“ Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: Allen Wyler / Kindle Edition / 402 Pages / Book is published 2012-05-10 by Astor + Blue Editions „
I have to be honest, I had never heard of Allen Wyler before I was sent this book to review, but after reading it, I think it is safe to say that I am a fan. Dead End Deal is a sort of medical science based thriller and, although I am not a fan of medical related things in general, I loved this book.
The story focusses on Jon Ritter who is a scientist on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer's. Suddenly the research is slated and Ritter's mentor is killed. Ritter himself is threatened by an anti-abortion group who promise more of the same if he continues his research. Ritter must decide whether the risk is great enough to give up the thing that has been dominating his life for the last 10 years . . .
Allen Wyler is a well-respected former neurosurgeon and this shows in the story of the book, but it isn't overly detailed and tiresome for the layman (me!). When I first read the blurb of the book and the author's 'About Me', I was a bit worried that it would be too technical for me, but this is not the case at all. Wyler does an excellent job of simplifying things enough that someone without experience in the field can understand and enjoy the story, but not so much that it doesn't feel authentic.
It is a strange leap from medicine to thriller writing, but it would seem that Wyler has managed it successfully. The thriller element of the story is easily as good as any I have read before. His characters are excellent. The main character is likeable and believable. You feel yourself really getting behind him and eager to find out what happens. The main bad guys are excellently written too - they have that suave confidence that makes you want to see them fall flat on their face!
The story is a real page turner too - I read it in just one sitting. I was so engrossed in the story that I couldn't put it down and wanted to find out what happened as soon as possible. The story travels from America to Korea and you really feel like you are there with the characters because Wyler writes the surroundings and locations so well.
The story is available for download on Amazon for £3.70 (currently with a 20% saving on the list price) and I would absolutely recommend it. I thought the story had a Michael Crichton-esque feel to it, so if you enjoy his books, you'll love this.