A Scientific Thriller

Fiction - Thriller - General
354 Pages
Reviewed on 02/06/2014
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Author Biography

While updating computer networks in Beth Israel Medical Center, Alvin saw firsthand how biology and computers were converging. A revolution had begun, but few knew about it. Petri dishes and microscopes were being replaced with databases and computer workstations. It was the start of personalized medicine...the decoding of the human genome. The advancement came like a tidal wave. The digital revolution had finally wound its way our bodies. The Internet age, which had disrupted the newspaper, music, book, and movie industries, would now extend our lives.

Landing in Fort Lauderdale, Alvin's curiosity was piqued. Customized drugs were replacing one-size-fits-all prescriptions. Scientists were unlocking the secrets of DNA to find our susceptibilities to disease so precision treatment could become routine. The more he dug, the more hooked he became. Turns out diseases like cancer are as individual as a fingerprint. But such radical modernization would not come without push back. Careers and fortunes depend on old healthcare practices.

How far would detractors go to halt progress? That's what GRIDLOCK explores. Becoming a bit obsessive with research, he interviewed genomics companies such as Celera, which decoded the human genome at a fraction of the cost of the U.S. government, Illumina, which makes genomic medical devices, the San Francisco FBI and super computing professionals. Ultimately, GRIDLOCK came together as a plot-driven thriller, building to an unexpected

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Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

When Jude Wagner’s mother died of cancer, he made it his mission to help other sick people find a way to have a better chance at fighting the disease that took his mother. He did this by discovering an algorithm for the Grid which accelerates the medical computer network. This will diagnose diseases based on genomes and make personalized treatments. But not everyone is supportive of his endeavors, especially the pharmaceutical and insurance companies that will be greatly affected if this project becomes successful. It is obvious that others are against his work when the people he works with start turning up dead. Even with the threats, he drives harder to make it work when he learns that his twin sister also has breast cancer. He will do anything to make the Grid successful in Gridlock: A Scientific Thriller by Alvin Ziegler.

Gridlock: A Scientific Thriller is a very stimulating and electrifying novel. This book is a page-turner and the story really picked up from the half way point when there was more action. It has a fascinating and fresh story line and plot. The characters are interesting and I love that I have no idea what the main characters are going to do next; they keep me guessing. I think this book is written particularly well, especially the car chases and the boat scene. I loved how it ended and wouldn't change a thing about it even if I could. Recommended to everyone who wants to read action thrillers and is interested in new breakthroughs in the medical field.