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review 2017-10-13 05:57
BONKERS
The Dragon Factory - Jonathan Maberry
Patient Zero - Jonathan Maberry

I kind of can't even handle how ridiculously pulpy this series is so far. Patient Zero pretends to a kind of scientrism, wherein the zombie outbreak our intrepid heroes race to thwart has, like, a modicum of scientific plausibility, I guess. Baltimore cop and chiseled jaw hero Joe Ledger gets tapped by one of those shadowy X filesy governmental organizations to track down a terrorist with a name like The Jackal. The leader of said alphabet soup organization eats cookies as his ominous tic; Joe has to murder a terrorist twice in a week; international pharma phuckers are the absolute worst. Patient Zero is good fun, with lots of kickass and a fullblown zombie outbreak to salve your need for bloodshed. 

 

But it's The Dragon Factory which really swings for the cheap seats. There's literal Nazis, genetically engineered chimera, Neanderthals, evil albino twins with a side of incest, clones, and more, so much more. SO MUCH MORE. I kept cackling through this novel, unable to believe how fucking bonkers everything was, and just when I got a handle on it, it would get MORE BONKERS. Uff da, I haven't had as much fun with something this silly in a long time. I'm going to read the shit out every single Joe Ledger novel as long as they stay this goofy, 

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review 2016-12-23 06:53
Afflicted: Patient Zero by Derek Shupert
Afflicted: Patient Zero (An Outbreak Zombie Infected Horror Suspense Series Book 2) - Derek Shupert

Afflicted: Patient Zero (An Outbreak Zombie Infected Horror Suspense Series, Book 1) Hunger. Terror. Survival. by Derek Shupert is a horror story about zombie infection. I gave it four stars. It is a fast book to read and kept my attention from start to finish. It is five star for content but needs a lot of editing for homonyms or typos.

 

Mike is a military veteran who is infected but hasn't turned yet. This is an excellent viewpoint. He's still more human than undead.

 

"Again, standing with my Glock gripped tight in my palm, I wonder what the hell is going on here. Not but a couple of hours ago, I was running for my life with Ray and feeling like a happy meal to go."

 

Mike met a bushy-haired man. "I'm still leery of anyone I meet, but I'll take my chances right now with someone who doesn't act like they want to use me as a chew toy."

 

I received a complimentary copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VF3AHKO

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review 2016-07-05 00:30
Truth definitely is stranger than fiction
Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness & Family Secrets - Luke Dittrich

This is a non-fiction book about Patient H.M., whose name was Henry Molaison. It’s a tragic story of a man used as a human guinea pig for decades.  He was only 27 years old when he received a radical new lobectomy to cure him of epilepsy, which left him with short-term amnesia.  He then became a live research study for the rest of his life, until his death at age 82.  Interestingly, the author of this book is the grandson of William Beecher Scoville, the man who performed the lobectomy on Henry.  Dr. Scoville went on to perform surgery on thousands of other patients.  As the author delves into the work of his grandfather, he learns of his own family’s dark secrets of madness.  And last but not least, there’s even a battle for poor dead Henry’s brain and who is belongs to.

 

This non-fiction book reads like a horror story. It not only covers the story of Henry Molaison but it also tells of the beginnings of studies on the human brain in ancient times, takes you into insane asylums when they were at their worst with patients being tortured in the name of a cure and tells of the horrendous experiments done by the Nazis.  It’s an interesting book but tough to read.  The author doesn’t hold back anything and explicitly details the experiments and surgeries performed.

 

Luke Dittrich has written a very brave and personal book. He has turned Patient H.M. from a research object to a human being.  He bares the ruthlessness of the scientific world in this well-researched and humane study of medical research.

 

This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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review 2016-06-23 22:45
Great Resource
The Patient's Resource and Almanac of Primary Care Medicine - Agnes Oblas

Did you ever want a medical book that was not too wordy and one that you could understand? The Patient's Resource Almanac written by a nurse practitioner is perfect. Set up like an almanac, short descriptions of ailments and what to do about them to other tidbits of info. You not only learn what each medical symptom is but short descriptions. By no means a replacement for seeing a medical professional but an interesting compilation of the most common. 

 

Lots of pictures definitions and resources. I really enjoyed this little book, I have been seeing nurse practitioners for over 20 years and I find that the ones that I have had are knowledgeable and compassionate. This little book is a keeper for any bookshelf, plus the cover is very nostalgic and gorgeous.

 

 

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