• by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A scientific thriller by six-time Hugo Award winner Ben Bova
Luke Abramson, a brilliant cellular biologist who is battling lung cancer, has one joy in life: his 10-year-old granddaughter, Angela. When Angela is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given less than six months to live, Luke wants to try a new enzyme, Mortality Factor 4 (MORF4), that he believes will kill Angela's tumor.
However, the hospital bureaucracy won't let him do it because MORF4 has not yet been approved by the FDA. Knowing Angela will die before he can get the treatment approved, Luke abducts her from the hospital with plans to take her to a private research laboratory in Oregon.
But Luke is too old and worn down to flee across the country with his sick granddaughter, especially with the FBI on their trail. So he injects himself with a genetic factor that stimulates his body's production of telomerase, an enzyme that has successfully reversed aging in animal tests.
As the chase weaves across the country from one research facility to another, Luke begins to grow physically younger, stronger. He looks and feels the way he did 30 or 40 years ago. Yet his lung cancer is not abating; if anything the tumors are growing faster.
And Angela is dying.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Swing and a miss

I love many of Bova's books, but in this novel Bova commited the worst sin in literature: He Bored the reader.
*Bland characters that were not well fleshed out.
*Repetitive dialogue
*poor pacing
*A plot that read like a flat coke.
This book reads like a very early rough draft, its almost as if Bova started writing an outline but became disinterested and only published because, well I dont know what could have possibly went through his mind to think this was a good idea.
it almost feels like he is just tired of writing, which is sad because he wrote several of my favourite science fiction novels.
I really hope he finds his spark again.
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- Martin

Interesting premise

It's easy to bond with these characters and some might think the premise far fetched. But I've written a lot about health care and it would be short-sighted not to believe that money rules the world.
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- Julie Lane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-15-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.