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Elixir

Elixir : 3.4 (29)
Genre: thriller
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When biologist Chris Bacon headed for the unspoiled rainforests of Papua New Guinea in search of medicinal plants, he had no idea that he would bring home a rare flower rumored by a tribal shaman to prevent human aging. Driven by fountain-of-youth dreams, he plans to turn the flower into an elixir of youth and health.

But as Chris begins tampering with the ultimate secret of nature, he unleashes forces that not only threaten his own family, but expose the world to unimaginably horrific consequences.

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'Elixir has something smart to say, and combines the best of the thriller genre to say it: engrossing story, hot science, interesting characters, stylish prose, and runaway pacing.'

Robert B. Parker, New York Times

bestselling author of the Spenser novels

'Elixir is stylish, finely tuned and terrifying-the best thriller I`ve curled up with in a long while. If you need a good night`s sleep, wait until morning to start this one.'

Michael Palmer, New York Times

bestselling author of Miracle Cure

'Exceeds in the art of storytelling & Taut, fast, bullet-sleek, with that hauntingly persistent question: How far would you be willing to go to obtain immortality, and what price are you willing to pay for it?'

The Charleston Post Courier

'Fast paced and well-plotted & Braver`s larger purpose is to explore the moral and ethical dilemmas proposed by anti-aging technologies. He does so with compelling plot twists, as well as down-to-earth writing that brings his characters to life as ordinary yet complex people. The drug itself may produce a fatal addiction, but the story behind its development makes for an intoxicating read.'

Publishers Weekly

'A roller-coaster ride & a fascinating story that leads to philosophical pondering as well.'

The Port St. Lucie News

'A fast-paced gem of a thriller.'

The Capital Times, Madison Wisconsin

'Gary Braver has produced a stimulating mixture of villainy, science and the philosophical and practical issues that underlie the new found ability to create `immortality` or, at least, a major deferment of the aging process. Along the way, Mr. Braver introduces us to some of the scientific issues underlying the aging process, the role of telomerase and whether aging is in fact inevitable & Enough science to make the narrative plausible, but not too much to paralyze the narrative development & Once started, Elixir could not be easily put down. Elixir should be a deservedly popular read by scientists and non-scientists alike.'

Pharmaceutical News, Vol. 7, No. 4

'Elixir delivers all the suspense and excitement you could ask for, and asks a hard question, too: What would you do if you found that you could live forever? Read Elixir and find out.'

William Martin, New York Times

bestselling author of Cap Cod and Annapolis

'Among the best of recent contributions to its genre because of its engaging plot and the issues it addresses, this is an outstanding addition to all fiction collections.'

Library Journal

'A terrifying novel & fast-paced, filled with action, twists and turns.'

Midwest Book Review

'Engaging prose and plausible character development & Braver`s background in physics and his extensive knowledge of the mechanisms of aging, make much of the technical aspects of Elixir ring true.'

The Arlington Advocate

'A first-rate biotech thriller that explores the ethical and moral dilemma projected by anti-aging technologies & This is an excellent [book] with a lot of important ideas about the real-life rush to strip the rainforest to find botanical cures, and the agonizing decisions we face as to who should control the finds.'

Sullivan County Democrat

'Elixir [is the] new, heady literary thriller by Arlington author Gary Braver & Braver has taped into an American obsession and come up with a relentless page-turner that manages to deal with technical, scientific and medical material while still being entertaining, witty and very unnevering.'

Watertown Ta
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  1. Gary Braver Elixir
  2. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  3. PROLOGUE
  4. OCTOBER 1980
  5. A RAINFOREST IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
  6. One
  7. 1
  8. OCTOBER 1986
  9. APRICOT CAY, THE CARIBBEAN
  10. 2
  11. NOVEMBER 1986
  12. CANTON, OHIO
  13. 3
  14. DECEMBER 13, 1986
  15. BOSTON
  16. 4
  17. 5
  18. 6
  19. THE WHITE HOUSE
  20. 7
  21. Two
  22. 8
  23. JUNE 1987
  24. 9
  25. 10
  26. JULY 1
  27. 11
  28. 12
  29. DECEMBER 9
  30. DECEMBER 11
  31. 13
  32. JANUARY 29
  33. 14
  34. LONG ISLAND, NY
  35. JANUARY 29, 1988
  36. 15
  37. JANUARY 29
  38. 16
  39. JANUARY 30
  40. FEBRUARY 5
  41. THE WHITE HOUSE
  42. 17
  43. 18
  44. 19
  45. 20
  46. Three
  47. 21
  48. THE PRESENT
  49. DEVILS LAKE, WISCONSIN
  50. 22
  51. 23
  52. 24
  53. 25
  54. 26
  55. 27
  56. FBI HEADQUARTERS, CLARKSBURG,
  57. WEST VIRGINIA
  58. 28
  59. 29
  60. 30
  61. 31
  62. CAMBRIDGE
  63. AIR FORCE ONE
  64. HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA
  65. 32
  66. 33
  67. 34
  68. 35
  69. 36
  70. LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS
  71. 37
  72. 38
  73. 39
  74. EPILOGUE
  75. MADISON, WISCONSIN
  76. SEVEN YEARS LATER
  77. About the Author


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