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"The prose sucks you in, and doesn't let go till the last page. This novel should be required reading." - Lillian Rodriguez, actor, New York. 

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If you have never lost someone you love, then maybe this isn't the story for you. But if you have, as many of us have, and I have, then stay awhile with me. I'll tell you the story of a woman and the man she loved. I'll call them Eva and Michael. It was their doctor, Emanuel Victor, who told me their story and asked me to share it with you.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: JJBrown Author (November 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983821135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983821137
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,059,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This author has pulled off a challenging feat in weaving a rather dark tale with such well-drawn characters and perfectly-tuned emotional layers that it moves rapidly along without getting bogged down. In fact, I stayed up too late a couple of nights to see what was going to happen next.

Its characters run the gamut of loving and generous to selfish and immature, yet there is a finely drawn theme of the power of love in a world of people who need love so desperately, and the ending is strangely hopeful in spite of the main character's poor choices.

The author's medical background lent strength and credibility to the parts of the story involving AIDS transmission and the terrible threat posed by AIDS when it first began to spread so rapidly and the diagnosis was virtually a death sentence. The consequences of failing to practice "safe sex" became many magnitudes greater than they had ever been, and this took its toll on both health and relationships.
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I have read this book various times, and every time, I see, find and imagine something different about each character, hoping there will be a sequel... I absolutely love the cultural breath, the environment, the atmosphere made of theatre scent and opera sounds, the poetry in it, coexisting with the terrible news of life-changing diseases and the dark shadows of death... But at the same time I am pulled right into the story again, enjoying the moods, the feelings and the unpredictable, smooth, precise way, J.J. is able to write about pain, love and hope.
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In Puccini's La Boheme, a beautiful seamstress falls in love with a poet, is rejected by the poet and dies of TB in the poet's garret apartment, despite the efforts of her best friend to obtain needed medicine. In JJ Brown's novella, life imitates art. Eva, a young opera student learning the role of the beautiful seamstress in La Boheme, is in love with Michael, a philanthropist who runs an AIDS foundation.

Due, in part, to their twenty year age difference, the philanthropist is not interested in her as a lover, but the young virgin pursues him and takes advantage of Michael while he is blacked out from drinking. When he awakens in the morning and discovers what he has done, Michael runs to Africa on the pretext of visiting the hospitals his foundation funds and disappears.

In the weeks that follow, Eva discovers that Michael's interest in AIDs is more than one of a noblesse oblige passed on to him by his wealthy family. Eva seeks medical help and attempts to find Michael. Over time, the young woman becomes involved in the HIV/AIDs community in an effort to heal herself and to forgive Michael.

Will she find the man she still loves and confess her transgression? Or is Michael lost in the heart of darkness?

In an era of declining mortalities and new and potent medications, HIV/AIDs has taken a back seat to other, more dramatic tales in the news. These medications have arrested the deadly epidemic and controlled the disease; however, the treatment has its own insidious price to pay. This beautifully written and moving novella is not an easy read. It is a cautionary tale about not being complacent about this disease and about the tragic consequences of poor choices, even ones made in the name of love.
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Michael is a wealthy middle-aged philanthropist with a passion for culture and leading his Foundation, supporting the alleviation of HIV, Aids and TB for sufferers in Africa. Eva is a young talented student of opera, trying to come to terms with understanding her deep love for Michael and accepting his worsening health problem. This book takes you through an enthralling but tangled journey of events and interactions of the two protagonists with others, some close, some distant, as each circles the other, as if in a dream, to confront and assuage their true feelings. The journey commences with the interaction between Eva's first professional performances in La Bohème and Michael's Foundation party and each battling to contain their own inner demons continuing with unexpected consequences brought on from both situations. Vector means carrier in Latin and in Mathematics is defined by both size and direction, as the novel explores, in depth, the love, pain and hope flowing from unforeseen circumstances which Eva and Michael try desperately to control for their own survival.
I thoroughly enjoyed Vector which is by far the best piece of work, for ages, which has kept me both challenged and enthralled from beginning to end. The particular style of J J Brown's writing uniquely brings alive the torment, emotion, pain and despair of not only Eva and Michael but in consequence and complexity, their friends and colleagues too. The devastating impact and betrayal on lives of a life-threatening disease is vividly and sensitively handled around the central love story with all the implications expertly woven into the ongoing plot.
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Eva is a young rising opera student in New York City performing in La bohème, which seems to draw parallels to her own life. In this instance the frame story narrative structure works well to enhance the story. Eva is in love with Michael, a middle aged philanthropist. Michael and his close friend, physician Emanuel Victor operate a healthcare foundation based in New York City and South Africa. In this tale much of the content pertains to tuberculosis, disease, and illness, but mainly HIV, shedding a light on the HIV/AIDS global epidemic. J.J. Brown's scientific background enables her to delve into meticulous detail regarding various sicknesses, all while not losing the reader. As its title suggests it's "A Modern Love Story." However it contains elements of tragedy, suspense, and mystery, amongst others. To classify it in one specific genre would be erroneous. Vector features a cast of characters whose lives are intertwined. Tension mounts as we discover their secrets, and the impact they have on one another's lives. What makes this novel work is how the author takes an eclectic dramatis personae and brings about an array of emotions, that both you and the characters experience, a feat not easily achieved. Feel the pain, feel the love, feel the hope.
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