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by Brett Chatz

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For Ronit Levy, leaving Israel appears to be the only way of escaping her ex-boyfriend’s unrelenting barrage of assaults. Reconciliation is totally out of the question. She desperately yearns for a lasting inner-peace, a peace without further threat of emotional anguish. However, her psychopathic ex-lover, John Rothman, is determined to exact his bloody


For Ronit Levy, leaving Israel appears to be the only way of escaping her ex-boyfriend’s unrelenting barrage of assaults. Reconciliation is totally out of the question. She desperately yearns for a lasting inner-peace, a peace without further threat of emotional anguish. However, her psychopathic ex-lover, John Rothman, is determined to exact his bloody revenge on the only woman who ever walked out on him. In his drugged state, he concocts a sadistic plan to bring closure to the matter. With her disabled brother entrusted into the care of a family friend, Ronit leaves for her new post in Tal Basta, Egypt. The Al-Radah-Corporation, a pharmaceutical monolith, is Ronit’s sanctuary; a place where she can develop her career and put the pieces of her shattered life back together.

The tranquility of her new surroundings coupled with the gracious company of her colleague, Casey Rolf, help to put things into perspective. For a short time, she enjoys the relative calm of life in modern day Egypt. As an assistant to the leading research scientists at the facility, Ronit quickly settles into a routine. However, things soon take a dramatic twist. With an iron curtain enshrouding the research department´s projects, and a ubiquitous armed guard presence outside the laboratories, Ronit begins to question the nature of the activities at the corporation.

Quite unexpectedly, during one of her investigative exploits, she stumbles upon a harrowing plot of unimaginable evil. Forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse, she must outwit her assailants every step of the way. From the terrifying darkness of the laboratory, to the heart wrenching chase scenes along the catwalks, Ronit must avoid detection by a cold-blooded murderer. In the sinister world of the Al-Radah-Corporation, where the scientists have carte-blanche to overstep the boundaries of acceptable ethical conduct, it is up to her to stand her ground. Against this backdrop of treachery, and the perversion of medical science, Ronit fears the worst is yet to come.

She must convince her cynical ally, Casey Rolf, of her suspicions, but even he has a startling confession to make. In an adrenalin-loaded race against the clock, the story tracks the shocking discoveries of Ronit Levy and Casey Rolf. Their nerve-racking pursuits, filled with extraordinary twists and turns, are an endeavor to discover the macabre truth lurking beneath the veneer of the multinational corporation. With imminent disaster of unprecedented proportions about to unfold, the duo risk life and limb, in an all-out effort to dismantle the enemy operation. A neo-fascist research department gone berserk: a place where narcissism and megalomania reign supreme - a place called the Al-Radah-Corporation. Terror has a new playground, come and see for yourself…

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Serum 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of this book. The story takes so many sharp twists and turns, it's unbelievable!
JACK333 More than 1 year ago
This book was written in 2004. But I tell you what - it's awesome! I had no idea the story was going to take this direction. What a read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really scary. Not because of any other reason than the real possibility that things like this are already occurring. The characters do evolve rapidly and it's totally over-the-top thrilling entertainment. Good job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book started with a strong medical theme, giving very graphic detail as to how the virus actually works while also introducing a lot of the characters. In chapter one, we meet the psychotic Doctor Kratskelau and are introduced to his colleagues from the beginning we learn that although these doctors should be working for the greater good, what they up to is very devious and evil. In the second chapter we are introduced to John and Ronit, Ronit being one the main characters of the book. By their introduction we see that they are not on very good terms bringing to light how the story will begin to unfold. John is described by Ronit in the beginning as being a flawless individual and charismatic gentleman - a great catch! Ronit was definitely in love with this man at the start, but throughout the second chapter it¿s brought to light that John abused drugs and his character began to change to being totally abusive and dictating. John¿s character in the book actually never showed any form of remorse for his actions, he was a man not used to rejection and found it difficult to come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend walked out on him, creating inside him this need for revenge. He becomes ultimately determined to find Ronit and carry through his threats, even through the story where John is wounded by his victim Gila, then is found by the janitor Avi, all through that time he never broke down, nor showed any form of emotion still he became even more determined to get revenge, giving no regard to the Avi who saved his life, still had it in him to kill him. I found that part unpredictable because cliché would have it as a life for a life, I enjoyed that little twist! As the story goes on, his hate for Ronit becomes stronger. John was a psychotic maniac, which was brought on by mass use of cocaine, creating a personality disorder, changing him from that athletic handsome boyfriend to a conceited, violent and abusive boyfriend, who found revenge because he couldn¿t handle rejection. As the book progresses more characters come into play such as Casey Rolf, who charmingly adds that `James Bond¿ theme to the book, sweeping Ronit off her feet. He is a character that adds mystery, but only reveals himself towards the end. One of the characters I enjoyed was Saeed he gave that ruthless killer impression, smart and cunning, playing the above average henchman to the doctors, being pro-active not only taking orders as his two little Englishmen, but adding danger and definitely action to some parts of the book. Dr Kratskelau is your typically clichéd mad scientist, ready to rule the world with some sick invention or scheme. But there is one little thing different about him, as most stories would reflect a character like him being driven by money or greed, his drive was interesting, it was fueled by passion to complete and take credibility, giving a sense of adoration to him by the reader but also showing that he is truly evil. The story as a whole was well written, truly gripping and highly recommended. Michael Bafatakis
Guest More than 1 year ago
Serum was really a great read. There was so much packed into this novel that I found it hard to put down. The ending left a large question mark hanging Highly recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great read, pity about it being so short, I was really getting into it and it was over before I could sink my teeth in. I wanted more action, more suspense and more of Chatz magic! Next time lucky perhaps...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This gets you going and grips you like a pit-bull!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting novel, nicely put together and well researched. Look forward to what I imagine will be a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this novel. A good story, a good twist and some raunchy scenes - altogether entertaining...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. It was exciting and yet very scary what with all the terrorism in the world at the moment. Highly recommended though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The action hotted up and exploded into an electrifying ending, what a story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this great read. Words fail me, but it was truly awesome. If thrillers and adrenaline are your thing - you gotta get hold of this novel. It will blow your socks off!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must tell you firstly that I am not really interested in books concerned with politics etc, but this was an exception to the rule. This book is a stunning read, from cover to cover. I didn't want it to end. It is perfect for a male and female audience, I tote this guy to be a multi-millionaire bestseller alongside Wilbur Smith and company. I am only sorry that the book ended, action all the way!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a pity that booksellers don't supply the New England Journal of Medicine with a copy of this novel, especially for chapter one! Once you get past the introduction however, it is a relentless action-adventure story worthy of the read. Rarely do I sit down with a book and read it from cover to cover, but with this one I did!