Two secret societies vie for control of the ultimate medical miracle—Panacea—in the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson, author of the Repairman Jack series.
Medical examiner Laura Fanning has two charred corpses and no answers. Both bear a mysterious tattoo but exhibit no known cause of death. Their only connection to one another is a string of puzzling miracle cures. Her preliminary investigation points to a cult in the possession of the fabled panacea—the substance that can cure all ills—but that's impossible.
Laura finds herself unknowingly enmeshed in an ancient conflict between the secretive keepers of the panacea and the equally secretive and far more deadly group known only as 536, a brotherhood that fervently believes God intended for humanity to suffer, not be cured. Laura doesn't believe in the panacea, but that doesn't prevent the agents of 536 from trying to kill her.
A reclusive, terminally ill billionaire hires Laura to research the possibility of the panacea. The billionaire's own body guard, Rick Hayden, a mercenary who isn't who he pretends to be, has to keep her alive as they race to find the legendary panacea before the agents of 536 can destroy it.
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F. Paul Wilson
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What would you do to get your hands on something that just might cure anything? And what would others do to stop you?
In Panacea, F. Paul Wilson mixes medical thriller, religious cults, and good old fashioned murder in a race around the world adventure sure to get your heart pounding.
Laura and Rick are terrific characters – very different, though equally badass in the best possible ways. And the situations Wilson puts them in are no holds barred – dangerous, exhilarating, and, at times, heart breaking.
This was one of those one sitting reads for me. I literally didn’t stop until I reached the end.
Panacea was a blast of an adventure and is highly recommended. Wilson is simply one of the best thriller writers around!
I had a ball reading this. It reminded me of a conversation my husband and I have had over the years: What would happen if Jesus were around today and doing what he did while on earth? Healing people. We theorized that the pharmaceutical companies would put a hit out on him. Anyway, the story revolves around something like that. A panacea is a cure-all. What if one really existed? I love F. Paul Wilson's writing. I've read practically all of his books. This one is just as thrilling as the others. I do hope there will be sequels. Many of them.
F. Paul Wilson is an incredible writer and his Repairman Jack series has been my absolute favorite of just about any writer since the late '80s. I've read several stand-alone novels of Mr. Wilson's throughout the long run of Repairman Jack, but sadly none of them have ever quite measured up to those. This novel has all the action-packed excitement that a thriller should, but it reminded me of some things I haven't liked about the Da Vinci-series novels (specifically, the forced sexual innuendo between Langdon and any of the female lead characters in those novels). This is still a good read, with some sobering and worrisome implications for the human species, especially in this increasingly more unsteady current world of rapid climatic change amidst naked capitalistic expansion, coupled with religious zealotry of all stripes.
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