The Well by R Chapman Wesley (Book Review)


The Well

By R Chapman Wesley
Genre: Thriller, Espionage

Professor Anatoly Popov, an esteemed virologist and Russian-born defector, steals the world’s deadliest virus from a US counter bio-terrorism lab. His aim–to alter its properties with the remains of an interstellar meteorite to create a Universal Cure, based upon an ancient Chinese legend. But the theft sets off a murderous clandestine multinational competition for the ultimate bioweapon. Now with his time running out, Popov pins his hopes upon Commander Rex Lee, an ex-Seal medic and novice physician-scientist, and a desperate search mission in the Amazonian rainforest of Brazil to restore the promise of “The Well.”

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Review of The Well by R Chapman Wesley:

The Well is R Chapman Wesley’s debut novel, and I think he has a very bright future ahead of him. The Well is filled with intrigue, danger, and the race to be the one to change the world.

The Well: A fountain for life; A pool of death.

Professor Anatoly Popov steals the world’s deadliest virus with the intent to create a Universal Cure. He had learned of an ancient Chinese legend about a meteorite and The Well and saw the chance to create a miracle. When the theft is discovered, he goes on the run, sending the virus to Rex Lee, a Navy doctor and ex Navy Seal medic.

Rex embarks on a journey to Brazil for a universal cure for cancer. What he uncovers has repercussions he could never have foreseen. Many lives will be lost and the suspense mounted to a frantic level, making it impossible for me to quit reading.

The characters run the gamut, from the worst of the worst, to the best of the best. Not all will survive and I was crushed at some of the most tragic deaths R Chapman Wesley could possibly have created. Just when I thought they were safe…he took me down a path I never anticipated, making me want to scream and yell and throw my ereader at the wall.

R Chapman Wesley created a roller coaster of an emotional thriller, making me want to get off the ride. I just wanted it to stop, yet he kept the blows coming, one after another and I couldn’t stop reading. I was shocked when I figured out how he was going to end the story. No, I don’t want that. First the gruesome tragedy in the jungle, now this? How much more can I take?

If you love a book that rips your heart out, challenges your faith in humanity, for the good and the bad, and a jaw dropping ending, The Well by R Chapman Wesley may be for you.

About R Chapman Wesley

R. Chapman Wesley is the author of The Well. A Yale National Scholar, he graduated B.A. with highest honors in the History of Fine Arts. After attending Yale Medical School, he completed his residency and chief residency at The Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was named most outstanding resident and received the Terri Guth Award for humanitarianism in medicine. R. is a student of Taoism, a novice of Wing Chun Kung Fu, and has studied clinical hypnosis for nearly four decades. He is a world traveler, speaks conversational Brazilian Portuguese, loves jazz, dance, and poetry.

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