Book review: Elixir by Ted Galdi

Elixir, a cerebral thriller by Ted Galdi, keeps  readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish as an unlikely hero gets caught up in the inner workings of the NSA.

Meet Sean Malone.  He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy!  Life is sweet; however, Sean wishes he could just be normal.  Not likely, since Sean is only 14 years old.

In class, Sean writes an algorithm solving the Traveling Salesman Problem – the biggest enigma in computer science – and his professor submits it to the NSA.  The NSA soon manipulates Sean so they can control the code, using it in their pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.

For the sake of personal security, Sean is forced to go into hiding and he builds a new life for himself in Rome – a new name and no academics a must if he is to hide his genius from the world. At age 18, Sean falls in love. But as fate would have it, his girlfriend falls critically ill with a deadly disease and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure. Coming out of hiding, however, thrusts him into a battle against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company – and the demons of his past!

“Elixir is different than a typical thriller because it doesn’t just focus on suspense,” says Galdi. “My favorite part of writing it was coming up with characters the reader would care about. The thrills are that much better if the characters mean something to you in their own way. I also think people will find the tie-in to the controversy around Edward Snowden and leaked NSA activities interesting. Since it happened, no thriller has really tried to pull the cover off the type of stuff that goes on there, at least not on this level.”

About the Author:

Ted Galdi is a graduate of Duke University and co-founder of, a software company that streamlines event-management logistical data.  Elixir is his first novel. For more information, including the book trailer and three-chapter preview, please visit:

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Book Reviews

5 Stars high praise for Exilir, reviewed by Suzanne Hubbard
Best read in a long time. Too hard to out down to eat or sleep. Hope he writes another. Great writer!

5 Stars Elixir, reviewed by bk
A really good read. It may be si-fi but maybe not. Mr. GALDI MAKES THIS STORY so real it must almost be a true story. The characters are so believable and down to earth. Being different is not always fun even when you are brilliant. I recommend this book to all readers.

5 Stars a good read, reviewed by Larry Jorio
This book is one that truly delves into the mind and heart of people with special talents. I enjoyed this book immensely.