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Syndrome [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Hoover
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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Book Description

(Pinnacle 2003)


Alexa Hampton runs her own interior design firm in New York’s Soho but now a heart mishap threatens her life. Her black-sheep younger brother insists she go to a New Jersey clinic owned by his eccentric boss for stem cell experiments. There she and her long-ago lover, a medical reporter, uncover a bizarre experiment to reverse the aging process.

In her mid-thirties, Alexa Hampton runs her own interior design firm in New York’s Soho and has a daily run to keep fit. But now her world is narrowing as a childhood heart mishap increasingly threatens to lethally impact her life. Then out of nowhere her black-sheep younger brother appears and insists she go to a clinic in New Jersey to enter stem-cell clinical trials that are working wonders. The clinic is owned by her brother’s boss, the eccentric millionaire Winston Bartlett.
Also interested in the clinic is the medical reporter Stone Aimes, who’s hoping to penetrate Bartlett’s veil of secrecy and find out what’s going on there. He has personal as well as professional reasons for wanting to get closer to Winston Bartlett. He is also a long-ago lover of Alexa’s and still carrying something of a torch for her though they have long been out of touch.
As Alexa investigates the clinic, their paths cross and together they slowly uncover the horrifying truth about what can happen when stem-cell technology is taken to its ultimate limit. A bizarre secret experiment to reverse the aging process has gone out of control. Winston Bartlett’s young mistress, the TV personality Kristen Starr, had an anti-aging procedure that went awry and now all her cells are being replaced with new. The side effects are horrific. No one can stop what is happening: she is growing younger, destined to become a child again.
Alexa and Stone become prisoners in the clinic and then Bartlett and his Dutch medical researcher Karl van der Vliet begin a bizarre experiment on Alexa, hoping to produce antibodies to save Kristen, and Bartlett. In a stunning, blazing finale, Alexa turns the tables on them all, only to discover that she’s now, suddenly unlike anyone else who has ever lived.



TAGS: Medical Thriller, Heart disease, Stem Cells, Aortic Stenosis, Aging, Fountain of Youth,


Product Details

  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611791197
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kensington (September 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X9AFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,700 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this book... June 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The premise of this book is intriguing. However, the extremely graphic foul language really detracted from the story. I really wanted to read this book to see how it all played out but the poor editing, foul language etc. just continued to get in the way. I ended up deleting it from my Kindle. Glad I didn't have to pay for it. What a disappointment.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking but a bit simplistic read February 7, 2011
By E. J.
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are curious about stem cell or any medical sort of research put in a thriller form, this is a nice book to read. It is thought-provoking about the responsibilities related to that type of research. The bar for a book like that is high because the general subject has been explored before, and Syndrome doesn't quite get up there for me. Like other reviewers, I felt the heros, unlike most reasonable people, make the "right" mistakes and avoid sounding an alarm just so the plot can happen. I was also a bit annoyed about the internal monologues throughout the book but I understand the importance of introspection. I just wish there was more "showing by doing" rather than by telling how one felt.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Erin
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a free kindle download so my hopes weren't necessarily that high, but I still didn't like this book. I started reading this book three months ago and at some point stopped reading it and never started again so it's probably safe to say I'm just not going to finish reading it.

My main issue with this book is that the science is just so terrible. Hoover didn't change things enough to make the the science futuristic or alien so I couldn't even read it like science fiction; I did try really hard though. I tried to pretend that when he was talking about stem cells that he was actually talking about some mysterious future research, but I couldn't do it. I just graduated college with a degree that allowed me to spend quite a bit of time studying stem cells, and reading the science in this book just hurt it was so bad. No one with knowledge of stem cells even in 2003 should have looked at this book and thought it was good.

Maybe readers who don't know anything (or know very little) about stem cells can read this book and enjoy it. If you do know anything about stem cells though I would recommend steering clear.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Up to date stem cell science November 28, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was hooked by the plot line involving the latest stem cell technology and that's what kept me turning the pages. The author seems to be a little too concerned about dropping trade names, form Toyota to Science Diet, but clearly he knows his way around this science. The book underlines the promise of the technology but also the ethical dilemmas.
I was a little bit annoyed by all of the convenient coincidences required to keep the plot moving.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This book has so many typo's I couldn't finish it. There are places where the author clearly meant to expand on an idea and placed etc or just left it hanging. It needs a new editor and another read through (or two) before I will give this book another chance.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I managed to struggle to read 3% of this book and then gave up. I was genuinely interested in the subject and will give most books a good go. But I got so fed up with words being hyphenated mid-sentence (and mid-page) that I could not follow the story line.

A little like this: I man-aged to stru-ggle to read 3% of this book and then gave up. I was gen-uinely interes-ted in the sub-ject and will give most books a good go. But I got so fed up with words being hyphen-ated mid-sen-tence that I could not foll-ow the story line.

Would love to see this with some editing to sort out the gremlins.....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly crafted; puzzling medicine December 17, 2011
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First, the bad hyphenation in the Kindle edition makes this book maddening to read. Lazy, lazy, lazy production -- he chose speed over getting it right.

Second, Karen's aortic stenosis would have resulted in an aortic valve transplant years before the defect became life threatening. My husband has had two, so I know what I'm talking about. If Hoover got that wrong, why would I trust any of his medicine or science?

But mainly I think the book crapped out on the ending. It wasn't good enough for me to even consider reading a sequel, so the teasers were just irritating.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a re-write October 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book about stem-cell research,with the main character having stem-cell therapy to cure a defective heart, but ending up with a new body that will never grow older.
The book was 92% filler and 8% story. If Aly farted it was described in great detail. Aly seemed to have fairly good character development, Stone not so good. The twist was that Stone's father was the owner of the stem-cell lab. This theme was not developed well. Aly' change took place at the very end of the book and was not developed well.
I found this to be an interesting concept, but found the author lacking in science. Also I found the amount of filler boring. I doubt if I would read this author again
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable
Published 10 days ago by Penny Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book and never saw it ending the way it did. Very interesting and well written.
Published 11 days ago by sharon smith
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
This book was very interesting and I enjoyed it, however it did take me months to read because it kind of dragged. Read more
Published 12 days ago by buyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Good character development and plot
Great book. Good character development and plot.
Published 17 days ago by Mark V Udell
3.0 out of 5 stars slow moving but cool concept
Slow moving and a disappointing ending. Never really grabbed me. The concept was cool. I would probably not recommend it.
Published 25 days ago by Dean R Vayder
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
The plot is the type books I enjoy. I found this book difficult to read due to the amount of typo's it is difficult to read and follow, because I had to keep re-reading sections. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cindy
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good book, interesting reading
Quite a good book, interesting reading. Exciting at times trying to work out where it was going. Thought provoking as to the direction that science will take, and will we ever end... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nerrelle Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't "Get into" the story so I gave a ...
I couldn't "Get into" the story so I gave a low score.
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Syndrome
This is a very exciting book to read, it is a true medical thriller!!! The author stuck to his story line, keeping his reader captivated and thoroughly entertained, I give this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan-lyn Gonzales-gasparrelli
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't read
Published 1 month ago by Pat L Millhouse
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