Jul 102012

Dead End Deal by Allen Wyler
Source: Review copy from publisher
Links: Goodreads, Author’s website

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.

This is complicated and political book. There are lots of things happening in an unending fast-paced adventure. Some of the things that happen seem ridiculous and a bit unbelievable, for it makes for an exciting read.

My favourite part of the book was Jon’s attempts to escape Seoul. It was scary and encompassed a traveller’s worst nightmare. Jon showed a great resourcefulness that made had resulted in a negative image for border security in multiple countries. It makes me wonder if his antics are doable, although I certainly have no intention of trying them.

The bad guys were both believable. Feist was the real villain, greedy and ruthless with questionable morals. He was a twisted sociopath that truly reveals evil. Stillman was such a phony jerk that I couldn’t stand him. His fake homeboy act was ridiculous and annoying.

Overall, I enjoyed the adventure of the story, but didn’t appreciate the political side. Jon’s experiments have a very controversial side to them that I didn’t think fit with most of the book. It made the book more complicated than I expected or enjoyed.

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge

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