I hate big pharmaceutical companies and pretty much think they are about as scummy as they appear in this novel from Lisa von Biela. Talk about striking a nerve with me. I was genuinely angry several times while reading this one.
Enter rant that has nothing to do with anything: It pisses me off, the pharma companies fucked up pills and commercials that don't even tell you what the pills are for and then the whole commercial is how you will be shooting blood out your asshole and go blind and will probably commit suicide but your “hay fever” will be cured. Turning America into a cluster fuck of pill popping suicidal sheep while the fat cat pharma fucks get filthy rich and the people who actually need medication can't fucking afford it and insurance won't cover the bullshit inflated prices. Sorry about the rant...must be the allergy meds. I'm glad my dick still works because I don’t really aspire to an erection that lasts over 4 hours. Ouch.
Ok, rant over. Now about the book :)
I enjoyed this one from Lisa. She has consistently turned out some quality medical “techo-thrillers” that I may have missed completely if it were not for the DarkFuse book club.
In the year 2025 two of the top big pharmaceutical companies are fighting for the next big “blockbuster” drug. Ethics are out the window as these companies will do anything to rise to the top of the field. After a horrible pathogen is purposely released into the general population it will be a race to see which scumball company (sorry couldn’t help it) can come to the rescue and reap all of the profits.
The ending did fizzle a bit for me and felt a bit rushed without a substantial conclusion, but it was still well written and fast moving throughout. There also really wasn’t a protagonist worth a shit in this one. I didn’t care about any of the characters, especially Sylvia, who was one of the main scientists and had a huge part in the deaths of a lot of people including one of her own. I was actually rooting for every one of the main characters to die in this one. Maybe next time. 3 sleazebag pharma drug stars.*As a member of the DarkFuse / NetGalley Readers Group, I received an advanced copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.