Title: A Medical Miracle? (Condition #1)
Author: Alec Birri
Genres: Science Fiction | Speculative Fiction
Length: 210 pages | 3170 Kindle locations
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Publishing Date: November 18th, 2016
The last thing RAF pilot Dan Stewart remembers is burning alive in a crash.
An indefinite time later, he wakes up in a hospital where the staff is clearly hiding something and the patients seem to suffer similar injuries to Dan’s.
What exactly happened to Dan?
And can he trust his own thoughts and memories?
The first book in this trilogy is very promising.
The first part of this medical thriller is the most confusing and I found myself even second guessing whether I had read about some references Dan made previously. It was like I, the reader, was supposed to know something but didn’t so yes, quite confusing. It didn’t help that the Search function on my Kindle did not work in this book, for some reason.
On the other hand, it seemed Dan knew stuff he shouldn’t and wasn’t as dumbfounded as I was.
I thought some concepts and twists could have been introduced in a more intuitive manner and that the humour was a bit tacky at times, like when Dan asked Gary to look at his naked bottom. The way he said it could have been funny and instead it was just nonsensical.
And even though there weren’t that many characters, I found it difficult to grasp who was who during that first part, I suppose because I was so confused I found it difficult to focus.
However, as the narrative advanced, I found myself more and more interested, and wanted to know what happened next.
The novel took lots of twists and turns and just when I thought it could not surprise me any further the author kicked it up a notch.
There is plenty of food for thought here and I find it quite scary that this is based on the author’s real experience. After finishing the book I find it all so out there, and yet this makes it all seem so possible.
I recommend Condition #1 and am looking forward to the next two books.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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