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    A female Jason Bourne

    "The Chemist is the love child created from the union of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne/Aaron Cross. I very much enjoyed spending time with a different kind of action hero, one whose primary weapon isn’t a gun or a knife or bulging muscles, but rather her brain." -Stephenie Meyer Ms. Meyer's personal tribute noted above comes through perfectly in The Chemist. It is impossible to not notice the blatant similarities of this female version of the death-avoiding, dangerously skilled antihero: Jason Bourne. Recruited as a young adult and trained to focus on nothing but the assigned mission... all the joys of youth, love, and femininity were lost. As such, this "adult" book resembles Ms. Meyer's YA fiction in that it features new experiences for the heroine which results in instalove, characters who go googly eyes over kissing and hand-holding, and references to intimacy that fades-to-black. I have mad respect for Ms. Meyer's choice to try her hand at a new genre and was desperately excited to see this new release available. Ms. Meyer's storytelling in Twilight is what made me first take notice of how engaging leisure reading could be. It was life-changing for me...not the story itself, but the act of losing myself in fiction. So, I did experience some disappointment while reading The Chemist to see that her writing style appears to have changed significantly in my perspective. One of the noticeable changes is that The Chemist is written in third-person versus her historically successful first-person narrative, and her overall storytelling, while fast-paced and engaging, created seventeen hours (audio) of observing and not experiencing (for me anyway). There are several well-loved authors who are wildly successful with similar styles but Ms. Meyer's writing has always sucked me in and let me live a different life for a while. I was gravely disappointed by this element; however, I am equally enamored by having another female lead in the thriller genre. So 3 stars it is. Most people will read this book out of curiosity and I won't deter you. Check it out! I'm sure there will be many who will absolutely love it. My favorite quote: "Laugh about it or cry about it, that's the only choice. I'd rather laugh while I can."
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    Excellent & totally unexpected

    I have always loved Stephanie Meyer. Way before Twilight became the over popularized, oft scoffed at tweenie-bopper sensation it did. But this is something totally unexpected and new from her and I love it!!
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    Excellent Read

    Great read. The author is able to keep the reader on the edge of their seat which unfortunately leads to a quick read. I didn't want it to end.
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    Another winner

    A book from Stephenie Meyer is always a "winner" and this one does not disappoint. Richly written characters and a plot with enough twists to keep you guessing. I look forward to each new title but can reread a favorite easily to discover some little extra bits of enjoyment. Thanks to Stephenie Meyer fot sharing her gifts with us.
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    A phenomenal thriller!

    Juliana Fortis has been on the run for three years from her former bosses at “the department”, an unknown entity of the US government. When informed that she could help thwart a global threat, she hesitates but hopes the offer will be on the up-and-up, it isn’t. Her carefully planned existence is completely upended, and she forms a most unlikely alliance. And not a word more about the plot, because it has to be read to be believed. Stephenie Meyer, in Juliana, has created one of the most fabulous heroines ever! THE CHEMIST is romantic suspense at its finest, and I must admit I was totally taken by surprise by the romantic aspect of it. It is utterly brilliant, and possibly the most convincing romance I have ever read in a romantic suspense. The plot is extremely intricate, highly original, extensively researched, and at one point gets realistically surreal, if it makes any sense. It is quite violent, believable, and so exciting. The characters are amazingly fleshed out, intriguing, and engaging – Daniel, Kevin, Einstein, Khan, Lola, Val, Volkstaff- the dialogues are wonderful, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. To say the least, it was exceedingly hard to put down, and unfortunately I had to twice, and I couldn’t wait to get back to this fantastic book. The story took some stunning turns, the sort I only dream of but seldom happen. THE CHEMIST has only one tiny weakness: at times, the narrative is a bit flat; it lacks energy, but not everywhere, and those action scenes are serious nailbiters. Fans of real thrillers will love THE CHEMIST; if you enjoy Jason Bourne and Mission Impossible, you will love it. It’s wildly entertaining, utterly irresistible, with an ending that had me nearly hyperventilating. Stephenie Meyer has the chops to become a giant in the rarefied field of superlative thrillers! Don't overlook THE CHEMIST!
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