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.
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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.
'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.'
šRobert 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.'
šMichael 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?'
šThe 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.'
'A roller-coaster ride & a fascinating story that leads to philosophical pondering as well.'
šThe Port St. Lucie News
'A fast-paced gem of a thriller.'
šThe 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.'
šPharmaceutical 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.'
šWilliam 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.'
'A terrifying novel & fast-paced, filled with action, twists and turns.'
šMidwest 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.'
šThe 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.'
šSullivan 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.'
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- Gary Braver Elixir
- OCTOBER 1980
- A RAINFOREST IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
- OCTOBER 1986
- APRICOT CAY, THE CARIBBEAN
- NOVEMBER 1986
- CANTON, OHIO
- DECEMBER 13, 1986
- THE WHITE HOUSE
- JUNE 1987
- JULY 1
- DECEMBER 9
- DECEMBER 11
- JANUARY 29
- LONG ISLAND, NY
- JANUARY 29, 1988
- JANUARY 29
- JANUARY 30
- FEBRUARY 5
- THE WHITE HOUSE
- THE PRESENT
- DEVILS LAKE, WISCONSIN
- FBI HEADQUARTERS, CLARKSBURG,
- WEST VIRGINIA
- AIR FORCE ONE
- HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA
- LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS
- MADISON, WISCONSIN
- SEVEN YEARS LATER
- About the Author