Monday, June 25, 2012

Pump Up Your Book Presents The Rx Factor Virtual Book Publicity Tour: Book Review


Five years after the death of his wife and children, Ryan Matthews is living alone with memories of his failed career in cancer research when fellow scientist Jordan Carver catches his eye. Preparing for a move to Mexico, Jordan plans to open a clinic where terminal patients will have affordable access to experimental medication. Despite Ryan’s skepticism on her willingness to bypass the FDA drug approval process, he is intrigued by Jordan’s passion and determination to provide alternative care to terminal patients. But when a violent explosion leaves the small Bahamian island of Exuma on edge, Ryan knows his life has once again been forever altered.
Drawn together by circumstance, attraction, and shared ambition, Ryan and Jordan become united in their international quest for the truth. The two embark on an explosive thrill ride ending in Washington, D.C., where the couple unravels the country’s best-kept secret: the government will stop at nothing to maintain the American way of life, with heartbreak and sickness for all.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you follow my review, you know that I don't normally give books in this genre (political thrillers, espionage, etc.) five-star ratings.  But J. Thomas Shaw has crafted a story that just blew me away.  Towards the end of the book, all I found myself saying is that I hoped this story wasn't really true.  Okay, so the story is fiction, but it is clear that there are similar stories, and J. Thomas Shaw has evidence to back his claims.  He even cites references at the end of his book (I don't often see fiction writers do that unless it is historical fiction).

I appreciated the fact that the sex scenes were not descriptive, and the profanity was not completely rampant as it is with some of the books in this genre.  In fact, I remarked to my mom that normally only the "bad guys" used profanity.  When it is used in other settings in the book, it actually makes sense.  Not that I condone it, but it is realistic.

I was absolutely floored when I reached the last few pages!  I do not want to give anything away, but if you choose to read this book, you MUST read through the end.  There can be nothing more gripping than the issues of cancer, drug company cover-ups, and political intrigue.  The characters in the book are well-developed, and the writing style is quite readable.

In conclusion, if you choose to read only one political thriller, make it this book.  I can assure you that you will marvel at what you are reading, and I think you may look at the news headlines just a little bit differently.  I know I will!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are one hundred percent mine.

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J. Thomas Shaw was born in Quincy, Illinois, and attended the University of Oklahoma and Illinois State University. Following graduation, he moved to Chicago and had a highly successful professional career. He now resides in Southern California with his wife and their two children. Prior to his relocation to California, Mr. Shaw lived for six years in Durham, North Carolina and two years on a ranch outside of Cotopaxi, Colorado. He has traveled extensively throughout the Bahamas’, Caribbean and Mexico. The scenes throughout The RX Factor takes place in the various locations that the author has lived or experienced in his travels. Throughout the process of writing The RX Factor, the author consulted with his good friend, Johnny Powers Ph.D.
Dr. Powers holds a bachelor degree in Chemistry from Wake Forest University, a masters in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University, a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Dr. Powers has over 20 years experience in the biomedical field, with extensive experience in developing and marketing new diagnostic tests for the early detection and management of cancer. Dr. Powers most recently served as the President of TriPath Oncology; a North Carolina-based biotechnology company focused on developing innovative medical tests for ovarian, cervical and breast cancer. TriPath imaging was sold to a major multi-national medical diagnostics company in 2006. In his career, Dr. Powers has dealt extensively with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and various government agencies, and has published numerous scientific research papers and holds medical patents in both the US and Canada. He now resides in the New England area with his wife and two children.
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