Review: Dead Ringer by Allen Wyler

Dead Ringer by Allen Wyler
ebook, 286 pages
Published by Astor + Blue Editions
Source: Publisher
While speaking at a Hong Kong medical conference, neurosurgeon Dr. Lucas McCrae slips the cloth off a cadaver’s head during a routine medical demonstration, and is overwhelmed with the shock by what’s staring back at him: His best friend, Andy Baer.
Stunned, McCrae races back to Seattle to discover that Andy is in fact missing and may have been murdered by a gang of body snatchers who operate a legit funeral business and make a fortune by selling recovered body parts to medical researchers.
McCrae teams up with an unlikely pair—a beautiful but hardnosed female cop and a gang member whose family was victimized by the body parts ring—to try and expose a macabre web of corruption that involves law enforcement, politicians, funeral home curators and murdered prostitutes.
Internationally renowned neurosurgeon Allen Wyler takes us deep into a nightmarish scenario, shockingly ripped from recent headlines, and delivers a horrifically plausible, page-turning thriller.

I asked my brother to help me out with this one.  So this book was read and reviewed by Cameron.

Dead Ringer by Allen Wyler is a medical thriller that keeps the medical details to a minimum while including enough facts to make it realistic. Never is there a dull moment, yet this is not a tiring bit of nonstop action either. There are slower bits with enough reflection and introspection to add depth and make it a more enjoyable read. At the same time it never slows very much and those who enjoy nonstop action will find it hard to put down.
Dr. Lucas McRae works as a specialized neurosurgeon. His characteristics and way of thinking are easy to relate to and down to earth. However, rather than a flawless super hero we have somewhat of an everyday guy as the main character who makes mistakes and struggles an everyday battle the same as everyone else. Meanwhile the weaknesses of Dr. McRae are not so big as to become annoying and leave you frustrated. He takes action in a timely enough fashion to keep the reader hooked.
Throughout the entire book never is there a dull moment. Even the quieter times keep us entranced as we gain a view into the minds of the characters.
As a whole this book will keep most readers well entertained. With a continuous flow, it is easy to read nonstop from beginning to end. If, however, you must put it down for a while it isn’t hard getting right back into. If at some point you are distracted, chances are you won’t get lost. Easy to follow, complex enough for advanced readers, and both informative and entertaining enough to keep almost anyone who likes action hooked I would recommend this book to anyone!

Disclosure: This book was provided for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been paid or compensated in any way.

Thanks Cameron for the review!

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  1. Love a book that is action-packed from beginning to end! It’s nice too that the medical terminology isn’t overwhelming and doesn’t distract you from the overall story. Fabulous review Cameron!

  2. Ok Candace , please forgive me for leaving a totally random comment! Whenever I hear or see the word “Deadringer” i have to think about the Vampire Diaries. Because I have never heard of this word before it was said all the time in VD. It took me forever to figure this word out!

    Ok back to your review! I loved medical thrillers. Especially since I have a medical education and studied biology I aways enjoy these kind of books! Oh and sometimes I just like a hero who doesn’t seem to be über-perfect!

  3. Whoo hoo for family reviews. I like that this isn’t over the top with medical lingo! Sounds like a fast, fun and thrilling read! Hope you have a great weekend! I had a house full of company that just left this morning. Sucked to have everyone here during the heat! Five days until more rolls in!

  4. Ooh, sounds good! I love a ton of action but when it’s all action and no plot, it does get exhausting. Throw in a bit of medical terminology (but not so much that I get lost in the minutia) and I’m there.

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