The Cure: A Thriller

The Cure: A Thriller

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by Bradlee Frazer
     
 
What if we had the cure for a catastrophic illness, but it lay hidden inside the blood and bones of just one man?

A mysterious new contagion is decimating the population. It starts in the lungs, like the flu, then moves to the bones, where it weakens and breaks them, eventually killing the host. The disease's origin, methods of propagation and means of

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What if we had the cure for a catastrophic illness, but it lay hidden inside the blood and bones of just one man?

A mysterious new contagion is decimating the population. It starts in the lungs, like the flu, then moves to the bones, where it weakens and breaks them, eventually killing the host. The disease's origin, methods of propagation and means of contraction are all unknown. There is no vaccine, and none is expected, as the virus is protean and elusive. If it remains unchecked and mutates into a more virulent form, it will become an extinction level event.

Jason Kramer has the disease, known by its nickname "Trips Lite" (the CDC doctor who discovered it is a fan of Stephen King's THE STAND), but his body produces a unique antibody that kills the viruses inside him. This component in Jason's blood can be harvested and given to anyone who needs it—his blood can heal. But pharmaceutical magnate Phillip Porter needs to keep people believing that only his expensive drug cocktail will slow Trips Lite down, and so if there’s any chance someone with the disease will live, Phillip Porter must make sure that Jason Kramer does not.

Interweaving the styles of John Grisham and Michael Crichton, THE CURE is a thriller that fuses genres while retaining its own unique voice to tell the story of Jason—burdened with the knowledge that he is mankind’s last hope—as he struggles against Porter’s avarice and greed in the face of an impending viral apocalypse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938120077
Publisher:
Diversion Books
Publication date:
03/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
187
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Bradlee Frazer is an author, speaker, blogger and Boise, Idaho native who loves the blues, Ray Bradbury short stories and his wife, daughter and dogs. He is also the lawyer who successfully registered the color blue as a trademark for the iconic artificial turf in Boise State University’s football stadium.

Bradlee’s nonfiction has been published in national legal treatises on matters of Internet and intellectual property law, and he is a frequent speaker on those topics. His works of fiction include the short story “Occam’s Razor,” which was published in an online literary journal, and he has co-authored two screenplays, Dangerous Imagination and Spirit of the Lake. He has written scripts for sketch comedy, radio productions and short films, and in college Bradlee was a film critic who wrote and hosted a weekly half-hour television program called Premiere!The Cure is his first novel.

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The Cure: A Thriller 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit far fetched but okay read
WritersBlockParty More than 1 year ago
The Cure isn’t a new story, but it’s an uncomfortably plausible one in today’s world, and the action-packed writing will keep you glued to the pages until the end. A new illness has surfaced, and people are dying so fast that extinction has become a very real fear. When the pharmaceutical companies step into help, a cure is only possible for the richest of people, putting the bottom 98% in a hopeless position. Until we find out that Jason Kramer also has the cure, in his very blood. It’s the perfect setting for a fast-paced adventure. Characters both lovable and horrific make the story colorful and surprising, though I found myself wanting to smack Jason across the head sometimes for doing stupid things. I guess that’s part of life…people do stupid stuff, but it could still be frustrating. Still, even that served to keep me glued to the pages, anxious to find out what was going to happen next. The capacity of the people around him to do horrific things for money was never-ending, and I found it to be gut-wrenchingly realistic. Then again, I tend to be pessimistic about the human race in general. So all in all, an entertaining, fast-paced thriller that, though it isn’t new in concept, is unique in the details. If you have the time, you’ll easily be able to sit and read this until it’s finished.
TSFranklin More than 1 year ago
Bradlee Frazer's "The Cure" weaves the top fears of today's society into a story that could easily be found in tomorrow's headlines. A mysterious illness is killing so quickly that it is threatening humankind's very existence. There is no vaccine to stop its spread and society is thrown into chaos. When a pharmaceutical giant steps in, people are given some hope. But hope doesn't come free and the fear of a miserable and painful death pits the "99%" against the "1%". And someone else may have the cure, which throws everything into a spin. "The Cure" offers a fascinating glimpse into what humanity would do if faced with possible extinction. How far will corporations go to make money? What are we willing to sacrifice for the greater good? What is the value of an individual life? The Cure is an incredible book written in a way that pulls you in from the start and leaves you hanging until you get to the last page. Bradlee Frazer could very well be the next Michael Crichton and I look forward to many more books from him.