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Alchemist [Paperback]

Peter James
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5 May 2005

Monty Bannerman's father is a leading genetic scientist, and Nobel Prize winner, whose company has just been taken over by what will soon be the world's biggest pharmaceutical giant. He had some misgivings about their company ethics - but ultimately, he needs their money, and they need his mind.

Then a journalist comes to Monty's door, with a far-fetched story about the pharmaceutical company. She doesn't believe what she's being told for a moment - but within a few short weeks, events are making the apparently fantastic claims look horrifyingly like the truth.

Behind the respectable facade of the multi-national company which calls itself the 'World's Most Caring Company' lies an outrage against the whole human race...


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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (5 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752817299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752817293
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter James was educated at Charterhouse and then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screen writer and film producer, before returning to England. His multiple award-winning, Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling novels have been translated into thirty-three languages. His writings reflect his deep interest in medicine, science and the world of the police. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He also co-created the hit Channel 4 series Bedsitcom, which was nominated for a Rose d'Or. Peter James won the Krimi-Blitz 2005 Crime Writer of the Year Award in Germany, and Dead Simple won both the 2006 Prix Polar International award and the 2007 Prix Cœur Noir award in France. Looking Good Dead was shortlisted for the 2007 Richard and Judy Crime Thriller of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for both France's SNCF award and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policère. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and Sussex.


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As chilling as Stephen King as credible as Michael Crichton - a gripping novel of terror and suspense

About the Author

Peter James was educated at Charterhouse and then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screen writer and film producer before returning to England. His novels, including several number one bestsellers, have been translated into thirty-six languages. He has produced several films, including the BAFTA-nominated Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. Peter James lives in Sussex.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A step too far 20 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
Alchemist is the story of a huge drugs company that has devious plans in hand to make the world dependent on their medicines over the next generation. The story moves between a young boy who becomes a Satanist and a couple of employees of the drugs company, Conor, a patent lawyer and Monty, the daughter of a Nobel-prize winning scientist now taken on and sponsored by the drugs company because of his work on genetic theory. This would have been an excellent thriller without the Satanist element and the supernatural, for me this was a step too far.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply the best book I have ever read ! 5 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought Alchemist on holiday in 1996, and could not put it down for a second. I have just had to buy another copy as the original one eventually fell to pieces. What can I say, breathtaking writing, a superb plot. Well done Mr James, I'm impressed.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb,Wonderful,Fantastic 5 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read a lot of books and usually review them. This is the first book I have given 5 stars to this year. Being my first Peter James novel I initially chose to read this based on the other reviews on Amazon. How right they were. A real page turner. This will certainly not be my last book by this author and I would suggest you order this book IMMEDIATELY !.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPELLBINDING 3 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback
I started reading this book on a flight from Bangkok to London and was dreading the 17hr flight, but this book took me away to another world. It's suspenseful and creative in so many ways. Monty Bannerman is a real character and draws you into a world of greed, cover-up's and bloodshed.
Truly outstanding!!! This man Peter James is the dog's nuts and I wait impatiently for his next release. Bring it on Pete, let's see if you can make my mind spin again???
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. 14 April 2007
Format:Paperback
I read this book after reading and immensely enjoying Dead Simple. This author is the best ever! Alchemist is very readable and very "unputdownable" and somewhat thought provoking. I don't normally like horror books, but this had just the right amount of everything going on. A little bit gruesome in places but not, in my opinion, over the top. You have to read this book and you will know what I mean! You also must read Looking Good Dead. Can't wait to get another Peter James novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Page Turner 23 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
James grab your interest from the first page of the book. The plot chills you to the bone, the characters are both credible and interesting, and having worked in a pharmaceutical company I can say that the Mr. James must have done a great deal of research to document himself so well.
James has developed in this and other thrillers a horror/techno-thriller stile that is second to none. A must read if you are into that genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading ! 11 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was brilliant. Once I had started reading I could not put it down. The book is based on a bizzare but believable plot which keeps you guessing right until the end. I really enjoyed this book and would reccomend it to other Peter James fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a chilling, yet addictive book. 1 Dec 1999
Format:Paperback
The novel is about how one woman strives to uncover the truth about the company her father has joined. It is seriously chilling and James is definitely a rival for Stephen King's title as the King of Horror. Having read many of his other novels I would certainly say that this novel is possibly James' best to date. It is an excellent read and once started, like all good books, impossible to put down. One warning..... do not read before going to bed, it is certainly the stuff nightmares are made of!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Such imagination. Such creativity. A thought provoking analysis of good versus evil. Scary to believe it is possible. Dan Brown should be put on the C list following this gem.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping loved it
Really well written great plot. Very intriguing a little to close to the reality of big companies I think. A great read!!!!!!
Published 4 months ago by fern
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish.
This is the worst book i have ever read. I checked the reviews before i decided to purchase this book and i cannot believe the praise that was given for this story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by graham chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book another Peter James hit
An excellent page turner well worth reading. I would recommend it to snyone who enjoys reading Peter James books
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Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Evelyn Bangs
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book could not put it down
It took me a while to get into this book but once I had found it very difficult to stop reading. Peter James as usual a great writer have read most of his work cant wait for the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Valerie Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy gone mad!
although an interesting and thought provoking storyline,I feel that Peter James went to far into the world of fantasy. perhaps that is me being a true Roy Grace fan
Published 7 months ago by Kenneth Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh he's a good writer!
These are some really engaging books - you can't put them down when you start reading them ! I want more.
Published 7 months ago by RAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
had a story line that kept me reading for hours on end! for anyone who likes stories that you can picture actually happening, get this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Holly Saliba
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter James works his Alchemy again!
The book arrived safelt and fast, I thought I'd just start first chapter, (as bought for holiday reading) three hours and six chapters in now - this is a gripping plot told... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. A. J. Airey
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 Into 1 Won't Go.
Yes I really liked many aspects book and kept reading, but ultimately I found the whole thing rather unsatisfying. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Timmee W
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