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THE CANCER CODE: "...more prophesy than fiction..." [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

THE CANCER CODE is a thriller about the first man on earth to discover a cure for cancer. A likeable, everyday guy ... who just happens to be a genius!!

It’s a ‘David and Goliath’ story, except the little man is Jim MacWaide, an altruistic New York biochemist, on the run from the world's most powerful pharmaceutical company with the ‘Holy Grail’ of drugs under his arm.

Coming from a renowned Napa wine-making family, Jim has spent three years obsessively experimenting on the properties of Resveratrol, an extract of the red grape. After achieving miraculous results in regenerating human tissue cells, he shares 90% of his discovery with his employers, Gluck Schmidt Little, but quickly gets cold feet. Realizing too late, he's certain that once the ruthless pharma giant gets hold of the 'Holy Grail' of cures, only the rich will be saved from cancer - by a drug that costs ten dollars to produce.

When Jim refuses to reveal the last, vital code, his bosses hire an ex-Guantanamo interrogator to torture the goods out of him. Saved by a last minute tip-off, Jim hits the road, pursued by the relentless bounty-hunter in a race to find a non-profit organization for his miracle cure.

If ignominiously wrenched from his comfort zone, this terrifying journey liberates Jim's 'inner man' and hitherto unknown strengths to outwit his nemesis for the common good.

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About the Author

Andrew Findlay has been a screenwriter working in Europe and Hollywood for many years, for TV movies and feature screenplays. He was formerly a TV director in the UK before moving to California in 1997. His previous novel is ABSENTIA, a mystery intrigue about a world famous self-help guru in crisis.

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  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WINEGOT BOOKS; 1 edition (April 10, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cancer Code October 2, 2014
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This book was super interesting. I thought it was incredibly fascinating and I wanted to keep reading and neglect any work I had to do. This book was very well written and everything that explains the cure for cancer isn't written in a way that's hard to understand. In fact, it sounds perfectly realistic. I loved this book from the start and it drew me in instantly. I loved all the different plot lines and the way the book jumped around to let you catch up on all of them. I think that anyone who is looking for something fast paced and interesting, this is the book for you. I t is on the serious side, so if you're looking for something lighthearted and fun, then this won't be the place. But I love any book that has to do with medicine in fiction. It's so fascinating and fun to imagine a world where stuff like this existed. I thought this book was very well thought out and very well paced out. Like I said, if you're looking for something new and exciting and interesting to read, give this a shot. I don't think you'll be disappointed. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The not too distant future December 17, 2013
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I greatly enjoyed Andrew Findlay's story set in the near future when scientists discover an effective treatment for aging. I found the drama that ensues to be fascinating and gripping. As a researcher myself, I can vouch that the science is based on facts, yet explained in a way that is easily accessible. It is fun to imagine what would happen if someone does discover a molecule that can slow aging. There are hundreds of scientists trying and this story tells what could happen if just one of them is successful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action November 19, 2013
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Jim is an exceptionally intelligent man. The first chapter gives us some insight into his life; namely living in his brother's shadow and a breakup with a girl he loved deeply. This threw me off once the second chapter began and events were catapulted into the future, where he's working as a medical researcher/scientist and comes home to a mysterious note that warns him that he needs to leave quickly because his life is in danger.

From there Jim narrowly escapes but is branded a thief and has to rely on his wits and the help of some kind strangers to avoid his pursers. The Cancer Code revealed itself to be a riveting thriller, where corporations are willing to squash Jim to keep his cure for cancer under wraps.

Jim is a nice mix of genius and social failings. He's brilliant in the lab and nice enough, but doesn't really have a lot of charisma or experience with close relationships. Mike, Dan, and the others are oddly eager to help him and believe his story (which does sound rather crazy), but I thought they added a nice touch with their boisterous acceptance of Jim. They aren't that developed, but they didn't feel like entirely flat characters nonetheless.

The action is broken up by flashbacks that show Jim's time at the pharmaceutical company, and reveal more about his relationships and the various company politics that landed him in this mess in the first place The change of pace is nice, but sometimes I wanted to get back to the present events quickly. The writing style is pretty standard; it does the job and everything is clear but it isn't very noteworthy. Overall I thought The Cancer Code was a decent thriller, and made for a good distraction.
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Jim MacWaide loved research and the quest for knowledge in microbiology and quantum physics. In his spare time working at the biggest pharmaceutical company in the world, he finally had discovered the cure for cancer. He was proud of his accomplishment, as he should be, but his thoughts for the future of this cure and his companies ideas were two completely different things.

He never thought his life would be in danger, and what was once a simple easy-going man became a man on the run for his life, doing things he never thought possible. Realizing his lack of real friends, it seemed his help came from total strangers in an effort to help him prove to the world he did not steal the formula, he created it, no matter what his employer, Gluck Schmidt Little claimed.

Travel with Jim as he tries to convince a few choice people his cure should be available to everyone for a reasonable price, not just for the elite who could afford it. Had it not been for a warning note slipped under his door, he would have been dead.

Travel with Jim and see who wins the battle for the rights to cure cancer, Jim or the biggest pharmaceutical company in the world, affordable or for the elite only.

Select choice of characters, from Jim’s family to his employer to his co-workers to mere acquaintances, someone for everyone’s type of personality. Easy to follow and page turning to see if Jim survives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced November 7, 2013
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I found 'The Cancer Code' by Andrew Findley is a fast paced story but drawn out in parts. I was delighted to find it is not full of scientific details and bogged down with formula talk instead it is an easy to understand thriller about a scientist who finds the cure for cancer (and other diseases as well).

It starts off with a very interesting opening of Jim, the main character and a brilliant scientist who found the cure for a variety of cancers. He receives a letter under his door warning him he is in danger from men hired to do him harm. The letter tells him to leave now because they are on their way.

Although Jim found this 'cure' on his own he works at a drug company and signed a policy stating that any discoveries he makes while employed by the drug company are the property of the drug company. So naturally this drug company wants the 'cure' so they can sell it for thousands of dollars a bottle. Jim doesn't want to give it to them because he wants everyone to be able to afford it and wants to sell it for something like fifty dollars a bottle. So with the constant stalling by Jim to hand over the 'key' sequence the drug company takes matters into their own hands.

Jim was sort of an odd person, brilliant in science but not in relationships or 'life'. He sort of reminded me of the characters in The Big Bang Theory on TV. He was developed as a person but he is so...odd. The other characters were developed as well as they needed to be to make the story believable.

It was a good story and the whole concept of it is believable. I would recommend it to anyone who likes scientific thrillers, dramas.

*I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cancer Code is a riveting thriller
Jim is obsessed with his research and spends most of his life in his lab. This isn't very helpful for his relationship that he's been in for awhile, and it causes them to grow... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth Barbarick (Stuffed Shelves)
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Fun

The Cancer Code was a fast-pace book about Jim MacWaid. Jim is very driven in his research. Read more
Published 19 months ago by booknerd
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for all lovers of suspense and high-octane drama!
Title: The Cancer Code
Author: Andrew Findlay
Reviewer: George Shadow

This book is a riveting thriller set in the conflicting world of behemoth... Read more
Published 19 months ago by George Shadow
3.0 out of 5 stars Story idea good, easy to read
The Cancer Code by Andrew Findlay had all the elements to make a great scientific thriller, a scientist with the cure for cancer up against the corporate greed of a mega... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A scienctifc thriller that's maturing nicely
When you think of wine, you don't, as a rule, think of cancer. You think of vineyards basking in the golden rays of a setting sun, of cool cellars and oaken casks, of the complex... Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. J. Dagg
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but too protracted
Story goes on too long but its a good story.Leaves little to the imagination.Found lots of errors...typos in the text
Published 20 months ago by alec james
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping thriller
This book is a gripping thriller set in the world of big pharma. It has elements of Grisham, a fast paced plot and strong characterisation. A page turner.
Published 21 months ago by Melanie Anstey
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller With A Conscience
In this rollicking thriller in which The Fugitive meets Sideways and The Constant Gardener, Findlay has found the perfect formula that blends science, suspense and oenology to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by hugo
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More About the Author

Andrew Findlay is a screenwriter and novelist with 5 films and several published books to his credit.  His latest novel, "The Cancer Code" is a thriller set in the U.S. about an altruistic New York biochemist who discovers a cure for cancer, then hunted down by his vast drug company bosses when he refuses to give up the final code.

Andrew Findlay grew up on the East Coast of England, where he developed a passion for sailing and the sea which has stayed with him throughout his life.

In the 1980s, he was based in London and worked in theatre and later the British film industry directing television drama and documentary productions as well as TV commercials and clips for the nascent music video scene.  

During this time, Andrew developed his writing skills, eventually moving to Paris in 1990 to pursue a career as a full-time screenwriter.  For the next decade, he wrote many television movies and eventually moved to Hollywood in 1997 to focus his attention on writing for the big screen.

In 2007, he moved to the south of France for five years before returning to Notting Hill Gate in London where he now lives with his wife and family.


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