But his life is anything but normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.
For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he’s 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past.
Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love.”
You know, I’ve always been fascinated by intelligence. What causes it and the people who seem to have higher than normal intelligence. It’s always been very interesting to me so it’s no surprise that I loved this book. Granted, there were a few rough spots but it’s all water under the bridge.
When I started reading this book, it gripped me and didn’t let me go until the last sentence. I risked missing the Super Bowl people! Now that is some major gripping! While the final ‘problem’ did go on for quite some time, it wasn’t really drawn out per say. There was just a lot contained within it. I think that’s the best thing about this book – there wasn’t anything that was necessary so everything just flew by.
Now about the Ebola. I won’t tell you how it’s related to the story other than Sean has to find a cure or his girlfriend dies. With the Ebola crisis hitting Africa now, this seemed all too real and is happening on a daily basis. That’s what made the ending so fabulous for me.
The one rough patch would be Sean and Natasha’s relationship. It all just kind of jumped from first date to serious relationship. There was a little in between but it didn’t seem real exactly until she becomes ill. I know there’s a page restriction and all to keep it interesting but it could have been developed a bit more I suppose.
The Final Verdict:
An action packed book with thrilling twists and turns that never bored me for a second. The ending was very well done and I loved Sean’s ‘superintelligence’. Sean and Natasha’s relationship could have used a little more oomph although the relationship between Sean and his aunt was amazing!