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9 02, 2016

Review: Host by Robin Cook

By | February 9th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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host by robin cook book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

In Host, Carl, the main character Lynn Peirce’s boyfriend, goes into the hospital for routine surgery.  Lynn thinks nothing of it until she is told Carl is brain dead. Her life is turned upside down by the devastating news; as a medical student, she decides to use her knowledge to investigate what went so alarmingly wrong during his surgery. Carl was healthy–an active, healthy 29 year old man with a passion for life and for running. His surgery was one probably performed a thousand times a day. But this time, this surgery left the patient permanently unconscious. Lynn can’t understand. Along with her lab partner, Michael, she delves head-first into the world of Middleton Healthcare and its pharmaceutical counterpart to find out why something so routine turned into something so deadly. Lynn’s curiosity

3 01, 2015

Review: Die Again by Tess Gerritsen

By | January 3rd, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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die again book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Homicide detective, Jane Rizzoli, and medical examiner, Maura Isles, have arrived at the latest crime scene and are greeted by a crime scene worthy of the king of the jungle, including claw marks on the victim’s body. But, due to the manner in which the corpse was left, it has been determined that only a sinister monster could have taken the infamous big-game hunter, Leon Gott, and left him hanging like one of his own trophies. Did Gott piss off the wrong animal rights activist? Or perhaps the renowned hunter eventually became the hunted?

As Rizzoli and Isles examine the crime scene, they soon realize that Gott is not the first victim and, if they can’t find the killer, he won’t be the last. Based on hunches and incredible instincts, they slowly link this recent murder to

19 10, 2014

Review: Code White by Scott Britz-Cunningham

By | October 19th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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code white book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

What would you do if you were the head of security at a hospital and you received a text message that a bomb was set to go off at any moment?  You’d call a Code White which is exactly what Harry Lewton does in this day of crisis.  However, he’s been given strict instructions by the bomber not to evacuate and to keep things running as normal, so Harry has to be quite cautious in his actions.

Dr. Ali O’Day is in the middle of a ground-breaking brain surgery when the Code White comes over the hospital speakers, but since they have a camera crew in the operating room for this special operation none of the staff present can react the way they need or want to. Figuring it is a drill and not a real emergency

25 03, 2014

Review: The Culling by Robert Johnson

By | March 25th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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18499955Reviewed by Shannon Trenton

It is a proven fact that the world population has exploded in the last century. While it took 18 centuries to reach the first billion people, it has only taken about two centuries to grow by six times that much. With so many people competing for finite resources, the future sustainability of our planet and the human race has been called into question. What if somebody proposed a radical solution to stem the tide?

In The Culling, author Robert Johnson imagines such a scenario.

CDC virologist Carl Sims is assigned to track a flu outbreak in the Guangdong region of China. His team, led by eminent researcher Dr. Jenna Williams, is shocked to find a flu strain that has infected everyone and has killed two out of three people. As Carl continues his quest for answers he uncovers sign

15 10, 2013

Review: The Art of Forgetting by Peter Palmieri

By | October 15th, 2013|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |1 Comment

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Cover_MediumReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Dr. Lloyd Copeland is a leading neurologist, professor and researcher who is on the verge of making what he hopes to be a huge breakthrough in the medical world. Lloyd devotes his study, when he is not devoting himself to premed students in the bedroom, to researching a cure for memory disorders such as dementia. He is content with his bachelor lifestyle, his work and cultivating his ego, as well as his laboratory mice. As quickly as the world and a lifetime of more promise seems ready to emerge for Dr. Copeland, events take a turn for the worst and nothing in the doctor’s life will ever be the same as a result.

The Art of Forgetting starts off a bit slow, but this does not mean that the content is boring in the least. Rather, the story skips

22 03, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Virus Thirteen by Joshua Alan Parry

By | March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |18 Comments

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Reviewed by Marcus Hammond

In Joshua Alan Parry’s Virus Thirteen healthcare is a major concern for the government in a seemingly not-so-distant future. Tired of dealing with the rising costs of heart disease, AIDS, over-indulgence, and cancer, the American government focuses its attention on erasing them from the human genome. Through scientific breakthroughs and preventative care the nation has become free of natural genetic mutations.

At the center of the world’s genetic breakthroughs is a private research firm called GeneFirm. As lead researchers for GeneFirm, James and Linda Logan have spent their lives curing the world of disease, including James’ crowning achievement, cancer. As James and Linda prepare to announce their discovery of a way to eliminate cancer, James suddenly falls ill with a brain tumor, and a deadly super-flu begins to ravage the world. James’ seemingly impossible

5 10, 2012

Review: 12.21 by Dustin Thomason

By | October 5th, 2012|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Jessi Buchmann

The premise of 12.21 should be familiar to most as we are quickly approaching the end of 2012. Doomsayers have been touting the end of the Mayan Calendar (12/21/2012) as the end of the world for decades. This book doesn’t focus on the theory behind the end of the Mayan calendar but more on the ideas of how society may end as a whole.

12.21 opens ten days before ‘the end’ to Dr. Gabriel Stanton, a modest doctor with a daily routine, an ex-wife and a loyal dog. Dr. Stanton however is no average doctor; he’s the foremost researcher for The Center of Disease Control’s Prion Center. Variant Fatal Insomnia (VFI) is his primary study; it is a virus that initially spreads through tainted meat and causes the infected to lose motor function, experience terrible insomnia, uncontrollable thirst and fits

13 08, 2012

Review: The Good Father by Noah Hawley

By | August 13th, 2012|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Dr. Paul Allen is the chief of rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He lives with his second wife and twin boys and by all appearances, has a good life. One night during dinner, a news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot and Paul’s son, Danny, from his first marriage, is accused of pulling the trigger. Shortly thereafter the Secret Service shows up at his home and whisks him away for questioning and his quiet existence is changed forever.

Dr. Allen spends the majority of the book reliving the past and questioning events – trying to figure out where things went wrong. He is sure that there is no way that Danny could have been behind the shooting and is on a mission to find out what the truth is – at all costs.

22 06, 2012

Review: Monday Mornings by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

By | June 22nd, 2012|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Medical|Tags: |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Sara Padilla

In his first attempt at fiction, Dr. Sanjay Gupta presents the stories of five surgeons as they work to mend men and women and save lives on the operating table. We observe them make critical and literal life-or-death decisions, often rushed, always significant, and look at the unique role of this profession and the perceptions – sometimes false – surrounding it.

The author of this tale is well known as the Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, and this lends a solemn credibility to the description of the surgeons’ experiences, which are compelling and sometimes frightening. For readers who enjoy medical drama, Monday Mornings is a fun read with plenty of medical language and dialogue (although some may think there is an excess of medical terminology throughout the book). The characters are easy to relate to and care about

5 04, 2012

Review: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

By | April 5th, 2012|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Medical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Some called Luke Warren a genius, while others considered him insane. A renowned wolf researcher and conservationist, Luke ingratiated himself into wolf packs – living with them, feeding with them (often on raw meat) and playing a pivotal role in the pack dynamics. In some ways, Luke understood the animals better than he ever understood his own human family. Following his stunt/two-year departure to live in the Canadian forest with wild wolves, Luke’s wife, Georgie, walked away from their very one-sided marriage and his 18-year-old son, Edward, ran away from home and the father who never understood him. Luke’s only connection to his family was his daughter Cara, who chose to live with him instead of Georgie and her new family.

The disjointed family is unwillingly brought together when Luke crashes his car while driving Cara back from