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Panacea, a group of five people living in Plum Grove, Wisconsin, try to salvage an ancient secret capable of healing all diseases and prevent its theft. They are opposed by the agencies of those who feel its revelation will desroy western civilization.
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Roger Keough is a retired engineer suffering from a deadly aortic aneurism and caring
for his wheelchair-bound best friend, Lionel Perkins who is dying of multiple sclerosis.
Roger’s lifetime hobby has been to discover anti-gravity, hoping to explain how the
ancients moved large blocks of stone. He inadvertently finds a substance capable of
lifting any weight, and in so doing, is amazed to discover that it has unlimited healing
properties which he applies to himself, his friend and his doctor’s family. Realizing the
utter impossibility of revealing their find, they team together to prevent the world from
finding out what they call Panacea and at the same time, help those in dire need. But to
preserve themselves and their incredible device, they must fight a never-ending battle
against American interests and foreign spy networks.
“We shouldn’t rush into anything. Too easy to make mistakes. Let’s not do anything
radical until we know the results from today. Bound to be in tomorrow’s paper. Might
even make CNN.”
“You’ve got that right. Can you picture the face of the man who announced
Bancroft’s severed spinal cord?” Both men choked with laughter visualizing that scene.
“I wish we could be flies on the wall to witness that. I guess that’s the only drawback to
this thing. We don’t get to see the fun that goes on in the wake of the mystery.”
“I’ve recently acquired an elaborate imagination, thanks to you. For instance, you
mentioned a new kind of transportation.”
“Right. Well, it’s a long shot but we’ve got something to work with. Look at it this
way. We can lift any weight and we know that we can move that weight with minimum
“The secret of the ancients,” added Lionel.
“Maybe the minerals affect light. Antigravity turned out to be so simple. What if
invisibility is equally simple?”
“That would mean, assuming you found an adequate propellant, that we could go
anywhere and be undetected.”
“That’s the idea.”
Riveting! Panacea is an Enthralling Book
A review by Carol Kluz
The quality that stands out in Mr. Rieser’s science fiction and fantasy books
is his ability to make the unbelievable…believable. From the first pages
Panacea draws the reader in, not to some outer space world, but right here
into our own. The characters aren’t super heroes, but ordinary people blessed
with intelligence. Roger Keough and his live-in friend Lionel Perkins
accidentally discover a substance that heals the body while pursuing Roger’s
lifelong quest to discover the secret of anti-gravity.
Only recently, Roger became the caretaker for his wheelchair-bound best
friend Lionel. Prior to that his wife had taken it upon herself to look in on and
care for his friend. It was after her death that Roger asked Lionel to move in
The two men, along with a few other carefully hand-picked cohorts, wanted
to share the healing power of their discovery. While they expected some
resistance, what transpired left them facing danger at every turn from the very
people they were seeking to help. Even the substance itself proved to have
negative aspects, something they weren’t aware of…something that
eventually forced them to make some vital decisions about their own futures.
Mr. Rieser shows his remarkable ability to blend the technical and scientific
aspects into his writing and still keep it understandable for the average reader.
You’ll come to know and like his characters. As they face their obstacles,
you’ll be compelled to keep reading because Panacea is a riveting page-
turner. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy contemporary
science fiction, realistic adventure and thought-provoking work. This would
make an excellent movie!
Carol Kluz is an author of suspense and epic fantasy. To read more about her
work go to www.carolkluz.homestead.com.
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