When the unorthodox, free-thinking, Cornell University scientist, Alex Stein comes across a life altering finding in Africa, a series of action-packed adventures crossing continental divides are set into motion. As the very essence of life’s mysteries become unraveled, the CIA, the Russian mafia, and Stein himself fight to retain control.Review:
As of late, I have become a huge fan of medical-based fiction, particularly thrillers - think Robin Cook, Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritson, so when I read the blurb for RUST, I knew it was the book for me! Unfortunately, after 132 pages, I still could not attest to the cover's promise of, "tantalizing, scientifically-based action". There was more than enough scientific and medical jargon, (almost to the point of extreme), but if there was action, I really did not witness it. There are a couple sections that warrant an increase in pulse, however, most of the novel is dialogue, meetings, investigations, and a mild sense of dread. The tagline should read 'scientifically-based novel'; it had the potential for thrills, but with so much science and so little climax, I felt that it started to drone on around page 88. I am a scientist, so I know a lot of terminology and complex medical processes, but even my background in medicine and anatomy did not prepare me for some of the lingo used in this novel; the good news is that I got some use out of my kindle dictionary app. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and diagrams, and most of the plot-line was satisfactory, nevertheless, the story seemed unrealistic at times. Glen Joshpe's writing style is quite engaging, but if he wants a wider audience he will need to pull back some of the shoptalk and add in some combat. Not everyone is a gerontologist or other medical professional, which makes RUST's intended audience harder to pinpoint. Personally, I recommend it to those who have a background in the sciences, or readers who are "prepared to understand aging like never before." (RUST p-iii)
Rating: DNR (2.5/5)
*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.