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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dead End Deal by Allen Wyler

Dead End Deal by Allen Wyler
Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

World-renowned neurosurgeon Jon Ritter is on the verge of a medical breakthrough that will change the world. His groundbreaking surgical treatment, using transplanted nonhuman stem cells, is set to eradicate the scourge of Alzheimer's disease. But when the procedure is slated for testing, it all comes to an abrupt and terrifying halt. Ritter's colleague is gunned down and Ritter himself is threatened by a radical anti-abortion group that not only claims responsibility, but promises more of the same. Faced with a dangerous reality but determined to succeed, Ritter turns to his long-time colleague, corporate biotech CEO Richard Stillman, for help. After successful surgical trials, Ritter and his allies are thrown into a horrifying nightmare scenario: The trial patients have been murdered and Ritter is the number one suspect.

He might not have done it, but the price for clearing his name is his life.

I love a good thriller book. One that takes me on a ride and won't let go until the last page. Allen Wyler has created one of those stories. The writing is tight and I couldn't put the book down. I had to know what would happen next. How was Jon going to clear his name and come out alive? Yeah, it had me in the clinch.

Wyler knows his stuff. I read in the bio on the back that he's a neurosurgeon, so the medical terminology and usage is credible. I didn't get lost in the jargon. There's the trials--get rid of Alzheimer's with non-stem cells. Talk about heady--pardon the pun--stuff. I liked that the story moved quickly. Yes, there were moments early on where it dragged, but once the danger ramped up, the story did too. I could relate to Jon in that he's trying to do good in the world but because of back biting and warfare within the pharmaceutical world, any progress is stunted. The storyline made me see the medical world in a new light.

The antagonist is deliciously devious. Protect the company at all costs. It plays out like a movie and I rather enjoyed that.

If you want a thriller that's in the league of Turow and Grisham, this might be the book for you.

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