Back Cover Blurb:
What if we had the cure for a catastrophic illness, but it lay hidden inside the blood and bones of just one man? A mysterious new contagion is decimating the population. It starts in the lungs, like the flu, then moves to the bones, where it weakens and breaks them, eventually killing the host. The disease’s origin, methods of propagation and means of contraction are all unknown. There is no vaccine, and none is expected, as the virus is protean and elusive. If it remains unchecked and mutates into a more virulent form, it will become an extinction level event. Jason Kramer has the disease, known by its nickname “Trips Lite” (the CDC doctor who discovered it is a fan of Stephen King’s “The Stand”), but his body produces a unique antibody that kills the viruses inside him. This component in Jason’s blood can be harvested and given to anyone who needs it—his blood can heal. But pharmaceutical magnate Phillip Porter needs to keep people believing that only his expensive drug cocktail will slow Trips Lite down, and so if there’s any chance someone with the disease will live, Phillip Porter must make sure that Jason Kramer does not. Interweaving the styles of John Grisham and Michael Crichton, The Cure is a thriller that fuses genres while retaining its own unique voice to tell the story of Jason—burdened with the knowledge that he is mankind’s last hope—as he struggles against Porter’s avarice and greed in the face of an impending viral apocalypse.
The Cure isn’t a new story, but it’s an uncomfortably plausible one in today’s world, and the action-packed writing will keep you glued to the pages until the end.
A new illness has surfaced, and people are dying so fast that extinction has become a very real fear. When the pharmaceutical companies step into help, a cure is only possible for the richest of people, putting the bottom 98% in a hopeless position. Until we find out that Jason Kramer also has the cure, in his very blood.
It’s the perfect setting for a fast-paced adventure. Characters both lovable and horrific make the story colorful and surprising, though I found myself wanting to smack Jason across the head sometimes for doing stupid things. I guess that’s part of life…people do stupid stuff, but it could still be frustrating. Still, even that served to keep me glued to the pages, anxious to find out what was going to happen next. The capacity of the people around him to do horrific things for money was never-ending, and I found it to be gut-wrenchingly realistic. Then again, I tend to be pessimistic about the human race in general.
So all in all, an entertaining, fast-paced thriller that, though it isn’t new in concept, is unique in the details. If you have the time, you’ll easily be able to sit and read this until it’s finished.