The whole novel was like watching a movie. Very intense, 10/10. Characters were so interesting and life-like, the ending was just heart-wrenching and emotional. – Amazon Review
Elixir of Life
“Beautifully weaved tale of tragedy, suspense, and realistic human drama.”
A thrill-seeking heart surgeon (Naseem), struggling with alcohol addiction. And a charismatic broker (Nader) for black-market organs clash in this tale of 1001 Nights.
Brilliant heart surgeon, Naseem Hamed, performs his wife’s heart transplant in an emergency and is sued by her father when she dies.
A broker for black market organs then approaches Naseem to perform an illegal heart transplant- by harvesting an innocent man’s heart -to save the life of a wealthy and powerful Saudi prince. When Naseem refuses to be complicit in murder, the broker kidnaps Naseem’s daughter and Naseem must perform the operation without error in order to save her life.
And must eventually face the truth about his wife’s death…
“I absolutely loved this plot. The author managed to thread in action and suspense and realistic human interaction to situations. The author threads in themes from the most mundane of their lives to the most abstract, and they are all made significant in their own ways.
Both Naseem and Nader are such dynamic characters. And while you’ll find yourself hating Nader and his actions, you can’t keep yourself from sympathizing with him and you see the reach the author has for questionable morality. Such intriguing storytelling abilities!
The worldbuilding and story pacing are just excellent as well. And the dialogue is perfect in every way. The author includes pauses and repeated words that make the conversations feel as if you’re right there listening to them. The writing style itself is so enjoyable and they feel so personal with the character’s included thoughts, their reactions to every situation. So lifelike!
And man are these guys human or what! I loved that so much about everyone. They mess up, they make really bad choices, looking at you Nader, and yet they’re still relatable and you want to root for them (or I did at least) to turn their acts around or to hopefully get help.
So many times, folks are portrayed as angry/aggressive/spiteful and they just tear everyone down around them. This is one of the few times were everyone behaved like rational adults.
Nader is a really awesome character. You want to hate him you want to root for him, but he’s just so raw and human with a fun personality, and revealing his past helps see what made him into this man.
All around a really fun plot encompassing a lot of intense themes, and I enjoyed every moment of it.”
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