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Jon C payne
Three patients suffering from Stage IV melanoma pay one million dollars for a cure. Success, but with disastrous results.
In author John C Payneís latest novel, Stage Four, cancer treatment is finally at hand. The cure promises great results too, but with a very deadly catch; the patientís DNA gets altered, turning them into monsters who will not hesitate to kill. Kat Kurbell, Pierre Duvair and Slade Glick have all been diagnosed with stage IV melanoma and there is nothing the present medicinal world can offer them as a way out of the inevitable end. This is when Bobby Biel, a research bio chemist offers them an alternate treatment, which does cure them of one disease but makes them more sick than one can imagine. When this new sickness threatens to get out of hand, steps in to the scene Jamie Richards, an ex army man and a friend of Bobby. But Jamie soon realizes that with each step that he takes, it puts him into direct confrontation with not just the Ďpatientsí but also Bobby himself.
Even though Stage Four may deal with a theme in which the individuals affected are in the process of transforming into an animal or have already transformed into an animal, it doesnít focus the narrative to the mere transformation itself and thereby avoids setting up a platform for comparison with other such transformation novels which may be scientific or mystical in origin.
The book although not recommended for a young audience as it's rather gritty and dark in places (assuming that these young audiences are still as naive as we think or want them to be) still works as an amazing book full of action & adventure, crime & mystery, love & romance, brought together beautifully by the genius of John C Payne. The action is intense and the pace is even more arresting. There are some sequences which fully rewards your decision to pick up Stage Four, such as Bobbyís and Jamieís trip to the Reunion Island, which if you are a Marvel comics fan then you are sure to love this bit as well.
Author John C Payne appears to be one of those authors who just love to have fun with his characters, by not limiting their movements to the confines of the plot or confines of the story to be told. He lets them free, plays God and influences each character to behave independently and with gay abandon. Make no mistake, Iím in no way instituting a lack of coherence between the plot line and the main leads but itís just so refreshing to read a novel that isnít trying to be something itís not, its got its objective sorted out right from the start and that is to provide pure unadulterated entertainment with any pretensions. And that is why Stage Four will leave you quietly chuckling away and render you speechless with its amazing treatment.