Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Book Review: The RX Factor by J. Thomas Shaw

I am going to be totally honest. When I started this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it or not. It didn't seem to be at all the genre that I am usually interested in. Nevertheless, I decided that I would tough it out and give it a try! I am so glad I started it! By the second chapter, I was hooked! 
I seriously felt like I was reading a movie! Wanna hear about the story? Ryan Matthews is a former cancer researcher whose wife is battling ovarian cancer. It just so happens that he had developed a drug that he believed would be the cure for her and others battling the disease. His dreams are crushed when he learns that the vaccine that he created and believed in so much was actually accelerating her cancer. 

After a devastating loss when his wife and children die in a plane crash, he sinks into a depression in the Bahamas, until he meets Jordan Carver, a female FDA researcher who is developing a clinic in Mexico where patients can go to receive "affordable treatment" with experimental drugs that have not been FDA approved in the USA. Upon further investigation, one of the drugs being offered in the Mexican clinic sounds suspiciously like the drug that Ryan helped to create. Remember, the one that was killing his wife?

This is where the book turns into a well thought out action movie! The twists and turns were enough to keep me on the edge of my seat! I couldn't put the book down! Ryan and Jordan go undercover to discover the truth behind this secret drug and this clinic that is supposed to be offering hope to suffering patients. They end up getting WAY more than they bargained for, and the ending... JUST WOW! If you read this book, make sure you keep reading until the ending! 

I am seriously starting to reevaluate the kinds of books I like to read, since I enjoyed this one so much. I am not sure if this story is true or not, but it sure seems like it could be, and that is scary! I was really impressed by this book, the writer, and his attention to details! I will be back for more of his books in the future! 

About the Author: 
John Thomas Shaw was born in Quincy, IL, graduated from Illinois State University in Normal, IL and then relocated to Chicago. Following a successful career with a national mortgage company, he co-founded Guaranteed Rate, Inc. which is now one of the fastest growing independent mortgage banks in the United States. He now resides in Southern California with his wife, two children and two dogs. 

To learn more about John Thomas Shaw, visit his website!


  1. Thanks for the great review. I really enjoyed reading it and hope you get to see it on the big screen someday. J.Thomas Shaw

  2. Thanks for the great review. Hopefully we will see it on the big screen someday.


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