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Summary

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger....

Monty Bannerman's father is a leading genetic scientist and Nobel Prize winner whose company has just been taken over by what will soon be the world's biggest pharmaceutical giant. He had some misgivings about their company ethics - but ultimately, he needs their money, and they need his mind.    

Then a journalist comes to Monty's door, with a far-fetched story about the pharmaceutical company. She doesn't believe what she's being told for a moment - but within a few short weeks, events are making the apparently fantastic claims look horrifyingly like the truth.  

Behind the respectable facade of the multi-national company which calls itself the 'World's Most Caring Company' lies an outrage against the whole human race....       

©2019 Peter James (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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"Peter James is getting better with every book." (Times)

"Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business." (Karin Slaughter)

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Great Book

Really enjoyed this and it would make a fantastic film, heading to buy some more of his stuff!

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Versatile Peter James

I LOVED this book. Gripping from the outset and so very well read by Katherine Press, The Alchemist is one of Peter James’s finest tales. We all love to hate big pharma, but James takes this to a whole new level.
Outstanding and highly recommended.

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Grippping

Amazing, intense storyline involving satanism, pharmaceutical organisations & their medication- very relevant now! Narrated well.

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  • 19-11-20

Wish I had gone with my initial instinct and returned this

This was bad - really bad.
The story: it all started off well. I liked the plot around how large pharmas operate. However at some point - it started to get all very silly. I kept plodding on thinking that it was a dip and things would get better. It didn’t - in fact it got worse and towards the end, I just wanted it to finish so I could just say to myself that I had completed it. The story became ridiculous and mindless and being a glutton for punishment - I carried on until the bitter end
The performance: The narrator’s voice is frankly - very irritating. Her ‘American accent’ and her characterisation just grated on me. There were bits where I just had to skip a few minutes because I wanted to get to the end of the chapter - especially those which features American people.
I did not choose wisely.

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best one yet

loved it thrilling from begining to end kept you on the edge cant wait for the next one

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Wondered if it would loose pace but I was wrong

Being a long listen l wondered if I’d stuck with it .. suffice to say I did .. 5 stars from me all round .

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Peter James' finest quality work to date.

This book is jaw droppingly BRILLIANT. It ticks all the right boxes. The story is interesting, exciting, unusual and thrilling. The plot works well, the characters are believeable and you build a great connection with them. The narration is well performed.

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Compelling

Much weirdness but utterly compelling listening. I found myself waking up thinking about the possibility of it being true.

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The Alchemist. I Was transfixed - You will be too


This story took me (for the first time) away from Peter James' ""DS Roy Grace" series. and WHAT a chamge!

Beginning gently, the story raps up your interest in the characters, when bang, the reader finds out the machinations of the Global empire of the big new company involved in the aquisition of the struggling Nobel Prize winning scientist's struggling company.

There are chapters which look at devil worship and eventually worse happenings. There are obviously good characters rushing to save the ills caused by the conglomerate but they run into serious personal mishaps but can they trust their helpers? Buy this well-told story and enjoy another Peter James masterpiece.

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gripping from the start to finish

brilliant book.love Peter james work.this had me gripped all the way through.mY have to re listen soon!!👍👍

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  • 12-04-21

Engrossing Story and Excellent Narration

I was hooked by this deliciously creepy medical thriller, beautifully narrated by Katherine Press. It took over my weekend; during which I devoured the 23 hour audiobook in two days. I am only giving the story three stars because I found the occult focused subplot an annoying distraction from an otherwise superb medical/corporate thriller. Peter James’ storytelling ability is so exquisite that it held me riveted, despite this unfortunate detour into mumbo-jumbo.
It was like reading Robin Cook or Michael Palmer, at the top of their game, with an occasional chapter slipped in by Dan Brown. It didn’t ruin it for me, but I would have preferred otherwise.

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  • 06-12-20

Riveting story

Loved this book

Now wondering is there another book ?
Will there be a 2nd book ?

This is the first Peter James book I’ve listened to. I look forward to exploring more from this author


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  • 19-07-20

Brilliant read

what a well written book, telling a magnificently gripping story. throughly enjoyable and entertaining read

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  • 10-06-20

Thrilling

Marvelous storytelling. A must read/listen. James's best effort and I've read most of his work.

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  • 06-02-20

good story, make you wonder

Would have given it 5 stars the ending is not complete and I kept having to turn the volume up or down to listen to the story.