Alchemist by Peter James
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James is the son of Cornelia James, the former glovemaker to Queen Elizabeth II. He was educated at Charterhouse School and went on to Ravensbourne Film School. Subsequently he spent a couple of years in America, working as a screen writer and film producer. Today he divides his life between his home near Ditchling and his apartment in Notting Hill, London. His interests include criminology, science and the paranormal. He also enjoys motoring, having owned many cars over the years, most notably Jaguars and Aston Martins. Once a year he races, holding a racing driver’s license.
James has written 25 books, the most recent of which feature Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. His books have been translated into 29 languages. In England they are published by Pan Books and in the US by Carroll & Graf Publishers. James has written supernatural thrillers, spy fiction, Michael Crichton-style science-based thrillers, and a children’s novel, as well as the introductions for Graham Masterton’s collection ‘Manitou Man’ and Joe Rattigan’s collection ‘Ghosts Far From Subtle’.
He also wrote, as ‘a labour of love’ the children’s novelisation for the 1986 movie ‘Biggles’, which he also produced.James is a lifelong fan of the Biggles franchise, at one time owning the rights to the books, and having translated some foreign editions.
In 2005 The Merchant Of Venice, directed by Michael Radford and for which James was executive producer, had a Royal Premiere in the presence of Prince Charles and received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Costume Design. In 2006 the film also won the Silver Ribbon for Best Production Design (Migliore Scenografia) from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.
In 2007 he made an appearance at the Festival International du Roman Noir in Frontignan, France.
This book was released in 1995. I actually had this book from my uncle, who bought it from Australia. It is a 6.8 x 4.3 inches book with 674 pages. I became fascinated in reading this one coz it really caught my attention, especially when I saw the book cover. I was always a fan of occults and stuffs, so it’s not a big surprise.
Most books bore its readers to death coz the first 3 chapters were not that good or catchy. Well, I suggest try the first chapter of this book. From the very beginning of the sentence, you would easily grasp the idea that there is somewhat demonic about the story. Yeah. I remember it reading, excitedly going over the words that described about a satanic ritual somewhere beyond the mountains.
The story is about a young woman, daughter of a geneticist, and a young man whose family happens to be in an occult met together in a genetic and pharmaceutical company. Monty Bannerman, the young woman, always wanted to work in the world’s #1 genetic and pharmaceutical company – The Bendix Schere. All was going well, until she discovered that the company she idolizes is the inventor of the drug called Maternox. It is supposed to make woman conceive or become pregnant, an ultimate solution for couples with no child. It was effective, aside from the fact that this drug actually creates anomaly to the child. Women suddenly dies, children were born deformed or with cyclops disabilities. Monty has all the chance to stop this evil and demonic sacrifice to save the world from the danger it faces. It was later when she found out that the company she’s been working with is selling it’s soul to the devil itself.
The Alchemist was done in a very creative way. It tends to make the readers freak out about the awful truths about science today. The way Peter James explains the story, we can assume that he himself was involved in an occult. Well, that’s what I thought. Coz I’ve been there too, once, and the way he described the rituals – it was all detailed. It matches the rituals that we are doing all those years. But, this book does not intend us turn away from our religion. It brings us awareness, that not all problems can be solved by science, that not all our mishaps can’t be solved by mere rituals.
You should try reading this one, and see for yourself. Who knows, maybe this fiction can change your whole view in life..