The Cure (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/9/30
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Carol Anderson and Thomas Christian, clinical trial examiners performing a routine follow-up investigation, quickly find themselves embroiled in a series of murders linked to the cover-up of one of man's greatest discoveries - a cure for breast cancer. The former lovers race across North America in pursuit of the records that contain the formula, chased by mercenaries employed by the ruthless CEO of a leading pharmaceutical company. They learn there is more going on behind the "Quest for a Cure" campaigns than they could ever imagine, while struggling to stay one step ahead of the killers who will stop at nothing to keep the formula from the public. Based upon an actual event in the field of breast cancer research, The Cure weaves the history of the industry into an international action thriller.
While I am familiar with some and do agree with much of the statistics, Devine has the characters uncharacteristically spouting off long-winded data on breast cancer, making this seem more of a book on research and less a novel. In this regard, it makes the book preachy, causing this reader to want to zip through parts. There is much more scientific data on breast cancer and its treatment and possible prognosis than there is story. To appreciate this book, you'd have to be in that particular field. It talks about receptors, antibodies, formalin, IHC, HER-2.
Quite interesting how folks in both vehicles can hold long discourses with their respective travel companions during a prolonged car chase. Think I'd be more concerned with my driving and just trying to not hyperventilate. But that's just me...
While this is mostly a soapbox about chemicals and cancer, particularly breast cancer, it's also somewhat a travel brochure as it waxes eloquent on places such as Legal Seafoods, and the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.
Though some of the research information was interesting, I was looking for more of a novel. This could have succeeded to some degree if most of the pages and pages of medical data had been left out.
BRAVO to Antoine.