BOOK REVIEW

    THE DRONE VIRUS - GERALD CLARKE

Stephen Rogers had reason to feel good about life.  His five-year-old daughter, Jamie, was in remission from her cancer and her treatments of chemotherapy had gone quite well.   They enjoyed a great summer.

Stephen 's wife, Lauren, was killed three years ago during a grocery store holdup.  He then realized that he had taken so much for granted.  After Lauren's death, he devoted himself to his daughter. 

Jamie had to return to Daley Children's Hospital for a checkup.  However, this wasn't just any checkup.  It had been twenty-four months from the time Jamie got cancer and eighteen months from the start of remission.  The new genetic therapy Jamie was receiving was working but they did not know how long it would last.  This day, Jamie was scheduled for multiple blood tests, dozens of X-rays and CT scans.  They also planned an MRI scan.  The scan would be done with the latest version, a forty million diagnostic instrument. 

Dr. O'Brien started the scan.  He told Jamie not to move and it should take twenty minutes at the most.  Jamie was holding her father's hand so tight that it trembled.  Stephen realized something was scaring her.  He looked inside and saw the right side of his daughter's face twitching.  She was convulsing.  Dr. Colleen O'Brien pushed Stephen aside and removed Jamie from the scanner.  Jamie's condition continued to decline and she died of uncontrolled seizures. 
What caused Jamie to die?  Did her cancer return as Stephen was led to believe?  Was there something more involved?  Did a virus infect the new MRI scanner at Daley Children's Hospital?

Their doctor, Colleen O'Brien, must make a decision.  Should she help Stephen solve his daughter's death or trust her superiors at the hospital?

This novel is a real thriller.  The suspense starts to build from page one and doesn't let down. This is an exciting read.  When reading this book you even start to wonder - in our technological world as it is today could something like this possibly happen?  Gerald Clarke is a software expert and physician.  Pretty Dangerous Films has produced the move, The Drone Virus, scheduled for release in 2005.  If you want a book to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the one.  The Drone Virus is highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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