Flashback

Flashback

This discovery is complicated by flashbacks: some, pleasant childhood vignettes, others, confusing flashes of violence that leave him quaking in horror.Jack wonders if he's losing his mind, but that fear is dispelled by Rene Ballard, a pharmacologist working on the world's first cure for Alzheimer's Disease.

She wants to test Jack because the basis of the drug is the very jellyfish toxin that sent Jack into a coma.

And, while several test patients have miraculously regained functionality, others are also experiencing dangerous flashback seizures.Ballard's revelation sets Jack on a quest to discover what is happening to him.

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Clinical trials are being conducted on these nursing home patients using a drug called Memorine thought to be the end all and be all cure for this disease. As Rene delves more into the medical records of the patients at these nursing homes she learns that there are some that are not listed on her roster who are part of whatever is happening there. But, As Rene delves deeper into the mystery behind these patients and what causes them to react in a violent way, she uncovers a link between what happened to Jack and the toxin that caused him to go into a coma and Memorine. Added to that after speaking and meeting with her former teacher Nick and hearing what the head of Gem Tech relates to him you being to wonder whose on what side and just what will happen when this drug is approved by the FDA and how it might help Jack come back to life. But, Rene begins to make more than just the connection between Memorine, the toxin that sent Jack into a coma and the patients she visits at Broadview who seem to have regained some of the long term memorys back and the Alzheimers systems seem to be in reverse. As Jack comes out of his coma and many are excited those at Broadview nursing home see many patients recalling information they thought lost and some experiencing flashbacks and becoming violent and delusional. As all the pieces fit into place and Jack has his own plan for finding out the truth behind Memorine, his mothers death and why so many have been killed or died, his life is in danger, he takes risks you wont believe and the ending will shock the reader and hopefully wake everyone up to importance of drug testing, making sure that clinical trials are well documented and the hope that someday Memorine or a drug like that will be a reality not someones nightmare or flashback. Once again author Gary Braver takes the reader on a journey into the minds of many who have been afflicted with Alzheimers, their feelings, their families frustrations, the goal of one company to find a cure and bring it to the public at all costs regardless of the end result. Fast paced and filled with research, information dealing with the deadly toxin found in the jellyfish, graphic flashback scenes experiences by those taking the drug and one mans quest to find the truth behind his mothers death. Just what happens to Jack and where does Rene wind up as a result of her efforts to help find the truth?

As someone with PTSD that experiences flashbacks, I found this book very compelling. The questions that this book brings up (but doesn't pretend to have the answers for) are thought provoking and I enjoyed wrestling with my own sense of right and wrong as the story unfolded. Once Memorine was prevented from going to market, the tension of the story burst. Bad guys go to jail and good guys fall in love.

She wanted to test Jack for this antidote--some test patients recovered well as other experienced violent seizures.

Braver can write a well-researched medical thriller, but romance is not his strong suit, and it's unfortunate that this had to end the way it did.

  • English

  • Fiction

  • Rating: 3.48
  • Pages: 400
  • Publish Date: October 1st 2005 by Forge Books
  • Isbn10: 0765302519
  • Isbn13: 9780765302519