The Eden Prescriptionby Ethan Evers
What if the ultimate treatment for cancer was closer than most of us realize? A silent revolution has been unfolding recently in the science of natural medicine, bringing us so close to the answer-far too close, for some. Chromogen employee Annika Guthrie understands this more than most. She's watched her terminally ill father add years to his life with natural supplements, and makes it her mission to turn this alternative medicine into what the medical community calls "real" science. It's why she joins forces with the maverick but genius cancer researcher Dr. Elliott Lindell, even though he works with Mitogenica-Chromogen's fiercest competitor. Together, they formulate a cocktail of natural supplements which Annika secretly gives to patients in Chromogen's latest drug trial. The cocktail works so well, it threatens to undermine Chromogen's next billion dollar chemo drug, and Annika's world quickly falls apart. Her wards start curiously dying from everything but their cancer, and Dr. Lindell disappears on the eve of his most critical experiment. Annika soon finds she is the only one left who can recover what remains of Dr. Lindell's work-and that she is racing against someone far larger and more deadly than her worst fears.
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Ethan Evers has a PhD in Applied Science and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Working for over ten years in Product Development in a Fortune Global 500 company, he is the inventor of technologies covered by over thirty patents granted internationally. Ethan became intrigued by natural medicine when a family member used it to hold her cancer at bay for years before finally succumbing to the terrible disease. After years of researching the subject, he became appalled at how the cancer industry and a very complicit mass media appear to be underreporting-if not ignoring-an ever increasing mass of bona-fide science which supports alternative and natural medicine, even when that science is published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Ethan has worked and lived in the United States, Japan, and Canada, and currently lives in Europe with his family. The Eden Prescription is his first book.
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Who say that self-published books aren't worth reading? The Eden Prescription will refute all suggestions that self-publish books are not good. I usually prefer to read traditionally or indie published books because they are generally better written. But this novel reminded me that there are some good self-published books out there. The Eden Prescription is a suspense/thriller and what a thrilling novel it is! Not only is it filled with mystery and tension, it also contains many little-known facts about cancer-vitamin research and the push for natural health supplements. In fact, I probably enjoyed reading about these little-known facts that were woven into the story more than the supporting story itself. And this brings me to my next point. The facts and fiction were woven so well, it was difficult to tell where the truth started and where it ended! There were many parts where I was left wondering if a certain case or incident did happen in the scientific research community. I like the way The Eden Prescription supports the cause for natural supplements. It was written to bring to our attention a cancer treatment that cancer research is pointing to and is a wake-up call for those ignorant of this cancer treatment. It also brings to our attention how unscrupulous all those in the billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry (and mankind in general) can be when it comes to the issue of money. Overall, the writing style in The Eden Prescription is good. I was surprise to read a mention of Kuala Lumpur in the story. Since Malaysia is a small country, I hardly ever find mentions of KL in books written by authors from the West. There were a few awkward conversation-phrasings and the occasional unexplained action here and there. While those parts could have been written better, they did not affect the flow of the story. The ending left me wondering if there is to be a sequel.
An unanswered question looms large in the minds and hearts of both cancer patients and those without but fearing this killer disease. Dr. Elliot Lindell is a scientist operating outside of the normal medical community. He's spent years coming up with a cocktail of unusual ingredients that include an acceptable cancer drug combined with Vitamin D, ginger, gingko, pomegranate, and other hard-to-access natural products. He's also a computer whiz who has invented a computer model that simulates the growth, division, and destruction of cancer cells upon reception of this new and successful cancer cocktail. Annika Guthrie is his brilliant assistant, a woman highly and idealistically motivated by the possibilities inherent behind a cure for this devastating disease. This thriller story has drug companies vying for possession of the most effective drug and the formula for the most potent combination to do the job of destroying cancer cells. The money is their motive for obtaining what will finally constitutes a wonder drug for cancer patients. The plot thickens when bits of information leak to the right and wrong parties, and an international hunt ensues that includes attempts at theft and murder, actual murders, and faked murders. It turns out The Eden Project is an international finance group with powers and funding to accomplish anything from wars to blatant collapses of key financial countries, always geared to their own recovery and the surpassing of their own wealth and power wherever they operate. The reader will be riveted to this tale in which victory begins to seem impossible and a confusing war of individuals and groups clash with increasing intensity to the point where the reader is unsure who is friend and who is foe. However, knowing that the bad guys lose doesn't stop one from furiously reading ahead to the striking end. Somehow in the midst of all the chaos or mayhem, one gently learns a lot about not only drugs and plants but also how cancer cells supposedly operate under varying conditions, what works at destroying parts of the cells, and what might be a more powerful, less destructive cure for those suffering from the actual disease. Speculation is rife on what could possibly happen to the medical community if a cure for cancer were ever found, of the making and unmaking of fortunes, of those who use science in a faithful, humanitarian, professional way and those who do the severe opposite. The Eden Prescription is a sometimes too repetitive but constantly thrilling read about what perhaps lies ahead in the future for anyone and everyone involved with finding a prescription cure for all, with implications larger than longer life for all.