Waking Dead: A Novel
by Jay Glendell

"The nightmare had been repeating more frequently, leaving him in a dreamlike state, semi-conscious but paralyzed and speechless."

The medical profession meets the FBI in this engaging book that takes the reader on a quest from New York to South America, Spain, and eventually Key West. A doctor with a bag full of troubles teams with a special agent whose motive for tracking down a killer is as personal as it is professional. Together they both put their lives on the line to unearth secrets from World War II that hold the key to present and, potentially, future crimes.

Paul, a physician, is going through a problematic divorce. A brutal murder and an accidental death (that may not have been an accident at all) put him in contact with Karen, an FBI agent. She enlists his less-than-enthusiastic aid in her search for what could be a serial killer. Before you know it, they’re dashing off to two different continents looking for answers that point to a renowned practitioner in Paul’s own hospital. As the two get closer to the information they need, their lives are put in grave danger. Will they solve the mystery? Will they catch a killer? More importantly, will they live to tell about it?

Glendell is a good storyteller. He keeps the pace swift, the clues continually piling up, and he saves some shocking surprises for the finale. A tendency in spots to rely on exposition rather than actual character interaction lessons the story’s impact to a degree, but one is still compelled to follow both the plot and the author's principal players to their eventual outcomes. This is a novel that can be read rapidly, comprehended easily, and thoroughly enjoyed by fans of adventurous thrillers.

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