Terminal Neglect was almost impossible for me to finish. The premise had promise: a doctor fighting against corrupt pharmaceutical companies who were paying off politicians to push drugs through the FDA. We supposedly have a hero, a champion of justice, who in my opinion is unbelievable. The man is a doctor and the Commissioner of Health, yet he seems to have absolutely no political acumen. Dr. Rogers seems to successfully ignore anything that does not fit into what he wants to believe until it is impossible not to.
Not only is Dr. Rogers hard to fathom as a character, the writing leaves a lot to be desired. Anytime that a main character (on the good side) has a choice or a reaction to give to a situation, they always make the worst decision. On top of bad decisions, they make ones which do not follow their personalities and are instead based on where the author needs the story to go. Some of the scenes don’t seem to have any bearing on the story other than to allow another pointless scene later. The timeline is chaotic and very hard to follow or believe.
Shortly after a disappointing meeting with the President of the United States regarding the position of Surgeon General, Dr. Rogers is shot. Throughout the book, every time he is asked if his intentions have changed regarding the Surgeon General position, he says no and something bad happens. The job is obviously being used as a carrot but he doesn’t see this nor connect the punishments with the ‘stick’. When his daughter is kidnapped his behavior becomes even more erratic. He tends to drive away people he should trust and trust people he should obviously question.
To sum up, while the plot of Terminal Neglect sounded great and had even better potential, the story itself is very juvenile. I kept hoping the end would justify the rest of the book but I am afraid it didn’t even come close.
Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.
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