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The Janus Legacy

The Janus Legacy [Kindle Edition]

Lisa von Biela
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Jeremy Magnusson's life changes forever when his estranged father, the renowned physician Ivan Magnusson, is unexpectedly killed in a plane crash. Recently dumped by his girlfriend and suffering from a serious, likely fatal disease, Jeremy faces a choice: Take over SomaGene, Ivan's highly successful custom organ cultivation and transplant operation, and inherit all his wealth. Or turn the job down and inherit nothing.

Only later, once he's assumed the position, does Jeremy realize his father left him more than the company. He's left Jeremy a special gift. A gift with the power to bring him everything he wants in life, but one that comes at a horrible cost, with repercussions and consequences he could never imagine, and that could very well change not only his life, but the lives and deaths of millions across the globe.

THE JANUS LEGACY—is it a gift or a curse? Does it bring life or death? Is it a miraculous new beginning for the human race or a step closer to the end of everything?

Some doors should never be opened…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937771547
  • Publisher: DarkFuse; 1 edition (2 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I86439C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #963,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the story of Jeremy. He has inherited his fathers custom organ regeneration and transplant company after he is killed in a tragic air accident. Recently split from his girlfriend and suffering a debilitating and possible fatal disease he has nothing to lose. SomaGene is not all it seems though. Behind the scenes, Jeremy's father has been pushing the boundaries of ethics and creating a much darker project. One that will have lifelong repercussions for Jeremy.

I was glued to the page from the beginning of this book. I read Lisa's debut novel and this was a fantastic follow up. I am quite a fan of medical thrillers, and I like the idea that sometime in the future, the main focus of SomaGene could become the norm. The story itself started one way and then careened off another way and its conclusion was heart stopping. The pace was relentless and the characters well rounded although one or two of them needed a slap! The ethical questions raised were treated and answered in a sensitive way, and Lisa was brave to confront them. If this is the standard that Lisa is putting out, long may there be more!
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This book surprised me, having read The Genesis Code and thoroughly enjoyed I expected to find similar satisfaction in this latest offering from Lisa von Biela. It's not a bad book but the subject matter ( the illegal harvesting/use of human parts) has been done much better in the past. Two good examples being the somewhat dated Coma by Robin Cook and the more recent Harvest by Tess Gerritsen. The storyline in The Janus Legacy is different from these two predecessors but the central issue of transplant and the associated ethics remains. The story revolves around Jeremy Magnusson, crohn's disease sufferer, and the vast wealth he inherits from his father Ivan on his unexpected death. However as part of his inheritance Jeremy must endeavor to continue with his father's experiments into this dreaded disease even though he may dispute the methods used, and perhaps by continuing his fathers work he may find a cure. Although Jeremy has my sympathy most of the supporting characters were bland and tedious in the extreme: his ex partner Amanda decides to leave the pompous Rick and return to Jeremy, Tim ( very dim!) and Glen ( self absorbed egotist) two supporting surgeons at the SomaGene institute and the rather pathetic figure of "The Subject" who drifted somewhere between a human existence and the great beyond....This book would probably have worked much better as a novella as I found myself wishing for the end to happen and Jeremy's fate, whatever that may be to please happen soon....before I drifted off to sleep zzzzzz....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Medical Thriller 7 Feb 2014
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4.5 *
Can’t remember ever reading a book so quickly and being immersed so totally in something that when I look back, I wouldn’t normally even consider reading. Testament to an extremely well written and superbly paced story that opens all sorts of questions about morality and integrity.

Jeremy has Crohn’s disease, it killed his mother and was behind the reason he was estranged from his father since her death. Tragedy strikes again when his father is killed in a plane crash and Jeremy inherits his father’s company SomaGene, discovering along the way that his father has left him a somewhat poisoned chalice of a gift that could save his life.

The Janus Legacy is a pretty radical medical thriller exploring concepts that are I guess not too far away in the future and the very pertinent question asked is, how far would you go to save yourself, would it be worth another life?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting scenario you could actually believe happening. 3 Feb 2014
By Kimberly Y. - Published on
Lisa von Biela has written a fast-moving story that absolutely consumed my attention from the very beginning! The concept of "genetic engineering" that she brings up is controversial, to say the least.

When Jeremy suddenly finds himself left with his father's cutting-edge company (after the father's untimely death), he gets much more than he expected to. While Jeremy's conscience and deteriorating body rage their own wars against him, he finds himself in a position that nobody would envy. How far is "too far" in medical advancement. What would you do, if you were forced into his position?

This story brings up many issues that will have readers discussing for a long time to come. Another extraordinary novel from the mind of Lisa von Biela!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Current Events or Science Fiction? 2 Feb 2014
By MommaCat - Published on
Fans of Michael Crichton will love this new novel by Lisa Von Biela. She steps into the world of organ cloning. When Jeremy's father dies and he finds that his fathers company SomaGene is more cutting edge than the Mayo Clinic he has 48 hours to decide if he will follow in is father's footsteps or give his inheritance away.

What follows is an extremely fast paced story that you'll likely want to read with a friend or book club so that you can have someone to discuss the many issues this will bring up!

Highly recommended!
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Idea not really lived up to 4 Sep 2014
By Travis Starnes - Published on
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I am generally a fan of both science fiction and medical fiction and have spent time reading up on the ethics and science of cloning, so the idea behind this book is something I was into. While the angle von Biela takes is interesting the execution of this book falls short. Taking the idea of human cloning, which has been explored by authors before, and giving the main character a motive to push for it yet a personality that fights against it was an interesting angle. This dichotomy in Jeremy’s motivation allowed for a lot of potential with real possibilities for both external conflicts with the other scientists as well as more interesting internal conflicts.

The book is generally well written and concise. While there are a few moments where the story slows down overall the pacing is even enough that the book doesn’t feel like a slog. The technical information behind how the cloning and transplants are done is clear enough to not be confusing, which is not always the case when dealing with medical based fiction.

The real problem with The Janus Legacy is the characters. They are all wooden, unlikable, not very believable or some combination of the three. While you start off feeling sympathy to Jeremy he is generally pretty unlikable. While that in of itself isn’t a deal breaker, this doesn’t come off in an anti-hero kind of unlikability but rather as a combination of whiney and boring. It’s not that I dislike the character and more that I really just don’t care what happens to Jeremy. The two surgeons working with him are both wooden and completely cookie cutter. Worst of the lot is Amanda who felt really unbelievable and pretty unlikable. She makes the jump from annoyed and wanted to cut ties too fully on board way to fast and feels more like some kind of unused plot device then a real character.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pain, love, ethics and resolution 6 Feb 2014
By Michigan Parents - Published on
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This was an interesting story centered around Jeremy Magnusson, MD a research surgeon. Jeremy suffers from a Crohn's Disease which is already making problems for his career and love live. Now that his parents have passed away, he must carry on the upscale organ growing facility. Yet there is more going on<br/><br/>The story is one of ethics. When does the good of the patient out-weigh the suffering of the donor. Jeremy is certainly torn and begins to believe the health and comfort of the patient is the most important issue. He continues to be haunted by this ethical question. There are some unexpected twists and turns that make the protagonist question his slow acceptance of what he knows is wrong in his own heart. There is only one other at the facility a doctor believing the suffering of the donors is important. What will happen to Jeremy when this doctor suddenly has to leave the facility. Will his ethical dilemma become easier or more difficult.<br/><br/>I liked this story a lot. I believe this story of ethical judgment is important for our day. What will happen when our scientific community does begin to provides organ replacement in this way...I think it is coming. I found myself wondering a lot about this ethical issue.<br/><br/>I would recommend this book to anyone in the medical research field who face several ethical issues on a daily basis. I did not feel the characters had the depth that I like to see in a 5 star least for my taste. I may change my mind in a few days, but I always like to write a review asap after reading a book so I don't forget this and that!
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even worth borrowing for free 30 July 2014
By J. Hertz - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Good thing I borrowed this book because I could not finish it. The characters were clichés. The premise was interesting so I kept reading. I finally couldn't take the whining of the main character and decided that I really didn't care what happened. I stopped reading. I kept the book on my Kindle for a bit longer in case curiosity about the technology made me want to finish it in spite of the characters. Did not happen, so I returned it unfinished.
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