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Adam... Forever (Adam's Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Lapin
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Book Description

Book I launches ADAM’S CHRONICLES. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.
Adam’s life seems like he is the hero in a medical thriller.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

This serious medical thriller also reads like a romantic science fiction tale, though there is little need to suspend disbelief. Except for a couple of very plausible twists, it flows like a true first-person biography.

The heroic scientist’s love for his violinist wife is the driving force behind their realistic medical romance adventure. Vera compensates for Adam’s impulsiveness and helps him through tight spots with sleuthing talents and deft logical reasoning. Others would say their story is really a romantic fantasy adventure—one with minimal magic and an emphasis on science—all told in everyday language.

Adam is only human and madly in love with Vera. He is impulsive at times and is a workaholic. He seems bigger than life, like an actual person who magically steps out of the movie screen amidst an action adventure thriller.

Adam’s story considers current issues of hereditary disease, pre-emptive breast removal, and animal rights activism. We encounter these routinely in the news, where there are no equations, no graphs, and few technical terms. This book is as easy to read as the daily newspaper. A few turns away from known facts make everything compelling, as we would expect a medical thriller to be. But those twists could be tomorrow’s truth.

Adam’s tale deals with controversies, like self-experimentation, stealthy research, purposeful gene mutation, and planned evolution. The heroic scientist worries about the future, caring about where humankind and the planet are headed. He is torn with hard choices involving saving his wife and violating medical ethics. He faces outcomes possibly jeopardizing the human race and Earth itself.

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What Others Say About This Series
Awesome story of restoration of Earth--an epic novel, one that shall never be forgotten. Dr. Lapin is truly gifted as a story teller. ... Powerful, fast page turning story. Highly recommend. Nancy of Utah, Amazon Reviewer.

Great book, it is the kind of book you can't wait to read again. Sandra Potter, Amazon Reviewer.

I am fascinated by the quality of this book. ... A wonderful blend of thrilling adventure, science fiction and romance. ...  It delivers on so many different levels. Well done. Dennis Waller, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer.

Phenomenal series offers elements of the thriller, mystery, science fiction, and romance genres. Dr. Lapin's novels are exciting, with wonderfully developed characters and situations. Jada Ryker, Top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer.

Mad scientist or brave hero? ... A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one.  I recommend it highly. Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer. 

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. ... That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. ... An entertaining read. Capt'n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

A deep read for those whose interests lie in the direction of what could happen when we tamper with humanity. Carole P. Roman, Top Amazon Reviewer.

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Major Theme of This Book
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to never age? As long as some disease or accident didn't take your life, you could live forever. You would be virtually immortal. Imagine what that would be like.

Living forever seems universally attractive in theory. But some scientists say death is essential to evolution. Others tell us immortals would watch the world decay because of human overpopulation. Trees would all be taken and oceans fished empty. Wild animals would be mostly gone, their habitats taken by man.
Suppose you stumbled upon the formula for a magical potion that stops the aging process, and you became the first virtual immortal. Consider challenges you might face.

Unless you kept it secret, others would find how to achieve the same. Wouldn't your immortality be almost too strong a secret to keep?

Sharing the secret would grant billions spectacularly long lives, making all but the poorest virtually immortal. All would eventually die some horrible death--but never from old age.

Imagine how attractive eternal youth would be. People fork over huge amounts to extend their lives by months. What would those folks pay to live indefinitely in youthful bodies?

The greed unleashed by virtual immortality could launch a tsunami of evil, making the drug wars seem like a mere trickle.   
To live as a virtual immortal without sharing, you would need to keep it secret and live a lie. You would have to fake your death over-and-over again and continually live in fear of discovery. You could neither maintain a career nor have a permanent family. You couldn't even keep an identity.

Most likely you would spend your life deterring would be profiteers, steps away from a quagmire of greed, deceit, and unlawfulness.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Adam Boatwright is a geneticist. His wife Vera is a professional violinist, with a family history of breast cancer. Vera’s mother, aunt and now her sister Nora, have each contracted breast cancer while young. The cause is probably hereditary. While preventative bilateral mastectomy can be a possibility for women in such cases, Vera rejects it. Adam decides to try to find a way of preventing the cancer, in the hope that he can give Vera a choice.

Dr Itzak Friedman, a physiologist, is working on a research project to cure cancer, one in which a laboratory rat named Oscar has lived for ten years. Adam is intrigued, and wonders whether Itzak’s research might lead to an elixir of immortality.

‘Damn it Adam, that’s not a blessing. Men were not created to be immortal. Can you imagine what would happen if people don’t die?’

Adam’s work takes him in the direction of a virus which seems to prevent cancer, but the virus seems to have a side-effect: immortality. Of course, the cure needs to be tested, and ordinarily this would be a long process taking years. Adam can’t afford to wait, so he does the obvious (to him) and totally inappropriate thing: he tests it on himself.

Leaving aside the desirability or otherwise of immortality, the novel raises a number of interesting issues. How, and by whom, would access to the cure be controlled? What would be the impact on the world? How would people live their lives? What are the other ethical issues?

The path to success is rarely smooth and others become aware of the work Adam is undertaking, resulting in skulduggery and death. Will Adam find the cure he is looking for? Will Vera agree to take it?

‘Imagine a substance allowing people to live a thousand years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Is Immortality A Truly Bad Thing?" July 21, 2014
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Immortality: Endless life or existence; the exemption from death. Do you fear death? Would you be forever happy if you lived your current life forever? In this story, medical professor and geneticist Adam Boatwright finds out what it is like to never age ... and what he sees terrifies him. Adam is trying to prevent his wife from hereditary breast cancer, but what he engineers is a mutant microbe which creates a low grade virus which can prevent cancer, but has a side effect which restricts aging. Would you pay a large sum of money for this mutant microbe to be injected in your body? Adam's wife, Vera, is beautiful, a professional violinist with the Central City Symphony. She's a bit younger than 47-year old Adam, who is madly in love with her. Vera is very fearful of getting a virulent malignancy such as her sister who has just learned the cancer has spread to her lungs. A double mastectomy is not an option which Vera can bear. Adam is determined to find an alternative solution, one which would break the chain for children from inheriting this disease. Adam is a complex person as many are in the scientific field. As a professor in front of his class, he often dresses to look like Indianna Jones. It gives him a boost of confidence as well as making his body perform a bit stronger, since he still suffers from a long ago leg injury when stepping on a land mine when in the Marines. Professor Itzak Friedman is also working toward a cure for cancer. He's under much stress and explodes a couple of times at Adam saying in public that there is no way they will be working together. Then Adam sees a note on his office door saying Itzak would like to speak with him, probably to apologize. When he arrives, Itzak is blue, scrambling on the floor, unable to breath. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad scientist or brave hero? July 26, 2014
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Love drives a scientist to break the rules and (of course) it backfires on him. This intriguing science fiction story delves into the idea of creating immortality and the possible side effects of giving "a cure" to the world. Desperate to save his wife from a deadly cancer, Adam ignores the rules and tests a super virus designed to cure cancer on himself. The results are not exactly what he had in mind, murder, intrigue, and massive deceit. Readers enjoy a roller coaster ride of epic proportions as Adam struggles with his ethics and doubts about the future.

I loved this story. The author gives us credible genetic information and medical scenarios to ponder. He also takes us on a journey involving near death during a cave climbing expedition--making us wonder why we were exploring a cave, but it all fits into the upcoming series. Our hearts ache for this brave man and the loving wife who faces dying of cancer. He's willing to risk his life to save her but faces a dilemma, should he give the world immortality? What would happen due to overpopulation?

Since I wrote a series that involved the unintended consequences of scientists creating a way to achieve immortality, I was very interested in reading another viewpoint on the subject. In my galaxy, people surrendered their freedom to live forever, but some decided the price was too high. There is always a price to pay.

This book is a murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly. What would you do if you could live forever? We may have the opportunity to follow Adam's story as he makes that choice in the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
The first in the Adam series raises an array of issues and dilemmas surrounding immortality.

It could be said that humans are afraid of death so then what would they do... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Julie Elizabeth Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars What Price For Immortality?
This was a strange book, intriguing, but strange. Adam Boatwright is a geneticist. His wife is afraid she will inherit breast cancer and have to go through what her sister is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandra K. Stiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Immortality Moral
Pleasant reading and easy to pick up where left off. Fortunately for me I have managed to collect all four of the "Adam" books for free over the past year and will be able... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gwen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, it is the kind of book you can't wait to read again.
Published 6 months ago by Sandra Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars Scientific and well thought out book
Really well thought out novel that deals with many issues from the quest for answers to the morality of changing human nature. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carole P. Roman
2.0 out of 5 stars Great and intelligent as an exploration of ideas, but it fails...
You certainly can't claim that Adam...Forever suffers from a lack of intelligence or a lack of ideas. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Josh Mauthe
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished the first book - and enjoyed it
I read Dr. Lapin's book and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It held my interest to the end and I am in process of reading the other books he has published. Read more
Published 10 months ago by pat kendall
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced, Credible and Thought Provoking
Adam Boatwright is a geneticist driven to create a ‘super virus’ that will inoculate his wife from the breast cancer that took the life of her sister and almost certainly resides... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Capt'n Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and Action Packed
Story deals with immortality and cataclysmic events. It is part medical thriller and science fiction mystery. I found it a very good read.
Published 18 months ago by Charles Lapin
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I have spent most of my adult life as a writer. Most of that effort was spent writing college text books in statistics and quantitative methods for business and engineering. I was a professor at San Jose State University for all of that time. I also developed two major educational software packages and the ancillary manuals and workbooks to accompany them.

Of course novel writing is more fun than textbooks, which themselves were playthings compared to software. One of the paradoxes of fiction writing is that I do not have full control, as I did with my text books. The characters seem to take over and sometimes pull the stories in unplanned directions. That never happened with my statistics books; characters in those books had very limited lives, confined to a short example or a problem or two.

Snippets in my stories that are a bit autobiographical. Those were not conscious decisions on my part, but they are there probably because my writing took a path of least resistance. Notable pieces of my life appearing in the Boatwright Chronicles are pigeon raising and delivering newspapers, which Adam did at about the same age as I. We also share a love for movies. I grew up on a navy base, and for ten cents I saw five films a week for over ten years, nearly every movie made during that time. And, like me, Adam is a professor.
Adam is someone who I would want to be. He is my icon, but very much unlike me. I am more of a Clark Kent, while Adam is Superman. But I can be Superman only in my dreams.

The major theme of the Boatwright trilogy jumped into my mind on a long walk. (Walks also led to many of Adam's brainstorms, another shared similarity.) I was mourning for the planet that was, worrying about the future, all the while contemplating my own mortality. This fantasy story popped into my head about a Noah's arc saving the world after a future disaster. Adam would be the latter-day Noah and his arc would be a cavern. Instead of a flood, we would have a meteor. The end result would be a utopia, free from many of the problems facing our world. My hero would have to be long-lived to pull it all off. He would be a geneticist and doctor. Simple.

It took fourteen years to get the three books written. Most of that time was spent doing other things. I was actively writing the novels only for the equivalent of two years, a few months at a time, during that period.

My books do not fall into one of the standard categories: thriller, mystery, science fiction, or romance. I have elements of all four. The stories are much more real than is typical of science fiction, with just one or two twists involving fictional science. They are more love stories than romance. (My hero is already an old married man, just like me.) I think they are thrilling tales, but they do not frighten. I don't tease the reader too long with my mysteries. But the suspense is compelling and fits nicely into the bigger pictures. There are many spiritual and social issues are raised in the stories. Those themes are woven completely into the plots.

Perhaps my textbook experience led to my fiction-writing style. I like to explain things. There is a logical progression. In my humble opinion, it all seems to hang together. My stories move fast. A few chapters could be fodder for an entire book by other writers. Some characters are purposely wooden because they don't need full development. My books are neither travelogues nor artwork on display. I leave some scenes to the imagination. It's the story that matters.

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