Saturday, September 8, 2018

Miracle Man by William R Leibowitz: A Review


BOOK TITLE: The Miracle Man

AUTHOR: William R. Leibowitz

ISBN/ASIN: 978-0989866217

GENRE: Fiction / Thriller

NUMBER OF PAGES: 446

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: The Miracle Man Series Book 1

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: I thank iRead Book Tours for this review copy.

SUMMARY:

REVERED REVILED REMARKABLE

​The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.

Miracle Man is the winner of a Best Thriller national award, and 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

FIRST IMPRESSION:

The cover was a interesting but a stereotypical thriller trope. The summary was detailed and expansive, highlighting the major points of the novel. I had mixed views as I began reading, and expected the story to not be cliched but still maintain the readers' interest.

REVIEW:

Miracle Man is one of those books that manages to take up a normal story line that sounds usual and make it into something intersting and extraordinary. A one-line description of the book would not be able to cover the intricacies of the writing or the plot. It was a good read from start to finish, and managed to keep me engrossed all the while.

A miraculous child, a genius with IQ off the charts grows up into a man with superhuman intelligence. He wants to do good to this world after repeated personal tragedies and tries to find cures to diseases that have been plaguing mankind. But vested interests that want the world to be treated but not really cured, find issues with this approach and all of a sudden the Dr. Austin is hounded on all sides by people who want him gone. They are not only the corporates who stand to lose but also other people who want him gone off the radar.

The book itself is so realistic and relevant in current times, that some of the events send chills down the readers' spine. Bar the superhuman intelligence of the lead character, and the events related to that, the rest of the book can be seen as something that can happen to people in the present world. That is one of the reasons why the book happens to be a page turner that keeps the reader intrigued and involved until the end.

Addressing all the major issues in the medicine and pharmaceutical industry, the book points out exactly where the whole scenario is heading. The book can be an eye opener in many cases, making the readers question some of the things they have gotten used to. Miracle Man is not just about the actual character of the miracle man, but more about how the intelligence reacts with goodness as a moral compass, and how it will face and overcome difficulties in the real world, especially as a target of various entities who would not hesitate to use any means, fair and foul, to get rid of him.

The book does not seem like a writer's first novel. Far from it, it has all the necessary checkboxes for a good book ticked. Interesting plot, clean execution, pace picking up within first few pages, drawing the reader in. It might seem long by the page count, but it manages to keep the reader hooked till the end, making for a quick read by being a page turner that does not just cram information but picks up various events that all come together to form a big picture that is full of twists and turns including the very end. This book would make the readers want to go to book 2 without skipping a beat, the writing is that good.

WHAT I LIKED:
  • The whole premise of the novel and the way it was carried out was good.
  • The book kept things interesting, and could be read without getting disracted.
  • For a piece of fiction, this was so relatable and dangerously close to being realistic, save the superhuman ability.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
  • The language could have been made better, and aided the book's readability.
  • In one line, the plot sounds like a cliche of regular thriller novels, that was saved by a different superhuman character and that is far from the truth of what the book actually is.
  • The book would have been a better read if the characters other than Dr. Austin were more developed.
VERDICT:

No reviews would do justice without revealing the plot elements. Interesting book that does not look like a first time book.

RATING: 4/5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


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.

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Kindle, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Book

PRICE $6.40 for Kindle, $12.80 for Paperback, $7.72 for Hardcover

BOOK LINKS: Amazon



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