Dead Already

Fiction - Thriller - Medical
339 Pages
Reviewed on 12/03/2020
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Author Biography

Mike J. Krentz writes medical suspense and military fiction featuring complex characters.

His medical suspense novel, DEAD ALREADY, transports the reader into the stressful environment of emergency medicine, where life battles death amid terrified screams, plaintive whimpers, and shouted orders; where fallible humans strive to postpone death, restore life, or eliminate misery. These would-be heroes sometimes fail. They suck it up and move on to quiet a frightened child, relieve pain, straighten a broken limb, repair a laceration, or reassure the worried well. What evil might lurk amid such chaos?

Mike's Flagship Series portrays the lives of servicemen and women, their challenges and interactions; and their wounds—physical and emotional—that evolve into professional and personal conflicts more daunting than combat. Can essential human relationships survive such brutal demands on hearts and souls?

Born and raised in Arizona, Mike earned a classical degree in English from the University of San Francisco, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Master of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Following a civilian career as an emergency physician, Mike rededicated his professional life to serve America's Navy and Marine Corps heroes and their families, and to honor their sacrifices in defending our freedom and way of life.

After retiring from the navy, Dr. Krentz continued his service as a consultant supporting the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. Upon completion of that mission, he returned to his earliest life passion as a full-time writer.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Dead Already by Mike Krentz is a top-notch medical thriller that will have you hooked until the end. Emergency room doctor Zack Winston has a haunted past, and it plays well against the second main character, Bridget Larsen, a defense attorney whose cynical attitude has been shaped by her cases. Together they take on a malpractice suit but find drugs and murder wrapped in a medical conspiracy. They chip away at the case one piece at a time, exposing shocking truths and rocking the world of those around them, putting their own lives in danger in the process.

The author has created a nail-biter of a medical drama, reminiscent of Robin Cook's bestsellers. There is an edginess to the characters and writing, the pace is unnerving, and the plot has enough mystery, suspense, and intricacies to keep you invested all the way through. I like the full-bodied, imperfect characters Krentz has built. Zack has a past that works well for the story and the chemistry and drama he has with Bridget is compelling. You are plunged from page one into the hectic ER environment, and it doesn't let up from there. The dialogue is dynamic and revealing, the payoff more than satisfying. The author's medical background lends realism and details that make this an absorbing, convincing story, but the skillful writing makes this a cut above similar works. This isn't a gloss-over, lightweight novel. Dead Already by Mike Krentz delivers all the medical and legal goods you expect from the genre.