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Resuscitation [Kindle Edition]

D.M. Annechino
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Book Description

Two years ago, Detective Sami Rizzo narrowly escaped a brush with death at the hands of a serial killer. After apprehending the killer and bringing him to justice, this life-changing event compels her to resign from the police force. In her heart of hearts, however, she struggles with the decision. But a second serial killer—a well-respected doctor gone astray—uses his charm to seduce his victims and then performs horrific surgical experiments on them. In a final act of depravity, he scatters their mutilated bodies throughout San Diego County.

Feeling a sense of duty and obligation, Sami Rizzo appeals to the police chief and mayor, and they reinstate her as a homicide investigator. As the body count grows and the killer’s experiments become more and more brutal, Sami follows one dead-end lead after another, while trying to deal with a sickly mother and a turbulent relationship with her lover. But then the killer makes a crucial mistake: one of his victims survives. Sami does everything to protect the barely alive victim, but the killer has a different plan…

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A Q&A with D.M. Annechino

Question:
Where did the inspiration for this story come from?

D.M. Annechino: I thought it would be intriguing to create a villain who struggles between being a healer and being a killer. Most villains are pure evil with few--if any--redeeming qualities. In Resuscitation, we find a well-respected cardiologist gone astray, a doctor who has saved hundreds of lives with his surgical skills. But now, driven by an uncontrollable desire for fame and recognition, he uses his skills selfishly and unmercifully for his own advancement.

Q: Julian, the doctor in Resuscitation, spirals from a desire to help people to an all-out killer pretty quickly. Were you surprised by his brutality and the way his character developed?

DMA: Throughout his development, Julian wrestles between good and evil. He's dealing with a troubled marriage, haunting memories from his childhood, and repressed sexual obsession--and once he steps over the line, he enters into a world he didn't know existed. Then those sweet uncharted waters take control of his every decision.

Q: Sami Rizzo, your detective from They Never Die Quietly, is back in this book. But I've heard that you're now working on a political thriller. Is this the last we'll see of Detective Rizzo?

DMA: I did decide to switch gears somewhat, if for no other reason than to take a break from the serial-killer format. I wanted to challenge myself and craft a complex novel with global consequences. But depending on the feedback I get from my readers, Detective Rizzo may indeed return.

Q: Resuscitation has a ton of medical references. Can you tell us about the research involved in this type of book?

DMA: Ten years ago, I might have spent the best part of six months in my local library with my nose buried in medical reference books. But with the depth of the Internet, research has taken on a whole new light. It also helps that my wife and daughter work in healthcare, so I consulted them many times. If they were unable to address a particular issue, they could turn to their professional networks for answers.

Q: I've read that you didn't always picture yourself as a writer. What made you finally decide to start writing?

DMA: I did very poorly in English in high school and could never imagine myself as a writer. But in 1992, when I was a general manager in the retail automobile business, I decided on a whim to write a guide on how to buy a car without losing your shirt. The book did so well that it motivated me to pen a novel. Once I finished my first novel, that was it--the writer's bug bit me hard, and the rest is history. Here I am many years later, and my third novel is about a month from completion. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it's all real.

Q: What are you reading now?

DMA: A collection of short stories by Stephen King, Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

Q: Which books do you read over and over again?

DMA: Of course, I read thrillers to see how other writers craft their stories and develop characters. But there's only one book I've read a number of times: The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. His prose reads like poetry.


From Booklist

In an effort to keep the funding for his study on surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation, a rogue San Diego cardiologist trolls for live subjects. When they die as a result of his procedures, he rationalizes that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Assigned to the case, Detective Al Diaz is called away for a family emergency, leaving his live-in lover, former detective Sami Rizzo, pondering her future after an earlier traumatic encounter with a serial killer (They Never Die Quietly, 2010). When Sami decides that social work isn’t for her, it seems inevitable that she’ll team up with Al to catch the man labeled “the Resuscitator,” despite her past issues on the job and current issues with Al. Annechino throws in a red herring involving Sami’s mother’s bypass surgery and raises the level of suspense nicely at the close. A medical thriller with an ending that suggests a promising future for the duo of Rizzo and Diaz. --Michele Leber

Product Details

  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050KIREQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too real for comfort! October 18, 2011
By John
Format:Paperback
RESUSCITATION is one of those thrillers that grips you from the beginning as it describes Genevieve's predicament and doesn't let go. Ex-detective Sami Rizzo returns in a devilish plot twists and writhes in a python-like manner, made even more terrifying as it is all believable. The deeply troubled villain is not lacking in conscience and struggles with his own motivation in a manner that reflects the plot as he is pursued by the equally well drawn Rizzo. The violence is as vividly described as the characters and settings, so people with weak stomachs should either avoid reading this, or better yet have a sick-bag at hand!

The writing is fantastic with a perfect balance of description, action and character development that brings this tense and moody tale to life. With a few good twists thrown in to keep you on your toes and an ending that doesn't let you down, this is one I highly recommend and certainly hope that Annechino does carry on the Rizzo series with another instalment.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, but not as thrilling as it could be November 13, 2011
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The second in a series, after the first Sami Rizzo book, "They Never Die Quietly", "Resuscitation" starts very well and flows along but never grabbed me. Part of the problem may be the cliched language the author uses: would a top medical doctor
really think "I had sore muscles where I didn't even know I had
muscles"? Then there's the whole problem of having two detectives
assigned to work together on catching an active serial killer who are living together in a romantic relationship, and everybody knows it and talks about it, but nobody ever mentions any possible problem with that. Maybe in some dinky small town where there only are two homicide detective, but this is San Diego! There are various other obvious plot defects that I won't mention to avoid spoilers.

It's tough to build a lot of suspense when we know right from the
beginning who the killer is and why he's doing it. It makes the book very straightforward, without a lot of twists and turns, as it just isn't the kind of book where the killer's going to escape in an ambiguous ending. All of the characters are quite simple, and explained clearly although I didn't find the killer all that realistic and believable.

I didn't hate the book -- it was a pretty good read, and I liked Sami and her romance. I had the feeling that the author was writing about people he knows well. But it just wasn't as good as it could have been if it had been better written and more subtle. Those of us who enjoyed the first book will want to check in again on Sami. But I wouldn't start with this one.
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clumsy Attempt at Misdirection November 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book had the potential to be good, but that was crushed by the revelation of the killer's true identity.

That revelation was a cop-out. Any dramatic/emotional tension that had been established early throughout the first 9/10 of the book (and there is a good bit of it) is completely and utterly destroyed in the end. I finished this book and said "Huh???... that makes no sense at all."

Sorry if this is a bit obtuse, but if I said more I'd give the story away (which I'm tempted to do just so you don't read it).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT MEDICAL THRILLER October 22, 2011
By Melissa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Being in the medical field, I have always enjoyed a good medical mystery that includes twists, drama and action. Resuscitation combines all of these elements in a interesting novel. It included a cast of characters that were developed fully and they intermingled perfectly adding to the plot. The shifting from scenes was smooth and I finished the book rather quickly. The Villain (I will not give it away) was sadistic, manipulating, shrewd and brilliant trying to perform a medical experiment that he feels will help mankind. Does He succeed with the experiments? I guess you have to read the book to find out. The author wrote a fantastic novel full surprises that kept me on my toes and I could not put the book down. (Reviewed by Eileen- Melissa's Mom)
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!~ October 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this book the other day and just finished it up, there are so many twists and turns in it , I ask how can you not purchase this book?
This is the best book I have read this year and trust me it has been a plenty. I am not going into alot of detail of the book , because I myself can not stand the spoilers on here, like HK for instance, it is truly a wonderful book, well worth the 4.99 and 10 times more.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could have been... November 2, 2011
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With an intriguing premise and a strong plot, one would think that RESUSCITATION, the serial-killer novel by D.M. Annechino, would be wonderfully entertaining. It is entertaining, but not wonderfully. Marred by the use of clichés ("at this point in time" is used several times, and unnecessarily; a surgeon has pain in muscles he didn't even know he had--excuse me, there are muscles of which this crackerjack surgeon is unaware?) and excess characters, its nearly 450 pages could have been trimmed to a more suitable 300.

I found most of RESUSCITATION's characters unlikeable and did not feel pulled into the story in the first ten chapters. Although I wanted to finish the book--which I did--I didn't feel committed to read it. In the early pages, it is passionless. It's not that RESUSCITATION is a bad novel, but it is flawed. There is too much melodrama concerning the protagonist's last run-in with a serial killer, the relationship between the protagonist and her lover is annoying, and an unnecessary character takes up a lot of space and then disappears only to reappear in order to make a crucial-to-the-plot telephone call (the information could have been conveyed differently, eliminating the character and all the words that comprise him).

RESUSCITATION does avoid a number of plot clichés, taking the reader down the garden path only to find that the garden (predictable event) is not there. It was refreshing that the author avoided some overused serial-killer-plot devices, although there were one or two highly predictable situations. I would like to be able to recommend RESUSCITATION to thriller fans, but giving it a star-rating was difficult--it deserves more than three stars, but is not a four-star production.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Resuscitation
I thought Resuscitation was a good serial killer novel. I found the characters to be believable and not overdone. Very good book.
Published 5 days ago by Mary Beth D'aloia
5.0 out of 5 stars resusitation
it arrived packaged well and on time and is a great read. you son't be disappointed. it is suspenseful and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published 8 days ago by Donna R. Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Resuscitation
A very good book. Easy ready. Kept readers attention very well.
I would recommend it to anyone as a good book to read
Published 14 days ago by Bonnie J. Cordaro
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Great story, but a little too much detail in conversations to make it flow nicely. Nice twist at the end , though.
Published 21 days ago by TomT
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.0
It was ok, I read it in one day while at work and had my kindle read it to me.I would give it 3.0 I was hoping of for a bigger ending.
Published 27 days ago by Sully
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book.
It is a great follow up to D.M. Annechino first book.It kept me on the edge of my seat. Fast paced also.
Published 1 month ago by Malinda Strand
5.0 out of 5 stars always exciting
It is always exciting to read the medical dramas of D.M. Annechino. He comes up with some good stuff usually.
Published 1 month ago by DeGraff
4.0 out of 5 stars It gets better
Overall I found this book to be surprisingly pleasant. The reason I say surprisingly is because the beginning starts out a little slow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best
I read several books a week, and this is one of the best I have read in years. The story line is first rate, the characters are believable, and the writing is up there with King,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by barbara270
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
First time reading this author but certainly won't be the last. Was spellbinding and difficult to put down and there was even a surprise.
Published 1 month ago by BigJim6760
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More About the Author

It wasn't until I hit my 40's that I discovered my God-given talent for the written word. I'm not totally clear on how the first book came about. I wrote it in 1992. I think it was on a dare. I had been working as a General Manager in the retail automotive business, and a colleague suggested that someone should write an intelligent guide on how to buy a car and beat the dealer at his own game. It was a challenge that beckoned me, and for some reason the whole idea excited me. With pen in hand--I didn't own an early computer or word processor back then--I wrote the entire book longhand. I tackled this undertaking without an outline or even the most remote idea how this book would unfold. My approach was totally unorganized and unconventional. I just started writing, and the chapters poured out of my head. I could barely keep pace with my thoughts and ideas. For fear a fresh idea would fade to oblivion, I often had to stop writing long enough to scribble notes about a new idea that popped into my head.

I submitted this manuscript to a literary agent in New York. Less than two weeks later, she called me and told me that Penguin USA offered a $5,000 advance and that she wanted to represent me. In 1992, under the Signet name, Penguin printed this paperback book titled, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, and it sold about 22,000 copies nationwide. Amazing how easy this was, or so I thought. I now decided to write a novel, cash in on it, and launch my career as a successful writer. Boy, was I in for a big surprise.

I really didn't have any compelling ideas for a novel, so I started with a very basic premise: I wanted to write a novel about twin brothers--one good and one evil. Not an original idea, but it was what my creative mind conjured up. The title came to me before I'd written a word: Divided by God. I felt the title was an ingenious play on words. The twins were divided because God had divided one egg into two. And they were divided because one was good and the other evil. Brilliant, I thought.

In spite of my efforts to market, Divided by God, it never got published. Nor did my next thriller, To Climb a Mountain. To say I felt discouraged was an understatement. I now clearly understood how difficult it was for a first-time novelist to break through the impenetrable fortress built around the world of publishing. I realized that I needed to write a truly unique novel; something that would catch the eye of an acquisition editor.

I had no preconceived notions or expectations, nor did I have an idea. But the one thing I knew for certain was that my next and potentially last novel had to be extraordinary and I had to find a way to distinguish it from other thriller novels. I did some research and discovered that the serial killer genre was very strong. But I couldn't imagine writing a serial killer novel. It was totally against my nature. And what I found even more disconcerting was knowing that my serial killer had to make Hannibal Lecter seem like a choirboy if I had any hope of getting noticed in the crowded publishing marketplace.
Well, I got lucky. As I write this bio in March of 2014, to date, Amazon Publishing has published three of my novels: They Never Die Quietly, Resuscitation, and I Do Solemnly Swear. The three books combined have sold 150,000 copies worldwide. I'm not yet hanging up there with the big guns--not even close--but for a skinny kid who nearly flunked English in high school, I think I've done pretty well.

Hypocrisy, my fourth novel was released March of 2014, and A Piece of You, novel number five, should be released later this year. The moral of the story? If you have a passion for writing, don't let rejection hold you back or discourage you. Persevere and remember that rejection is a prerequisite to success. Keep those fingers poised above the keyboard and write, write, write.

Find out more at: www.dmannechino.wordpress.com


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