Roger Keough is a retired engineer suffering from a deadly aortic aneurism and caring for his wheelchair-bound best friend, Lionel Perkins, who is dying of multiple sclerosis. Roger's lifetime hobby has been to discover anti-gravity, hoping to explain how the ancients moved large blocks of stone. He inadvertently finds a substance capable of lifting any weight, and in so doing, is amazed to discover that it has unlimited healing properties which he applies to himself, his friend and his doctor's family. Realizing the utter impossibility of revealing their find, they team together to prevent the world from finding out what they call Panacea and at the same time, help those in dire need. But to preserve themselves and their incredible device, they must fight a never-ending battle against American interests and foreign spy networks. "You'll be compelled to keep reading… a riveting page turner. This would make an excellent movie."—Carol Kluz, Author
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This author reminds me of the dually talented writer, David Feintuch. William Allan Rieser¿s talent shines in both science fiction and fantasy. He has the ability to make the unbelievable...believable. It¿s easy to relate to his heroes because they aren¿t portrayed as bigger than life, but as ordinary people blessed with intelligence. Roger Keough and his live-in friend Lionel Perkins stumble on a healing substance while pursuing Roger¿s lifelong quest to discover the secret of anti-gravity. The scope of their discovery leads them on an honorable quest to aid their human brethren. Their noble goals are thwarted by the very people they seek to help. The miracle substance itself proves to have some unanticipated pitfalls that will force Roger and Lionel to look deep into themselves to make vital decisions about their own futures. Mr. Rieser does a great job of blending the technical and scientific aspects into his writing and kepping it understandable for the average reader. Panacea is a riveting page-turner. It would make an excellent movie. I strongly recommend this book to both YA and adult readers.