Collateral Carnage

Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What could go wrong?

Fiction - Thriller - General
274 Pages
Reviewed on 08/09/2019
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Author Biography

I'm lucky enough to have had three pretty diverse careers spanning forty years. But solving puzzles has been at the heart of each one.

As a masters prepared health care administrator, I worked as a strategic planner, hospital administrator and implemented the pre-hospital/categorization program in Central Arizona.

A bachelor's degree in fine arts, put on the back burner for seventeen years, served me well as second career as a commissioned portrait artist. After all, what's a blank canvas except another big puzzle to solve? To date, I've completed nearly 400 commissions nationwide, and authored four books and four DVDs teaching other artists about my craft - and helping them develop their own.

As a voracious fiction reader, a relentless grammar nut, and Scrabble junkie, I love communicating clearly and with the best style I can.

​And here we are! My first novel, set in the near future, about corruption and conspiracy within the government's delivery of mental health service to PTSD patients in the VA system.​

Sound far-fetched to you? Not to me. I care about this stuff, deeply, and this is one way for me to elevate not only my own concerns, but those of so many of my fellow citizens.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) therapist Robert Kingston was at his twice-a-week meeting with his supervisor, Owen Block. When Block was called out of the office and did not return, Robert started to read some patient files on Owen’s laptop. Soon, he discovered falsified information. The same evening, another therapist, Claire Wilheit, had to return to the office for some forgotten personal files. Both worked for Lucident, whose parent company was a large pharmaceutical company, AllMed. They provided mental health services to veterans suffering from PTSD. Lucident was viewed as a prototype organization for the privatization of the Department of Veteran Affairs. Corruption existed throughout the system – from research laboratories to Congressional committees. A harrowing adventure begins for Robert and Claire in Collateral Carnage written by Chris Saper.

Collateral Carnage is a page-turner, engaging the reader from the first page to the last. There is a wide array of characters with various nefarious motivations – with money being at the core of each of them. The inclusion of Claire’s sister and her spouse, with their own vicious goals, adds another personal element to the shenanigans of governmental agencies and corporations. There are many characters in the story and it is easy to picture each one, due to the author’s skillful writing. The fast pace of the story, along with thrilling moments, make this an enjoyable and intriguing read. Author Chris Saper has written a gripping novel in Collateral Carnage: Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What Could Go Wrong? That's for the reader to find out...