize is Its Own Prize!

Quick moving well researched fight over a new important drug among top academics, this novel keeps your attention, appears authentic and is completely engaging.
Richard Burke
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this tale of scientific skulduggery, a scientist discovers a cure for Alzheimers but soon discovers that her professional colleagues will stop at nothing to steal her work. There were no great twists or surprises, but for all that this was an exciting story in the vein of Robin Cook's novels.
James R.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Exellent plot. Well edited. Now it would really happen! Also good to have complete story in one book. Now need for buying another on.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that is easy to read, and at times very predictable but enjoyable too.
I look forward to further books by Mr Cooper.
Alan Zinober
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Thoroughly good read with an interesting plot and scientific background. Well written in an easy to read style. Highly recommended.
Kim Miller
the prize is a big one, the Nobel prize, and all the glory and recognition that comes along with it. A medical thriller, it sets a eerie scene. Looking forward to more books from this author
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Geoffrey M. Cooper is a retired cancer researcher and academic administrator, having held positions at Harvard Medical School and Boston University as professor, department chair, and associate dean. He is the author of several scientific texts and is now using his experience in academic medicine as background for writing medical thrillers. He lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

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