ABOUT THE CURED
Title: The Cured
Author: David Wind & Terese Ramin
When over 4000 people world-wide died after taking a cure for cancer, the drug was recalled. But the questions kept coming. Was it contamination? Was it sabotage? Or,was it outright murder by an insane research scientist in retaliation against the pharmaceutical giant he worked for and to avenge the death of his wife?
And everyone wanted Doctor Donald Brockman! The lawyers wanted answers; the FDA wanted answers and, Homeland Security wanted the doctor!
When the 911 code flashed across her beeper, Doctor Kira Brockman went cold. The one thing she had been dreading had happened and her life as she knew it had been changed, and the change was for the worst!
The wrong people had found her father!
She knew she had very little time to get out of the hospital, to find her brother and to run before Homeland Security and the FBI found them, and they were not the only ones: the lawyers who were in the midst of a huge class action suit against the international pharmaceutical manufacturing giant who had sold the cancer cure wanted her and the evidence she had as well as the lethal security team from the drug company who was trying to stop Kira Brockman from disclosing the evidence only she could get—evidence that would save her father—and they would use any means necessary to stop her.
And so begins a heart stopping cross country race to save her father's life and prove he was not responsible for the deaths of 4000 people—The Cured—who had survived cancer because of his medication and then inexplicitly died from the very cure he’d created.
Top 5 thrillers of all time?
The Chancellor Manuscript (Robert Ludlum) – David
The Silence Of The Lambs (Thomas Harris) – David & Terese
Boys From Brazil (Ira Levin) – David
Gorky Park (Martin Cruz Smith) – Terese
99 Coffins (David Wellington) – Terese
Or what makes a good heart-pounding thriller?
For me, a good, heart-pounding thriller is about something that affects its characters at a global level – it’s a “save the world” sort of scenario. I want to care about the characters and their cause, be right on the pages with them as they race toward the conclusion. By their very nature, thrillers have to be page-turners – something I can’t put down, that keeps me up all night reading, or holds up dinner because I have to read just one more page or chapter or… They also have to be filled with consequences that change the course of the characters’ lives – whether those characters are protagonists or antagonists. I want the thrillers I read and those that I write to have plenty of action that builds throughout the course of the book until it simply explodes into the climax and sets me down into a hugely satisfying conclusion. If a thriller doesn’t have that, it’s lost me.
Or how to conduct research for a medical thriller?
I handle research, be it medical, legal, police procedural in the same way. I start with basics and move forward. I look for the book’s earliest references to whatever the subject is I’m researching (usually on the Internet), then I move on to the people who are experts in the areas I am researching. Once I have an understanding of the subject, I hit the research books and then back go to people so I can get further understanding of what I gained with the book research. In the long run, I’ve learned it’s the experts, not the books, or the internet, but the people who know their area of expertise who can explain it to you. But, and most importantly, in order to truly comprehend what the experts are explaining, the books are a very necessary element.