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About the Author

Bill Powers worked in pharmaceutical R&D (Johnson & Johnson) for 26 years, rising to the position of Vice President of Global Preclinical Development. In various management roles, Bill led groups of scientist in the US, Europe and Asia; administered multi-million dollar budgets and was instrumental in the successful development of several marketed pharmaceutical products. He has a Ph.D. in Toxicology and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology. He has published numerous abstracts, articles and book chapters on various topics in toxicology. Bill has traveled extensively in the US, Europe and Asia, leading research groups in Belgium and Mumbai, India. He is married, has one adult child and one brother. Bill’s love of words and books started in childhood, stimulated by parents who were both teachers. A voracious reader, he enjoys both fiction (R. Pearson, S. White, J. Patterson, H. Coben, D. Baldacci, S. Berry, etc.) and biographies (Lincoln, Grant, T. Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, etc.). Now that he has moved away from his industrial career, he plans to aggressively pursue his passion of becoming a published author.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: DonnaInk Publications (April 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988538881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988538887
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Powers worked in pharmaceutical R&D (Johnson & Johnson) for 26 years, rising to the position of Vice President of Global Preclinical Development. In various management roles, Bill led groups of scientist in the US, Europe and Asia; administered multi-million dollar budgets and was instrumental in the successful development of several marketed pharmaceutical products.

He has a Ph.D. in Toxicology and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology. He has published numerous abstracts, articles and book chapters on various topics in toxicology. Bill has traveled extensively in the US, Europe and Asia, leading research groups in Belgium and Mumbai, India. He is married, has one adult child and one brother.

Bill's love of words and books started in childhood, stimulated by parents who were both teachers. A voracious reader, he enjoys both fiction (R. Pearson, S. White, J. Patterson, H. Coben, D. Baldacci, S. Berry, etc.) and biographies (Lincoln, Grant, T. Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, etc.)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Cannady on January 12, 2014
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For many, relying on a daily pill to relieve pain or reduce anxiety is just part of the routine. Seldom do we consider how much money, time and effort was required to discover and manufacture these little oral remedies. Even under the best circumstances, the tale of how that pill made it to your medicine cabinet is a yarn full of successes and failures; careers made while some destroyed. Now sprinkle that tale with unscrupulous characters dealing in murder, misdirection and malfeasance on and international level and you've got the intriguing new novel, "The Pharm House" by first time author Bill Powers.

Powers unlocks the door to the executive wing and highlights the high life of the highly paid who fly first class, use limo services and have unlimited expense accounts. Diversity issues of race, culture and geography intertwined with heavy dosages of corporate politics make the plot identifiable and interesting to a broad spectrum of readers. Powers takes the reader on a journey where big rewards require big risks and ultimately, big sacrifices. And as we go, we also get a lesson on the drug discovery process that supplies us with our medicines of life.

I recommend this experience for both the thrill of the story and the view from the top.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2014
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I could not put it down. Woke up in the middle of the night to read a few more chapters. I had just finished a John Grisham novel (Sycamore Row) and The Pharm House kept up the standards: for plot, pace and prose. Can't wait until Dr. Powers writes another. I'll be waiting for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vina Isaac on June 1, 2013
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A taunt suspenseful thriller that will keep you riveted from beginning to end. Cant wait to see more from this first time author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Battle on March 21, 2014
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I recommend this book to all book clubs. For Mr. Powell's first novel, he did an excellent job. Male & female would enjoy reading this book. Excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deseret A Hatcher on November 9, 2013
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Bill Powers really puts the write what you know to another level. "The Pharm House," is an interesting read as it is a medical mystery thriller; however, with the author having been a pharma executive it is near believable and this makes it all the more riveting.

Having received a gift Kindle copy - anxious to see this title on store shelves.

The layout and design is cool, and the reading is smooth with little to no grammatical issues. Great author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DofNaples on July 3, 2013
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The author very cleverly uses his knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry to weave an intricate, action-filled, suspenseful tale of enjoyable reading from beginning to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Styron Powers on June 22, 2013
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I have the same last name as the author because he is my brother. So while this relationship has some influence, as an avid reader, I enjoyed this book. The Pharm House bears some similarity to Robin Cook's books, who writes medical mysteries and introduces us to a corporate plot driven by greed and power. The best review I can give a book, is expressing my regret as I read the last page. In this case I regretted seeing these new characters' journey come to an end. And very much look forward to the next book with a hope I once again encounter Dorothy and Beth. Two, strong, intelligent and notable southern ladies.

John Grisham defines a good book as "Travel miles in your imagination and never get a blister." I recommend you travel with this new author.
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