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Summary

“Blessings can be curses, and curses can be blessings.” 

The world’s smartest person. On a dangerous journey to cure his girlfriend of a mysterious disease. Up against a powerful drug company, not to mention his own mentors.   

Do you like stories about extraordinary abilities? Do you like protagonists who fight for the women they love? Do you like endings you can’t stop talking about?   

Then you’ll love Elixir, the debut novel by Ted Galdi, an Amazon number-one best-selling author who’s won Reader Views and Readers’ Favorite awards and been featured by Fox, ABC, and iHeartRadio.   

Get your copy of this hit audiobook today and go on a fast-paced adventure around the globe alongside an enigmatic genius with a target on his back.     

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Protagonist Sean Malone’s journey begins at 14. He has an IQ north of 200, a full-ride scholarship to the country’s top tech university, and more than a million bucks from a winning run on Jeopardy!.    

However, he wishes he could just be normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker to pursue a covert operation and killing innocent people along the way.    

When Sean pushes back, the Department of Defense pushes harder. He flees to Europe to build a new life under a new name, hiding his mental gift from everyone.    

He enjoys a quiet existence the next few years and at 18, falls in love.    

The calm shatters when his girlfriend, Natasha, turns critically ill. Her doctors have no idea how to control her disease before it overcomes her.    

Sean returns to the US, where he has to avoid the omnipresent eye of the NSA as he tries to piece together a cure. His obstacles intensify when he hacks into the servers of a multibillion-dollar drug company and it comes after him.   

Ted Galdi is also the author of the novels An American Cage and Lion on Fire, and the short stories "A Road to Nowhere" and "Hazel Is Missing".   

Grab your copy of Elixir today and begin your high-profile world adventure.  

©2014 Ted Galdi (P)2014 Ted Galdi

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  • Jean
  • 02-02-15

Interesting idea for a story

This is a debut novel of Ted Galdi. It is a thriller that follows a teenage genius as he does battle against certain officials within the United States government and a shady pharmaceutical company.

Life for Sean Malone is unusual. He is supposed to have an IQ of 250. He gained fame as an eleven year old by winning over a million dollars on Jeopardy. It was the mention of Jeopardy that caught my attention and made me decide to read the book. After I got the book I discovered it is classified as a YA Sci-Fi/Techno Thriller.

Elixir is well written with an interesting premise but I needed to completely suspend my scientific knowledge to follow the story. The action is fast pace and believable. The characterization within the story is somewhat lacking, only Sean seemed real. Although I could see when the story was attempting to hook the reader, it didn’t hook me. I was unable to forget everything I know about science to enjoy the story. I like to read an author’s debut book and often I find another author to follow. Roberto Scarlato narrated the book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-02-17

Good story. Ho hum reader.

Reader was monotone on narration. Most characters were believable. Story was good, but drug in the middle. Mr. Galdi got carried away on the epilogue -- long enough for another book. I won't call it YA but might appeal more to the late teens / early twenties set -- esp. of the female persuasion.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 13-03-15

this is an entertaining, interesting story

Elixir is a YA suspense and the debut novel by Ted Galdi. Galdi did a fine job for a debut novel. There is good intrigue and decent plot development and a nice wrap-up for a standalone novel, all the while leaving the story open for any sequel, should the author change his mind.

The main character, Sean Malone, is inarguably the smartest person on earth with an IQ in the neighborhood of 250. His face became nearly unforgettable after appearing on Jeopardy at the age of 11 and winning over a million dollars before stepping down. This all but prevents a private “normal” life for him. Orphaned and under the guardianship of his aunt, Sean, age 14 at the beginning of the novel, attends SoCalTech and he unwittingly brings additional attention upon him when he solves a yet-unsolvable mathematical problem thus drawing the notice of the NSA for the code-breaking application of his solution. In an effort to keep this review spoiler-free, more things happen such that with the FBIs assistance Sean’s death is faked so that he can be kept out of harm’s way. The second half of the story jumps ahead four years when Sean, 18 and now living in Italy, meets and falls in love with Natasha, the woman of his dreams. Sean’s problem-solving intelligence is needed when Natasha is brought to the edge of death from a disease contracted while her family vacationed in Africa. Really. A bit far reaching, but this is a work of fiction.

I requested the audio book version of this book through Audiobook Reviewer in exchange for an honest review. As such, I cannot fairly comment on the edited status of the print version of this story. The plot development, character development and dialogue, as read by the narrator, are respectably sufficient. The story premise was interesting and the dialogue and subject matter is by and large age-appropriate for a YA audience. I am not certain that this YA will draw an adult audience.

There were several situations in the story which were vague in description, action which did not appear logical or connect to consequences and several characters’ actions that seemed specious, all requiring a leap of faith. How the solving of the Traveling Salesman Dilemma, the initial yet-unsolvable mathematical problem mentioned above, leads to code-breaking was unexplained, and yet, this pivotal connection leads to NSA activity which leads to another development which leads to necessitating Sean’s (faked) death. This influential element of the story seems non sequitur. The love-story element between Sean and Natasha was developed very quickly and feels more superficial than meaningful, and yet, it is this love that causes Sean to bring himself out of hiding to save her life. This relationship seems unconvincing in its depth – just because the relationship exists doesn’t mean its depth is believable, unless of course your audience can accept it without supporting substance. And, the disease that Natasha contracts for which Sean is able to create an “elixir” in mere hours after ingesting knowledge from extensive reports and studies hacked from a high level security-safe server that took a mere 10 minutes to hack into? I understand the boy is extremely intelligent, but too much must be “accepted” such that this story is better categorized as fantasy rather than suspense.

As for the audio version of this story, Elixir was read by Roberto Scarlato and is 9 hours and 41 minutes in duration. The end-product was good in that there are no extraneous noises to draw away the listener’s attention, no empty-room tinny sound. The narrator’s voice was fine, but added nothing to the listening experience. The reader read with virtually no emotion – no tenderness in the main character’s voice for Natasha, no fear or tension in the voices of the characters when the scenes are suspenseful and only the briefest hint of accenting in the voices. The reader simply read the book. Unfortunately, the reader countlessly paused as if a comma or period were in the text when the print should not have a comma in the sentence or the sentence did not yet end. When the listener has only the reader’s voice, comma-pauses (or period pauses) where there are not or should not be commas (or periods) requires the listener to come out of the story and make the mental correction for the sound of an error.

I would recommend this book to readers of YA. My other comments aside, this is an entertaining, interesting story. I would be comfortable allowing my teenagers to read this. I commend Mr. Galdi on this first novel and wish him every success with any future books.

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  • Deborah G. Gerdy
  • 05-01-17

Painful to Listen To

This was one of the worst narrators I've ever listened to. He was very monotone, and paused in the wrong places!!!

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  • MsB
  • 12-04-16

Elixir

Great book. Exciting but not too suspenseful. Recommend this book to everyone who likes drama.

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  • Michael D. Bedwell
  • 25-10-15

Way too tedious with absurd almost comical leaps a

Way too tedious with absurd almost comical leaps at times. we listened to the whole thing but had several debates about continuing or not.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-10-15

Painful listening

I enjoyed the book, but at times the narration was downright painful. There were pauses in the wrong places, sometimes no pause when one should have been there, and many mispronunciations. If only the narrator had read ahead a little, or the narration had been edited. The only reason I stuck with it was because I got wrapped up in the story and I listen while I am power walking so it keeps my mind off of the pain!

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  • A-Thomas
  • 23-04-15

excellent book and reading

Loved it. Hard to stop listening. Also liked the way the author completed the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-15

Excellent first book!

First book excellence! will keep you reading or listening as I did! looking forward to more books by Mr. galdi

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  • margaret mccrary
  • 27-01-15

Middle of the Road

The story line did keep moving though it jumped around unrealistically. The narrator did a good job. I guess the narrator is the reason I finished listening to the book.