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Gridlock: A Scientific Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Alvin Ziegler
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Name: Jude Wagner
Vocation: Computer Expert
Specialty: Cyber Attacks
Base of Operation: Stanford & Consulting to San Francisco FBI
Availability: Worldwide

Jude Wagner should be on top of the world. His computer code unlocks mankind's greatest scientific discovery--the human genome. Leveraging a vast computer network (that really exists), Stanford now can interpret an individual's DNA with lightning speed. It brings hope to millions as personalized medicine becomes reality.

But rapid modernization provokes violent backlash. Wagner's closest colleagues suffer violent deaths. Pitted against a powerful, faceless enemy, he hunts to rescue the person closest to him and forestall catastrophic GRIDLOCK.


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"Alvin Ziegler's GRIDLOCK is just what the Dr. ordered for any reader looking for a fast-paced thriller that features hard science and up-to-the-minute medical research. Give this a read! You won't be sorry." --Seth Harwood, Author of JACK WAKES UP

"The gene-based medicine in GRIDLOCK is real and happening now. This tectonic shift in healthcare redefines how we predict and treat human disease." --Sunil Maulik, P.hD., GeneEd Co-Founder

"GRIDLOCK: A Scientific Thriller is a very stimulating and electrifying novel. I love how it ended and wouldn't change a thing about it even if I could. Recommended to everyone who wants to read action thrillers and is interested in new breakthroughs in the medical field. Five Stars." --READER'S FAVORITE BOOK REVIEWS

"Do not be put off by the scientific/medical leanings of this book. It is a superb Action thriller. Great characters and a great plot that happens to use modern science as it's base story. I can't recommend this highly enough. Five stars." --AMAZON BOOKS U.K. REVIEWER, N.C. Roff

"This is a book that you want to finish in one sitting. Genetics and modern medical science well portrayed. Very good. Well constructed." --GOODREADS REVIEWER

About the Author

While updating computer networks in Beth Israel Medical Center, Alvin saw firsthand how biology and computers were converging. A revolution had begun, but few knew about it. Petri dishes and microscopes were being replaced with databases and computer workstations.It was the start of personalized medicine...the decoding of the human genome.

The advancement came like a tidal wave. The digital revolution had finally wound its way home...to our bodies. The Internet age, which had disrupted the newspaper, music, book, and movie industries, would now extend our lives.

Landing in Fort Lauderdale, Alvin's curiosity was piqued. Customized drugs were replacing one-size-fits-all prescriptions. Scientists were unlocking the secrets of DNA to find our susceptibilities to disease so precision treatment could become routine. The more he dug, the more hooked he became. Turns out diseases like cancer are as individual as a fingerprint. But such radical modernization would not come without push back. Careers and fortunes depend on old healthcare practices. How far would detractors go to halt progress? That's what GRIDLOCK explores.

Becoming a bit obsessive with research, he interviewed genomics companies such as Celera, which decoded the human genome at a fraction of the cost of the U.S. government, Illumina, which makes genomic medical devices, the San Francisco FBI and super computing professionals. Ultimately, GRIDLOCK came together as a plot-driven thriller, building to an unexpected and furious face off.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4060 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Loma Vista Press (February 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FQPF0FY
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A corker! February 4, 2014
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What a corker of a novel. Fast paced, terrific dialogue, good description of events and places, this book keeps you hooked. Alvin Ziegler has crafted a superior novel of stunning originality and superb real life possibilities. This one’s a definite page turner with all the attributes of a prequel. “Gridlock” has very realistic scenarios, and begs to be made for a TV series.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too drawn out January 8, 2014
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I had to force myself to finish this novel. it just took so long to get going. And there were so many typos I can't believe it was ever proofread. I don't recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book based on the excellent reviews it received here on Amazon. Wow, was I lead in the wrong direction.

The characters in this book stay unbelievably flat. There motivations are never clear and they just act in a very unbelievable way. E.g. after some of the friends of the main character die he just keeps on going with literally no reflection or mourning.
The story itself is unfortunately everything but logical. There are so many logical flaws that I stopped counting. Why is Stanford working with CERN apart from being able to spend ten pages in Switzerland? CERN pops up in the beginning and then never plays a role again in the rest of the book. There are so many more, which I don't want to reiterate as I do not want to spoiler you - in total it really takes the fun out of reading this book.

Last but not least this book is terribly edited. There are plenty of typos, grammatical errors, etc.

If you want a high quality techno thriller, go on looking somewhere else, but don't waste your time with this book.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't finish it. December 18, 2013
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I really thought I'd like this book. It's the kind of techno thriller I usually enjoy and although it was only a few reviews they were all good. I made it to about 20% but decided I was bored and there didn't seen to be any effort yet to tie all the loose threads together. Wagner who I assume was going to be the main character because he was still alive at that point was really bland and lacking in personality. I also assume Nathalie was going to be the other main character but I wasn't impressed with her and kept questioning why a French Canadian (that point was made several times) was an FBI agent.
It could just be my mood but...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Nearly As Good as the 5 Star Reviews Say February 24, 2014
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The Amazon summary provides enough that I don't need to rehash the story here. But let's just get to the point! Boring! I read the entire book, but there's just too many tangent stories that have ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the main story. I realize a lot of writers are taught to have good character development, but sometimes too much is a bad thing. This story was only slightly exciting without the "development" stories. With these stories, it was just plain boring.

The author does show promise though; in fact, the antagonist was a very strong character and if the author can write a different story with a character as exciting as this, then I would read his next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea that could use better execution..... April 19, 2014
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The author’s publisher, Loma Vista Press, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

Medical thrillers aren’t exactly my wheelhouse. An overload of scientific principles in a recipe for boredom, which is why “Gridlock” was the perfect medical thriller for this reader. Ziegler, who has a strong background in medicine and computer science, gives the reader all of the facts to be convincing but not so inscrutably as to weigh the story down.

“Gridlock” is Ziegler’s first novel and shows the signs of an author with talent looking to tackle what is perhaps a timely subject. At the start of the novel the ill-fated Dr. Hideo Onagi presents the idea to people who might donate to its success he tells them that customized health care will be more expensive but also more effective. Social commentary, poplar or not, sets the stage for this impressively knowledgeable work.

Ziegler’s work features a number of somewhat generic characters. Even the assumed main character, Jude Wagner, seems to lack a unique voice. He’s a somewhat generic lead. What we lack in development, Ziegler makes up for in pacing. Ziegler’s writing style leaves the reader barrelling from big idea to bigger idea crashing into the knowledge nuggets laced through the narrative.

If you like medical thrillers and have a strong interest in current affairs, give this novel a shot. Keep your eyes open for Ziegler’s next novel as this author has the talent and is sure to develop the focus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills galore--and more! February 17, 2014
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GRIDLOCK is a fast-paced, expertly modulated mystery thriller, full-speed ahead when it should be, relenting at the right moments. The story is told with a smaht and suave style. Alvin Ziegler knows how to turn a phrase and strikes bright notes with just the right words. Looking for le mot juste? You'll find it here. (Sorry! I was an English major--thank you Stanford and Berkeley--French minor, too). Pages light up with plentiful touches of local color. San Francisco's Russian Hill, skyline of Tokyo, Lake Geneva's shores, they're all here to add to the thrills. Characterization is revealed in clever, unexpected ways. In short, the book is a winner!

Jim Seger San Francisco Bay Area
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish.
Never finished it. Slow development and very "vanilla" characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fast moving story with a great ending.
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Interesting, enjoyable and a good read. Enough false trails to make it unpredictable. More details on hacking would have it more interesting but given the who have an interest... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dono
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
This book has a very interesting premise on how to use genomic datasets to help people afford cures or help in stopping some of the worst health problems we face.
Published 2 months ago by Misfit2431
5.0 out of 5 stars intrigue from start to finish!
This was an incredible read! At first I thought it would be too technical, but it is a perfect blend of science, people and excitement.
Published 3 months ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
unpredictable plot twists. the techie stuff was not overwhelming
Published 3 months ago by fn katz
4.0 out of 5 stars I could not read the entire book in one sitting like I usually do with...
A thriller to be sure. This story is based in scientific truths It made me queasy at times. I could not read the entire book in one sitting like I usually do with lite mysteries. Read more
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While updating computer networks in Beth Israel Medical Center, Alvin saw firsthand how biology and computers were converging. A revolution had begun, but few knew about it. Petri dishes and microscopes were being replaced with databases and computer workstations.

It was the start of personalized medicine...the decoding of the human genome.

The advancement came like a tidal wave. The digital revolution had finally wound its way home...to our bodies. The Internet age, which had disrupted the newspaper, music, book, and movie industries, would now extend our lives. Landing in Fort Lauderdale, Alvin's curiosity was piqued.

Customized drugs were replacing one-size-fits-all prescriptions. Scientists were unlocking the secrets of DNA to find our susceptibilities to disease so precision treatment could become routine. The more he dug, the more hooked he became. Turns out diseases like cancer are as individual as a fingerprint.

But such radical modernization would not come without push back. Careers and fortunes depend on old healthcare practices. How far would detractors go to halt progress? That's what GRIDLOCK explores.

Becoming a bit obsessive with research, he interviewed genomics companies such as Celera, which decoded the human genome at a fraction of the cost of the U.S. government, Illumina, which makes genomic medical devices, the San Francisco FBI and super computing professionals. Ultimately, GRIDLOCK came together as a plot-driven thriller, building to an unexpected and furious face off.

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