Forge, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
r. Tyler Matthews strongly suspects something is terribly wrong with Seattle Maynard Medical Center's electronic medical records system, after his patient's brain receives the wrong dose of radiation - ending in the patient's death. This beginning alone makes me wary of entering a hospital; I think I'll reconsider that cataract surgery.
ith a finely tuned protagonist and a fast-paced, action-packed plot, Allen Wyler has produced a first novel that is a real page-turner. While
is fiction, Wyler writes from thirty years of experience as a neurosurgeon. Though the plot takes a bit to get started, the pressure stays unrelenting until the last page. Dr. Matthews is not perfect. Which of us is? I would have liked to know his estranged wife Nancy a little better, but she really didn't have a large part to play. Matthews not only tries to save his own life and that of Nancy's, but he is also vainly trying to recoup his medical career that was put on hold by the FBI and his associates, after he was unjustly accused of using drugs. His marriage is on the rocks. Can it be salvaged? What else can go wrong?
he medical community seems determined to derail Dr. Matthews' return to a clean reputation. The FBI feels it's okay to once again jeopardize both his career and his life if it brings the results they're after. Whom can he trust but himself? This novel is not to be missed. And I do think I'll go for that operation - after all, this is fiction, isn't it?
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