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The Transformed [Hardcover]

Raphael Hirsch
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22 July 2004
Dr. Robert Newman is a man obsessed, obsessed with the death of his wife from a rare genetic disease, obsessed with finding a cure to save her sister from the same fate. After years of single-minded effort, he has developed a revolutionary gene therapy procedure. Now the most devastating of human diseases can be stopped in their tracks. But within weeks, his discovery has unleashed a deadly cancer epidemic. His life is threatened and everyone he loves becomes his enemy. As he searches frantically for clues, he discovers a long dormant secret hidden within the human genome. Dr. Newman realizes that malignant transformation in human cells is not a random event. The marked increase in malignancies has a more horrific explanation. Silent for millennia, Cancer is now awakening as a rationale entity with an agenda of its own. And unless it can be stopped, no one--least of all Dr. Robert Newman--has long to live.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (22 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413444008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413444001
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 21.3 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Raphael Hirsch was born in Chicago. He was educated at Northwestern University and The University of Illinois College of Medicine, and was a fellow at the National Cancer Institute. He has practiced medicine for twenty-five years and is the author of over eighty articles in medical journals. He is presently Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh where he leads a national gene therapy research program. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's... well... Okay 4 Sep 2012
By Boing TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I'm really ambivalent about this book. To say it's being distributed practically for free, I feel a bit guilty saying anything too harsh.

Basically, as another reviewer stated, you DO care for the characters and you DO want to know what happens to them. Even though they are at times inexplicably heroic, then inexplicably stupid, then have inexplicably Mills and Boon sex at the least appropriate time possible.

The idea behind the threat was interesting and it would have been nice to get more of a view of the history between Humanity and Sartan, rather than the hasty exposition that was crudely tacked on right at the end of the book. Having said that, the plot did require a certain level of mystery and the author carried it off well.

It's not terribly well-written to be honest, but then nobody is expecting Nebula Prize winning stuff here. It was a likeable story that had both ambition and imagination, so it gets four stars from me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, gripping read! 11 May 2011
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I nearly stopped reading when I learnt what Sarten was, but I'm so glad I continued. It's a gripping read, very science fiction based, with believable developed characters and many twists.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic gripping read 20 Dec 2011
By NYX
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I can only repeat what others have said. Fantastic gripping read and what a medical thriller/suspense genre should be like. I cannot wait to see what the author has up his sleeve next. Waiting in ANTICIPATION! Raphael Hirsch............you are up there with the best Ken Mcclure, Crichton and Robin Cook.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unsubstantial 4 Aug 2014
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If you’re not too sure of the difference between imaginative and far-fetched, I suggest you read this book as it will give you a clue. Although it’s quite good fun, this is comic book stuff with one dimensional characters. The plot includes the usual American favourites – conspiracy theories and cover-ups – so it will no doubt appeal to many readers. However, I suspect that others are likely to find it rather unsubstantial.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 18 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
My goodness, you actually cared for the characters and the plot line was very novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A real page turner if ever I saw one.

Easily worth more than the asking price, easily! I doubt you'd be disappointed in this book even if sci-fi isn't your bag. Like a thriller? This is for you. Like sci-fi? This is for you. Like something to think about? This is for you.

Oh, the blurb is wrong. Dr. Newman's discovery did not unleash a cancer epidemic on the world. Sometimes wonder who does the blurb for some of these books. I tell you this because it made me think it was going to be along the lines of 'I am Legend', and it isn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good medical fiction thriller 10 Jun 2014
By Keely
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I am a fan of this type of fiction and this didn't disappoint. I would definitely recommend it if you like this genre. It isn't the usual plot where one doctor/scientist has a twisted motive. Here cancer itself is the enemy, and it becomes a race against time to find the answer before the human race as we know it is wiped out!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting and page turning book 13 April 2014
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This book was very enjoyable with mixtures of technology, mistery, and tension mixed with a lttle romance. A must read book as fa r as I am concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Barry 5 Feb 2013
By simpot
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An thoroughly splendid read, well thought out, and cool to.The book draws you in and provides plenty of thrills, pills, and spills. Nice one Raphael.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Well written. Excellent plot. I started this book without any idea of the story. Having started I was intrigued to see where the story was going. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent really enjoyed it
Really enjoyed this book from start to finish. I wasn't sure what to expect, after reading the reviews. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Emma Dawes
5.0 out of 5 stars Eaten away
Shame I can't give it 6 stars!This book was really worth reading. Being a fan of medical fiction, this book had an element of mystery as well as covering scientific fiction. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed
Good read, intersecting story, and kepted me interested throughout. Would recommend if you like science fiction or even if you dont you would still enjoy.
Published 9 months ago by Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Medical thriller
enjoyed the book, the story line makes you think, the twist on one of our major killers is quite daunting and quite believable which always makes you sit up and pay attention,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lorra
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
I enjoyed this book very much, the idea is really original and the delivery is well-written and very gripping, leaving you for wanting more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by am304
4.0 out of 5 stars The transformed
A very enjoyable read with some nice twists and turns. Kept me reading as I wanted to find out what was on the next page.
Published 10 months ago by nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply chilling
The plot line of this book is deeply chilling. Although it was far fetched there was enough reality to make the ideas really horrifying.
Published 11 months ago by Snowy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fastmoving story
Another good author of medical thrillers, recommended by my daughter after reading 'informed consent'. Read more
Published 13 months ago by cynthia
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.....
This is a good read except for a few typos. The story has Good pace and enough characters to flesh it out. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J Moss
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