Miracle Man is the winner of a Best Thriller national award, and was named by Amazon as ONE OF THE TOP 100 NOVELS OF 2015, a TOP 10 BEST SELLING THRILLER and a TOP 10 NEW YORK TIMES/AMAZON BEST SELLER
The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.
So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?
As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.
Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.
What if a super intelligent child grows up to focus selflessly on solving the riddle of illnesses with only treatments and no cures. What if he chooses to give away those cures away in a way that assures even the poorest of people would have access to them. Sounds like something the world would welcome - right? Unfortunately in Miracle Man the answer is no.
Robert James Austin - the genius trying to do just that - is plagued by the government men who made his accelerated education possible. They want him to use his intellect to give his country world superiority. Then there is the pharmaceutical industry desperate to halt the new cures as their deep profits rest on treatments that have to be taken for long periods of time at the high prices they set. Cures would mean losing millions of life-long customers.
The author warms the story up by winding by bringing in personal notes such as a wonderful mentor and later, a love interest. We also feel the personal toll to Robert's health and mental well-being as he disappears down the rabbit hole when he is fully immersed in new research. Then there is intrigue as we follow the government's dealings, as well as the danger he faces from a contract killer hired by a pharmaceutical czar. But there is also a significant part of this book that follows his research thoughts - first as he is growing up and making new discoveries, and then as he approaches finding a cures. And this part of the book does take a bit of patience.
Despite those slower sections, I enjoyed reading this book. And the end, when it comes, will surprise you.
William R. Leibowitz practices law internationally and prefers not spending too much time in any one place. He is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School.
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