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

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Meet the assassin The Washington Post calls "a doozy of a sociopath" in this debut thriller from Matthew FitzSimmons. Available on Kindle and in paperback.

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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: 1132 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WINEGOT BOOKS; 1 edition (April 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 10, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Format: Kindle Edition
Title: The Cancer Code
Author: Andrew Findlay
Reviewer: George Shadow

This book is a riveting thriller set in the conflicting world of behemoth drug conglomerates and the big business they pursue in the course of their daily existence. Jim is a brilliant scientist who gets heartbroken by the love of his life. Twenty years later, he discovers a cure for cancer, but is almost immediately accused of stealing the formula and finds himself on the run, re-uniting with his heartbreaker, Lauren, and his brother as the story intensifies in a fast-paced, high-action mode.

Social/Historical Context:
This narrative is realistic. Imagine a world racing towards a cure for all the known deadly diseases and suddenly someone discovers a cure for, let's say, AIDS. Yes, we may never get to be told what immediately transpires after this, since every event would surely be secretively carried out, but then the big world of pharmaceuticals would certainly be all out to lay their hands on a claim or something similar. The researcher who discovered the cure will surely be in grave danger of losing his life if saner heads do not prevail in the long run, and this is what this novel is trying to portray in fiction. Big pharma is certainly just big business. These guys are not in it to help people. They're in it to make money, period. And who knows when they'll cross the line, if they haven't already?

Writing Style:
Findlay reminds me of John Grisham in the 90s. A no-nonsense writer, Grisham made a name for himself with his fictional mastery of high-end drama played out in the topmost echelons of the corporate world. Author Findlay has put to paper a story that can compete with Grisham's paperbacks any day.
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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 yet concentrated of a good red wine. And it is becoming evident that wine, red wine in particular, might actually have some beneficial effects on our health, alcohol notwithstanding.
Enter Jim Macwade, a winemakers' son who delved into the scientific world rather than labour on the family' estate. The first impression of Jim is not in the most glorious light: Jim is a reclusive and resolute researcher working for a pharmaceutical giant, GluckSchmidtLittle. Snubbed by a past love, Jim devoted himself entirely to science, slaving feverishly with the virtually unlimited resources provided by his employers while also drawing deep on his personal knowledge of the background of wine-making and even his own personal ingenuity, working on that 'Holy Grail' of cures, a cure for cancer. And with the properties of Resveratol and after much hard work, the cure is created.
But all is not well in paradise- Jim found the cure while working on his own free time rather than company hours. Jim also realises the full ramifications were he to hand over such a silver bullet to the arsenal of GluckSchmidtLittle, especially given the cheap production costs of such a miraculous cure and the killing that a pharmaceutical giant could make from such a drug; both metaphorically in terms of the money-making and the access or denial to such a cure. Jim takes matters into his own hands and flees, embarking on a desperate manhunt with himself as the target; and at the same time a profound soul-searching on the road, with truths becoming revealed concerning his companions rather than compounds.
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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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