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PANDORA'S HELIX [Kindle Edition]

Ken McClure
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Dr Michael Neef, consultant in paediatric oncology at a large city hospital, is cautiously optimistic when he is given the go-ahead to carry out gene therapy trials on some of his terminally ill patients. The biotechnology company involved believes that it has come up with a treatment for malignant tumours, and the hospital administrators, reeling after a recent bout of bad publicity, see this as an opportunity to get some good press coverage for a change.

But as the trials progress, the press - largely in the form of journalist, Eve Sayers - becomes more interested in the deaths of two young girls. Originally thought to have died from viral pneumonia, post-mortem examinations reveal the presence of an underlying cancer, so severe that only recent exposure to a powerful carcinogen can account for it.

As more deaths follow and the city's Public Health Deapartment fails to trace the source of the carcinogen, all the signs point towards a horrifying scenario, though the powers-that-be refuse to take any of the evidence seriously. Alarm bells ringing, it is up to Neef, with the aid of Eve, to set about trying to find the cause of this deadly - and seemingly infectious - disease before any more fall victim to it. And it would appear that someone is determined he won't live to find out . . .

Ken McClure is the internationally bestselling author of over twenty medical thrillers such as The Lazarus Strain, The Gulf Conspiracy, White Death and Dust to Dust. His books have been translated into twenty-three languages and he has earned a reputation for the accuracy of his predicitions. McClure's work is informed by his background as an award-winning research scientist with the UK's Medical Research Council.

This book was first published by Simon & Schuster Ltd. (UK) in 1996.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Saltoun (2 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LZ52MQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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KEN McCLURE is an award-winning medical scientist as well as a global selling author. He was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied medical sciences and cultivated a career that has seen him become a prize-winning researcher in his field. Using this strong background to base his thrillers in the world of science and medicine, he is currently the author of twenty-four novels and his work is available across the globe in over twenty languages. He has visited and stayed in many countries in the course of his research but now lives in the county of East Lothian, just outside Edinburgh.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant medical thriller 7 Mar 2012
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I have only recently discovered Ken McClure and have purchased nearly all his books and never been disappointed with clear and concise descriptions of medical information and his plots. Keep up the good work and please produce many more excellent thrillers!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking thriller 1 April 2012
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I was lucky enough to get this as a freebie, but would have been happy to pay the download price. This is a change from the Dr Dunbar series, but similar in theme to other stories by Mr McClure; a protagonist with a medical background who becomes involved in ethical issues.

Mr McClure always tells a credible and gripping tale. His prose makes for excellent escapist reading. The story is well plotted and paced and the characters are well defined and totally believable. But there's always a thought provoking underlying issue and one which could affect any of us at any time. In this instance he explores NHS funding issues, pharmaceutical exploitation and press manipulation (amongst other things!). On the face of it gene therapy developments might not make for the most gripping story. Mr McClure's medical background really gives the lay reader an insight into and understanding of difficult scientific subject matter. This tale brings to life the reality of the NHS Trust treatment lottery as a result of funding issues and how next generation treatments are trialled.

It's an affecting story in that it centres on children with terminal cancer. Emotive subject matter treated with compassion and sensitivity and once again turned into a compelling, page turning thriller. Really enjoyed the book and if you want a first rate medical mystery with a sting in the tale, this is for you. Thanks Mr McClure!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 2 Mar 2012
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This guys books are a very good read.
They are not trying to preach or be clever, just a dam good read.
I've read about 10 of his now......
They are especially good if you like a scientific (medical) bent to a novel.
He must write at a prolific rate!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent read. 26 Jun 2012
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This was my second book by the author, and it did not disappoint at all.

First up, to me as an Indian reader, there is a marked difference between the usage of the English language by the author, being British, and the predominantly American authors one gets to read through Amazon. The author's narrative is intelligent, impecable, smooth and his vocabulary is exceptional. Most significant is the absence of dramatic, high-pitched, and brusque narration. Hardly any slangs, abbreviations, or acronyms used. So, instead of 'asap', it is "as soon as possible"; instead of "BTW" or "by the way", it is "incidentally"...... all in all, it is an absolute pleasure to read his works.

Now, coming to the novel itself. The story revolves around two parallel developments- one of mysterious deaths of two young girls who are found to have died of cancer inexplicably, and the other is the co-operation between a general hospital and a commercial enterprise for testing new forms of gene-therapy for cancer treatment. In the middle of both these parallel developments we meet our protagonist Dr. Neef, who happen's to be a doctor involved both in the deaths of the girls as well as of a few other people who seem to have gotten infected mysteriously from the same contaminated source, and also in administering the gene-therapy trials. The plot builds up nicely throwing the reader into a world of deceit, red-tape, injurious competition, obtrusive media and government cover-up.

The pace of the novel is decent, but not fast. The mystery is intriguing, but not confounding or astonishing. The plot is interesting, but not overly exciting. Then, why did I like this, despite so many qualifications?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius? 2 May 2012
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I think when people read my review of this, the first thing I would urge is that when you're about to read this book, get comfortable and have a supply of tissues.

It's possibly because of the main setting being children's oncology, but this tugged at my heart strings all the way through and I was left wondering about Little Neil.

Another superb work from the genius that is Ken McClure!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story 9 April 2012
By Caro
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As a book I enjoyed it but it struck a number of false notes which rather spoilt it for me.

I am not a social worker or even close but experimental drug therapy on a child in care without social services even being mentioned? Let alone the child being taken out of the hospital by an unvetted friend of his doctor whom he has only met once or twice? Not going to happen. This was far more unbelieveble than the gene therapy if a sad reflection on modern times.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Medical Thriller 12 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Another masterpiece by Ken McClure. Good characterisation and a strong storyline will keep you engrossed from start to finish. A recommended read for those dark winter nights!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot. 10 May 2013
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Whilst the plot is excellent and the pace good I only wish the cure for cancer was going to be as easy as this book suggests. Never the less the science described is basically correct and this technology exists today. The book has everything dedicated doctors alcoholic pathologists, fearless reporters, smooth Trust CEOs, patients in distress and shady government officials and a cat called Molly. A cracking read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I like all of Ken McClures books
I like all of Ken McClures books.I cant put them down.All that medical stuff is so interesting.Hes a brilliant writer.Ive got all of his books.Keep on writing please.
Published 26 days ago by lesley childs
5.0 out of 5 stars Pandora.
IIt's a good book.
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant and gripping just like all Ken McClure books.
Published 3 months ago by Patricie Da Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great book by a great author
Published 5 months ago by Bazrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Ken McLure Read
I have read lots of Ken's books and find them gripping. The storylines are always believable and with his medical background he puts a touch of reality in to every story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars pandora's helix
Compulsive read with strong characterisation and compelling plot. Had no hesitation in recommending this book to my friends with pleasure.
Published 12 months ago by KILMENY
4.0 out of 5 stars Medical mystery thriller
After a bit of a slow start, I really got into this book. The author's obvious knowledge of his subject matter came over clearly and authoritatively, which made the story all the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Exciting medical drama/thriller, with a great deal of accurate medical knowledge. Quite a feasible plot line and very easy to read.
Published 22 months ago by Genieveve
5.0 out of 5 stars Pandora's Helix
Another triumph for Ken McClure, I always love his books as they have good solid stories and plots. Pandora's Helix is no exception' kept me reading till four in the morning when I... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Diane Manders
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