Saturday, June 9, 2012

Review # 179: Dead End Deal by Allen Wyler

Description (from Press Release):
     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.


     Allen Wyler's fast-paced medical thriller, Dead End Deal, is full of excitement and danger! I found the book slow-to-start, but the pace quickened with feverish intensity as the clinical trials/testing began. I never knew what to expect, one minute Jon was trying to cure Alzheimer's disease, and the next he was running for his life! The character development was good, I enjoyed getting to know, and empathizing with, the characters. I found Jon's character very interesting, especially since he was a neurosurgeon just like the author. Wyler did an excellent job explaining medical content in an easy-to-read-and-understand manner. I am a science person, so I don't mind technical jargon, but I appreciate his ability to make the science more clear-cut and engaging - not too bulky. Overall, I enjoyed most of the book - the plot-line was surprisingly well-written and action-packed, but there were some aspects that I didn't like. I would have preferred a little more mystery, a couple of chapters in you already know who is up-to what and why, (no spoilers). I enjoy solving mysteries, not being spoon-fed the answers, however, there were a few twists that I wasn't expecting. I also disliked the descriptions of Korea, I thought that they could have been more detailed, they felt very rushed and did not give me a "feel" for the country. I will be reading Wyler's other medical thrillers - Dead Head and Deadly Errors, and hope to read more from him in the future! Recommended for fans of fast-paced medical thrillers with intriguing plot-lines.

Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Astor + Blue Editions) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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 70’s, 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.

     He and his wife, Lily, divide their time between Seattle and the San Juan Islands. Visit for more information.

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