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I'm married to Kirsty, who is also a writer. We live in Brighton, where much of the action in Deadly Medicine takes place. It's a great city, and we wouldn't live anywhere else in the UK. I've spent many years working in HIV, which is one of the reasons why I chose this therapy area to set my novel in. I have never encountered such a highly motivated group of patients and doctors, and it has been a real privilege to work with this community. I've also worked in the lab designing HIV drugs as part of my Ph.D. in organic chemistry. It was during this time that I started to really think about the origins of life. I worked every day for three years with the key chemicals that determine the code for life (Nucleic acids in DNA) and the molecules that DNA codes for (amino acids in proteins). Other than writing I have several passions in my life, including windsurfing, photography and traveling, but probably my greatest passion is for the truth. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (December 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409298876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409298878
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,472,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Purchase on January 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Orson Wedgwood's first book has been written in such a way it really draws the reader in to the adventure along with all the characters. Clearly the author understands the subject matter and has researched this book very well. It is well thought out, and just as you finally expect the ending, there is a really good twist. I've already bought a couple of copies of this book for my friends who I know will enjoy the subject matter. If you like authors such as Dan Brown or Matthew Reilly, or Michael Crichton you will surely enjoy this author's work too. Great stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily T. on May 23, 2011
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Deadly Medicine is not the usual genre that I would normally reach for when looking for my next book purchase. However, there was something about the title of this book that peaked my curiosity and so I decided to venture into new territory. I'm glad I did as Orson Wedgwood's novel was one of the most action-packed page turners I have read in a long time. Each character is described so well and as the story unfolded I found myself rooting for the hero (Ben Williams) and booing at the villains (Helen Richardson and Marivant). If you're looking for a book that is an enjoyable read, full of adventure, will keep you on your toes and, for us arty-types, exposes you to some science, I would highly recommend Deadly Medicine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By robbinrn on November 19, 2011
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I am not sure where to start... The story has so much promise but it was ruined by being way too long, and then throwing in some religous lessons along the way. There is too much going on in this book, it screams for a good editor. The plot is very technical, I am not sure that someone without a degree in Science (I do) could follow it. It needs to be (and can easily be) simplified for the layman. The ending was a dissapointment. I would not recommend this book in it's current form, but it could be fixed and re-issued.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 12, 2012
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This novel had some potential due to good writing and story telling. The first part was fun and full of mystery. The last half, however, went I think beyond the "poetic license" in its inability to convince. The character Helen was a huge disappointment as she was presented as such a one dimensional character, when there had been chances for the writer to present her as more complex and human. For example, if instead of shooting Ruth when Luke told her to do so, she should have turned the gun on Luke, her tormentor. Luke also was not a well defined character. He is just a perennial Bad Guy that we do not even see him as a human being and his behavior is so predictable. Another thing that bothered me about Helen as a believable character is the fact that she was a woman who had earned a Ph.D in science, meaning that she was very smart and should be working in science, yet she has let herself become the plaything and owned person of the Bad Guy, who even has tortured her. Her job at Slade is to spy on people and then kill them, whatever her owner tells her to do. I regular female, even without a Ph.D, would have run from this man rather than do all he asked. Also, she would have worked for pharmaceutical science people rather than do minor chores for a thug.

The book also gets very confused toward the end. Slade seems to be out of touch with its client or purposely sabotaging its work. No, save the time and don't read this book--my recommendation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ratterriermom on August 14, 2011
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I wish I had a button for 3 1/2 stars, because grading it 3 stars isn't quite enough. The book was well written, fairly fast paced, and a very interesting plotline. It did seem to be a little lengthy, and the technical details at some points were a little too drawn out for my tastes. I also wasn't thrilled with what I felt was an over-insertion of Christianity in the last 20%, not that I don't understand it was a pivotal point for the characters, but just speaking for myself, it was a little too much. Overall though, the book was a good read and I enjoyed it. Congrats to the author on a well-thought out plotline.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gusandethel on November 21, 2012
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This is not a horrible book. It is fairly well written. The plot is interesting. But it is overshadowed by its religious bent. I'm over half way through and not sure I can finish. It feels as though the author is desperate to get his religious views to the reader. It is not subtle and spoils an other wise pleasant read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cm21fcr on May 25, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was realistic, had just enough action, love interest, but was not so graphic like many books are these days. Being in healthcare myself, I found the story realistic with very believable characters. A great read!
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By M. Owens on January 26, 2013
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Poor Adam Sandford doesn't even make it through the first chapter of Deadly Medicine. But he goes out with a bang; Luke Martin shoots him in the head. It seems that Adam had a USB drive containing vital information about a drug, Spiravax, that might be a permanent cure for HIV.
The story then switches to Ben Williams, a young HIV doctor whose wife dies while on Spiravax. He finds other patients on the drug dying unexpectedly as well, even with excellent CD4 counts and undetectable viral titers. Ben starts to investigate, and this puts him in the sights of a giant pharmaceutical conglomerate, Marivent. Plenty of action follows, including chases through parts of London and Kenya, both areas the author apparently knows well.
A few lengthy digressions along the way, an extended discussion with Ben's sister about the origin of life, religious beliefs and such, and another with Ben, Helen and a Dr. Shackleford about the ins and outs of HIV and drug treatment. There is also a break in the action when Helen undergoes a Near Death Experience, and she and Ben talk at length about whether such events truly occur. These digressions, while informative, stall the narrative, for this reader, at least.
Also, some of the phrases brought me up short: "The reality is, Dr. Williams, you hold the future of modern civilisation in your hands." Fortunately for all of us, Ben is up to the task.
An entertaining read with a few interruptions along the way.
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