The Immortalists

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Microbiologist Richard Draman thought he’d answered this question when he walked away from his career to focus on curing a genetic defect that causes his daughter to age at a wildly accelerated rate. Just when Richard and his wife Carly force themselves to recognize that eight-year-old Susie’s time is running out, they receive an unexpected gift — startling new research into the fundamental secrets of life that could be the answer to their prayers.

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Overview

Microbiologist Richard Draman thought he’d answered this question when he walked away from his career to focus on curing a genetic defect that causes his daughter to age at a wildly accelerated rate. Just when Richard and his wife Carly force themselves to recognize that eight-year-old Susie’s time is running out, they receive an unexpected gift — startling new research into the fundamental secrets of life that could be the answer to their prayers.

When Richard is accused of stealing the research that was sent to him, he takes his family on the run, seeking out a retired special forces operative and old friend to help dig up the truth behind the controversial experiments. Determined to either save Susie’s life or die trying, the Dramans plunge into a bloody conflict between two powerful factions vying for control of a discovery that could change the face of humanity.

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Publishers Weekly
Crisp writing and plotting lift this medical thriller from bestseller Mills (Darkness Falls). Brilliant microbiologist Richard Draman has the most personal of reasons to find a cure for the rare disease progeria. The ailment, which radically accelerates the aging process, has afflicted his eight-year-old daughter, Susie. Given the extremely modest numbers of its victims, research funding is always at a premium, but Draman has managed to hold things together at his lab near Baltimore. The precariousness of the Dramans' lives is exacerbated when Troy Chevalier, the widower of a scientific colleague, asks for help investigating his wife's death, officially ruled a suicide. Chevalier gives Draman a thumb drive with data she was working on, but Draman's first step to understand what's on it leads to his arrest for industrial espionage. Things only get worse from there as the threats escalate to violence aimed at Draman and his loved ones. The plot may lack originality, but the ingenuity of the beleaguered protagonist, plus booster shots of realism, make this an enjoyable read. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612181509
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 255,156
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including his award-winning The Second Horseman. Growing up in Oregon as a Bureau Kid, Kyle absorbed an enormous amount of information about the FBI, which he incorporates into his novels. He and his wife live in Wyoming and enjoy rock climbing.
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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    At first glance, this didn't seem to be my sort of book. I don't

    At first glance, this didn't seem to be my sort of book. I don't care for medical thrillers, and the synopsis sounded like a medical thriller. May be shallow of me, but I usually get bored and don't really care if the doctor(s) are able to find a cure in time before the whole world dies of some new deadly disease strain!

    Boy, was this a nice surprise! This is more a straight thriller, where the main character just happens to be a medical researcher. No boring details of the disease and no long, drawn-out explanation of how a cure is ultimately found.

    Was drawn into the story of how Richard and his wife Carly are suddenly thrust into a life on the run and wind up smack in the middle of huge conspiracy! The poor researcher and his chef wife handle themselves surprisingly well, but nothing too over-the-top unbelievable and they are both likable characters.

    Gave this one a 4/5 as it had interesting characters, was well-paced, had no gaping plot holes (that I noticed), and was well written. I even liked the ending. So lesson learned, and I won't automatically assume that something isn't my taste without at least reading the excerpt!

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Thrill of a ride

    When I first received The Immortalists book pitch, I saw that it was written by Kyle Mills. My son¿s name is Kyle so that was the first thing that caught my attention. When I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book. I love thrillers! Reading a thriller gives me a little excitement in my life as it tickles my imagination.

    The Immortalists pulled me in from the very first page and kept me glued to the pages until the very end. Kyle Mills opened his book with an attention grabbing scene. After reading the prologue, you are forced to keep reading. You want to know the why, how, and what caused this to occur.

    The Immortalists follows Richard Draman and his family. Carly is Richard¿s loving wife and Susie is their daughter, who has progeria. Susie ages at an accelerated rate. Richard is a microbiologist who is working towards a cure for progeria. He left his job as a cancer researcher to devote his life to finding a cure for progeria. The Dramans have a small circle of friends and colleagues. One prominent and long time friend is Chris Graden, the Draman¿s have been friends with him for years.

    After being accused on stealing precious research data, Richard is forced to take his family on the run. They turn to an unexpected friend to hide. The race to save their lives from very powerful people who are trying to silence them. Richard and Carly rely on each other to escape every obstacle. The Immortalists is a thrilling adventure of mystery, suspense, and drama. Any parent would walk to the ends of the earth to save their child. Richard and Carly had to do what they did for their daughter.

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