Book Review: Adrenaline – Medical Thriller Keeps You Guessing to the Last Page


John Benedict

Hospitals are institutions of healing. Not all patients can be saved, but the vast majority of patients are healed. In our current society, minor operations are considered routine.  Modern medicine trains doctors, nurses and techs with techniques and surgeries that were unheard of only a few years ago, and new strides are being made every day. This is true at most hospitals, including the setting of Adrenaline, Mercy Hospital.

Things are changing at Mercy Hospital. A merger is eminent and there may be cutbacks resulting in lost jobs for many areas, including anesthesiology. Depending upon the way the merge goes, the affect could be devastating to their department Dr. Doug Landry, one of the best in the department, feels a prickle of fear in the back of his mind whenever it is discussed.

Then patients begin dying in the O.R. during routine procedures. Seemingly healthy patients going in for minor surgeries are reacting badly to the anesthesia. The doctors are following all procedures, monitoring the patients carefully and pulling out all the stops when things go south, but nothing seems to be working.

Behind the scenes, these doctors, like many other humans have secrets. One is a sexual predator. He preys upon young interns and nurses abusing those who don’t have the power to fight him.

Another is not happy at home. Things have become routine, so when he gets encouragement from a co-worker, he might break more than one vow he has made.

Drugs have tempted another one. Will he risk his career and possibly his life to feed that monster?

Landry is at the center of all of this commotion. He isn’t perfect, but quickly figures out something is going on and it is a deadly game. As he works feverously trying to catch the person sabotaging the anesthesia department, which has resulted in the death of more than one patient, he finds himself in mortal danger. His race against time has become a race against life and death.

Adrenaline is Dr. John Benedict’s first novel. Appropriately named, it ramps up from a mysterious happening in the O.R. to a heart pounding conclusion.

I really liked the fast paced style of this novel. The sheer number of suspects kept me guessing until the final chapters. Benedict, who is a practicing anesthesiologist, brings all of his expertise to the pages to draw the readers into the O.R. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Edge of Death.


Copyright © 2016 Laura Hartman

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.


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