Scientists attempted to find a cure for addiction. They failed.
Dr. Everett Berning, a leading researcher into the causes of addiction in the brain, spent 10 years of his life dedicated to one thing: finding the cure. Recruited after a strange encounter with the enigmatic Dr. Roberta Flint, director of research on Code Name: Rememdium, Dr. Berning is sent to work in a secret lab as part of the research team.
When the moment the scientists waited on for years arrives, Dr. Flint and her team are ecstatic.
Unfortunately, not everyone in the world feels the same way.
Benito San Nicholas isn't ready to give up his lucrative business. When the news of a cure arrives on his doorstep from a crooked informant, Benito enlists the help of other drug lords from around the world to stop the cure from hitting the streets and destroying their livelihoods.
What happens next ends up uniting the globe - just not the way society ever intended or hoped.
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The turnaround cure that bites
Since a fairly full introductory synopsis has already been given and this is a book best heard with no preconceptions, no further storyline will be revealed here. Sufficient to say, a 'cure' does not necessarily deliver an anticipated result...
Ashley Fontainne has a pleasantly direct writing style, with short, crisp sentences heavily interspersed with dialogue. She brings an immediacy to the characters and storyline which draws the reader/ listener in to the action, thus making what could be ridiculous feel almost plausible. Yes, this is a story which even suspended disbelief cannot quite make real. And yet, even after a considerable time lapse and a number of other books later, several of the scenes from Tainted Cure, remain with me, as fresh and vibrant as they were when first encountered.
This is a very visual book, fast paced, often violent, sometimes funny,with a myriad of characters. Although not fully rounded three dimensional people, her protagonists all shine with brightly distinct personalities even when their appearances are brief. This is a story to fall into, not to think about too deeply.
A special mention must be made of the narrator, Rebecca Roberts, whose voice seems to perfectly fit the story (despite my initial reservations). Her calm delivery enhances the fast action of the book.
This book is not perfect. There are inconsistencies and as previously mentioned, a great dollop of suspended disbelief has to be applied. But it is a well written, fun listen and, as such, recommended.
I received a copy of this book for review from the author via Audiobook Boom on the understanding that I would return and post an honest opinion.
- Norma Miles