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Anaphylaxis: A Medical Thriller by [Wanderer, Alan]
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In this debut medical thriller, the sudden death of a researcher for a biotech company in Colorado leaves everyone wondering: Was it an accident, negligence or murder?

A routine allergy shot for Frank Stevens, Ph.D., has less-than-routine results—he dies from anaphylaxis, a fatal allergic reaction. His colleague and allergist, Lenny, was unable to save him. Now, Lenny is worried about a potential malpractice suit, even though there appear to be a few people who’d want the man dead. Frank had just had a breakthrough with a vaccine to combat cocaine addiction, he was involved in an extramarital affair, and he may even have ties to an accident from 20 years ago. The convincing scene in which Lenny tries to revive Frank becomes the focal point for most of the story and its characters, as the medical thriller competently becomes a legal and procedural thriller, too. A PI and an agent of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation cover most of the investigatory components, which ultimately bring to light gloriously elaborate connections to the death, including Frank’s senator brother-in-law, a technician at the company and a health care provider. But Lenny steals the show. He faces a lawsuit steered by the widow’s politically ambitious brother as well as questioning from a young, ruthless attorney who meticulously examines every detail of Frank's death. In a scorching scene that illuminates both sides of the case, the lawyer attempts to find fault in Lenny’s story: Why didn’t Lenny have the proper medical equipment on hand? Could the easily accessible allergy shots have been contaminated by someone else? Other motives might have been at play—mobsters, for instance, would prefer that addicts continue to rely on cocaine. As the case builds and the suspense grows, Wanderer’s thriller commendably incorporates medical terminology without any dense, unwarranted complexity.

A prime read that packs a hefty number of plot twists and characters without getting tangled.

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- '...After reading your novel, I say to you, BRAVO! I do hope that you are continuing to write more fiction. There are just not enough really good writers in the medical thriller genre and I think you have the ability to be cast in the same category as Michael Palmer and Robin Cook. Thank you for a wonderful read and I look forward to more works from you'.' Zara Kramer, publisher of Pandamoon

-' I couldn't put it down - a thrilling and great read which opened new insight into anaphylaxis, a condition that I spent the last 40 years studying.  A truly great medical thriller and it is highly accurate. I recommend it for allergists, medical personnel at large and for the public interested in a gripping suspense involving this medical condition.' Philip Lieberman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chief Editor of Practice Parameter on Anaphylaxis

'As a pharmacist and an attorney I can attest that Dr. Wanderer's work provides an extraordinary thriller on all fronts - medicine, pharmacy, and the law! The plot provides an accurate window into the worlds of allergy treatments and anaphylaxis, paralleled with a fascinating medical malpractice legal drama. What a treat to read such an accurate depiction intertwined with fascinating characters. The result is a page turner! You won't want to put this book down until you know the fate of all involved.' J Link. An example of 50 reviews on Amazon with average rating of 4.7 stars

- 'a tension-filled page turner and an educational life-changer. An AANMA must read!' Nancy Sander, President and Founder of "Allergy & Asthma Network, Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1743 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AZR6F2A
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I'm a sucker for a good medical thriller, so I eagerly picked up ANAPHYLAXIS. It started out well, crisp and engrossing. Chapter 2 really caught my attention, and I eagerly settled in for a most excellent read. Unfortunately, it went downhill quite a bit after that, especially after the 2/3 mark.

I do like the protagonist. Lenny was someone to whom it was easy to relate. I found myself caring what happened to him, how he was going to solve his problems. When there was a degree of resolution about 2/3 of the way in, though, all literary tension dissipated.

The medical aspects seemed accurate with one exception. I am not an expert, but everything seemed "right" with regards to that. The one exception was the psychiatric scenes. I realize that the reader does not want to read an hour's worth of counseling, but people were in and out of the office in what would be mere minutes. I think the author needs to cover the time more effectively.

The courtroom scenes also played well, perhaps better than the medical.

Other parts were not as well done. The military descriptions were way off, for example, both in terminology and actions (e.g., there is no "bronze medal" but rather a Bronze Star Medal). The author went to great lengths to have physicians and lawyers read his manuscript (to his credit), so I was surprised he had no military, law enforcement, EMT, etc. personnel give him the same service.

Forgetting accuracy in the details, the actual writing was not up to the highest standards. Characterization was one dimensional.
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After re-reading the book in 2016 this is my much shorter review. I did NOT like the book, having no knowledge in the area of allergies I cannot judge how plausible the story is.

At the age of 82 years I prefer non-fiction to fiction...

Two stars.
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The story line is good and the medical procedures are explained clearly and written in a way that the reader can understand. It is more of a medical mystery than a thriller, with a twist at the end.

One gets the impression that medical practitioners need to keep their personal attorney and their malpractice insurance company's representative close at hand at all times.

There were no obvious typos or text errors in the book and the language is correct, unlike many self-published books by new authors. It is obvious that the book has been thoroughly revised and edited prior to publishing, a praiseworthy thing.

However, English language can be subtle and oblique which makes for great story telling. In this book, it appears that the writing has been tightened up too much with the result that it is less readable. Maybe it is a result of the author's scientific training that encourages precise and direct writing.
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Anaphylaxis kept coming up as an Amazon medical thriller recommendation and I finally got around to checking it out. All in all, I enjoyed it, but I'm a medical thriller junkie. A valiant attempt of a first book from a doctor-turned-author! I enjoyed the medical explanations, the well-developed characters and the overall plot. Just when I thought it seemed obvious who-done-it, the plot took a turn in the last few pages, which I thought was rather contrived since there was no mention of the circumstances (no spoiler here - I won't say more) through the entire book. I'd be happy to read more from Dr. Wanderer i the future.
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Excellent! Intriguing, suspenseful from page one to the end! I loved this book by Mr. Wanderer. I am an avid reader of medical thrillers and this book caught my eye, as I was perusing through some of my other favorite authors' books. I am very glad to have picked it out, downloaded it to my Kindle and immediately starting to read it. I was unable to put it down and read it through until I was finished. The area of allergy and immunology is very interesting to me, as I suffer from allergies, although not very severe. I have had anaphylactic reactions to certain compounds and I am always aware of the terrible prospect of using something, or eating something that will cause me one. This book was well-researched and all information was put together in this very good, suspenseful novel. On another note, this all happens in Denver, and although a work of fiction, I did recognize some of the names that the author wrote in his pages of thanks to collaborators. I will not name anyone, but I know some of these people.

I'd recommend this book to anyone that enjoys medical thrillers as much as I do. They will not be disappointed.
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This book started out very interesting, especially to this retired allergist. It was well written, intense and fast paced. However it became a little unbelievable when another case of anaphylaxis popped up. Just a little too contrived for me. and the end was entirely unsatisfying. I might consider reading a second book by Mr Wanderer. His writing is good but he needs to work on his plots.
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