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Professor Brad Parker is enjoying his sabbatical in one of Harvard’s leading genomic engineering labs, focused on altering the human genome to meet challenges like treating cancer and increasing longevity. Then he’s interrupted by a surprise request from the FBI. Can he help them track down a Chinese spy who’s stealing the lab’s secrets? Becoming engaged in a case of crimi Professor Brad Parker is enjoying his sabbatical in one of Harvard’s leading genomic engineering labs, focused on altering the human genome to meet challenges like treating cancer and increasing longevity. Then he’s interrupted by a surprise request from the FBI. Can he help them track down a Chinese spy who’s stealing the lab’s secrets? Becoming engaged in a case of criminal conspiracy is the last thing Brad wants to do—but at the urging of Karen Richmond, his partner and now an FBI agent herself, he agrees. The ensuing hunt takes Brad and Karen down a trail of treachery and murder that leads from Boston to the coast of southern Maine, where a killer lies in wait.


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Professor Brad Parker is enjoying his sabbatical in one of Harvard’s leading genomic engineering labs, focused on altering the human genome to meet challenges like treating cancer and increasing longevity. Then he’s interrupted by a surprise request from the FBI. Can he help them track down a Chinese spy who’s stealing the lab’s secrets? Becoming engaged in a case of crimi Professor Brad Parker is enjoying his sabbatical in one of Harvard’s leading genomic engineering labs, focused on altering the human genome to meet challenges like treating cancer and increasing longevity. Then he’s interrupted by a surprise request from the FBI. Can he help them track down a Chinese spy who’s stealing the lab’s secrets? Becoming engaged in a case of criminal conspiracy is the last thing Brad wants to do—but at the urging of Karen Richmond, his partner and now an FBI agent herself, he agrees. The ensuing hunt takes Brad and Karen down a trail of treachery and murder that leads from Boston to the coast of southern Maine, where a killer lies in wait.

30 review for Forever: A Medical Thriller

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Medical thriller fans, Geoffrey M. Cooper has one for you! FOREVER combines scientific research, a professor who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy when his genome engineering shows promise as a catalyst for treating cancer and possibly the scientific answer to the Fountain of Youth. The last thing Professor Brad Parker pictured was being caught up in an investigation with his FBI girlfriend that would lead them down a deadly rabbit hole filled with deceit, treachery and murder when he is of Medical thriller fans, Geoffrey M. Cooper has one for you! FOREVER combines scientific research, a professor who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy when his genome engineering shows promise as a catalyst for treating cancer and possibly the scientific answer to the Fountain of Youth. The last thing Professor Brad Parker pictured was being caught up in an investigation with his FBI girlfriend that would lead them down a deadly rabbit hole filled with deceit, treachery and murder when he is offered a grant that could answer his prayers to continue his studies. Don’t expect over-the-top heroes, dashing and strong. Picture an academic who surprises even himself with what he is capable of doing when a colleague is suspected of being a spy and sending secret projects to an enemy/competitor. Something isn’t adding up when the possible spy commits suicide, could it have been murder? Why? Geoffrey M. Cooper has nailed another intriguing thriller that will have readers turning page after page, following a labyrinth of clues that will not be untangled until the very end. Who knew laboratory science could be so exciting? Great writing, excellent characters, written in a fascinating way that is not far-fetched or written above a layman’s comprehension, not to mention a mystery that is simply fantastic! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Geoffrey M. Cooper! This is my honest and voluntary review. Publisher: Maine Authors Publishing (May 15, 2020) Publication Date: May 15, 2020 Genre: Medical Thriller Print Length: 198 pages Available from: Amazon For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    My first book from this author. It was an easy read might have got bogged down in some of the blood reasearch but it was ok. I could tell this was a new writer acfter all he is a researcher first writer second. the main story was ok and the dialogue was passing. he lost the creative tension of the story for about 40 percent of it in the middle. I am not sure where he wanted to go with this story because a certain point he tried to tie two stories together-it was ok. The ending was predictable an My first book from this author. It was an easy read might have got bogged down in some of the blood reasearch but it was ok. I could tell this was a new writer acfter all he is a researcher first writer second. the main story was ok and the dialogue was passing. he lost the creative tension of the story for about 40 percent of it in the middle. I am not sure where he wanted to go with this story because a certain point he tried to tie two stories together-it was ok. The ending was predictable and somewhat over the top not the first time that has happened lol. would I read another book by him mmmmm if had really nothing on hand to read and want a fast light read yes. I say in the end If you need alight fast read to get out of a slump then give him a spin you could do a lot worse trust me lol

  3. 4 out of 5

    Swati

    A nail-biting thriller that keeps you turning the pages till the end. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. Read my full review coming soon on IndieReader! A nail-biting thriller that keeps you turning the pages till the end. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. Read my full review coming soon on IndieReader!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Rj

    This is a great medical thriller but don't expect any hospitals to appear. Instead this is focused on the underworld of secret laboratories, high tech research, spies and genetic experiments. The idea of discovering the secret of how medicine could lead to eternal youth has been around for a long time and I have read read a few that cover similar ground. The nice thing about this thriller was creating excellent characters who you quickly become invested in and care about. Interweaving relationsh This is a great medical thriller but don't expect any hospitals to appear. Instead this is focused on the underworld of secret laboratories, high tech research, spies and genetic experiments. The idea of discovering the secret of how medicine could lead to eternal youth has been around for a long time and I have read read a few that cover similar ground. The nice thing about this thriller was creating excellent characters who you quickly become invested in and care about. Interweaving relationships and the hunt for a serial killer adds to the tension all the way through. In many ways the novel follows a fairly predictable path, however this does not make it a dull book. Although I was hoping for perhaps a few more unexpected twists there was plenty of danger and threat to keep me turning the pages. The other element that sets this book apart is often medical thrillers can leave you lost in the jargon and technical information. I was pleased to find that in spite of having no medical background I never felt that I couldn't follow or understand the technical side of the story and yet nor did it feel 'dumbed down' - quite a feat on the author's part for the genre.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    An entertaining medical thriller full of great science and a clever storyline. Kept me reading outside on my deck long past dinnertime! Loved the setting of New England too. Great descriptions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steven Rosenstein

    Forever: A Medical Thriller by Geoffery M Cooper is a very creative and fast-paced story. It’s a real page-turner that I could barely put down. I was attracted to the title because I had never read a medical thriller, and I am pleased to say the story lives up to its name. Our author cleverly blends the worlds of medical research, international espionage, law enforcement, and research funding. Actually, I surmise the story may be based in reality. The “about the author” notes say that Mr. Cooper Forever: A Medical Thriller by Geoffery M Cooper is a very creative and fast-paced story. It’s a real page-turner that I could barely put down. I was attracted to the title because I had never read a medical thriller, and I am pleased to say the story lives up to its name. Our author cleverly blends the worlds of medical research, international espionage, law enforcement, and research funding. Actually, I surmise the story may be based in reality. The “about the author” notes say that Mr. Cooper was a cancer researcher and professor at Harvard University as is Professor Brad Parker our protagonist. Our author lives in Maine, where a good portion of the story takes place. Geoffery M. Cooper is genuinely writing what he knows, which is apparent in his ability to make the reader feel as if they are right there watching the story take place. In fact, I Googled some of the locations used in the story which actually exist and are just as our author described. Despite my best efforts, I could not solve the mystery until our author laid it out for us to see. I greatly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Enjoy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Unmatched sincerity from personal experience and enthralling action I didn't realize at first when reading this novel that it was a sequel, which is nice because if you haven't read the first this one is still very easy to follow and enjoy. It explores Brad Parker and his partner Karen as a new scandal at the work place springs up and Brad inevitably becomes tangled in the thick of the mess despite his reservations. Like most novels, some things can feel predictable but Cooper manages to keep the Unmatched sincerity from personal experience and enthralling action I didn't realize at first when reading this novel that it was a sequel, which is nice because if you haven't read the first this one is still very easy to follow and enjoy. It explores Brad Parker and his partner Karen as a new scandal at the work place springs up and Brad inevitably becomes tangled in the thick of the mess despite his reservations. Like most novels, some things can feel predictable but Cooper manages to keep the dialogue engaging and the plot intensely fueled with tension and action. Incorporating his own knowledge of cancer research and working at a university adds genuinity that can't be faked and immerses the reader even more into this fast-paced and exciting novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Timea Tokes

    Great Characterization, Intriguing Plot I absolutely loved the way we learn about the main characters. I normally find that authors find that bit irrelevant in this genre, but I was pleasantly surprised that here the characters got a chance to shine. I simply didn't want to put the book down, and alas I didn't, until I finished it. I must admit I was a bit sceptical when I read the description, not being sure whether the story would truly be for me. But it ended up having me glued to the screen of Great Characterization, Intriguing Plot I absolutely loved the way we learn about the main characters. I normally find that authors find that bit irrelevant in this genre, but I was pleasantly surprised that here the characters got a chance to shine. I simply didn't want to put the book down, and alas I didn't, until I finished it. I must admit I was a bit sceptical when I read the description, not being sure whether the story would truly be for me. But it ended up having me glued to the screen of my Kindle, from the first page to the last. It's a perfect example of how someone's life can change in a heartbeat, and even if you have the best intentions at heart, you aren't exempt from the bad stuff. All in all, it's a brilliant story that makes you question a lot of things about yourself and the world in general. And that's a good thing, in case you were wondering...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shrabastee Chakraborty

    Forever, a captivating medical thriller, is the newest addition to the fictional books written by Geoffrey M. Cooper. During his sabbatical, Dr. Brad Parker is learning genome editing techniques at a neighboring institute. When two FBI officials enlist his help to investigate a claim of suspected academic espionage, he reluctantly agrees at his partner’s insistence. However, things escalate very soon, culminating in the death of a promising young researcher. Meanwhile, the Monroe Foundation beco Forever, a captivating medical thriller, is the newest addition to the fictional books written by Geoffrey M. Cooper. During his sabbatical, Dr. Brad Parker is learning genome editing techniques at a neighboring institute. When two FBI officials enlist his help to investigate a claim of suspected academic espionage, he reluctantly agrees at his partner’s insistence. However, things escalate very soon, culminating in the death of a promising young researcher. Meanwhile, the Monroe Foundation becomes extremely keen on the laboratory techniques Parker has developed. In exchange for lucrative funding, he has to conduct his research in a private laboratory provided by Walter Monroe. When Parker finally realizes that he is being used as a pawn in a nefarious scheme, it might already be too late to escape. The thriller maintains a steady pace with tension building up gradually, giving the reader the feel of a cozy mystery. That is until the situation escalates rapidly and the reader finds themselves stuck in a nightmarish plot, unable to escape. While some parts of the novel might have been predictable to the seasoned readers, Cooper saves the best for the end. The last twist was so unexpected that I never saw it coming. Thankfully, Parker demonstrates a combination of scientific knowledge, technical expertise, meticulous planning, and level-headedness without which thwarting the evil plans would have been impossible. Cooper incorporated a few debatable, if not outright controversial, themes prevalent in academia. The notion of academic espionage by Chinses researchers is one such topic that might cause raised eyebrows. The prejudice directed against a particular ethnic group is more common than we would like to believe; however, I was relieved when Parker proved to be unbiased and insistent on logical proof instead. Another controversial topic presented here was human gene editing and the ethical issues concerned therein. Popular thrillers have a penchant for portraying this technology as an evil scheme, one that is akin to playing God, while they gloss over its potential benefits. Admirably, Cooper handles this sensitive issue with a firm scientific approach and rightly proclaims “The technology was the same whether it was used for good or evil.” The presence of such heavy topics does not forbid readers to enjoy the little pleasures of life. Parker appreciates every moment, enjoying culinary delights, scenic beauty, bird watching, and loving company of his partner Karen and pet Rosie. Cooper’s extreme attention to detail ensures a thorough setting for each scene, making the reading experience comfortable. I will never cease to be amazed at the ease with which Cooper presents mind-boggling scientific phenomena or cutting-edge technologies to his readers. Had I not read this book, I wouldn’t have believed that one could explain the CRISPR technique or the logic behind blood plasma transfusion in a purely fictional setting. Cooper has a unique way of making the academic details palatable so that readers without a science background can easily follow the logic. As a graduate student myself, this book fell right inside my comfort zone. I could relate to various aspects of this novel, be it the frustration over agonizingly slow-going experiments or the inevitable slumber that follows a hearty lunch during an endlessly dragging conference. Besides, I was able to garner some knowledge from the book, especially regarding the aging research and the behavioral tests conducted on mice. Having enjoyed both the scientific and the thrilling parts of the novel, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to the readers who appreciate medical thrillers. It doesn’t matter if you are from academia or not, this book is certainly a treat for everyone.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Happy Booker

    Forever is a medical thriller story about a professor who is on his sabbatical leave. Brad Parker is one of Harvard’s Genomic engineers, and he specializes in altering genome to find a cure for cancer. He is contacted by the FBI asking him to help them find a Chinese spy who has some critical information that cannot get into the wrong hands. Together with Karen Richmond, his partner takes on this challenge, and that’s how the adventure begins. The book is well written and is action-packed. The pa Forever is a medical thriller story about a professor who is on his sabbatical leave. Brad Parker is one of Harvard’s Genomic engineers, and he specializes in altering genome to find a cure for cancer. He is contacted by the FBI asking him to help them find a Chinese spy who has some critical information that cannot get into the wrong hands. Together with Karen Richmond, his partner takes on this challenge, and that’s how the adventure begins. The book is well written and is action-packed. The pace complemented the scenes, and the exquisite style of descriptive writing enhanced the reader’s enjoyment. Cooper’s professional background really helps him in the story plot. The literature has a unique backdrop and is vivid. The added romance between Brad and the FBI agent created an interesting dynamic as well. Without the author having a thorough knowledge of the subject matter and having done this research in-depth, I believe his book would have fallen flat. So I applaud him for creating a plausible story. Anyone who enjoys mystery and suspense storylines will thoroughly relish this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Callon

    Written by a retired cancer researcher, this novel is full of medical jargon and technical conversations. Some readers might find this content boring or irrelevant but I found these portions of the story fascinating and totally absorbing. CRISPR is a powerful gene editing technology and is being used today to chop up and destroy the DNA of the Covid-19 virus. However, it is viewed by many as a controversial tool as it can be so easily misused, for instance by a mega-rich maniac like the central Written by a retired cancer researcher, this novel is full of medical jargon and technical conversations. Some readers might find this content boring or irrelevant but I found these portions of the story fascinating and totally absorbing. CRISPR is a powerful gene editing technology and is being used today to chop up and destroy the DNA of the Covid-19 virus. However, it is viewed by many as a controversial tool as it can be so easily misused, for instance by a mega-rich maniac like the central character Monroe. The author's style of writing is clear and keeps you interested in the plot. However, the characters lacked interest for me. Although the main character Brad was an intelligent professor, he was unbelievably naïve as he was being courted by Alice and Monroe. Monroe was a stereotype billionaire. This made the plot flow somewhat predictable. I don't want to give the game away but I easily worked out who were the 'baddies' (with one exception) and how the story would end. This review was written by Shawn Callon, author of The Diplomatic Spy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    BG of RC

    "Forever" is another fantastic thriller from Geoffrey Cooper. Brad and Karen from "Nondisclosure" return, and are every bit as likable as in that novel. Brad is on sabbatical, making progress on some promising research, when two FBI agents inform him of academic espionage occurring in the lab where he is working. Conflicting and confusing clues pile up for Brad, as he is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. Meanwhile, Karen is trying to solve a string of strange serial killings that have ba "Forever" is another fantastic thriller from Geoffrey Cooper. Brad and Karen from "Nondisclosure" return, and are every bit as likable as in that novel. Brad is on sabbatical, making progress on some promising research, when two FBI agents inform him of academic espionage occurring in the lab where he is working. Conflicting and confusing clues pile up for Brad, as he is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. Meanwhile, Karen is trying to solve a string of strange serial killings that have baffled the FBI for some time. The pair soon find themselves once more caught up in a web of deception and death that they both will have to use all their skills to solve and survive. As with Cooper's previous books, this is a fast-paced and enjoyable page-turner. I especially enjoyed the ending, though I won't say why here--too big of a spoiler. There is considerable medical terminology in this book, but it's all presented in a way that's easily accessible to the layperson. Definitely a great read for fans of thrillers. [Note: This review is based on an ARC of this book]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cecelia Isaac

    I really enjoyed Nondisclosure, the first Brad Parker thriller. However, the mystery was pretty guessable and I mostly stayed around for the strong characters. Forever keeps the good things (cool look into the world of academia, great voice for Brad), and adds in more complexity to the mystery, so you're not sure which of the shady characters is the real villain. The writing is just as solid as the first. Looking forward to more in this series. I really enjoyed Nondisclosure, the first Brad Parker thriller. However, the mystery was pretty guessable and I mostly stayed around for the strong characters. Forever keeps the good things (cool look into the world of academia, great voice for Brad), and adds in more complexity to the mystery, so you're not sure which of the shady characters is the real villain. The writing is just as solid as the first. Looking forward to more in this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    As Professor Brad Parker is on sabbatical in one of Harvard’s leading genomic engineering labs, he is interrupted by the FBI. They would like him to help them track down a Chinese spy who has been stealing lab secrets. This is of no interest to him, however, with some urging he agrees to do so. With his partner, Karen Richmond, who is now an FBI agent as well, he begins a hunt down a trail of treachery and death from Boston to the southern part of Maine. The book touches lightly on the medical r As Professor Brad Parker is on sabbatical in one of Harvard’s leading genomic engineering labs, he is interrupted by the FBI. They would like him to help them track down a Chinese spy who has been stealing lab secrets. This is of no interest to him, however, with some urging he agrees to do so. With his partner, Karen Richmond, who is now an FBI agent as well, he begins a hunt down a trail of treachery and death from Boston to the southern part of Maine. The book touches lightly on the medical research field - just enough to give you insight and further understanding. It is a twisted plot that continues to surprise you with devious conspiracy, spies, the FBI, and a serial killer. This is highly recommended for readers who enjoy mystery/suspense, intrigue and a page-turning thriller. You will not be disappointed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    T.S.

    This is a well-written and clever medical thriller that reminds me of Robin Cook's books. The main character is on sabbatical to do cancer research and gets involved in a search for a spy stealing secrets as well as being pit against a serial killer. While the author has extensive technical knowledge he does well in blending it into fiction to the point it doesn't bogged down the story but enhances is. The pacing is quick and consistent, and the author does a great job at paying attention to det This is a well-written and clever medical thriller that reminds me of Robin Cook's books. The main character is on sabbatical to do cancer research and gets involved in a search for a spy stealing secrets as well as being pit against a serial killer. While the author has extensive technical knowledge he does well in blending it into fiction to the point it doesn't bogged down the story but enhances is. The pacing is quick and consistent, and the author does a great job at paying attention to detail, even the smallest of them. The author has a great voice and a great handle on craft. His scene setting and world building allow me to feel as if I am in the story, and the twists keep me guessing. This book is an intriguing page-turner recommended for fans of Robin Cook.

  16. 4 out of 5

    James W

    As the title suggests, Geoffrey M. Cooper’s latest release, Forever: A Medical Thriller, is an action-packed mystery/thriller pitting a good-natured professor (the affable Brad Parker) and his partner, Karen Richmond, against a devious conspiracy involving spies, the FBI, and even a serial killer. As the story unfolds, readers are treated to an ever-evolving plot featuring a large ensemble cast that continues to surprise, leaving readers guessing until the very last page. While Cooper has penned As the title suggests, Geoffrey M. Cooper’s latest release, Forever: A Medical Thriller, is an action-packed mystery/thriller pitting a good-natured professor (the affable Brad Parker) and his partner, Karen Richmond, against a devious conspiracy involving spies, the FBI, and even a serial killer. As the story unfolds, readers are treated to an ever-evolving plot featuring a large ensemble cast that continues to surprise, leaving readers guessing until the very last page. While Cooper has penned several scientific-based texts, Forever is the Maine-based author’s third published foray into the world of fiction, and the writer has clearly found his voice. As a retired medical researcher, Cooper leans heavily upon his professional experience, offering a vivid take on the medical research process. Be it the vernacular or the myriad of challenges inherent to the progress of medicine, Cooper clearly knows his stuff, and the setting he creates is both instantly believable and memorable. Geoffrey M. Cooper’s latest release, Forever: A Medical Thriller, is exactly as advertised: an intriguing page-turner set against a vivid, unique backdrop. Highly recommended for fans of mystery/suspense.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Professor Brad Parker is busy researching new treatments for cancer in Harvard's genomic engineering labs for his sabbatical. In the midst of this, he is approached by the FBI; they want help with their investigation. The agents believe that there is a Chinese spy in his lab who is passing along advances made in experimental tests. These leaks of information could have serious consequences. With support from his partner, Karen Richmond, and FBI agent herself, can he help them before it's too lat Professor Brad Parker is busy researching new treatments for cancer in Harvard's genomic engineering labs for his sabbatical. In the midst of this, he is approached by the FBI; they want help with their investigation. The agents believe that there is a Chinese spy in his lab who is passing along advances made in experimental tests. These leaks of information could have serious consequences. With support from his partner, Karen Richmond, and FBI agent herself, can he help them before it's too late? I went into this book, expecting it would be a good read. I didn't expect it to become a story that I couldn't tear myself away from! From beginning to end, the story is intriguing, the plot is well developed and the end extremely satisfying. A lot of the story surrounds the lab and the science community. The author does well to succinctly include the scientific terminologies but keeps the story rolling to keep the reader entertained. The characters are well written with realistic tendencies that bought them to life. The thriller/mystery aspect of the story is well thought out. I did guess a couple of reveals, but there were quite a few points that caught me off guard. I liked this, because, for me, this made the book more original and not too cliched. This book is truly a thrilling tale of murder, espionage, and deceit!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Heath

    Forever: A Medical Thriller by Geoffrey M. Cooper is a gripping novel that follows protagonist, Professor Brad Parker who is on sabbatical and uses genome technology to develop cancer research. What was supposed to be a year of peaceful, scientific exploration turns into Parker finding himself involved with the FBI, an eccentric billionaire, a suspicious colleague, and groundbreaking scientific developments. I am impressed with the author’s knowledge, he definitely knows what he’s talking about. Forever: A Medical Thriller by Geoffrey M. Cooper is a gripping novel that follows protagonist, Professor Brad Parker who is on sabbatical and uses genome technology to develop cancer research. What was supposed to be a year of peaceful, scientific exploration turns into Parker finding himself involved with the FBI, an eccentric billionaire, a suspicious colleague, and groundbreaking scientific developments. I am impressed with the author’s knowledge, he definitely knows what he’s talking about. Science has never really been my forte, so when he uses words such as, “nanoparticles” “parabiosis” “anathema” and “histocompatibility,” it tends to go over my head, however the author does a decent job explaining the terminology without having it feel forced. I find Alice quite suspicious from the moment she is introduced. She immediately asks him a lot of questions regarding his work and I’m surprised someone as smart as Brad didn’t put it together sooner. In fact, as someone who is supposed to be watching his back, I don’t think he’s taking many precautions at all. I don’t know that I find Brad, or really any of the characters all that likable; they’re a little la te da with their fancy meals, aged scotch, and wine and strawberries, and for him being so head over heels for Karen, he sure gives Alice enough of his attention. I do like the pacing of the novel; each scene flows right into the next, no unnecessary fluff— this could be due to following the plot through Parker’s scientist brain, but the author creates a well-balanced timeline of events. There is a neat introduction and conclusion to every scene befitting the format of the novel. The ending was my favorite part of the novel, (spoiler) Agent Kimble being a double agent was an interesting twist that I did not see coming and the climax, tension, and build up at the end is great; the characters got themselves in quite the pickle that seems impossible for them to get out of. The tension and fear, especially the part in the woods, is very exciting. The novel gets better and better as the author picks up the pace—it really makes you think and keeps you guessing. Overall this was extremely well-written and a novel I’d recommend to read, especially for those into medical/science thrillers.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Parsons

    Forever is a novel that really captures the best of the medical thriller genre in a lot of ways. It is a classic thriller story, full of mystery and suspense and immersed in the world of international espionage, conspiracies, and murder. The great thing about Forever, which sets it apart from many of the same genre, is the outsider perspective offered by Professor Brad Parker, a genomic engineer. His unfamiliarity with this world, and his relatable responses to the outlandish situations he finds Forever is a novel that really captures the best of the medical thriller genre in a lot of ways. It is a classic thriller story, full of mystery and suspense and immersed in the world of international espionage, conspiracies, and murder. The great thing about Forever, which sets it apart from many of the same genre, is the outsider perspective offered by Professor Brad Parker, a genomic engineer. His unfamiliarity with this world, and his relatable responses to the outlandish situations he finds himself in, helps to ground the story in reality - he always seems a little out of his depth despite his scientific expertise. The characterisation in this book is generally exceptional, and I also really loved the character of Karen, who plays the part of both scientist and agent. In many ways, Forever is a novel that adheres to a lot of generic conventions - quite a few of the plot points were relatively predictable - but it does so in a way that feels fresh and exciting. Despite feeling like I could often guess what might be coming next, I found myself tense with the anticipation of every development, regardless. I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of thrillers and espionage.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Geoffrey Cooper returns with his characters from Nondisclosure, Professor Brad Parker and Karen Richmond. Professor Parker is on sabbatical at Harvard to work on cancer research. The last thing he expects is to be roped into an academic espionage investigation, which is exactly what happens when two FBI agents show up at the lab where Brad works. He reluctantly agrees after much insistence from his partner Karen, now an FBI agent herself. Meanwhile Karen is wrapped up investigating a serial kill Geoffrey Cooper returns with his characters from Nondisclosure, Professor Brad Parker and Karen Richmond. Professor Parker is on sabbatical at Harvard to work on cancer research. The last thing he expects is to be roped into an academic espionage investigation, which is exactly what happens when two FBI agents show up at the lab where Brad works. He reluctantly agrees after much insistence from his partner Karen, now an FBI agent herself. Meanwhile Karen is wrapped up investigating a serial killer who drains his victims of their blood. In an unexpected twist, both investigations cross paths and Brad and Karen find themselves in a race to save their lives. Cooper's well paced and original plot is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. In spite of the heavy medical terminology, Cooper does an excellent job of explaining complex topics in terms that even readers without a science background can easily follow. A great read for medical thriller fans as well as those who are new to the genre.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is NOT a love story of two hearts joined forever. Nor is it science fiction set in the far distant future. Nor is it a religious book set in Heaven, which lasts forever. Instead, it's the tale of Walter Monroe, an extremely rich man, who uses his wealth to further the findings on longevity. He employs the best brains in genetic research. He has his own state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. As the story enfolds, we learn that Walter's fascination is very personal: he wants to live fo This is NOT a love story of two hearts joined forever. Nor is it science fiction set in the far distant future. Nor is it a religious book set in Heaven, which lasts forever. Instead, it's the tale of Walter Monroe, an extremely rich man, who uses his wealth to further the findings on longevity. He employs the best brains in genetic research. He has his own state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. As the story enfolds, we learn that Walter's fascination is very personal: he wants to live forever. There are a lot of technical terms which I didn't understand, but it didn't matter. It's the characters that are important. There is a broad cast of players, and just as we get comfortable with one, he/she turns to be a spy, a double agent, an untrustworthy colleague. A fascinating look at what might happen when fictional research reaches the level of reality. Scary because it could happen. I read this EARC courtesy of Maine Authors Publications and Edelweiss. pub date 05/15/20

  22. 5 out of 5

    CarlitasFox

    An excellent novel that will keep you glued to the pages. This is an excellent thriller novel written by Geoffrey M. Cooper, who is a retired cancer researcher and scientific administrator. The book is called “Forever: a medical thriller". I was absorbed by the story from the very beginning. The plot is centered on Professor Brad Parker who decides to take a sabbatical year in one of Harvard´s leading genomic engineering labs. Parker is interested in the investigation related to the cure of cance An excellent novel that will keep you glued to the pages. This is an excellent thriller novel written by Geoffrey M. Cooper, who is a retired cancer researcher and scientific administrator. The book is called “Forever: a medical thriller". I was absorbed by the story from the very beginning. The plot is centered on Professor Brad Parker who decides to take a sabbatical year in one of Harvard´s leading genomic engineering labs. Parker is interested in the investigation related to the cure of cancer and longevity. One day he receives a visit from the FBI because they need help to find a Chinese spy who has apparently stolen something from those labs. So, he must cooperate with them. Will that be enough for this professor? Conspiracy, secrets and suspense surrounds this plot. It is well- written and well-developed. Even though there are some medical terms, you will find the plot easy to follow. There are unexpected twists and turns that will hold your attention throughout the reading. I really enjoyed it and of course, I thoroughly recommend it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Solano

    Forever: A Medical Thriller is an action novel written by Geoffrey M. Cooper. It's a brilliant story that keeps you drawn to the end. Brad Parker is a researcher who is taking a gap year to learn about the latest advances in genomite engineering. But one morning he is visited by FBI agents, who are investigating an academic espionage case, and they ask Brad to get involved in the investigation of a criminal conspiracy. Can this teacher help solve this secret? Geoffrey Cooper unfolds the characters Forever: A Medical Thriller is an action novel written by Geoffrey M. Cooper. It's a brilliant story that keeps you drawn to the end. Brad Parker is a researcher who is taking a gap year to learn about the latest advances in genomite engineering. But one morning he is visited by FBI agents, who are investigating an academic espionage case, and they ask Brad to get involved in the investigation of a criminal conspiracy. Can this teacher help solve this secret? Geoffrey Cooper unfolds the characters on the pages of the novel as pieces on a chessboard. They are complex characters but with daily have routinary lives. The novel begins whit a normal rhythm and increases its speed as the pages advance. Moreover, it has an interesting and unexpected ending. The veracity of the data described by the author makes this story seem as so real as it is bold. His vast experience in academic medicine is highlighted. It's a suspenseful spy thriller. I recommend reading Forever; it is a very dynamic book. This book is an entertaining read for your free time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mia C.

    “Forever: A Medical Thriller” is a book written by Geoffrey M. Cooper, a retired cancer researcher and scientific administrator, having held positions at Harvard Medical School and Boston University, as professor, department chair and associate dean. The background knowledge of this author is important because it gives the reader the idea of accuracy portrayed in this novel. I think the realism shown in this narrative is a plus at the moment of choosing a book. I enjoyed very much reading this bo “Forever: A Medical Thriller” is a book written by Geoffrey M. Cooper, a retired cancer researcher and scientific administrator, having held positions at Harvard Medical School and Boston University, as professor, department chair and associate dean. The background knowledge of this author is important because it gives the reader the idea of accuracy portrayed in this novel. I think the realism shown in this narrative is a plus at the moment of choosing a book. I enjoyed very much reading this book. Although there are some medical terms, it is not difficult to understand or follow. This novel certainly got me at the edge of my seat many times. It is suspenseful and there are some twists and turns that one does not expect. This is not a long book and it makes a perfect read for the weekend. It has got less than two hundred pages. All in all, I will certainly recommend this read because I enjoyed it very much.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sol Tyty

    Forever: A Medical Thriller is an action-packed thriller that has it all, from medical terms mingled with action to suspense and action. Written in the first person and for a general audience, this book is a catchy one since the author has done an amazing job portraying characters that would make any type of reader feel part of the different sequences of events described. The book is fast-paced due to the mixture of science and medical information that would definitely prevent readers from putting Forever: A Medical Thriller is an action-packed thriller that has it all, from medical terms mingled with action to suspense and action. Written in the first person and for a general audience, this book is a catchy one since the author has done an amazing job portraying characters that would make any type of reader feel part of the different sequences of events described. The book is fast-paced due to the mixture of science and medical information that would definitely prevent readers from putting the book down. It is written through the eyes of Professor Brad Parker, who is enjoying his sabbatical in one ot Harvard’s leading genomic engineering labs. The fact that the FBI intervenes in this story, makes it more intriguing. Cooper’s story is an amazing one, partly because the academic knowledge present in it is a great contribution to the thriller. I totally recommend it to medical thriller readers or to those who would like to explore this genre.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Professor Brad Parker works in a prestigious genomic engineering Lab at Harvard. He revels in the challenges of finding a cure for cancer and increasing the cells longevity. His partner, Karen Richmond approaches him when the FBI suspects that a colleague is a Chinese Spy and is selling the lab secrets to China. As Brad agrees, he is drawn into a conspiracy web of intrigue, lies and murder and along with Karen, he brings his brilliance to solving this newest problem. A race against time to preve Professor Brad Parker works in a prestigious genomic engineering Lab at Harvard. He revels in the challenges of finding a cure for cancer and increasing the cells longevity. His partner, Karen Richmond approaches him when the FBI suspects that a colleague is a Chinese Spy and is selling the lab secrets to China. As Brad agrees, he is drawn into a conspiracy web of intrigue, lies and murder and along with Karen, he brings his brilliance to solving this newest problem. A race against time to prevent another murder as well as the loss of more secret knowledge. A fast-paced thriller, full of interesting characters, this book is detailed, with both world building and medical knowledge. This helps immerse the reader into the world and the characters, although I felt like some of the medical and scientific parts went over my head. I felt Brad’s enthusiasm for the subject, but as that is not my field I felt like I lost some there. Otherwise the story was a good thrill.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caitlynn Akin

    Brad Parker, a professor in genomic engineering, once again finds himself in the middle of an FBI case that leads him down unexpected roads outside of the lab in “Forever: A Medical Thriller”. Picking up shortly after “Nondisclosure,” Parker is actively pursuing his own experiments, when he is encouraged by his romantic partner to assist the FBI with hunting down a spy that is leaking research secrets. I did find a few pieces slightly more predictable than the previous novel, but I still appreci Brad Parker, a professor in genomic engineering, once again finds himself in the middle of an FBI case that leads him down unexpected roads outside of the lab in “Forever: A Medical Thriller”. Picking up shortly after “Nondisclosure,” Parker is actively pursuing his own experiments, when he is encouraged by his romantic partner to assist the FBI with hunting down a spy that is leaking research secrets. I did find a few pieces slightly more predictable than the previous novel, but I still appreciated Cooper’s ability to explain complex scientific concepts in a straightforward and intriguing manner. The mix of dense scientific information with fast-paced action keeps the pages turning! It could also easily standalone if I hadn’t read the previous book featuring Brad Parker. Cooper’s unique story lines and interesting academic knowledge will certainly keep me reading any future books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ivana S.

    “Forever” is an action packed tale written by Geoffrey M. Cooper. It is a medical and intriguing thriller; and the characters are so well built that make the readers really want to be part of the story. This fiction book is written for a general audience. Events revolve around a crime; someone is stealing the lab's secrets. The story is narrated in the first person and it is written through the eyes of Professor Brad Parker, who is taking advantage of his sabbatical year in Harvard to find the cu “Forever” is an action packed tale written by Geoffrey M. Cooper. It is a medical and intriguing thriller; and the characters are so well built that make the readers really want to be part of the story. This fiction book is written for a general audience. Events revolve around a crime; someone is stealing the lab's secrets. The story is narrated in the first person and it is written through the eyes of Professor Brad Parker, who is taking advantage of his sabbatical year in Harvard to find the cure of cancer and the answer to increase longevity. But he is recruited by the FBI for a covert mission in a case of criminal conspiracy. The story soon gets the reader involved because it is the type of book that keeps you turning pages, wanting to know what will happen next. In fact, I would recommend this book because it is easy to read and really enjoyable. Don’t miss it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Kester

    Author Geoffrey M. Cooper will take you on a suspenseful medical journey in his novel Forever: A Medical Thriller. The book tells the story of Brad Parker, a professor who works at one of Harvard’s most prestigious genomic engineering labs. One day, the FBI contacts him in hopes that he will help them track down a Chinese spy who they believe is stealing vital secrets. While hesitant at first, Parker decides to help the organization, mainly due to his partner Karen Richmond encouraging him to do Author Geoffrey M. Cooper will take you on a suspenseful medical journey in his novel Forever: A Medical Thriller. The book tells the story of Brad Parker, a professor who works at one of Harvard’s most prestigious genomic engineering labs. One day, the FBI contacts him in hopes that he will help them track down a Chinese spy who they believe is stealing vital secrets. While hesitant at first, Parker decides to help the organization, mainly due to his partner Karen Richmond encouraging him to do so. Parker and Richmond join forces and travel throughout New England to discover who this spy is and the best way to stop them. If you enjoy thrillers, this is one book you’ll definitely want to check out. Not only is it filled with intriguing characters, but is packed with plot twists that will leave you on the edge of your seat. All of this will make putting the book down hard to do.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Barry

    Thrilling. Honestly, I was drawn to this book because it involved Southern Maine, where I happen to live. Having grown up in Maine my whole life, I love it when a book (besides a Stephen King one) takes place here. That said, even still, this book was a wonderfully fun, edge-of-my-seat read. Similar feel to a Dean Koontz or Micael Crichton novel. Frankly, I was blown away by the seamless thread of medical mystery and the criminal intrigue element. Furthermore, it was no surprise to me to read tha Thrilling. Honestly, I was drawn to this book because it involved Southern Maine, where I happen to live. Having grown up in Maine my whole life, I love it when a book (besides a Stephen King one) takes place here. That said, even still, this book was a wonderfully fun, edge-of-my-seat read. Similar feel to a Dean Koontz or Micael Crichton novel. Frankly, I was blown away by the seamless thread of medical mystery and the criminal intrigue element. Furthermore, it was no surprise to me to read that the author, Geoffrey Cooper, has real-world medical experience being a cancer researcher himself. This book deserves a standing ovation for its style, believability, concept, and exhilarating characters and plot lines.

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