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As it relates to both central themes the book seems fairly believable. The "know no bounds" greed and selfishness displayed by K. Rudker is one of the most salient features of todays business men. This gives him a very real quality that most of the other characters in the book don't really have.
Pharmaceuticals are a huge industry, that's a given. They also have a lot of pull, being they can throw insane amounts of cash at doctors, lawyers, city staffers and the government amongst others who may stand in the way of their flights-of-fancy.
When greedy corporate exec who runs big pharm is overheard by a lowly PR person discussing the possibility of an increase in suicides in a certain body of people (Hispanics) based on currently being conducted drug trials of Nexapra (a new, fake, antidepressant) everyone's paranoia hits the top. This of course after the always common "the drug cannot empirically be linked to the suicide" because "we work w/ a population already predisposed to this condition" and "I won`t stop the trials even if you can prove it".
The book does raise a good questions: with drug trials conducted for so short a duration in people (after they've been tested in rats), and with the sample size being so small and misrepresentative of the general population, could it be that the metabolism of a certain drug will one day severely mess up a whole race / culture of people? Be it for monetary gain, population control or even by accident. We all have seen how lax the FDA can be...
With interesting convergent storylines, the gradual & suspenseful release of information about the main-character's past, a riveting last few chapters and the moral fortuity of the main-character the story comes together pretty well.
Other reviews have been right. There are a multitude of small grammar & editing mistakes. An extra word here repeated, a missing word there, an apostrophe `s' when it should be an apostrophe `d'. Small things like that which your mind almost automatically corrects anyhow in the heat of the read.
Because this story is nothing entirely unique and it doesn't have many special qualities about it, I rate it such: High 3; Low 4.
Without giving away plot points, it doesn't seem likely that the protagonist would acquiesce on something that seems to be at the heart of what what sustains drive and focus. Similarly, the introduction of a superfluous character as a point of interest seems forced, and had I been editor, would have suggested cutting because neither the character nor the potential plot developments resulting from this character benefited the overarching trajectory of the novel. Finally, while the antagonist was presented as someone who had multiple character layers, only one layer was developed throughout.
All of this said, I would enjoy reading other work by this author.
This story is well written. It is concise, detailed, and believable. The author has her big Pharma knowledge well versed. I wish it were not true, but this is how big Pharma works. It is written so that it is easy to read and understand. For those who don't like bloody gore, there is none. For those who don't like sex scenes, there are none.
The characters are extremely well written. You can relate to them all very well, even Karl Rutker. I especially like how the author gave her characters in this story humanity. They have strong points, weakness, and are trying to overcome their weaknesses. And the characters of Sula Moreno is my hero. I say this for what she goes through in the story, and at the end with her son. Read it and you will know what TRUE mother love is.
I recommend this highly.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the book needs some editing. There are many cases of words missing, or extra words inserted, in addition to the usual typos and punctuation errors. It does become distracting, although, to be honest, I've seen worse in other free books I've read.
Mildly entertaining. Overall, I would not recommend this book to anyone, nor would I read another book by this author.
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She has some talent as a writer and hope to see more.
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