by Allen Wyler
Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions, LLC
Released: March 13th 2012
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Medical Suspense
How I got it: received an ARC from publisher
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 named Fiest.
Review: When offered this book I wasn't 100% sure about it and actually considered passing, but for some reason accepted. Which was a great decision. This book was great, from page one I was pulled into the plot.
Dr Ritter has discovered a possible cure for Alzheimer using stem cells. This makes him a target for the Avengers, a crazy pro-life group who will actually kill people to make their point. As the plot thicken things become more and more convoluted and so does the story.
Ritter moves his research to Korea a move that made me go this is not going to be good. People around Ritter start dropping like flies and he's getting blamed. So instead of doing the smart thing and going start to the embassy when things start going down hill he goes on the run.
The action pact, fast paced plot kept me on the edge of my seat. From the US, to Korea, Canada and back to the US, I found myself routing for Ritter to over come and make right. I loved all the twist and turns, how resourceful Ritter had to become to stay one step ahead of those who would end him. I was a bit concerned about it being a medical suspense written by a neurosurgeon but the medical parts were done well enough that although I did cringe at the descriptions they weren't over done. Yet it was the ending that had me it was just perfect.