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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Rutledge Books (Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582441855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582441856
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,792,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on 18 Mar. 2002
An aged doctor in a German pharmaceutical company announces a cure for AIDS, & sends Dr. Isaiah Slesinger, America's preeminent protein biochemist, a message just before he's killed - or is he?
When Izzy receives Dr. Heneke's warning he is catapulted into a dangerous & desparate hunt among competing scientists, company men with murky pasts & modern-day agents still intent on racial purity. Izzy already knows that the old story about how the HIV virus leapt from monkey to man isn't true, & when he learns that Heneke worked with the Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele as a young man, Izzy is even more sure that something else spawned the dread disease.
Dr. Heneke insists that Mengele's research papers have survived & urges Izzy to follow their trail. Somewhere in those notes Heneke is sure Izzy will find a way to backtrack the path of the disease & perhaps find a way to halt its devastation. Except, Dr. Heneke warns Izzy, there's something even worse going on & that AIDS is actually a cover up.
MENGELE'S LEGACY is David Weinberg's first novel. It is a bit raw & complicated - lots of scientific discussions & staged deaths, killers coming out of the woodwork & ghosts around every corner, yet as a reflection on the obsessions we have about racial purity & the dread of disease, it makes for a fascinating, scary read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
THOUGHT PROVOKING, QUICK PACED, SCARY 8 Jun. 2002
By mulderrashi - Published on Amazon.com
More than a sci-fi thriller, "Mengele's Legacy" takes the reader around the globe, all the while weaving an interesting and exciting story filled with medical intrigue, Jewish themes, sex and more. A theory that "Mengele Cells" will cause the end of life as we know it is both scary and thought-provoking.Science abounds; AIDS theories abound; and Jewish themes abound. David J. Weinberg sports his far-reaching knowledge with detail after detail, keeping the reader engaged."Lador va dor"--from one generation to the next--keeping the past alive--is upheld. Characters with names like Gilly Buchanan, Doris Rumplemeyer, Moe Ginsky, Brian Crighton and Cassandra Winfrey often make the reader chuckle.But "Mengele's Legacy" is a serious book (written in screenplay style). A typical passage:"While Adolf pondered Izzy, Izzy pondered Mengele's notes. He and Oksana spent hours pouring over the journals that were stored inside the valise. Grotesque and fiendish experimentation was explained in cold, detached, scientific language. Many times Oksana had to halt translating and steady herself. She did her best to keep from crying. The descriptions ripped her at her heart, especially the ones that dealt with children....Izzy reacted with more anger than sadness. The journals were factual testament to the insanity and bestiality of the Holocaust. Izzy's father had bore his guilt of silence and inaction like an albatross. He was one of the few American Jews who realized that his lack of involvement, of not personally speaking out, cost European Jews their lives. He went to his grave with that bloodstain on his hands. It was a guilt that was always near the surface, in plain sight for Shana and little Izzy to see. Izzy's father did not take the entire bloodstain to his final resting spot. He left some of it behind, on his son."The action is non-stop. One wonders what Weinberg's next book will be about. Perhaps an old sage, musing to himself about the vagaries of the Talmud, will form its basis! Whatever. Look for more from David Weinberg. --And, of course, if not now, when?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Easily Recommended 23 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As a scientist and lover of medical thrillers, I was very skeptical of 'Mengele's Legacy.' Especially since I know the author. I checked the reviews on his site and decided to give it a try.
The book blew me away. Even as a scientist, some of the medical stuff was beyond me. However, the message spoke volumes. Disease and prejudice are very similar. I can understand how some people won't like this book, it's complex and controversial. As a scientist I'm certain that Doctor Mengele wasn't responsible for AIDS. However, Mengele's Legacy certainly made it seem otherwise. And I have to say that I loved Doctor Izzy Slesinger. It's not often that I encounter a real 'Jewish' hero.
I hate to admit this, but I hope there is another Izzy Slesinger book in the works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A tense thriller 10 Dec. 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
A prominent biochemist becomes involved in international intrigue when a cure for AIDS announced by a German chemical company turns out to be a treasure hunt for Nazi Mengele's secret research. One scientist's quest for information turns into a desperate social and personal struggle which extends into world communities in this tense thriller.
Weaknesses of Self Publication 21 Mar. 2002
By Robert Ryan Langer - FictionAddiction.net - Published on Amazon.com
Mengele's Legacy is the story of Izzy Slesinger, a sexist biochemist with delusions of self-importance. This might be a legitimate starting point for a story if the story were written with a greater degree of believability or emotional honesty and depth. Unfortunately, the author, David Weinberg, does not have the requisite skill to tell a convincing story.
After casually dumping his latest sexual conquest, Izzy receives a cryptic message promising to reveal the key to understanding AIDS. Enter Oksana, the love interest for the story and watch as the author moves these chess pieces about the board of his novel.
The illusion of the characters having any free will is abolished as they are shuffled from one exotic locale to the next without any motivation. The author wanted the characters to be at certain places at certain times in order to advance the plot. Izzy is shuffled from Argentina, to Brittany and to Russia before returning to the States with the key to unraveling the mystery.
Still, even when moving pieces on a chessboard the players must follow certain rules. Rooks never move diagonally; knights do not jump from one corner of the board to the other.
In writing this novel, Mr. Weinberg chose to throw even that much attention to detail out the window. Characters who are supposed to keep the fact that they are alive a secret are suddenly (and inexplicably) thrust into a highly visible, public fund raiser for no reason other than to give the bad guys an opportunity to kidnap them.
One character comments, "I'm smack dab in the middle of a medical mystery Robin Cook couldn't dream up on his best day." As intriguing as the possibility is that AIDS is due to Nazis, this story falls far short of anything written by Robin Cook.
The telling of a good story requires more than an intriguing idea. Without realistic characters and rational plot development, even the greatest idea becomes trivial. Since the plot is full of holes and the characters only as real as paper dolls, the idea behind the story cannot be given any degree of credibility by even the most eager reader.
Still, despite all the flaws, I do hope that Mr. Weinberg keeps writing. This effort does show promise. If he can avoid clichés, stereotypes, typographical errors, and pop culture references, he will definitely produce something more believable and hence more enjoyable.
Weaknesses of Self Publication 21 Mar. 2002
By Robert Ryan Langer - FictionAddiction.net - Published on Amazon.com
Mengele's Legacy is the story of Izzy Slesinger, a sexist biochemist with delusions of self-importance. This might be a legitimate starting point for a story if the story were written with a greater degree of believability or emotional honesty and depth. Unfortunately, the author, David Weinberg, does not have the requisite skill to tell a convincing story.
After casually dumping his latest sexual conquest, Izzy receives a cryptic message promising to reveal the key to understanding AIDS. Enter Oksana, the love interest for the story and watch as the author moves these chess pieces about the board of his novel.
The illusion of the characters having any free will is abolished as they are shuffled from one exotic locale to the next without any motivation. The author wanted the characters to be at certain places at certain times in order to advance the plot. Izzy is shuffled from Argentina, to Brittany and to Russia before returning to the States with the key to unraveling the mystery.
Still, even when moving pieces on a chessboard the players must follow certain rules. Rooks never move diagonally; knights do not jump from one corner of the board to the other.
In writing this novel, Mr. Weinberg chose to throw even that much attention to detail out the window. Characters who are supposed to keep the fact that they are alive a secret are suddenly (and inexplicably) thrust into a highly visible, public fund raiser for no reason other than to give the bad guys an opportunity to kidnap them.
One character comments, "I'm smack dab in the middle of a medical mystery Robin Cook couldn't dream up on his best day." As intriguing as the possibility is that AIDS is due to Nazis, this story falls far short of anything written by Robin Cook.
The telling of a good story requires more than an intriguing idea. Without realistic characters and rational plot development, even the greatest idea becomes trivial. Since the plot is full of holes and the characters only as real as paper dolls, the idea behind the story cannot be given any degree of credibility by even the most eager reader.
Still, despite all the flaws, I do hope that Mr. Weinberg keeps writing. This effort does show promise. If he can avoid clichés, stereotypes, typographical errors, and pop culture references, he will definitely produce something more believable and hence more enjoyable.
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