Forge, Jul 2003, 25.95, 368 pp.
Research scientist Dr. Anson Lunt dies in a plane crash just on the verge of a victory that would have made him a household name along with historical persona like Fleming and Salk. His team has discovered the medical equivalent to the philosopher's stone, an apparent cure for cancer that seemingly could also inoculate people preventing the disease from even occurring.
THE CURE for cancer is easily worth millions, perhaps billions. The bidding begins, but not always with cash. The drug companies want the patent. The research scientists want the fame and money. Zieglersville is a small town reeling with an overload of corpses as murder has become a major by-product of the cure. Then there is George Morton, employee and friend of Lunt who is at the crosshairs of the power struggle.
Author of the BLUE MAX and other powerful thrillers, Jack D. Hunter has written perhaps his best book to date with the action-packed THE CURE. The story line focuses on the avarice of humanity to control the elixir and the fame and money associated with it with altruism not of any concern. The cast is a powerful group and the audience will have a difficult time deciding whether George is a brilliant greedy thug or a naive humanitarian until the end. Mr. Hunter portrays a cynical backbiting world where deceit, double cross, and lies rule over kindness and the overall good. In other words the perfect cure for the summer time blues.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner