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THE CANCER CODE: "...more prophesy than fiction..." [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

THE CANCER CODE is a thriller about the first man on earth to discover a cure for cancer. A likeable, everyday guy ... who just happens to be a genius!!

It’s a ‘David and Goliath’ story, except the little man is Jim MacWaide, an altruistic New York biochemist, on the run from the world's most powerful pharmaceutical company with the ‘Holy Grail’ of drugs under his arm.

Coming from a renowned Napa wine-making family, Jim has spent three years obsessively experimenting on the properties of Resveratrol, an extract of the red grape. After achieving miraculous results in regenerating human tissue cells, he shares 90% of his discovery with his employers, Gluck Schmidt Little, but quickly gets cold feet. Realizing too late, he's certain that once the ruthless pharma giant gets hold of the 'Holy Grail' of cures, only the rich will be saved from cancer - by a drug that costs ten dollars to produce.

When Jim refuses to reveal the last, vital code, his bosses hire an ex-Guantanamo interrogator to torture the goods out of him. Saved by a last minute tip-off, Jim hits the road, pursued by the relentless bounty-hunter in a race to find a non-profit organization for his miracle cure.

If ignominiously wrenched from his comfort zone, this terrifying journey liberates Jim's 'inner man' and hitherto unknown strengths to outwit his nemesis for the common good.

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About the Author

Andrew Findlay has been a screenwriter working in Europe and Hollywood for many years, for TV movies and feature screenplays. He was formerly a TV director in the UK before moving to California in 1997. His previous novel is ABSENTIA, a mystery intrigue about a world famous self-help guru in crisis.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WINEGOT BOOKS; 1 edition (10 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #594,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Findlay is a screenwriter and novelist with 5 films and several published books to his credit.  His latest novel, "The Cancer Code" is a thriller set in the U.S. about an altruistic New York biochemist who discovers a cure for cancer, then hunted down by his vast drug company bosses when he refuses to give up the final code.

Andrew Findlay grew up on the East Coast of England, where he developed a passion for sailing and the sea which has stayed with him throughout his life.

In the 1980s, he was based in London and worked in theatre and later the British film industry directing television drama and documentary productions as well as TV commercials and clips for the nascent music video scene.  

During this time, Andrew developed his writing skills, eventually moving to Paris in 1990 to pursue a career as a full-time screenwriter.  For the next decade, he wrote many television movies and eventually moved to Hollywood in 1997 to focus his attention on writing for the big screen.

In 2007, he moved to the south of France for five years before returning to Notting Hill Gate in London where he now lives with his wife and family.

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Jim MacWaide, a brilliant lab rat turned fugitive, leads us on a thrilling journey from first love at the University of California in Berkeley to a brilliant career in New York and back to his eccentric family's wine business in California's Napa Valley. His adrenaline-fuelled road trip delves deep into the psyche of modern America and the fight for a moral purpose in a world fuelled by greed.

Delving into the insidious world of multinational pharmaceuticals and sipping from the genteel goblet of Napa Valley wine production, Andrew Findlay brings these two normally disparate universes together in a thrilling narrative of conspiracy, deceit and (ultimately) fulfilment.

The cast is equally as diverse and colourful: from Jim's beautiful tea-loving piano teacher (and love interest), Molly, to the blind (but all-seeing) Mr. Shultz to the villainous Frank and Jim's ruthless employers at Gluck Schmidt Little, Findlay paints his characters in vivid hues, making their exploits all the more authentic. Part Tom Sharpe, part Dan Brown, Findlay's lustrous prose is illuminated by exhaustive research and a sensitive understanding of the bipolar nature of American society in the 21st century.

Andrew Findlay has scribed a really good read. His background as a screenwriter shows itself through cinematic style, with well-crafted structure, engaging dialog and plenty of suspense. I can't wait for the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 24 Sept. 2013
By Elke
What a pleasant surprise this book is! Hits the ground running, and the story is well-plotted and multi-faced. The characters are varied and believable, with the hero for once not the standard hunk (though no loser either), but a regular guy - admittedly a gifted one, but otherwise average and something of an introvert - who develops and grows as the story progresses.
The idea of red wine as a cure of cancer, or in prolongig life, is an original one which the French will love - as do I. As for defending common good against the power of big corporations, I was glad to see that someone still thinks that this remains a meaningful struggle nowadays...
I shan't give away the ending; suffice to say that its bittersweet: not sad, but not a Hollywood happy ending either.
Brilliant suspense - I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ IT!! 14 Jun. 2013
By Nick E.
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This is a great read. Right at the top of its genre. The situations and characters are very convincing; especially the hero, who is no macho man, but an ordinary, somewhat sensitive guy, who just happens to find himself at the epicentre of an extraordinary global event. And when the chase gets going...buckle up...the pace and suspense never let up, page after thrilling page. I read this book over the course of one day and when I'd finished it, I was tempted to start it all over again. Gripping stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic read! 16 Oct. 2013
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The Cancer Code was the first book I have read on my Kindle and I loved it and the Kindle. The story is very well constructed and runs along at a hell of a lick, is tense and thus very hard to put down. For the first time for ages, I prioritised reading my book over a wide variety of other activities. The characters are very well described and the locations most atmospheric. I think this works very well as a book, but would translate into a terrific TV mini series. I'm not going to give the story away, but if you feel like a gripping roller coaster of a thriller, then download this one and enjoy!
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