This is likely the hardest book I have had to review since I started this blog. First, you might want to check out the synopsis here.
Let's start with the plot. Great plot. It's all about corporate espionage. Two drug companies in competition with each other to create the next cancer wonder drug. There's intrigue, secrets, corporate moles, gun fights, good guys, bad guys, guys caught in the middle. What's not to love about all that? From page one the reader is thrown into the whole sordid mess. It's great!
The characters were well developed and believable. I started to get paranoid about characters and their motivation early in the book. That's how I know I've really been drawn into the suspense. I didn't know who to trust. (If I ever get into one of these situations for real I will be totally paralyzed and unable to move.)
I also liked the bibliography at the end of the book. If any part of the cancer drug related plot leads the reader to want to do some research, there's a place to start.
So why is it hard to review? Because it was so hard to read. For the longest time I couldn't figure out why I was struggling with getting through the book. After a quick discussion with my fantastic husband, we came to the realization that the problem was technical. It's hard to read black print on bright white paper. It's hard to read when the spacing is close between lines; the paragraphs are long and the print is small. Even the size of the book was a problem, the pages are long and narrow. It's similar to reading columns.
Do I recommend this book? Well, there's the problem. Yes for the story but no for the reading experience. I guess you'll have to figure it out for yourselves.
*** Just found out there is a kindle version of this book available and that would eliminate the technical issues just leaving the great plot, action, character development, etc.