Author: Alan Thomas
Synopsis: Nobody wants to grow old but what would you give for the chance of eternal youth? In this gripping novel an ambitious scientist sets out to prove that ageing is a ‘disease’ that can be cured – a quest that has devastating consequences.
Wealthy businessman Dimitry Yablonsky finds it unbearable to witness his beloved father’s descent into old age. So he decides to award a prize of $100 million to anyone who can find a way of halting the human ageing process.
Dr Jonathan Palmer, a brilliant Cambridge scientist, aims to do just that. Despite the opposition of his deeply-religious wife, his colleagues and the Law, he is determined to let nothing stand between him and the ultimate prize in science.
But Palmer’s work sparks off a chain of events that bring both joy and hope, bitterness and betrayal in their wake. He is prepared to sacrifice his marriage and even his life in pursuit of his quest, while Yablonsky risks losing his reputation and his liberty if a guilty secret is revealed.
This is not a genre that I normally read, however, I found the Synopsis intriguing.
The story is well crafted and has some quirky issues that draw the reader into the plot. The background to Dimitry Yablonsky is interesting and he is certainly a ‘man of mystery’. Having decided to offer a very large prize for the person who can successfully halt the aging process, we then meet an interesting cast of people who take us on a fateful journey.
The main character is Dr Jonathon Palmer whose brilliance is matched by his impulsiveness and ruthlessness. His wife, Julie, is obsessed by her religious background and her devotion to her Chapel. Many other characters enter the story which by now has become quite complex. The testing of advanced anti aging systems on humans leads to some dramatic and fateful results. The conclusion is stunning and breathtaking.
The plot has a good pace and the storylines intertwine into a complex web of deceit, fantastical probabilities, and a touch of sci-fi.
A fascinating debut novel that promises much for the future.
I found no significant errors
Rating: *** Three stars
After an enforced break and much care and cosseting I am recovered from my Cardiac surgery and have once again picked up the pencil to write some reviews. My rehab has been supplemented with the reading of some good and bad books. I will omit the bad, but over time I will review some of the good books that have helped me recover.
I will also be adding some interesting snippets about my family history that I uncovered whilst recuperating
Its nice to be back!