The Immortalists

The Immortalists

by Kyle Mills


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Microbiologist Richard Draman thought he’d answered this question when he walked away from his career to focus on curing a genetic defect that causes his daughter to age at a wildly accelerated rate. Just when Richard and his wife Carly force themselves to recognize that eight-year-old Susie’s time is running out, they receive an unexpected gift — startling new research into the fundamental secrets of life that could be the answer to their prayers.

When Richard is accused of stealing the research that was sent to him, he takes his family on the run, seeking out a retired special forces operative and old friend to help dig up the truth behind the controversial experiments. Determined to either save Susie’s life or die trying, the Dramans plunge into a bloody conflict between two powerful factions vying for control of a discovery that could change the face of humanity.

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ISBN-13: 9781612181509
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 203,729
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including his award-winning The Second Horseman. Growing up in Oregon as a Bureau Kid, Kyle absorbed an enormous amount of information about the FBI, which he incorporates into his novels. He and his wife live in Wyoming and enjoy rock climbing.

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mckait on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an average thriller with a medical thread running through.Susie had been born to Richard Draman, one of the top cancer researcher in the country. Hiswork was watched and was more promising than most, and he gave credit to his much higher thanaverage IQ. His intelligence, which got him into plenty of scrapes as a boy, also got him sentto a boarding school where a teacher took Richard under his wing and the rest, as they way was history.When Susie was born to Richard and his wife Carly, they knew immediately that she was one of thefew children in the world who suffered from Progeria, or rapid aging. Due to the fact that so fewchildren suffered from this disease, it got little notice from researchers. It also attracted littlemoney for anyone interested in doing such research, as Richard found when he left his lab and beganto research it himself. He was determined to save Susie and the other children he had come to knowwith this disease.After hearing of a death in the research community, a suicide, Draman was visited by the victims husband.He brought with him a thumb drive that contained his wife's most recent work. He took it to Draman becausehis reputation as a brilliant scientist was well known. And so began the thriller part of the novel.This is not a bad book by any means. It just seems to sort of peter out after a while. It starts outjust fine and draws you in quickly. Then things just sort of begin to crumble. I can accept improbable...this is a book, a story. In fact, improbable is intriguing when used skillfully. The premise that ascientist was working on research that can turn back time, not only stop the aging process but reverse it,is not new but it is interesting. The fact that something like that held promise to the victims of progeriawas not lost on Draman, and he was determined not to let anything stop him from completing what his colleaguehad begun. Great!What happened after they left their very ill daughter with a near stranger, (but darned nice guy) didstretch my credibility just a bit too far.. especially what happened when they were making their way tothe one and only friend they had that might be able to help them. I won't spoil it for you, but it was a bitmuch.The ending ? I love a good strong ending in a book. This one did not have that. It seems that at acertain point everything became about wrapping it up instead of finishing the story. Too bad... thisone had promise.
jasonlf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A preposterous plot from beginning to end with virtually no twists (beyond one utterly predictable one about one-third of the way through). Unfortunately, the first few scenes were quite good--beginning with the killing of a biologist, the shift in scene to another biologist and his 8 year-old daughter with progenia (which manifests itself as rapid, premature aging), and the handover of the first biologists thumb drive. But then a massive almost parody of a Dr. Evil global conspiracy starts chasing him--complete with a hidden Pacific island lair of the evil mastermind, an eccentric billionaire who also has his own private army, and people who dispatch armies to kill people left and right if they have the slightest connection to the fleeing biologist. All centering around a drug that is meant to reverse the aging process, making someone young and immortal. The chapters are rapid fire, short and action-filled, so in a sense it is a page turner, just a deeply dissatisfying one.
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alexia561 More than 1 year ago
At first glance, this didn't seem to be my sort of book. I don't care for medical thrillers, and the synopsis sounded like a medical thriller. May be shallow of me, but I usually get bored and don't really care if the doctor(s) are able to find a cure in time before the whole world dies of some new deadly disease strain! Boy, was this a nice surprise! This is more a straight thriller, where the main character just happens to be a medical researcher. No boring details of the disease and no long, drawn-out explanation of how a cure is ultimately found. Was drawn into the story of how Richard and his wife Carly are suddenly thrust into a life on the run and wind up smack in the middle of huge conspiracy! The poor researcher and his chef wife handle themselves surprisingly well, but nothing too over-the-top unbelievable and they are both likable characters. Gave this one a 4/5 as it had interesting characters, was well-paced, had no gaping plot holes (that I noticed), and was well written. I even liked the ending. So lesson learned, and I won't automatically assume that something isn't my taste without at least reading the excerpt!
BeautyBriteReviews More than 1 year ago
When I first received The Immortalists book pitch, I saw that it was written by Kyle Mills. My son¿s name is Kyle so that was the first thing that caught my attention. When I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book. I love thrillers! Reading a thriller gives me a little excitement in my life as it tickles my imagination. The Immortalists pulled me in from the very first page and kept me glued to the pages until the very end. Kyle Mills opened his book with an attention grabbing scene. After reading the prologue, you are forced to keep reading. You want to know the why, how, and what caused this to occur. The Immortalists follows Richard Draman and his family. Carly is Richard¿s loving wife and Susie is their daughter, who has progeria. Susie ages at an accelerated rate. Richard is a microbiologist who is working towards a cure for progeria. He left his job as a cancer researcher to devote his life to finding a cure for progeria. The Dramans have a small circle of friends and colleagues. One prominent and long time friend is Chris Graden, the Draman¿s have been friends with him for years. After being accused on stealing precious research data, Richard is forced to take his family on the run. They turn to an unexpected friend to hide. The race to save their lives from very powerful people who are trying to silence them. Richard and Carly rely on each other to escape every obstacle. The Immortalists is a thrilling adventure of mystery, suspense, and drama. Any parent would walk to the ends of the earth to save their child. Richard and Carly had to do what they did for their daughter.