Book Review: Peril

14 Nov

442134_w185Dr. Thomas Reeves is at the pinnacle of his career. The Department of Defense has awarded him a lucrative contract for his new research into superior autobiographical memory, which promises the ability to create combat troops able to quickly learn complex battle plans and enact them perfectly under the most demanding battlefield scenarios.

An elite unit has received neural grafts from fetal cadavers of genetically altered brain cells with enhanced NMDA receptors. The results are remarkable . . . until the recipients begin suffering hallucinations, nightmares, paralysis, . . . and death. Dr. Reeves searches for answers, but DOD insiders want him to stop the search.

The situation becomes public when pediatric ICU nurse Morgan Adams, Dr. Reeves’s daughter, is taken hostage by three research subjects in an attempt to force Dr. Reeves into disclosing why they are sick. If answers aren’t revealed within twenty-four hours, patients in the pediatric ICU will be killed.

This spine-tingling conclusion to the Bloodline Trilogy raises spiritual and ethical dilemmas torn directly out of today’s headlines. When does life begin? How far does commitment to family go? And can the sins of the father ever be forgiven?

Jordyn-382a-199x300Jordyn Redwood has served patients and their families for nearly 20 years and currently works as a pediatric ER nurse. As a self professed medical nerd and trauma junkie, she was drawn to the controlled chaotic environments of critical care and emergency nursing. Her love of teaching developed early and she was among the youngest CPR instructors for the American Red Cross at the age of seventeen. Since then, she has continued to teach advanced resuscitation classes to participants ranging from first responders to MD’s.

When she discovered she also had a fondness for answering medical questions for authors, this led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge. This blog is devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction.

Jordyn lives in Colorado with her husband, two daughters and one crazy hound dog. In her spare time she also enjoys reading her favorite authors, quilting and cross stitching.

Jordyn loves to hear from her readers and you can contact her at jredwood1@gmail.com.

My Impressions:

Looking for an edgy suspense novel with heart-racing action and a chilling look at medical technology? Then you need to get a copy of Peril, the third book in Jordyn Redwood’s Bloodline Trilogy. (Click on the following titles to read my reviews of books 1 and 2 — Proof and Poison.) Bringing together new characters with favorites from the previous books, this novel is a look into the ethics and morals of transplantation and abortion. It also begs the question, is there a limit to what science can or should do?

Morgan and Tyler Adams’ world has been shaken by tragedy and illness. Holding onto their marriage by a thread, the despair of losing a child and facing the necessity of a transplant have caused a dangerous rift in their relationship. And the pressures of job and family are adding to Morgan’s depression. In the midst of this, a child is murdered and another finds new life through the donor’s heart. But something sinister seems to be following this transplant recipient and others in the research that Tyler is doing. Can memories and traumatic events be transmitted through donated tissue?

Redwood offers up food for thought in Peril while producing a page-turning, action-packed thrill ride. Characters are well-developed — even the bad guys are given a well-rounded approach. And I loved the depiction of the dedicated nurses and staff in a PICU unit. Great for those who love suspense, Peril would be great for a discussion group with questions about when life begins, medical ethics and the consequences of science gone too far. Peril can be read as a standalone novel, but this trilogy is really good. Get them all!

Recommended.

Great For Book Clubs.

(Thanks to Kregel for my review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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