Miracle Man

Miracle Man

by William R Leibowitz


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MIRACLE MAN is a medical/conspiracy/psychological thriller that explores extraordinary genius, Big Pharma corruption, CIA machinations, metaphysical forces, and one man's tireless quest at terible cost to validate his life.

---The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real. So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from? As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin's greatest fear is not of this world. Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand. Robert James Austin is REVERED by many and REVILED by some. But none can doubt that he is REMARKABLE.


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ISBN-13: 9780989866217
Publisher: Manifesto Media Group, a division of ILP Limited
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Pages: 460
Sales rank: 501,090
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Miracle Man 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Fionasbookreviews More than 1 year ago
It is quite a feat recently for me to find a book I consider a 5 star book. It is also quite a feat to discover a 5 star read which totally held my attention and took me several days to finish. Miracle Man is that book. I was totally blown away by the story, even though at times I didn't follow it 100%. There is a lot of technical, medical and mathematical jargon within this book. But even if you don't totally 'get' it, you can follow the story. At the heart of the story is an exceptional young man, Bobby, who is born with an IQ which is totally off the scale, and destined to be something special in whatever he decides to do.  There are those who try to mold him into becoming something different, but he decides to stick to his guns and go his own way. He is someone who knows his own mind, even if he isn't quite sure how to achieve his goals. Once he knows what he has to do he works tirelessly to make it happen, often at the detriment of his health. There are several points within the book where the author throws in a total curveball, he even throws in one right at the end which could point to another book. I would love to see where the author takes the story should he do a sequel. An amazing read from an author who draws you into the story in such a way you will find yourself rooting for Bobby to achieve everything he sets out to, and hating those who are out to stop him. The author shows his own talent throughout the whole of the story. A definite one to watch in the future.
JHamlet More than 1 year ago
The beginning of Miracle Man feels very compelling. As we learn about the mysterious origins of the main character and child prodigy Robert Austin, there seems to be no limit to his phenomenal intelligence. Shadowy bureaucracies begin to try to shape his destiny, and it seems clear that his supreme intellect has downsides that plague Bobby with terrible nightmares and unsettling trances. These sections hook the reader, and ask lots of big questions about how our society and the world would react to a genius of its kind. More compellingly, it wonders how many geniuses we may have missed out on because they were not given opportunities or were written off as having mental health issues. Bobby’s loss of many supportive figures in his life is also poignant, and creates good obstacles that shape Bobby’s character. The inner conflicts within Bobby as he struggles with his psychological problems, the burdens and responsibility of his intellect, and the illusive balance he seeks in his life, also raise many interesting questions.  Overall, this book is clearly worth a read as it does create a sort of cerebral superhero in Bobby, complete with a lot of intriguing socio-economic ideas as good science fiction/fantasy often does. It also has a refreshing sense of cautious optimism in believing that someone with the intelligence of Bobby could change the world in the way he goes about doing. He even triumphs over a lot of bureaucracies, institutions, and antagonists that would prefer he not succeed. It’s refreshing in many ways because it would be much easier to paint a purely tragic and pessimistic arc for these sorts of ideas, as much fiction usually does.  Still, there were a lot of things that hold this story back. As Bobby progresses towards adulthood the narrative loses some of its steam. Bobby remains a compelling character, a scientist who grapples with his own personal demons as he produces miracle cure after miracle cure, but many of the key characters could use more development. Some of the more interesting scenes are actually when these characters get to interact outside of Bobby’s orbit, but there are precious few of them and the narrative could have benefited from more so that the reader gets a sense of who these people really are.  The story also gets tangled in a lot of red herrings and subplots that don’t pay off too much. The author has important points to make and questions to ask about forces that would be opposed to the radical progress Bobby brings through his scientific breakthroughs, but ultimately does not do much to represent these forces. A contingent of anti-science fanatics targets Bobby, as well as an over-the-top, villanous pharmaceutical executive. These antagonists generate tension and conflict, but do not really amount to much plot-wise until the very end. Bobby’s struggles with himself and living his life prove much more interesting than these subplots, which makes them feel all the more incomplete. There are also a fair number of copy-editing errors that made their way into the final draft that sometimes took me out of the book. All in all, though, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.  DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
adwheat More than 1 year ago
 WOW- I am just astonished! Not often do I get to read books I would rate with 5 stars, but this book I would even go higher if they allowed it! What a talented writer and an awesome book. Do yourself a favor and pick it up, clear a day or two, and make yourself comfortable with this book. I read this all at one time and well past my bedtime. It was worth it!      This starts out with a man walking in a pretty desolate part of town with a garbage bag in hand. He is thinking to himself of where it all went wrong and how far down him and his high school sweetheart had gone. All the drugs and chaos and it all has led him to what he is about to do. He throws away the bag, later we find out it is a baby boy. Peter and Edith Austin come to the rescue at their social worker friends pleading. Robert James Austin is what they decided to name the baby boy.      Bobby is quite a remarkable young man. At 4 years old his parents take him in to be seen as he is having severe nightmares and he spaces off quite regularly. Bobby amazes doctor after doctor. He ends up in a ‘special’ school (much to his parents sadness) run by the OSSIS. There they help him to learn to use his extreme intelligence. The OSSIS have big plans for Bobby. Bobby’s brain is constantly working and keeping him busy. A lot of the time he is fighting himself. He is so good-hearted. I just love him. There are times you want to give him a hug and cry for and with him.      After his parents pass Bobby decided to go into the medical field. Oh the miracles this boy can do! This is not what the OSSIS had in mind. Bobby wants to help others, cure them, and fix them. He wants to use his intelligence for good, meanwhile there are so many that are against him and out to get him. You will have to read it to see how it all turns out. I loved Dr. Manzini. He treated Bobby like a son. He helped Bobby to see and do what he wanted/needed to. He wanted Bobby to have his own path and not the path that others choose for him. I loved that.      I am giving this book 5 stars. They are Huge ones though. This is one of my favorite books this year. I am hoping for another book. This is not a cliffhanger but there is room for more. I will eagerly await. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Miracle Man” is a smart thriller that blends together suspense and science in a story of one very special young man’s coming of age. Bobby’s parents know he’s special when he begins speaking at five months old—but they don’t really grasp how deeply intelligent he is until they take him to a child psychologist, which eventually leads to Bobby attending a very prestigious school for prodigies. However, Bobby’s intelligence makes his peers look like C students, and he finishes his doctorate before he’s old enough even to drink.  While some very influential factions of the government intend to use Bobby for their own plans, a tragedy pushes Bobby into his own path: researching cures for the world’s diseases. When he’s successful beyond anyone’s imaginings, he has to contend not only with celebrity, but also with the manipulations of those who still want to use him for their own gain—and as his profile and success grow, so does the danger he’s constantly in.  There are enough twists in the plot of “Miracle Man” to keep things exciting, and Bobby himself is a novel character—a genius who wants to work for the good of mankind, but is driven to self-doubt and bad decisions by his own demons and past.  In fact, part of what makes this book so enjoyable is because unlike in many thrillers, the suspense isn’t driven by action alone—it’s also driven by the reader’s wish for Bobby to find happiness and freedom for himself. It’s suspense that arises both from dangerous situations and from a personal investment in the character, who you watch grow and stumble and succeed from age four to adulthood.  There’s also some romance, a reunion, and themes of different kinds of family to add emotional heart to the book it. Recommended to readers of suspense novels (especially those dealing with science or medicine) as well as to readers who enjoy character-driven contemporary fiction; fans of both will find something to enjoy in “Miracle Man.”
ReviewerCourtney More than 1 year ago
Miracle Man is the fictional story of Robert James Austin. Thrown away at birth, we follow over forty years of Robert ‘Bobby’s’ incredible life, his journey while dealing with a constant feeling of abandonment and his minds own fight against itself. Born into this world and discarded, Bobby is placed into a foster home. Loved and cared for by his foster parents, Bobby is unlike any other person in the world. At 4 years old he is tested and placed into the category of ‘profound intelligence.’ His IQ cannot be determined, there is no way to measure his true intelligence, and those tests just don’t exist because no one like him exists. Miracle Man is a heartbreaking, inspirational and beautifully written story. I was absolutely consumed by this story the minute I started reading. Miracle Man, for me, progressed very slowly, but it was so thorough, such a great story and the characters were so well developed. We follow Bobby from birth into his mid-forties. There are moments when the story will jump months and even years, yet it still covered a lot of time in Bobby’s life and career. I found all of the characters to be very well written, consistent, organized and enjoyable. Bobby is one of the best characters I have ever read. He is simple and genuine. He sacrifices his life for the betterment of mankind, and with it comes so many moments of heartbreak, you just want to shake him and hold him, and as the reader you can feel the other characters in his life who want to do the same thing. He values the gift he has been given and understands its rarity; he is such a beautiful character. His relationships with Joe, Susan and Christina symbolize true loyalty, love and that family isn’t always blood related. Joe guiding Bobby like a father would a son, Christina’s ability to calm him and bring him back to reality were some of the most beautiful moments. I also loved Susan and her witty moments. The one thing I found heartbreaking was Bobby’s constant struggle with himself and his own mind. While he is battling himself he also has to battle the greed of those trying to bring him down. There is constant turmoil throughout his life, and as a reader I just wanted him to find peace. Bobby is such a remarkable person doing incredible things for the world, he deserved it, he deserved to do these amazing things for mankind with his own peace of mind. While so many people loved him, there were those people who wanted to destroy him because it affected their own financial status. While he does everything he can to ignore it by remaining in his own world and focusing on his work, it gets to a point where it just can’t be ignored any longer. It is devastating, especially when put into a real world scenario, that if someone so amazing truly existed in our society today, that they could potentially be hidden because their intelligence would ultimately lose money for companies, but save millions of lives. What if these discoveries were bought and then hidden? What if someone this remarkable who can change our world exists? To think that money supersedes life for many people is evil personified. I thoroughly enjoyed Miracle Man. It gets you thinking about our own lives, our current system and the corruption that exists. I was a bit disappointed at how the story ended, I wasn’t expecting what was discovered, but I ended the book thinking Whoa! What will happen? What if? There wasn’t a cliffhanger, but I felt there was also more to the story. We spend all this time with Bobby and while questions are answered, I felt it ended somewhat abruptly. I don’t want to say more, to avoid spoilers, but this is an incredible book. I loved the story and I loved the characters!
RMeckley 6 months ago
Robert James Austin, known as Bobby, begins life in a trash can. Upon rescue, he is placed with a loving foster couple who quickly realize that Bobby is very intelligent. When they ask for help from doctors for Bobby’s nightmares, government authorities realize the potential in the boy and convince the parents to let them guide Bobby’s life. In addition to his extreme intellect, Bobby has extreme nightmares, in which he fears an evil presence is out to harm him. The book recounts Bobby’s life journey through his twenties. Although the story is extraordinary, I found myself believing most of the plot. The character of Bobby is strongly drawn and very sympathetic. The supporting characters are believable and interesting. The author continues Bobby’s story in a sequel, but this book stands on its own as a fascinating medical thriller. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The cover, those eyes, exciting, alluring, drawing me in, deeper and deeper… WOW! My blood was boiling, my heart pounding, my palms sweating….well, you get the drift. Miracle Man is over the top fantabulous! Unputdownable! OH NO. Here we go… Isn’t there a government organization for everything? The kid, 11 year old Bobby Austin…I hope the parents are suspicious about the Institute’s motivations, because I sure am! As I write this review, I am watching Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, and Robert James Austin makes me think of Sheldon. Intelligence off the charts and socially inept, in fact he becomes so engrossed in his work, he zones people out completely, drives himself past the brink of exhaustion. But is that all that’s going on? I can see some badness coming his way. Nevertheless, I am loving this rollercoaster ride and you couldn’t pry the book out of my hands with a crowbar. I believe our medical research leaves a lot to be desired and so does Robert. I believe Big Pharma is more interested in creating a treatment, than a cure. But, he is in the position to do something about it. Robert puts his life on the line for his beliefs. He is driven obsessed, he cannot stop until he finds the answer. Joe, his mentor, is someone you have to meet for yourself. All I will say is…I love the man. The writing is excellent and the story so intense, I keep forgetting Miracle Man is fiction. I want to put my arms around Robert and tell him it will be all right. Remember, he is only 11 years old, and I am watching him grow up. I am trying real hard not to spoil anything, so I am scanning my notes for small nuggets that can convey how much I loved this story. So thought provoking…So many questions come to mind… Government conspiracies, Big Pharma, betrayal, inner demons, greed, entitlement, religion… The characters…all are well developed and unique individuals in their own right. Some I loved and some I truly hated, detested, wanted to jump into the book and punch their lights out! I empathized with some, I wanted to bury some under the jail, but they are all pivotal to evoking emotions of sadness, rage, love, and hope, and have their place in the story. I wondered how William R Liebowitz would wrap up Miracle Man. I had some ideas and he flirted with them, but took them even further than I envisioned. Way to go, William! This is a must read for anyone that cares about the world we live in! Let’s hope some genius reads this book and gets motivated. The interview at the end left me feeling confused. What, if anything, can change the way business and research is done? I don’t have the answers, but I know something different needs to be done. Thank goodness I have book II, The Austin Paradox. No waiting and I am beginning it now. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Miracle Man by William R Liebowitz.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an extremely powerful and though provoking novel that I could not put down. I had to keep following the incredible life of Robert James Austin as he fights the corrupt and greed of corporate America. Robert had a very unique, sad and almost short start to life. He was left for dead as an infant and was rescued by a surprising saviour. This began his journey into foster care - he was one of the lucky ones and was welcomed into a beautiful, loving family. It became clear quite quickly how unique Robert truly was. While his foster parents knew he was special, they were more concerned about the dark side effects of this genius. Throughout the novel, we experience glimpses into this dark side and your heart aches for him. He puts far too much pressure on himself and his intelligence all in the aim to not waste the gift that he was given (it must have been a greater purpose that he was saved and received this gift?). The government on the other hand sensed his raw potential and wanted to foster it. Trying to protect him but also balance the needs of his genius, Robert is sent to a special school for intelligent children. He not only shines, he excels in every subject. He pushes the brink of knowledge and what people held to be true. He comes up with new formulas, new discoveries and so much more. This all takes a toll on his mental health and physical well-being but the government did not care. It is actually during a trip to volunteer at a children's cancer ward and through many conversations with the man who becomes like a father figure to him, that Robert realizes his true calling - discovery cures to diseases that kill and destroy the body. He quickly becomes the greatest enemy of the government and the pharmacy industry, who have grown rich on disease. They would do anything to stop him (more so the pharmacy) but the government, while not happy with his choice, understand they need to protect their greatest asset. The pharmacy greed knows no boundaries as it becomes evident throughout the novel - including murder and bribery! This was mind-blowing, get you thinking type of novel. You are in awe of his genius, his resilience but also worry for his well-being. You keep waiting for that one moment that it will all come crashing down, as one person can not carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. He is kindness and humbleness and this is shown through his acts of selflessness - instead of trying to profit off of his cures, he makes them available to all regardless of wealth. This is what we need more of in the world - protecting all members of our society. This is an amazing novel that I could not put down - I can not wait to start the second part, Austin Paradox - review coming soon!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Miracle Man is my first introduction to William R Leibowitz. It tells the story of Robert James Austin, who is the word's greatest genius. As an infant, Bobby, was left in a dumpster to die. Thankfully, he was rescued. A few years later, his intelligence captures the eye of the government and is put into a special educational program. This leads him into a new way of life at a very young age of four. He gets the best education that any person could ever receive. As he gets older, he wants to help others and cure illnesses. This takes him on a whole new journey. One involving danger and corruption from big pharmaceutical companies wanting to stop him. I have to admit, at almost 450 pages, I was a little intimidated by the size of Miracle Man. However, that quickly changed. I found it to be easy to read with very short chapters, making it hard to put down. I actually had it read in one day. I liked Bobby from the beginning. His mental state, struggles, and turmoil were believable to me. The plot is one that makes me wonder if it could come true. I give Miracle Man a well deserved five plus stars. I recommend it to readers who like a good hold on to your seat psychological thriller. The suspense will keep them engaged and wanting more. I am excited to find out there is a book two that continues Bobby's story. I can not wait to read it to see what will happen to him next. I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own hones opinion.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Robert James Austin, Bobby, was an infant found abandoned in a dumpster. Then at age 4 it is discovered that he is extremely intelligent and gets enrolled in a special government program with access to the best education. Unfortunately his intelligence is also wrought with nightmares and trances. He also has some mental issues that he constantly battles. As he grows, Bobby decides to cure illnesses instead of work in the military. The problem is the more cures he creates the more big pharmaceutical leaders don’t want his cure and plan on stopping him. This was an interesting story. It makes you wonder what it would be like to be so intelligent. Of course it would come with a price and that broke my heart watching Bobby struggle through relationships and with his own mental problems. I did really like how the pharmaceutical leaders wanted to stop his cures. It makes you wonder how much of that happens in today’s world. I admit that I had a little bit of a challenge to get into this story. There were some parts that felt a little rough but overall this was a good story. I will definitely be looking into other books by William Leibowitz. I received Miracle Man for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
JeannieWalker More than 1 year ago
William R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment for quite some time, and he did an excellent job of entertaining me while I read his novel. The very beginning grabs you with a baby being found in a dumpster, and raised by foster parents. My dad was raised in an orphans home. He often wished he had foster parents ... or anyone he could call a parent. This is a refreshing read and it kept me enjoying each page. The genius in this novel could be the author himself since this is his first attempt at writing. He has a knack for creating interesting characters and plenty of emotion. Truthfully, how many geniuses have we missed by them not getting the opportunities of others. Geniuses do not think or act like us normals...(at least I think I am normal ... maybe I am a genius and don’t know it (just kidding, of course.) All kidding aside, I believe readers will go the distance on “Miracle Man”. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "Fighting the Devil" - A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder
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VicG More than 1 year ago
William R. Leibowitz in his new book, “Miracle Man” published by Manifesto Media Group introduces us to Robert James Austin. From the back cover: REVERED REVILED REMARKABLE The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators. He is real. So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from? As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world. Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand The late Michael Crichton when something bothered him he would chew on it and similar to an Oyster producing a pearl would produce his own pearl in a new book. It seems that Mr. Leibowitz has the same ability to produce a pearl in written form. What a combination: science, mathematics, mystery and suspense. One would never think that this would be interesting but in the hands of Mr. Leibowitz this one will keep you flipping pages as fast as you can read. Robert James Austin is a fascinating character with an I.Q. off the charts. While it puts him in high demand it also marks him as a very lonely person. There is so much going on within these pages that if I told you more it would spoil it for you so I will not. Let me assure you that once you get started with “Miracle Man” you are not going to want to stop until you finish so I recommend you start early. Mr. Leibowitz has provided us with a very clever exciting book and I do hope he does provide us with a sequel. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
To call Miracle Man a 'medical thriller' or a 'political story' would be to do it an injustice. Miracle Man is about miracles, motivations, ethics and morals, and the influence of special interests in the work of genius minds. It's about one 'super' boy's devotion to solving some of medicine's greatest mysteries against forces that would divert these great talents to something darker; and it's ultimately about the ability to withstand moral and ethical temptations against all odds. Readers are treated to a plot with many twists and turns: it holds intrigue, describes compulsions and diversions, shows how a genius battles dark forces within and outside of himself, and generally paints a powerful picture of a search for privacy, as much as meaning. ----And so a gripping novel of psychological tension becomes much more than your usual 'medical thriller', and is a pick for any who want high octane action and emotionally-charged reading right up to an unexpected, gripping conclusion.
s_gallegos More than 1 year ago
This book hit a little too close to home with me right now! For the past six months I have been dealing with trying to get a proper diagnosis for an immune ailment that is causing various symptoms. Reading a story about a boy/man that has the ability to create and come up with cures for many of the illnesses that are plaguing our world was not only heartwarming but also made me think that is possible! The idea of having someone who has the mental ability to see things that many of us can't is really incredible. But along with this "gift" comes the life of never being normal. This story takes you through the life of Austin and gives you an insight into the struggles he experienced and how certain people where put into his life to help him. Great read! I really enjoyed this story, unique but could happen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. The ending knocked the breath out of me! I was initially drawn to this book because I am a psychologist. While my training helped me understand parts of the book, I don't think it's essential in understanding the plot or completely adoring Bobby, the main character. A few of the psych testing are inaccurate, but it's easy to dismiss in the name of fiction. Without giving away the story, I was thoroughly entranced in watching Bobby grow up and become successful, navigating life experiences along the way. There were unexpected plot twists along the way that kept the story fresh and interesting. The characters made it easy to step into their world. Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone that likes psychological thrillers!