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Deadly Medicine Paperback – December 16, 2010
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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.
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.
The story is riveting and filled with red herrings and total misdirection. Every time you think you have it solved, you discover that you do not.
I enjoyed the book very much. Once I adapted to the flow of the novel as it was written, I found it engaging and interesting. Oh, and not to mention very frustrating!
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