Monday, November 11, 2013

Peril: A Novel (Bloodline Trilogy #3) by Jordyn Redwood

Peril by Jordyn Redwood

Dr. Thomas Reeves is at the pinnacle of his career. The Department of Defense has awarded him a lucrative contract for his new research into superior autobiographical memory, which promises the ability to create combat troops able to quickly learn complex battle plans and enact them perfectly under the most demanding battlefield scenarios.

An elite unit has received neural grafts from fetal cadavers of genetically altered brain cells with enhanced NMDA receptors. The results are remarkable . . . until the recipients begin suffering hallucinations, nightmares, paralysis, . . . and death. Dr. Reeves searches for answers, but DOD insiders want him to stop the search.

The situation becomes public when pediatric ICU nurse Morgan Adams, Dr. Reeves's daughter, is taken hostage by three research subjects in an attempt to force Dr. Reeves into disclosing why they are sick. If answers aren't revealed within twenty-four hours, patients in the pediatric ICU will be killed. 

This spine-tingling conclusion to the Bloodline Trilogy raises spiritual and ethical dilemmas torn directly out of today's headlines. When does life begin? How far does commitment to family go? And can the sins of the father ever be forgiven?

My review: 
Wow, is this book an attention grabber! One afternoon I started it with no more expectations than I would have for any poolside novel but quickly found I was hooked and couldn't put it down! Jodyn Redwood knows how to grab your interest. In fact, I was so into the story I didn't realize until I was explaining the plot to someone else how sci-fi the story was with brain graphs, super-human memories, transplant memories, etc. This book is labeled suspense and suspense it delivers! Brain graph patients with horrific side effects wanting revenge. The main character's struggle with her young daughters traumatic death and suicidal thoughts. A marriage on the fritz. An estranged family. The situation seems hopeless. But through forgiveness and faith in God there is hope in even the darkest nights. In addition to the great themes of forgiveness and family I loved the unique way question "when does life being?" was presented. Oh, and nine seasons of ER  history (and yes, I mean the TV show) really helps before reading this book. I am proud to say that after my fine ER training there wasn't any medical lingo in PERIL I didn't understand :) Recommended for mature readers due to some dark themes.

Jordyn Redwood

About the author:
Jordyn Redwood has served patients and their families for nearly 20 years and currently works as a pediatric ER nurse. As a self professed medical nerd and trauma junkie, she was drawn to the controlled chaotic environments of critical care and emergency nursing. Her love of teaching developed early and she was among the youngest CPR instructors for the American Red Cross at the age of seventeen. Since then, she has continued to teach advanced resuscitation classes to participants ranging from first responders to MD’s.

Jordyn lives in Colorado with her husband, two daughters and one crazy hound dog. In her spare time she also enjoys reading her favorite authors, quilting and cross stitching.

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DISCLAIMER: I received a free advanced copy of PERIL from KREGEL in exchange for an honest review.

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