WordsAPlenty was given a copy of this book by the author, Gabriele Farago in exchange for an honest review of his book The Hidden Genes of Professor K.
A well written complex medical mystery that leaves no stone unturned. Not only is Professor K close to discovering a mind blowing cure for a deadly disease but he’s dying. The mega pharmaceutical self-made billionaire Alistair Macbeth of Blackburn Pharmaceutical wants it. Jack Rogan, famous author is charged with solving a mystery involving the murdered parents of world renowned rock star Isis; a mysterious skull that connects the Aztecs to Dr. Mengele and Hitler to Professor K.
Gabriel Farago carefully weaves a medical thriller connecting each character and occurrence carefully; his plot is excellently planned. The multiple story lines are not confusing but rather come together seamlessly and at times surprisingly.
Farago creates characters that are unique and exciting. His dialog is believable and flows smoothly.
‘They are crying,’ said Tristan after a while.
‘Who’s crying?’ asked Jack.
‘It’s this place. I’ve never felt anything like it. This is a well of desperate souls. So many of them. They are all around us and they are drowning in their own pain. That’s why the angels are crying.’
Each character is strong in his/her own right. Jack Rogan must solve the mystery and in turn he knows he will write another best-selling novel. Of that he is sure but knows he must solve the growing mystery.
‘The next step was slowly emerging out of the maze of dead ends, false leads and speculation. A powerful, familiar gut feeling told Jack he was on the right track. However, one main clue central to it all was eluding him, despite being tantalizingly close.’
This is an involved and long novel but Farago does a magnificent job of keeping it readable, exciting and easy to follow. I have encountered several masterful story tellers and wordsmiths but Gabriel Farago is top in this field. Everything is expertly researched; his writing style is thorough and smooth. His carefully woven story is not one that can be easily forgotten. One will be left to wonder how much of what he has written is true and how much of it is truly fiction given the news coverage of pharmaceuticals in recent years.
This is the latest in a series of Jack Rogan books, but can be read as a stand-alone. This is the first Jack Rogan book I have read and not once did I feel lost or confused. I would highly recommend Farago and The Hidden Genes of Professor K. to anyone who loves dark, disturbing and mind blowing medical thrillers. The twists and turns begin on page one and goes through to the end.
WordsAPlenty gives The Hidden Genes of Professor K a five-star review and the highest approval level of enthusiasm for a book. Don’t miss out on this one!