Author: Brad Murray
Pages: 476 (Ebook)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: September 14, 2016
Source: I bought this book myself, but received payment in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion towards the book.
There was nothing noteworthy about Jimmy Porter, except that his blood contained the cure for all diseases. He was a human panacea, a cure-all, but he had no knowledge of this until he turned 21. When he receives a mysterious call promising information about his long-missing father, Jimmy isn’t able to resist it. He agrees to meet the man who will probably be able to shed some light on the disappearance of his father, but he never arrives to his destination. A road accident will reveal a much menacing truth – the reality that Jimmy’s life was never his own, that two powerful organisations scuffle to possess him, a struggle that has crossed three generations of Porters.
Panacea by Brad Murray, was an intriguing thriller where several apparently disconnected stories found their origin in the same place: a Nazi camp in 1945. The net of interconnections between the several characters in this book is finally disclosed at the end (although several hints are provided in between) and what might seem like an ordinary fight between good and evil soon reveals to be a tale of hatred and revenge between two German families that somehow achieves the proportions of “world domination”.
The problem with Panacea was that it was a rather large book and, while there were some action-packed scenes, other parts of the book seemed to drag on because there was nothing incredibly exciting or relevant happening. It was also a bit predictable – it had that typical story of boy loses father, boy finds father again, family is reunited but something awful happens to father once more. You now that tale of short-lived happiness, don’t you? It also had that typical happy movie-ending where all the “good guys” end up in a cheerful barbecue some years after the dreadful events. I just felt that I’ve seen this so many times! Also, there was this character – La’ Roi – that I simply couldn’t understand what the hell he was doing in the story! He was not valuable at all, he simply seemed to be there for the single purpose of saying a few lines of dialogue. He intervened here and there but nothing that required his presence with the utmost need.
Don’t get me wrong, I did like Panacea. I found that the stories where incredibly well-connected and all loose-ends where masterfully tied up at the end. I enjoyed the fact that the story spanned several generations and that there really was no clear definition of “good guy”. In the end, both organisations believed that they were doing the best for mankind, they just had different courses of action. It is an interesting read that will leave you thinking about subjects a bit bigger than yourself – sometimes we do need to tone a bit down on the action to allow a bit of retrospective, don’t you think?