Shadow of Eden Kindle Edition
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If you like thrillers from authors like A.G. Riddle, Michael Crichton, or Kathy Reichs, you're going to love Louis Kirby. But don't start the book anywhere near bedtime, the first seven chapters won't let you go; and the rest will keep you awake until the end. Shadow of Eden weaves a fascinating story that will fill you with page-turning anxiety and keep you engaged for hours. The bottom line: Shadow of Eden is a chilling, prophetic thriller and a terrific début that will keep you up late with exciting action and unexpected twists. From Alan Wanderer author of AnaphylaxisSHADOW OF EDEN will capture your total attention once you start it. You will be constantly on the edge by the disturbing theme of malicious intent by a pharmaceutical company, such as the opening scene of a pilot gone mad and the progression to a potential war between China and the U.S.A. Dr. Kirby has written a thriller that has a believable medical theme with worldwide implications comparable to that of Dan Brown's INFERNO. Both take you through pathways of suspense knowing world health is threatened. As a novelist of a medical thriller, I believe this should end up on the screen.
From the Inside Flap
"Great read along the lines of the masters like Clive Cussler and David Baldacci." Luis Enrique
"I could NOT put this book down! It was fast-paced and suspenseful. A pill for weight loss called Eden, a possible international incident with China, corporate greed, and an ordinary doctor flung into the middle of it all. You won't regret reading this book. It is one of the best of this genre I've read in a long time!!" Barbara Furlich
"hits a home run with his first novel, demonstrating amazing command of the subject matter - involving corporate intrigue, geopolitics and medicine. Dr. Kirby weaves an intricate story with incredible skill. Reminiscent of books by Michael Crichton." Jeanne Y
"Outstanding read that I could not put down until complete. The book evokes Mayday by Nelson DeMille except with a twist. If you like Michael Connelley and Nelson DeMille, you will like this one too." S Channen
- ASIN : B00EN86WRU
- Publisher : Scale Publishing (November 24, 2013)
- Publication date : November 24, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1097 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 480 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #923,216 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kirby has created a suspenseful thriller, populated with a cast of highly believable characters operating in extraordinary circumstances. The action scenes are heart pumping, and the nerve-racking countdown to a possible nuclear war with China a nail-biter. I read through the night on this one; something I rarely do.
This is a tour de force gripping read, which clearly demonstrates Louis Kirby is a gifted storyteller who has crafted a smart thriller of ingenious composition, populated with unforgettable characters. Indeed, the key players tend to lie about one's mind long after the book has been finished and put away. Kirby should well consider himself on the path to a second career.
The different levels run the gambit from our society's obsession with thinness at any cost to the sway of power and money with an even higher price tag.
I usually don't read this type of action-packed, plot driven novel. However, after finishing Shadow of Eden in two days because I couldn’t leave it alone, I wonder why I’ve put limits on my reading list. As usually happens, when I step out of my reading pigeonhole, surprising things happen.
At first, the number of characters and the changing names with each new chapter caused some confusion. However, as the layers of the story began to coalesce, I forgot about trying to keep all the names straight and went for the enjoyment of losing myself in the story. While the characters and their traits are important to the story, they aren’t as important as the speeding plot heading for a collision with the climax of the story.
I like the short chapters, too. This technique allows the plot to move forward quickly, and I didn’t have much of a chance to wonder if I knew who everyone was or if I was enjoying the genre or not. Who can stop to analyze when the novel’s train has already left the station and sped around the corner? That's a good thing for me when I read. As a writer myself, I spend far too much time taking apart the guts of what I'm reading. When I stop doing that and allow myself to be transported into a story, then I know the author has done what all good writing should do. Good writing gives the reader the opportunity to forget they're reading. Good writing transports the reader into the cockpit of a jet, even though the reader has never been inside of one. Good writing transcends believability because no matter what comes next, the reader has become lost in the setting and conflicts and plot. Dr. Kirby’s writing falls into this category.
Dr. Kirby delved into subject matter that required a tremendous amount of research. His standing as a respected neurologist and founder of a facility specializing in human drug testing gave him very specific knowledge of the body and its reaction to foreign substances; his knowledge of jets, government infrastructure, and corporation duplicity shines through in this novel for a fast read and a vast amount of tracks to explore.
I’m a fan of both Dr. Kirby and the action-packed thriller after reading Shadow of Eden.
It's not often you find a neurologist who can speak English to regular folks without making you run away. Rarer still, is the doctor who can turn a career of studying neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc) into an understandable story. But Dr. Kirby is far better than his peers.
Shadow of Eden weaves a fascinating story that will fill you with page-turning anxiety and keep you engaged for hours.
From the opening scene in which an airliner plummets to the earth, through the death-defying car chase, to the final foot race through Washington, DC, you will be cheering your hero's drive to expose an evil pharmaceutical kingpin and save the country from an unwinnable war.
The bottom line: Shadow of Eden is a chilling, prophetic thriller and a terrific début that will keep you up late with exciting action and unexpected twists.
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