A Fierce Radiance

A Fierce Radiance

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"An engrossing and ambitious novel that vividly portrays a critical time in American history." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Enthralling. A Fierce Radiance shines with fascinating detail.... Belfer's powerful portrayal of how people are changed in pursuit of a miracle makes this book an especially compelling read." -- Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank

Set during the uncertain early days of World War II, this suspenseful story from the New York Times bestselling author of City of Light follows the work of photojournalist Claire Shipley as she captures America's race to develop life-saving antibiotics--an assignment that will involve blackmail, espionage, and murder.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061252518
Characteristics: 532 p. ; 24 cm.


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Oct 15, 2013

With a WWII backdrop, the historic introduction of penicillin, a mystery, and a tender romance, how could you miss? Well, this author did. The book slogs along from one character’s disjointed, banal musings to the next. My search for a good medical thriller continues.

Apr 25, 2012

I really enjoyed the integrated history of penicillin. Being a healthcare worker I actually learned new facts about when penicillin was first produced - facts that were not previously common knowledge to the general public. The main characters of the novel were engaging but disappointing. I found the ending of the novel to be lack-lustre and the author could have come up with something more fitting.

yo216 Aug 28, 2011

My reading preferences are accurate historical novels and especially one I can identify with. During the time of this story, I was a child and a patient in the hospital with pneumonia. I wondered what the treatment was for me and if penicillin was an option. This novel enlightens and entertains even without a personal connection

Jul 29, 2011

liked the history and the suspense

jessica_wirth Jun 29, 2011

Gripping! A "How far would you go to make your dreams come true, for love, and to protect those that you love" sort of novel.


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