Protagonist Sean Malone's journey begins at 14. He has an IQ north of 200, a full-ride scholarship to the country's top technical university, and over a million bucks from a winning streak on Jeopardy. However, he wishes he could just be normal.
His genius comes at a price. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.
When he pushes back, the Department of Defense pushes harder, and Sean is forced to flee to Rome to build a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone.
He enjoys a quiet existence in secrecy the next few years. And at 18, falls in love.
The calm shatters when his girlfriend, Natasha, falls critically ill. Her doctors have no idea how to control the disease before it overcomes her. His intellect is her only hope of survival. He knows nobody else can figure out the medical puzzle before her time runs out.
Sean brazenly returns to the US, where he has to avoid the prying eye of the Department of Defense as he tries to piece together a cure. His problems intensify when he hacks into the servers of a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company. And it finds out.
He now has to evade the machinations of not just one, but two powerful institutions on US soil, all while figuring out the hardest medical problem on Earth, and finding a way to get back to Europe before it's too late for Natasha.
Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love.
This best seller, author Ted Galdi's debut, is enjoyed by both young adults and adults.
Its elements of government conspiracy, reminiscent of the Edward Snowden incident, probe the darkness that can loom over agencies like the NSA. While its take on the Ebola virus is a hopeful expression of how human ingenuity, if allowed to flourish, can make the world a safer and better place.
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By Jean on 02-02-15
Interesting idea for a story
This is a debut novel of Ted Galdi. It is a thriller that follows a teenage genius as he does battle against certain officials within the United States government and a shady pharmaceutical company.
Life for Sean Malone is unusual. He is supposed to have an IQ of 250. He gained fame as an eleven year old by winning over a million dollars on Jeopardy. It was the mention of Jeopardy that caught my attention and made me decide to read the book. After I got the book I discovered it is classified as a YA Sci-Fi/Techno Thriller.
Elixir is well written with an interesting premise but I needed to completely suspend my scientific knowledge to follow the story. The action is fast pace and believable. The characterization within the story is somewhat lacking, only Sean seemed real. Although I could see when the story was attempting to hook the reader, it didn’t hook me. I was unable to forget everything I know about science to enjoy the story. I like to read an author’s debut book and often I find another author to follow. Roberto Scarlato narrated the book.
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By Kindle Customer on 03-02-17
Good story. Ho hum reader.
Reader was monotone on narration. Most characters were believable. Story was good, but drug in the middle. Mr. Galdi got carried away on the epilogue -- long enough for another book. I won't call it YA but might appeal more to the late teens / early twenties set -- esp. of the female persuasion.
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