Book Review: The Austin Paradox by William R. Leibowitz

Book Details:

Book Title: The Austin Paradox by William R. Leibowitz
Series: The Miracle Man Series Book 2
Category: Adult Fiction, 461 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Manifesto Media Group
Release Date: May 2018
Tour Dates: Aug 6 to Sept 14, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

The Blurb:

The Austin Paradox continues the remarkable saga of Robert James Austin in a gripping emotionally-charged thriller that explores the most compelling issues of our time.
Having lost his extraordinary intellectual powers in a laboratory explosion that was intended to kill him, Dr. Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in history, whose medical cures saved countless millions, struggles to find meaning in a life that has become devoid of purpose.
As he embarks on a journey of self-discovery in an effort to regain his abilities, Austin battles private demons, otherworldly forces, and a government obsessed with controlling him. When ruthless political and business interests align to pose an existential threat to humanity, Austin is thrust into the maelstrom.
Doubted even by those who love him, Austin is confronted by a harrowing paradox as time runs out to save mankind from extinction.
The Austin Paradox is the sequel to the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel, Miracle Man, which was named by Amazon as One of the Top 100 Novels of 2015, a Top 10 Best Selling Thriller and a Top 10 New York Times/Amazon Best Seller.
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About the Author:

William R. Leibowitz practices law internationally and prefers not spending too much time in any one place. He is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School.

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Author Interview:

Q: What sparked the idea for these two books?
A: In writing Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox, I wanted to create a modern day believable ‘super hero’ who is not a comic-book character and is not interested in celebrity. I thought that such a person could be inspirational when contrasted with the meritless celebrities that dominate media today (e.g., the reality TV stars who are famous for being famous, but have no real talent). I also wanted Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox to be the vehicles within which I could convey, in an entertainment context, certain spiritual and humanistic messages that mean a great deal to me.
Q: What was the hardest part to write in these books?
A: Because of the plot lines in these novels, I needed to do extensive research in several areas: (1) the nature of human intelligence (particularly genius); (2) diseases, treatments, attempted cures—and the medical/scientific methodology relevant to formulating cures; (3) ways in which money is laundered internationally; and (4) bio-terrorism. I knew that in order to really engage the reader and have the stories be plausible and realistic—I had to be detail oriented and know what I was talking about.
Q: How do you hope these books affect your readers? Are the books just for entertainment—or are you aiming at more?
A: Of course – my primary objective is to captivate readers with highly engaging stories that make the books hard to put down. But within that entertainment context – I seek to raise issues that I hope my readers will think about. Issues like the sanctity of human life and how corporate greed has undermined our health care systems and the quest for money has displaced ethical and moral values.
Q: I understand that your protagonist, Robert James Austin, is extremely intelligent. Can you get into this a little more?
A: Austin is extraordinary – there has never been a genius of his magnitude. He has 10x the intellect of Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton or Leonardo DaVinci. Where his intelligence comes from –is one of the mysteries that are explored in the novels. Because I wanted the portrayal of Austin to be realistic, I did a great deal of research into the indicia of genius at various stages of life –and how genius is identified and quantified. I read the biographies of known geniuses and from this I gleaned what was “real”; I then “pumped up” the actual realities to reflect the fact that Austin was in a completely different league from the people whom I researched. In this way, I knew that I built my character on a solid foundation.
Q: You obviously are not a big fan of Big Pharma and that theme runs through both Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox. Is it true that there were cures for diseases that were suppressed by Big Pharma because it would hurt their business?
A: I don’t have an absolute answer to that but I do think there is a real problem. One of the powerful forces fighting Austin is Big Pharma which views him as their enemy since he cures diseases and thereby makes many of their “cash-cow” drugs obsolete. Like Austin, I find it incomprehensible that virtually no major disease has been cured in over 50 years. How can that be the case when so much money has been spent over the decades on research? Simply put, there’s a lot more money in treating symptoms than there is in curing diseases. Austin realized that Big Pharma has no interest in curing diseases. It just wants to keep on selling expensive symptom treatments—and as we know, many people are on “medication maintenance programs” for years, sometimes for life. Austin wanted to change that. I think that people need to start questioning Big Pharma on a host of issues –from the astronomical cost of drugs—to the question–“Where are the cures?”

My Review:

To read my Review of the first book in the series, click here.
In my opinion, you need to have read the first book before you read this one.  I mean, you don’t HAVE to have but I think that to enjoy it the most, you should!
This book has a nice, slow start – especially lovely as I went right from finishing book one into book two …. and needed a moment to calm down a bit!  The story builds though and I enjoy watching it ramp up over time.
I enjoyed seeing the ‘fallout’ from the first book – when someone as special as Bobby loses their genius-ness it must be a hard thing to deal with and I feel that the author handled it well and realistically too.  I liked that he didn’t shy away from the dark side of things and dealt with it in a way that i can relate to, even in a small way.
This book was a great continuation of the story and it leaves you wanting more .. and the I think there will be more as the ending lends itself to there being a third book – YAY!
4.5 Stars

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