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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Pay Up Or Fall Behind: Phalanx Blood, Book 4 is a serial young adult thriller written by Bruce E. Arrington. Bernard is still haunted by recurring nightmares about monstrous beings keeping him cuffed to a steel gurney as needles steal away his blood and life. Those visions are, sadly, all too real to the young man who had been abducted by Big Pharma for his life-saving blood. When he wakes up, he is able, once again, to assure himself that he is indeed safe and free, and living in his beach house with three bodacious and highly competent bodyguards. His parents’ safety is another matter entirely. After Alexis’s sister conned him into revealing their whereabouts, his parents are being held hostage as a bargaining chip to getting Bernard’s cooperation. Bernard has other ideas, however; he will get them back -- his way.
Bruce E. Arrington’s serial young adult thriller, Pay Up Or Fall Behind: Phalanx Blood, Book 4, continues the saga of Bernard, the teen whose cancer-annihilating blood has made him a modern-day goose that lays golden eggs. While Arrington provides just enough background to read this book on its own, don’t do it. Read the whole series. It’s worth it. Watching as Bernard grows into his maturity is remarkable. His interactions with Dr. Maxwell Looney and Dr. Schlepper are as captivating as watching world-class chess masters compete, and Arrington’s take on the medical profession and Big Pharma is right on point. This unusual series just keeps on getting better. Pay Up Or Fall Behind: Phalanx Blood, Book 4 is most highly recommended.