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A Cure to Die For by Stephen G. Mitchell
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Jun 27, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: first-reads-book
Recommended to Katy by: First Reads from Goodreads
Recommended for: Suspense & medical thriller fans

Please Note: I originally read this in August, 2011, and was provided a copy from the author through the Goodreads FirstReads program in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: A Cure to Die For is a medical thriller, encompassing the greed and hypocrisy of the “health care” system. When Maury Bernstein, a brilliant geneticist, develops a plant that cures cancer, the pharmaceutical company that had been sponsoring his research (hoping for a cure for the common cold) sets out to destroy all evidence of the results – including Maury. Murder, kidnappings, theft and destruction all result as Alex Farmer – Maury’s childhood friend – and Cyd Seeley - Maury’s research assistant - desperately try to keep the dream of health alive.

My Thoughts: Drawing distinct parallels to the demonization of hemp done by the plastics industry, this book is taut and fast-paced. Each character is strongly individual and quirky, well drawn out and finished. The idea is one that is actually fairly realistic and should keep fans of thrillers up at night. A well-edited, well-crafted tale, suspense enthusiasts should get a bang out of reading this one.
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Reading Progress

June 27, 2011 – Shelved
June 30, 2011 – Shelved as: first-reads-book
August 27, 2011 – Started Reading
August 27, 2011 –
page 4
1.15%
August 27, 2011 –
page 7
2.02%
August 27, 2011 –
page 54
15.56%
August 27, 2011 –
page 79
22.77%
August 27, 2011 –
page 122
35.16% "This book does a grave disservice to those of us who honestly need pain medication to function by pushing the "pain medicine is evil and addictive" propaganda. Other than that, it's a good book."
August 28, 2011 –
page 227
65.42%
August 28, 2011 –
page 329
94.81% "For being educated, the characters r remarkably STUPID. I want 2 smack them thruout the book. e.g.: when bad guys keep turning up @ exactly the time u get what they want, & it happens over & over again how hard is it to figure out you're being WATCHED?? & when your picture is b-ing flashed on nat'l TV & a reward offered for your apprehension, how STUPID do u have 2 b 2leave your refuge just because you're bored?"
August 28, 2011 – Finished Reading

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