G1033 Book Review of The Austin Paradox by William R Leibowitz
Author: William R Leibowitz
Part of a Series: Miracle Man is a prequel
Type of book: Medical thriller, deadly disease, morality, questions, medicine, terrorists, pharmaceuticals, secrets, intelligence, politics, modern times
Year it was published: 2018
REVERED BY MANY, REVILED BY SOME
BUT NONE CAN DOUBT THAT ROBERT JAMES AUSTIN IS REMARKABLE
THE AUSTIN PARADOX is Book 2 in the award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times Best Selling MIRACLE MAN series that chronicles the remarkable saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history, whose medical cures saved countless millions. A fully "stand-alone" novel, THE AUSTIN PARADOX can be enjoyed without having read the series’ first book.
In this emotionally-charged medical/psychological/conspiracy thriller, author William R. Leibowitz takes the reader on an unpredictable action-packed journey. The suspense doesn't let up as the fast paced twisting plots unfold and Austin battles Big Pharma which views him as their worst enemy, a CIA Director who is hell-bent on exploiting his genius, terrorists who lose control of a biological weapon, and a bevy of corrupt politicians and oligarchs.
William R. Leibowitz has been lauded as a "mastermind storyteller with a unique literary voice" and has been favorably compared by readers and critics to Michael Crichton, Robin Cook, Stephen King, John Grisham and Ken Follett.
THE AUSTIN PARADOX opens with Austin having lost his extraordinary intellectual powers in a laboratory explosion that was intended to kill him. Still in the prime of life, the blast cuts him down at the pinnacle of his brilliance and robs him of his tools. The greatest genius in history now struggles to find meaning in a life that has become devoid of purpose.
Embarking on a journey of self-discovery in an effort to regain his abilities, Austin struggles with private demons that threaten his sanity, a government obsessed with controlling him, and metaphysical forces intent on destroying him. When ruthless political and business interests align to pose an existential threat to humanity, Austin is thrust into the maelstrom.
Doubted even by those who love him, Austin confronts a harrowing paradox as time runs out to save mankind from extinction.
THE AUSTIN PARADOX is the sequel to the critically acclaimed, award winning novel, MIRACLE MAN, which was named by Amazon as ONE OF THE TOP 100 NOVELS OF 2015, a TOP 10 BEST SELLING THRILLER and a TOP 10 NEW YORK TIMES/AMAZON BEST SELLER.
Main characters include Robert "Bobby" Austin, a talented and savant man who has previously discovered cures for many incurable diseases. He is best described as dedicated and loyal no matter what happens to him and is basically seen as a saint, although he tends to be in denial about what happened to his lab in the previous book. He is also suspicious of media, and of government and pharmaceuticals. Other prominent characters include Gunther Ramirez who works as an assassin with important networking skills and also works for Colum McAlister who has personal vendetta against Austin. Colum McAlister is in charge of a pharmaceuticals company and cares more for money or blackmail rather than human life. There is also the doctor Mahmoud who has his own secrets and who agrees to develop the deadly disease as well as allowing himself to be blackmailed. There are some other characters, but I feel it would be more fun to discover them on one's own.
The cure might be worse than disease
The story is written in third person narrative from a lot of characters' points of view. Most of the time the readers are with the villains rather than the heroes, which tends to humanize Austin, or make the readers realize that Austin is not as omniscient as we are led to believe. It also simplified the plot and made it easier to follow. While from time to time Austin does have a voice, most of the book is voiced by his enemies and few times by the two women who love him most: Christina and Susan. Time tends to pass quickly in the book, and few times I was confused as to how many months or years passed since certain events have happened (For example when disease mutated to when Austin began to figure out the cure?) I do look forward to the future books if possible, and hope to see Austin's children being featured as prominent characters.
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William R. Leibowitz practices law internationally and prefers not spending too much time in any one place. He is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School.
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After finishing the first book, THE MIRACLE MAN, I immediately dived into this one. Yes, the previous one does need to be read in order to understand what is going on, but even if the reader doesn't, the book does a good job in informing one of the heroes and villains. While the previous book seemed to have Austin without limits, this one strongly reminds the readers that Austin is only human. Austin's past is glossed over and doesn't hijack the story. I found the story to be exciting and couldn't wait to see what happened next. In other words, THE AUSTIN PARADOX is a true medical thriller in my eyes. Unfortunately I'm not sure of the accuracy of the jihad religion or their beliefs, but its a pretty scary thought about how a disease can be bred to control the population.
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Aug 8 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Miracle Man / giveaway
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Aug 10 - OIio by Marilyn - review of Miracle Man / author interview / giveaway
Aug 13 - Working Mommy Journal - review of The Austin Paradox / giveaway
Aug 14 - Two Points of Interest - review of Miracle Man / giveaway
Aug 15 - Library of Clean Reads - review of The Austin Paradox / giveaway
Aug 16 - Truly Trendy - review of Miracle Man
Aug 17 - OIio by Marilyn - review of The Austin Paradox / giveaway
Aug 20 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Miracle Man / giveaway
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Aug 23 - Truly Trendy - review of The Austin Paradox
Aug 27 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of The Austin Paradox / giveaway
Aug 28 - The All Night Library - review of Miracle Man
Aug 29 - Books for Books - review of The Austin Paradox
Aug 29 - #redhead.with.book - review of The Austin Paradox / giveaway
Aug 30 - The All Night Library - review of The Austin Paradox / author interview
Sept 3 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Miracle Man / giveaway
Sept 3 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Miracle Man / giveaway
Sept 4 - Just Reviews - review of The Austin Paradox
Sept 5 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of The Austin Paradox / giveaway
Sept 6 - Bound 4 Escape - review of The Austin Paradox / giveaway
Sept 6 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Miracle Man / giveaway
Sept 7 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Miracle Man
Sept 8 - Readers Muse - review of Miracle Man / guest post
Sept 10 - Rainy Day Reviews - review of The Austin Paradox / guest post / giveaway
Sept 10 - Jessica Cassidy - review of The Austin Paradox / giveaway
Sept 11 - fundinmental - review of Miracle Man / giveaway
Sept 11 - What Emma Read Next - review of Miracle Man / giveaway
Sept 12 - What Emma Read Next - review of The Austin Paradox / interview / giveaway
Sept 12 - Vithyas Blog - review of Miracle Man
Sept 13 - fundinmental - review of The Austin Paradox / author interview / giveaway
Sept 13 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of The Austin Paradox
Sept 14 - Vithyas Blog - review of The Austin Paradox / author interview
Sept 14 - Readers Muse - review of The Austin Paradox
TBD - Writers N Authors - review of Miracle Man / guest post / giveaway
TBD - Writers N Authors - review of The Austin Paradox / giveaway
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)