8/16/12

Dead End Deal

Author: Allen Wyler
Pages: 402
Publisher: Astor + Blue
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)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. Dead End Deal is a fast-paced, heart-pounding, and sophisticated thriller. A smart, unique, page-turner, Dead End Deal delivers.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Jon Ritter is about to do something others have only dreamed about: discover the cure for Alzheimer's. Hoping to save his grandmother  - and if he has inherited the gene, himself - Jon works day and night to cure this horrible disease, turning down promotions and raises just to keep his work from falling into the wrong hands.

After discovering the death of his mentor is linked to a man trying to get him to hand over the cure, Ritter doesn't know where to turn or who to trust. And when he finds himself in a foreign land, he knows he will be fighting for more than just his cure - he'll be fighting for his life.

My Thoughts: Woah. Just... woah. I was blown away by this novel in a way that I can't even fully describe. Jon Ritter was a great protagonist; I loved the way he always seemed to be one step ahead of the bad guys.  What really struck me was the way the author managed to pull me into the story so much that he made me feel trapped in South Korea, just as Ritter was. 

I also loved how the theme of greed and its consequences resounded so strongly in this novel. We realize how far the greed of others may stretch, and just how much we are affected by the greed of those in positions of power. It really makes you wonder... what other diseases have cures being held back because of the greed of others? Considering how much money the pharmaceutical industry rakes in every year, I'd say there's a lot we don't know about what goes on behind the scenes.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys thrillers and fast-paced mystery and suspense novels.

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