Transhuman

Transhuman

Book - 2015
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Six-time Hugo Award-winner Ben Bova presents Transhuman.

Luke Abramson, a brilliant cellular biologist has one joy in life, his ten-year-old granddaughter, Angela. When he learns that Angela has an inoperable brain tumor and is given less than six months to live, Abramson wants to try an experimental new therapy that he believes will kill Angela's tumor.

Her parents object and the hospital bureaucracy blocks the experimental procedure because it has not been approved by the FDA. Knowing that Angela will die before he can get approval, Abramson abducts Angela from the hospital. He plans to take her to a private research laboratory in Oregon.

Luke has turned his old SUV into a makeshift medical facility, treating Angela as best he can while they are on the road, desperately trying to keep his granddaughter alive long enough to give her the treatment he believes will save her life.

Abramson realizes that he's too old and decrepit to flee across the country with his sick granddaughter, so he injects himself with a genetic factor that has successfully reversed aging in animal tests.

As the chase weaves across the country from one research facility to another, Luke begins to grow physically younger, stronger. He looks and feels the way he did thirty or forty years ago.

But will he be able to save Angela?

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2015.
Edition: First mass market edition.
ISBN: 9780765369321
076536932X
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 18 cm.

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Feb 27, 2018

I really enjoyed the pace in spite of the characters being a bit shallow and predictable. Unlike some who've reviewed it on Goodreads, I thought it was well written, with a believable story that enlightens the reader about the possibilities science holds for curing and extending life. It's a quick read that in some ways mimics thrillers, without the violence, killing and bloodshed.

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 08, 2017

Okay, this was different.
Old geezer hero so in dark he was babe magnet.

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