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Anaex -- doctors are stunned by the effectiveness of this new anesthetic. Patients go under in perfect form and recuperate in record time. The speedy emergence of patients from a drug-induced haze has terrific implications for the Murphy Medical Center, whose patients are military officials and politicians -- people who can't afford to be unconscious for too long. But when a powerful general begins escalating a tense situation in North Korea, Dr. Chistropher Thorne begins to suspect that Anaex may not be the medical miracle doctors had thought it would be.C.W. Morton took readers by storm with her naval thriller Pilots Die Faster. Critics applauded her for bringing us "a thriller that truly thrills" (Barnes & Noble, Webpage Review). Now, teaming up with her father, Dr. Jack Mobley, she brings back the thrills to the "medical thriller", turning it upside down.
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A medical thriller with chilling geopolitical implications, this novel is a collaboration between Navy lieutenant Morton (Pilots Die Faster) and her father, a retired anesthesiologist. Lamentably, the story falls apart at midpoint and devolves into the clich?d scenario of a power-mad scientist about to destroy the world. What's going on when the Algerian Secretary of State suddenly decapitates his president; when the commanding general of U.S. peacekeeping forces in Korea lapses into paranoid delusions of resuming hostilities at the 38th parallel; when, without warning, an attentive Californian husband starts beating his wife? Each of these unsuspecting guinea pigs has undergone surgeryAwith Anaex, a new wonder anestheticAat the prestigious Murphy Medical Center, where young anesthesiologist Christopher Thorne begins to suspect the drug's deadly side effects. But Thorne is called up by the Army to serve in Korea and, once there, is ordered to accompany the deluded general on a night raid behind the truce lines. What happens there, and subsequent events back in the States, send Thorne on a rush to the Oval Office to avert disaster. A tenuous plot thread attempts to revive questions about the JFK assassination, but few readers will wait for the denouement of this ponderously written novel.
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In Korea some five years from now, General Boothby, commanding troops near the DMZ, suffers from paranoia, arrogance, and impulsiveness. He is also a detailed planner, and the renewed hostilities he desires not only could happen but also could be catastrophic. Moreover, his chief aide, Sergeant Carter, could--kindly--be called a brutish killing machine. A young anesthesiologist getting his first taste of research and combat; a blond, blue-eyed surgeon who can break a neck when she needs to; and an older anesthesiologist who is testing the wonderful new anesthetic Anaex complete the roster of main characters. Anaex, it turns out, has a side effect--rage--which leads to the violent deaths of many lab rats, the minutely described assassination of the president of Algeria, and the near murder of the U.S. president. Fortunately for the story, one of the surgeon's uncles is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Naval officer Morton and her retired anesthesiologist father give us a gripping story that is fast moving yet allows the characters to think. William Beatty
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Book Description Blackstone Audiobooks, 1999. Audio Cassette. Condition: Brand New. abridged edition. 9.75x7.00x1.25 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 078611617X