Saturday, July 28, 2012

Book Review: Dead End Deal–Allen Wyler


Title: Dead End Deal

Author: Allen Wyler (Author Website)

Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions (May 10, 2012)

ASIN: B00822N2G2

Pages: 402 pages

Format:  Digital File from Publisher

About the Book: 

World renowned neurosurgeon Jon Ritter is on the verge of a medical breakthrough that will change the world. His groundbreaking surgical treatment, using transplanted non-human stem cells, is set to eradicate the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease and give hope to millions. 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. Together, they conspire to conduct a clandestine clinical trial in Seoul, Korea. But the danger is more determined, and more lethal, than Ritter could have imagined. 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. Aided by his beautiful lab assistant, Yeonhee, Ritter flees the country, now the target of an international manhunt involving Interpol, the FBI, zealous fanatics and a coldly efficient assassin. Dead End Deal is a fast paced, heart-pounding, and sophisticated thriller. Penned by master neurosurgeon, Allen Wyler—who often draws from experience and actual events when writing—Dead End Deal is unmatched as a technical procedural. Its medical and scientific details can impress even the most seasoned medical practitioners. And yet, the fascinating expertise is seamlessly woven into a riveting plot, with enough action and surprises to engross even the most well-read thriller enthusiast. A smart, unique, page-turner, Dead End Deal delivers.

Setting:   Washington/ Seoul,Korea

AllenWylerPGE1_1107 About the Author: Allen Wyler is a renowned neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity. He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee, and in 1992 was recruited by the prestigious Swedish Medical Center to develop a neuroscience institute. In 2002, he left active practice to become medical director for a startup med-tech company (that went public in 2006) and he now chairs the Institutional Review Board of a major medical center in the Pacific Northwest. Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early 1970s, Wyler devoted himself to fiction writing in earnest, eventually serving as vice president of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. After publishing his first two medical thrillers Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), he officially retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full time.

My Review:  I read Dead End Deal by Allen Wyler at the request of the publisher in exchange for a fair review.  Dead End Deal started off slowing for me.   Initially, the characters were introduced too fast for me to really get a good grasp on each character.  I like to understand and feel the emotions of the characters.   In Dead End Deal I didn’t feel I had much insight into what the characters were thinking.  I did have a character I was rooting for and the one I wanted to get his just deserts.    I found Jon Ritter, to be a likeable and very clever character in Dead End Deal.   I wanted to keep reading to find out how he would get himself out of the next predicament. 

As the action begins the story picks up and I was curious and intrigued regarding how the situation would resolve itself.  The whole idea of a cure for Alzheimer’s and stem cell research was very interesting to me.  I was satisfied with the ending of Dead End Deal and felt the story flowed well into the ending.    Dead End Deal is a departure from what I usually read, but I enjoyed the change. 

My Rating: 3 – Liked It;  I didn’t lose any sleep trying to finish this book, but if you like medical thrillers, you will like Dead End Deal by Allen Wyler.

My Rating Scale: 1 – didn’t like it; 2 – it was ok; 3 – liked it; 4 – really liked it; 5 – it was amazing

Other Bloggers Reviews :

The Book Galaxy

For What It is Worth (interview with author)

Library Mosiac

A Bookish Libraria

Happy Reading!

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