Elixir

  • by Ted Galdi
  • Narrated by Roberto Scarlato
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Meet 14-year-old Sean Malone. He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country's top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy. However, Sean wishes he could just be normal. But his life is anything but normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.
For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he's 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it's up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past. Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love.

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Interesting idea for a story

This is a debut novel of Ted Galdi. It is a thriller that follows a teenage genius as he does battle against certain officials within the United States government and a shady pharmaceutical company.

Life for Sean Malone is unusual. He is supposed to have an IQ of 250. He gained fame as an eleven year old by winning over a million dollars on Jeopardy. It was the mention of Jeopardy that caught my attention and made me decide to read the book. After I got the book I discovered it is classified as a YA Sci-Fi/Techno Thriller.

Elixir is well written with an interesting premise but I needed to completely suspend my scientific knowledge to follow the story. The action is fast pace and believable. The characterization within the story is somewhat lacking, only Sean seemed real. Although I could see when the story was attempting to hook the reader, it didn’t hook me. I was unable to forget everything I know about science to enjoy the story. I like to read an author’s debut book and often I find another author to follow. Roberto Scarlato narrated the book.

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- Jean

Good story. Ho hum reader.

Reader was monotone on narration. Most characters were believable. Story was good, but drug in the middle. Mr. Galdi got carried away on the epilogue -- long enough for another book. I won't call it YA but might appeal more to the late teens / early twenties set -- esp. of the female persuasion.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2014
  • Publisher: Ted Galdi