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"A non-stop suspenseful medical thriller that will keep you guessing from start to finish...this is certainly one book you won't be able to put down."
Dr. Michael Moreno, NY Times #1 Bestelling author of The Seventeen Day Diet


"With the precision and skill of the gifted surgeon that he is, Dr. Paul Bernstein guides us at breakneck speed through a gripping story based on actual human radiation experiments carried out by our government - with unimaginable consequences."
Mike Sirota, author of Fire Dance and The Burning Ground

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Renowned geneticist, Jake Holden, returns to his hometown in New Mexico to find a cure for his brother's rare genetic disorder.   At the Los Alamos National Lab, made famous for its involvement in the Manhattan Project's atomic bomb, Jake is swept into a world of greed, ambition, and government secrecy.   The more he tries to save his family's future, the more he learns how intrinsically his family is tied to the laboratory's dark and infamous past. With every corner closing in around him, Jake finds himself on the verge of possessing the Holy Grail of modern science, the ability to rewrite the very DNA of mankind.    
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: ZOVA Books (March 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984035052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984035052
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,471,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although it is 10 p.m., and Paul Bernstein, M.D., has spent four hours in surgery at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Diego, his evening is not over. Bernstein will go home, sit down at his computer, and spend the next two hours working on his latest novel.

This is just a glimpse of the energy and dedication this graduate of UCSD School of Medicine pours into his twin passions: providing the best possible care for his patients as Kaiser's San Diego Medical Director, and sharing great stories through his fiction.

These passions came together last fall when Bernstein published Courage to Heal, a historical novel telling the true story of Dr. Sidney Garfield, who along with industrialist Henry Kaiser, forever changed American medicine.

Bernstein's love of history--he's the founder of the Kaiser Permanente Historical Society--also fueled his desire to tell Garfield's story. In fact, Bernstein was actually a history major when he attended UCLA, but eventually chose a medical career after being accepted by UCSD.

Bernstein began writing fiction a decade ago. After years of taking classes, joining writers' groups and spending countless hours at his craft, Bernstein's "Courage to Heal" was published last fall to strong reviews and several awards, including winning in the San Diego Book Awards, the New England Book Festival, and the London Book Festival.

See the new WGN series MANHATTAN to learn more about Flashblind, Bernstein's latest medical thriller. Flashblind exposes one of the greatest government conspiracies of our time. Is it a coincidence that the two most significant scientific races, namely, the development of the atomic bomb and the sequencing of the genetic code both took place in Los Alamos, New Mexico? Based on the Proceedings from the Freedom of Information Act, Flashblind uncovers government sponsored human radiation experiments, using humans as guinea pigs.
In Flashblind, Jake Holden, a world class geneticist, has less than a month to complete his life's goal to find the gene responsible for his brother's rare genetic disorder, a gene that controls our body's ability to repair itself and provides the key for the cure for cancer. Bernstein again weaves fact and fiction in a way that will engage and challenge the reader.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dermdoc on April 15, 2012
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Sean Holden has a rare genetic disease that prevents him from ever being in daylight. His DNA is incapable of repairing the damage from even tiny amounts of ultraviolet radiation. As a consequence of his disease, he's developed advanced melanoma. His brother, Dr. Jake Holden, a geneticist, is in a race to find a cure for Sean. Because Sean's problem, DNA repair, affects both cancer and aging, Jake's discovery could revolutionize medicine.

He's not the only one on this high stakes quest. Jake's work takes him head to head with Gencor, a biotech company looking for the same answers. His journey also takes him face to face with the remains of his father whose early demise just might be connected with his brother's and his mother's cancers. Could it be that in the 1940's the government was experimenting with radiation on his family?

Few writers could manage to tell a medical thriller with such accuracy and humanity as Dr. Paul Bernstein, a surgeon and medical historian. As a physician myself, I enjoyed the scientific and medical framework of this story, but what kept me reading was the plot -- the story is based on true accounts of radiation experiments done by our government in the last century. I thought the book was enlightening and entertaining; I read it cover to cover in just one day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pathologist on September 11, 2012
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Flashblind is a fast-paced medical mystery read, with an admirable hero, creepy villains, a little romance, and fascinating settings.

It also explores some very important ethical questions. The historical background of US government-sponsored radiation experiments on American citizens during the Cold War will be a surprise to many. You will better understand the importance of "informed consent" after reading this novel.

Flashblind also does a very good job of exploring the ethics of genetics research, specifically whether portions of the human genome should be proprietary/for profit, or available to all for the good of mankind.

The medicine and science in this book are cutting edge, but rendered understandable to the lay person.

Highly recommended, both for entertainment and enlightenment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob on June 30, 2012
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Flashblind is in the same genre as a Michael Crichton or Robin Cook medical mystery thriller. I was quickly engaged with the plot and characters. Dr. Bernstein's style of writing captured me quickly. I couldn't book the book down. This is a must read for those of us who thoroughly enjoy the unwinding of a well researched medical story which involves passionate characters. I am looking forward to reading more of DR. Bernstein's novels as he demonstrated his ability to be one of those rare writers who grabs you from the first page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By clc on December 20, 2012
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that the US government engaged in radiation testing in humans, sometimes without their consent? This novel explores that issue and traces the race to delineate the entire human genome, with fierce competitive interplay between Government and private enterprise, in a surprisingly complex and subtle plot line that will hold your interest from beginning to end. A rich tapestry of family tragedy and filial loyalty, corporate greed and executive buffoonery, and poignant romantic love all contribute to an amazingly successful science and medical thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Applestolic on April 7, 2012
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What makes this book a fine, quick read is the author's ability to set up an intelligent plot of intrigue and mystery from the get-go. There is a secret government experiment occurring in the desert of Los Alamos, New Mexico, unbeknownst to nearby bedroom community home to the family of Sam Holden. Sam Holden, his family, and others in the small city were unknowingly exposed to lethal doses of radioactivity over time and became the laboratory guinea pigs for group of medical scientists racing to produce (and find an antidote for) atomic biological weapons post-World War II. Fast forward to present, Dr. Jake Holden (Sam's son) portrays the main character, a geneticist by training, who has valiantly anointed himself to become the savior to his brother, Sean, of his XP illness, by obtaining a highly classified genetic decoding position with the same medical scientists who set up the radioactive experiments during his father's generation (initially unbeknownst to Dr. Jake Holden). Soon, Dr. Jake Holden walks along the tightrope with thoughts of decoding a genetic cure for XP for his ailing brother Sean, while discovering confounding and devastating evidence that his own father, perhaps his mother, and even Sean's twin brother Michael (apparently genetically unharmed by the radioactive exposure), were all part of a bigger coverup and conspiracy commenced by his current employers at Los Alamos, New Mexico! The author even throws in a romance with a key female counterpart to assist Dr. Jake Holden. My only misgiving about this romance was that the details of their relationship were glossed over, perhaps on purpose and maybe to reserve for a future theatrical screenplay?Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DrJDS on August 13, 2012
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A wonderful medical thriller: Passion defined by a brother/son's guilt, a father's sacrifice, and a patriot's cold steel resolve, mixed in with dynamic female characters, and gorgeous settings in place and time. The pace of the book was enjoyable and the mystery continued to build until the end. A memorable read. Thank you.
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