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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Coded to Kill by Marschall Runge is a gripping medical thriller set in North Carolina that delves into the dark side of technological advancements in healthcare. The story revolves around implementing the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system at Drexel Hospital, designed to revolutionize medical care by providing instant access to patient records. However, as the EHR gains momentum, it becomes a tool for unimaginable power and an efficient killing machine. Dr. Mason Fischer, a physician with a mysterious past, becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy when patients start dying under suspicious circumstances. The novel introduces a diverse cast of characters, including RT, a streetwise techie, and Dr. Carrie Mumsford, an internal medicine resident connected to the hospital's president, her father. As the death toll rises, the group discovers a sinister plot orchestrated by a former NSA honcho, Hugh Torrence, who seeks to exploit the EHR for his nefarious purposes.
Coded to Kill is a masterfully crafted thriller that skillfully combines elements of espionage, technology, and high-stakes drama. With a keen understanding of the medical field, Marschall Runge delivers a gripping narrative that explores the potential dangers and ethical complexities of the Electronic Health Record system. The characters are well-developed, each adding a unique layer to the intricate plot. Runge's writing is both detailed and deft, creating a suspenseful atmosphere that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. The novel not only entertains but also prompts reflection on the intersection of technology and healthcare ethics. Coded to Kill is a thought-provoking read showcasing Runge's storytelling and medical knowledge expertise.