Book Review: Extralife, Inc. by Kfir Luzzatto

I love a mystery that keeps me up past my bedtime--and returns to me in my dreams.  Very rarely do I dream about the characters in a book I've read--I have too many other chaotic scenes from the homefront clouding my sleep!  I recently had the opportunity to read and review Extralife, Inc., by author Kfir Luzzatto.  What can I tell you about the book without giving away any of its secrets?

I received a complimentary of this book for use in my review.  I may also receive slight commissions from affiliate linking in my posts.

A Quick Summary of Extralife, Inc.  David Wolfson, a Jerusalem scientist, claims to have found the cure for cancer. He and his wife, Tamara, seek the help of Richard Lunz, a Tel Aviv attorney, to fight the powerful bureaucrats who want to appropriate David's invention. Richard can’t resist the temptation to participate in what looks like the discovery of the century, and it takes a first death to make him doubt that something in the project is not what it seems. And then other people die. Following clues that take him to Eastern Europe and to America, Richard finds more answers than he wished for. But he just can't stop looking.

Extralife, Inc., keeps readers guessing until the end.  There are little hints and clues dropped throughout the book--but, it is all written in such a way that readers just cannot immediately pinpoint the mystery's solution.   Readers are left questioning, pondering, and worrying about Richard's next moves.

Extralife, Inc., is thought provoking from a talented author.  It is not easy to build the suspense levels that Luzzatto does in this book without giving away too many details too early--but, he does it well through to the end.  As I said, I fell asleep with about 70 pages to go--and I was still somewhat in the dark about the answers to the book's many mysteries--but, it had given my brain enough to consider during my dreams.  It didn't give me bad dreams--I was just still intent on solving the mystery with the characters!

Would I recommend Extralife, Inc.?  This is the best medical/legal thriller that I've read in a long, long time.  I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys thought provoking, ethical based mysteries with substance.  This is a book to read, think about--and maybe even worry about a little. 

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Meet the Author:

Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier and WWII veteran, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. With a PhD in chemical engineering and a long family history that he needs to live up to, Kfir works as a patent attorney and heads the patent law firm that was established by his great-grandfather in Milan, Italy, in 1869. Kfir lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis.

Writing has always been Kfir's passion and for almost four years he wrote a weekly "Patents" column in Globes (Israel’s financial newspaper), which also yielded his only (if he can help it) non-fiction book, THE WORLD OF PATENTS, (a not-so-boring tale of what patents are about, in Hebrew), which was published in 2002 by Globes Press. Kfir loves writing short stories but has too many novels waiting to be written (and possibly not enough years ahead of him to write them all), so now he mostly writes full-length fiction. His other passion is working with other authors on stories he loves and that's how he wound up serving on the editorial board of The Harrow Press as Anthology Editor.

You can read about Kfir's books here. He loves them all, but never had greater fun than when working on “HAVE BOOK WILL TRAVEL”, a YA fantasy that he wrote together with his son, Yonatan.

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