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Sunday, January 1, 2012

A FIERCE RADIANCE by Lauren Belfer

In the anxious days after Pearl Harbor, talented "Life" magazine reporter Clara Shipley finds herself on top of one of the nation's most important stories--the race to discover penicillin at the Rockefeller Institute. When a researcher at the institute dies under suspicious circumstances, the stakes become starkly clear: a murder has been committed to obtain these lucrative new drugs. With lives and a new love hanging in the balance, Claire will put herself at the center of danger to find a killer--no matter what price she may have to pay.

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4 comments:

Monika said...

This is a great book with amazing insight into the discovery of common antibiotics that we take for granted today. It is crazy to think that people used to die from simple infections. Although this book has an element of mystery, it is much more of a historical drama than a mystery.

Michelle said...

Loved this book. It's hard to imagine a time when it wasn't simple to be treated for an infection. I really enjoyed the story.

Laural said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It brought up some interesting ideas about the development of antibiotics.

Anonymous said...

I liked this book at first, but by the end I was like, "When is this stupid book going to end??" It took more than 500 pages to tell what could be done in less than 300.

I liked watching the trial and error of trying to mass produce antibiotics, and the descriptions of dark rooms brought back so many memories. Then it just started really dragging.

At the beginning, photojournalist Claire meets a doctor/researcher James. They immediately lust after each other but decide to take it slow and get to know each other first. Yep, that's the author's idea of romantic. And all their getting to know each other consists of stuff like, "They went for a walk and talked and then went home to bed together." No real dialogue happens. The relationship falters when suspicions about the doctor's sister's death come between them.

What really irked me was how the point of view kept switching between characters -- often in the same paragraph. Instead of drawing me into the story, these switches jarred me and kicked me out of mind, so to speak.

It was a chore to force myself to finish this.

(There's some strong but sparse language and some descriptions of sex.)