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The Cure

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Fascinating!

Do you like edge of your seat thrillers that touch on science and science fiction? Looking for that escape into something that is both intriguing and intense? The Cure by Douglas E. Richards fit the bill for me, and went beyond with one of those “I didn’t see THAT one c...
Do you like edge of your seat thrillers that touch on science and science fiction? Looking for that escape into something that is both intriguing and intense? The Cure by Douglas E. Richards fit the bill for me, and went beyond with one of those “I didn’t see THAT one coming,” plot twists that had my imagination running full tilt! As a young child, Erin Palmer has had her life shredded in front of her eyes by a twisted monster who felt no qualms about the vile acts he committed. Having grown into a brilliant scientist and self-confident woman, Erin is determined to find what makes a psychopath tick. Is it genetic? Is there a “cure” for this abnormal and anti-social trait? There is one scientist who believes in and encourages her work, going so far as to help direct her focus, and yet, he remains mysteriously distant, communicating only via computer. Is this man who he says he is? Is he even human? Does he harbor a more devious plan? Could it be possible that psychopaths are necessary as part of human survival? Is it their extreme evil that will save the world? Erin stands with only one ally as she becomes a target for both clandestine government agencies and beings far superior, both technologically and intellectually. Has Earth become a pawn in some intergalactic battle for supremacy?

Douglas E. Richards hit the ground running with The Cure from page one and never looked back! His main character, Erin, was strong, quick-thinking and resourceful when needed, yet still human and flawed. The author colored many of the other characters just a little gray, leaving room to wonder about them as the story progressed. Using mini-flashbacks to fill in gaps was a brilliant tool that gave me that “aha’ feeling and neatly pinning together bits and pieces of the story. I was completely engrossed in the unique mystery of as it raced through a maze of subplots and revelations full of possibilities. I did NOT know who to trust until the very end and still I wondered, is Earth really safe for now?

This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Forge Books in exchange for my honest review.

posted by DiiMI on July 23, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Choppy and did not flow well.

Early on in the story, the twists and turns lacked transitioning and made following the story line challenging. At one point, the story was so different, I'd thought perhaps the publisher mixed up two different books. It felt like this author did not get the feedback an...
Early on in the story, the twists and turns lacked transitioning and made following the story line challenging. At one point, the story was so different, I'd thought perhaps the publisher mixed up two different books. It felt like this author did not get the feedback and editing support he deserved for what could have been a solid read. Characters were not adequately developed to support their role in flow of the story. Right now, this book is in a DRAFT state, needing better feedback from skilled support folks in the publishing industry.

posted by LOUISEJE on January 10, 2014

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