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Reader Comments from Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars

One Heck of a Medical Thriller

July 24, 2008

By Linda Street (Webster, NY)

This review is from: Adrenaline (Paperback)

I am a retired OR nurse of 34 years and this book is dead on as to what what really goes on in the operating room environment. The conversations the characters held between themselves were so realistic that I thought I was back in the OR myself and part of the action. The comradery, the politics, the stress are all part of the job and the author encompesses all of this well throughout the book. This book hit close to home as the hospital I worked in experienced a similar occurance with anesthesia lines being switched and never finding out who did it. Scary, you bet! It just shows that the situation that the author protrays is not all that unrealistic. I am looking forward to John Benedicts next book. I am sure it will be as exciting as this one was.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great Piece of Literature

August 20, 2009

By Leslie J. Nicholas (Kingston, PA USA)

This review is from: Adrenaline (Paperback)

As an educator who has taught great literature for nearly 30 years, I feel eminently qualified to declare Adrenaline by John Benedict a brilliant piece of literature. From its attention-grabbing start to its thrilling climax, the book takes the reader on a breathtaking emotional roller coaster ride. Every time the reader thinks he has it figured out, Benedict throws in a plot twist that perplexes and intrigues.

Dr. Benedict may put people to sleep as an anesthesiologist, but as a talented writer he keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. Unlike many mystery writers who rely solely on a fast-paced plot to maintain interest, Benedict provides the reader with fully developed characters full of virtue and failing.

As you can see, I have the highest regard for this new author and recommend his first effort, Adrenaline, without reservation.

Leslie J. Nicholas
2004 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year
2005 University of Pennsylvania Educator of the Year
2005 Disney Teacher
2009 National Teachers Hall of Fame Inductee

 

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riveting from the first word…

March 21, 2006

By Dori Shank (Etters, PA USA)

This review is from: Adrenaline (Paperback)

I started this book the day i bought it and read it over meal breaks at work and at redlights until i could finish it at home with my favorite coffe in my favorite chair. It was just like a Robin Cook or Michael Palmer book and i can’t wait for the next one. I am so happy for this new author.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars

Well done; well plotted; attractive characterization; editing needs work.

March 16, 2008

By B. Jones “civil war writer”

This review is from: Adrenaline (Paperback)

This book is a keeper, a winner. It’s engrossing, well paced and fun to read. The OR scenes are riveting; the personal touches are tasteful. Only one weakness….that’s in editing. Too many lines reading, “All right Doug” (no comma setting off the proper name)or the use of the word “too” with no commas at all setting the word apart in the sentence. Dr. Benedict, please get a new editor. Your work is excellent, but the editing problems detract from the overall story.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars

An Operating Room Thriller!

June 23, 2010

By Leann Given (CAMP HILL, PA, US)

This review is from: Adrenaline (Paperback)

If you have ever wondered what it’s like to work in an OR this book paints a great picture! John Benedict translates the whole environment precisely but adds a whole world of impossibilities, or so you hope!!

 

4.0 out of 5 stars

A real page-turner

August 31, 2005

By Compulsive Reader (Harrisburg, PA)

This review is from: Adrenaline (Paperback)

“Adrenaline” grabbed me with the very first chapter and I could not put it down until I finished it. Benedict has written a very good medical thriller that also gives readers a backstage pass into the lives of doctors both on and off the job. The dialogue flows so naturally, it almost seems as if you’re eavesdropping in on a conversation. Characters are realistically drawn, from the heroes and villians down to the supporting characters who only appear in one chapter.

Benedict is quite adept at describing scenes and characters, using details small and large, that evoke clear images in the reader’s mind. His skilled use of imagery elicits an emotional response so that the reader ends up really caring about what happens to the characters, even after their story is told. The last page contains a passage about love that is so moving, it will not be forgotten soon.

While the climax of the novel stretched ‘willful suspension of disbelief’ to the max for me, it compared favorably to other medical thrillers, such as those by Michael Palmer. The only other negative aspect of the book was that it wasn’t long enough. I wanted to know more about these people and their lives. I would read more by this author.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars

I Canceled My Surgery

April 22, 2006

By Voltan Drake (South Central PA)

This review is from: Adrenaline (Paperback)

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, having gained a tremendous appreciation for the role of the anesthesiologist and the inner workings of hospital politics. The story is an excellent balance of intrigue and intellect leaving the reader entertained and educated at the same time.

While not a die hard fan of medical mysteries, I am most certainly looking forward to the next book from John Benedict.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars

More than a medical thriller

September 22, 2005

By Cathy Parson (Hummelstown, Pa) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Adrenaline (Paperback)

I started this book Sunday morning with my coffee and felt compelled to keep reading….and I did.

The cast of characters suddenly become people you want to know (even the ones you dislike)

Through these characters, the author takes you to places you don’t want to be, although you are secretly glad he did.

This book is a wonderful combination of medicine at its best and worst as well as a look at the human spirit in the same light.

CONGRATULATIONS John Benedict!!!

 

4.0 out of 5 stars

Biggest Fan

September 14, 2005

By Lupo – “Biggest Fan” (PA)

This review is from: Adrenaline (Paperback)

I absolutely loved this book. I do not usually read murder mysteries but this one kept my interest. I felt like I was in the Doctor’s lounge during the entire book.

It was a nice mix of mystery, medicine and romance.

I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. A great read. I can’t wait for your next book.

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