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The Chemist
     

The Chemist

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by Stephenie Meyer
 

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In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided

Overview

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it's her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she's one of the world's bestselling authors.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/14/2016
In this uneven adult romantic thriller from YA bestseller Meyer (the Twilight series), a woman “currently calling herself Chris Taylor,” a former operative for a secret U.S. government agency that killed her mentor, must take extraordinary steps to stay alive. The compelling opening chapters document the extreme precautions Chris employs to avoid leaving traces of her presence, as well as the sophisticated self-defense mechanisms she has devised. When Chris receives an email from Carston, a former agency colleague, she replies that she’ll meet him one week later where they first met, which turns to be an outdoor cafe in Washington, D.C. At their rendezvous, Carston persuades Chris to use her skills as a no-holds-barred inquisitor to prevent a crippling bioterrorism attack on the country. The first step is for Chris to locate Daniel Beach, who has been working with a Mexican drug lord to distribute a super-charged influenza virus. Once Chris finds Daniel, the plot plays out along predictable lines that don’t do justice to the intriguing setup. Underdrawn characterizations don’t help. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Nov.)
USA Today - Charles Finch
"Engrossing.... A terrific ride.... The Chemist is consistently fast-paced fun, especially the way that Alex's scientific genius gives her an array of potions-she's small, but you don't want to get within swiping distance of the rings on her fingers-that verge on the magical."
Washington Post - Keith Donohue
"This espionage action story will no doubt tighten Meyer's grip on her devoted readers. Its main character is much like Jason Bourne, to whom the novel is dedicated affectionately.... Meyer knows how to control dramatic tension as skillfully as any of the Bourne movies. The pages turn themselves."
Boston Globe - Meredith Goldstein
"Fans will likely tear through The Chemist, just as they did with the Twilight novels and with The Host.... Our heroine is very good at staying alive.... The book hit on an appealing theme. Chris is an expert in her field, one that happens to be male dominated. Her peers are out to get her. She has to watch her back constantly.... With so many popular novels out there featuring unreliable female narrators stuck in various suburbs, it was nice to read about a woman who gets out and has a lot to do."
Kirkus Reviews
2016-11-04
A professional torturer on the run from her employers falls in with sexy twin brothers.You probably know Meyer as the then-27-year-old Mormon housewife who woke up from a dream about vampires and gave the world Twilight, though in addition to that series she has already published one adult thriller (The Host, 2008). In her latest, she marries the genres of spy versus spy and throbbing romance novel with good results. Meet Juliana, or Alex, or Casey, or Chris—whatever her alias of the moment is, she's an operative with a medical school background who specializes in chemically controlled torture and interrogation. Somewhere along the line, she learned too much about the secrets of her employers, and she now lives in a state of high-tech paranoia, sleeping in a bathtub wearing a gas mask in a secret location booby-trapped at every possible ingress. When her old boss calls her in for one last mission, she's not sure she isn't being double-crossed—but nonetheless proceeds with the kidnapping of Washington, D.C., schoolteacher Daniel Beach, who's purportedly part of a vile plot to release a virus that will wreak global doom. In fact, he is a man whose deep inner goodness is rivaled only by his scorching outer hotness—but our socially awkward virgin heroine won't realize this until after she's taken him to her secret lair, stripped him naked, strapped him to a table, and injected him with compounds that produce pure agony for 10 minutes at a time. The biochemical magic between them is even more powerful than the nasty drugs, and by the time his identical twin brother, a swashbuckling black-ops type, shows up to kill her and rescue him, love has bloomed in the torture chamber. As they begin to see through the layers of cross and double cross, the two agents decide to join forces and go into hiding together, with the brother of course, on a ranch in Texas with a pack of trained superdogs. A tale of skulduggery, bodice rippery, and shoot-'em-up action unfolds, complete with help from a luscious mistress of disguise who could have stepped right out of a James Bond novel. Rated B for badass.
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Praise for The Chemist:"

This espionage action story will no doubt tighten Meyer's grip on her devoted readers. Its main character is much like Jason Bourne, to whom the novel is dedicated affectionately.... Meyer knows how to control dramatic tension as skillfully as any of the Bourne movies. The pages turn themselves."—Keith Donohue, Washington Post

"Engrossing.... A terrific ride.... The Chemist is consistently fast-paced fun, especially the way that Alex's scientific genius gives her an array of potions-she's small, but you don't want to get within swiping distance of the rings on her fingers-that verge on the magical."—Charles Finch, USA Today"

Fans will likely tear through The Chemist, just as they did with the Twilight novels and with The Host.... Our heroine is very good at staying alive.... The book hit on an appealing theme. Chris is an expert in her field, one that happens to be male dominated. Her peers are out to get her. She has to watch her back constantly.... With so many popular novels out there featuring unreliable female narrators stuck in various suburbs, it was nice to read about a woman who gets out and has a lot to do."—Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe"

[Meyer has] an unusual ability to turn genres inside out. The characters in the novel are motivated by love of family rather than by duty to country or abstractions like saving the world. Love gives the adventure meaning, rather than just being a subplot off to the side. Spy fans can be assured that in most respects, The Chemist functions in much the same way as a Bourne or Bond story, complete with mounting body count, cool explosions, stakeouts and betrayals. But changing the proportion of gender in the genre gives the concoction a renewed, and welcome, rush."
Noah Berlatsky, Los Angeles Times
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A tale of skulduggery, bodice rippery, and shoot-'em-up action unfolds, complete with help from a luscious mistress of disguise who could have stepped right out of a James Bond novel. Rated B for badass."—Kirkus Reviews"

The Twilight mogul moves from blood-sucker romance to heart-stopping drama with a thriller about a kick-ass scientist and ex-government agent on the run."—Angela Ledgerwood, Cosmopolitan"

Here, an exciting heroine (see: female Jason Bourne) knows too much, is a threat, and has one last chance to clear her name."—Steph Opitz, Marie Claire"

It's nice to see a heroine whose greatest asset is her brain, one who can fell brawny hitmen with tiny syringes and weaponized jewelry. Meyer is still a skilled pace-setter, and The Chemist's 518-pages fly by."—Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly
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Twilight fans will find another romantic couple to root for, plus the most supernaturally intelligent guard since Rin Tin Tin."
People
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[A] gripping page-turner."
Ali Ehrlich, Good Morning America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316387835
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
11/08/2016
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
19
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature. Her internationally bestselling Twilight series has sold 155 million copies worldwide. In 2008 she published The Host, her first novel for adults, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, and was released as a feature film in 2013. Meyer lives with her husband and three sons in Arizona

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Phoenix, Arizona
Date of Birth:
December 24, 1973
Place of Birth:
Hartford, Connecticut
Education:
Brigham Young University, Bachelor's in English.
Website:
http://www.stepheniemeyer.com

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The Chemist 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Fast paced, thoroughly enjoyable and realistic. A very adult thriller.
feather_lashes 8 months ago
"The Chemist is the love child created from the union of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne/Aaron Cross. I very much enjoyed spending time with a different kind of action hero, one whose primary weapon isn’t a gun or a knife or bulging muscles, but rather her brain." -Stephenie Meyer Ms. Meyer's personal tribute noted above comes through perfectly in The Chemist. It is impossible to not notice the blatant similarities of this female version of the death-avoiding, dangerously skilled antihero: Jason Bourne. Recruited as a young adult and trained to focus on nothing but the assigned mission... all the joys of youth, love, and femininity were lost. As such, this "adult" book resembles Ms. Meyer's YA fiction in that it features new experiences for the heroine which results in instalove, characters who go googly eyes over kissing and hand-holding, and references to intimacy that fades-to-black. I have mad respect for Ms. Meyer's choice to try her hand at a new genre and was desperately excited to see this new release available. Ms. Meyer's storytelling in Twilight is what made me first take notice of how engaging leisure reading could be. It was life-changing for me...not the story itself, but the act of losing myself in fiction. So, I did experience some disappointment while reading The Chemist to see that her writing style appears to have changed significantly in my perspective. One of the noticeable changes is that The Chemist is written in third-person versus her historically successful first-person narrative, and her overall storytelling, while fast-paced and engaging, created seventeen hours (audio) of observing and not experiencing (for me anyway). There are several well-loved authors who are wildly successful with similar styles but Ms. Meyer's writing has always sucked me in and let me live a different life for a while. I was gravely disappointed by this element; however, I am equally enamored by having another female lead in the thriller genre. So 3 stars it is. Most people will read this book out of curiosity and I won't deter you. Check it out! I'm sure there will be many who will absolutely love it. My favorite quote: "Laugh about it or cry about it, that's the only choice. I'd rather laugh while I can."
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was a very fast paced book. It was very exciting and had me reading as fast as I could ! I highly recommend this book!
cloggiedownunder 6 months ago
The Chemist is the second adult novel by American author, Stephenie Meyer. Dr Juliana Fortis has been on the run from her department for three years, ever since they murdered her friend and mentor, Dr Joseph Barnaby. She had a very specialised job, and was very good at it. But she escaped before they could kill her (not that they haven’t tried since then) and she has become very good at staying alive and staying well under the radar. It’s exhausting, being a fugitive, changing her name, her vehicle, her home more often than some people change their socks, but it’s still better than being dead. But now there’s contact from her former boss, Lowell Carston. An email “Tired of running? Policy has changed. We need you. Would an unofficial apology help? Can we meet? I wouldn’t ask, but lives are on the line. Many, many lives”. The smart thing would be to delete the email, and yet she replies. Maybe she is tired of running. What they’re asking her to do is right up her alley, and she prepares all her safeguards and makes sure she’s in complete control. But something’s just not right with her subject, and she begins to wonder if it is a trap after all. Meyer dedicates her story to Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross, and from the first page, it is easy to see why. Her heroine is extremely resourceful, smart, very inventive and prepared to the point of paranoia. Except paranoia is when you think they’re out to get you: in her case they really are. There is lots of action and quite a bit of violence, but also plenty of laugh-out-loud dialogue and a bit of romance. Meyer sets up her big exciting climax with a delicious irony in place, and a clever twist. This is definitely Meyer’s best yet: a brilliant read.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great novel
Anonymous 6 months ago
It was a brilliant novel, and I highly recommend it!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved all your other books, but I couldn't bring myself to finish this one.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. Great plot that kept my interest throughout.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I have always been a fan of Stephanie, so interpret that as you wish. I thought the Chemist was a page turner, with loveable characters (especially the dogs, im a sucker for dogs) and a nice change of pace from her usual paranormal theme. Also, in a world of sagas, trilogies, etc it's nice to have a solid stand alone piece!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I love a good spy story and this book did not disappoint. It was a page turner from the beginning. The characters are well written. This book kept me guessing exactly what would happen until the end.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I will be reading this again!
Anabeller 7 months ago
As excited as I was for SM and her new book to be released I have to say I was a little let down. I need to first say this book was written well. I appreciate that above all else. But any well written book needs to have an engaging storyline that leads its reader down an emotional journey in its ups and downs. Since she led me down that emotional road in twilight I was excited to see and experience it again with a new genre. I waited the whole book for that journey to begin but I personally didn't get there. Other readers may have gotten that payoff from this book but I didn't. I still enjoyed the story. I appreciated her take on this kind of story. But I just didn't love it.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A friend convinced me to try The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer, the noted YA author. I was hesitant at first but wow, was I glad that I gave it a try. Ms. Meyer has created an exceptionally memorable, powerful, and involving protagonist, like any well – known Robert Ludlum character. And just like Ludlum’s best, The Chemist kept me entranced until the very end. True – the premise is not all sugar and spice but that is what makes this book so captivating. The repartee was witty and amusing adding another ingredient to this outstanding thriller. My advice- be original and buy The Chemist and be prepared to be up until you finish.
JulieWallace 8 months ago
Man! Talk about hitting it out of the park… Stephenie Meyer’s new novel is action packed. It’s Jason Bourne meets Alias. Alex is the girl version of Jason Bourne. She worked as an interrogator (a.k.a. torturer or as some like to call her “poison woman”) for the department, an unnamed government agency specializing in stopping terrorism. She’s been on the run for 3 years since her co-worker and mentor was killed in a freak lab accident or so they claim. “The department” offers her a job and a chance to stop running. With her special skills she can prevent the next big terrorist attack on America. Alex has to decide if she can trust the very people that once wanted her dead. The story feels so realistic and detailed; I imagine Stephenie went undercover to learn about the dark and sinister world of an agent. When military-style dogs become a big part of the story I love it and cringe at the same time as my heartstrings are pulled. There are so many great characters, some are hate-able and others are lovable. With all the twists and turns along the way, you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Well done. Fickle Fish will have to turn this into a movie.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The book was good ... The romance moved a little weirdly but since the book itself its traditional it works
Anonymous 8 months ago
This was a great book! Def worth reading. She is a fantastic writer in all areas.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this novel as ive enjoyed all of her work. I like the separation from paranormal, while still keeping her style. Cannot wait for her next!
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5
Geraldine Walters 17 days ago
LOVED IT!! Didn't want it to end....
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Anonymous 25 days ago
I can't believe this isn't on the best seller list. I loved it and have recommended to several people that also loved it.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Can we get a petition going to stop this woman from writing any more books? Please? Everything she produces is utter garbage.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Absolute must read! A definite page turner, had me reading quickly to see what was happening next! I hope there will be another just like it!
SANDIBOX 3 months ago
Overall I enjoyed the book. It's easy reading, the characters are engaging, and the plot suspenseful. My only criticism it that it was a bit simplistic, and felt it could have been fleshed out a little further. Would recommend.