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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (314 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joshua Spanogle Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Straight out of today’s hospitals and labs—and tomorrow’s headlines—comes a frightening, scalpel-sharp thriller from medical insider Joshua Spanogle. In an astounding debut, Spanogle takes us on an all-too-real race against time … as a young doctor enters the dark side of scientific research, desperate to stop a terrifying epidemic before it is too late.

In Baltimore’s St. Raphael’s Hospital, three newly admitted patients are among society’s most helpless citizens: female residents of Baltimore’s group homes for the mentally impaired, their bodies racked by a virus the likes of which no one at St. Raphael’s has ever seen.

Dr. Nathaniel McCormick is one of the first on the scene. A young investigator from the Centers for Disease Control, Nate is paid to explore the bizarre, the exotic, and the baffling—from super-viruses to bioterrorism. But as soon as Nate begins to investigate the lives and habits of the victims, he knows something is terribly wrong. Using all his skills as a medical detective, Nate soon zeroes in on the “vector”—the one person who had sexual contact with the first victims. And when that suspect is found murdered, Nate fears that the disease he’s chasing may not be an act of nature, but of man.

With his brash style angering his superiors and fellow investigators alike, Nate turns to an old colleague and former lover, Dr. Brooke Michaels, for help. Together the two investigators follow a twisting trail of clues to a discovery that is at once groundbreaking and unspeakable. And as a circle of treachery tightens around him, Nate is about to confront the most chilling revelation of all–and a past Nate himself has been trying to escape.

At once a taut medical thriller and a riveting psychological portrait of a young doctor on the edge, Isolation Ward is a tale of runaway tension—with a brilliant “what-if” premise that is harrowing … heartbreaking … and impossible to wrench from your imagination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Combines a wonderfully flawed yet stereotypically smart-ass hero with a plot that moves as rapidly as a lethal virus. Entertainment Weekly, grade A-
  • [A] tightly woven debut thriller.... engrossing and intellectually wrought.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sheila | 2/17/2014

    " Dr. Nate McCormick works for the CDC. He is called to a nearby hospital by a friend, Dr. Verlach, to examine a patient admitted with a strange hemorrhagic condition. He immediately runs into interference from other hospital physicians. Nate has a humorous personality that some interpret as brash and disrespectful. The hsopital has sequested the patient and 2 others in a isolation unit. All patients are from a group home for the mentally challenged. When Nate investigates further, he finds several group homes owned by a psychiatrist are poorly maintained. Nate tends to keep his findings and thoughts to himself, leaving his boss in the dark. This does not go over well and Nate is constantly attempting to keep one step ahead. Nate discovers a link, another mentally challenged individual has a link in California. When the man turns up dead, Tim, his boss sends Nate to California to investigate a link to the murdered man. In California, Nate contacts an ex-lover, Brooke, another epidemiologist and the two of them follow leads. The book kept you guessing as to why these individuals were targeted. I enjoyed the humorous comments by the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Blake | 2/6/2014

    " Overall the book was OK. one of the downfalls. This book is all about the guy talking to himself very cynically with humor or to others the same way. fact is he's not only burning bridges, he burns the ones in currently using. I don't really like the way its written, but the story is OK if you can stand the the wording "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 2/4/2014

    " A decent thriller, but I'm a bit surprised that it got such good reviews. Good for an airplane, but nothing more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tiffany | 2/1/2014

    " Got about half way through the book, and exasperated, just had to quit. The plot potential was huge, and i really liked the premise and was excited initially, but it just took SO LONG for anything to develop. It's like it was always on the verge of "something is about to happen!" then it didn't. Taking forever to describe things that didn't really contribute to the situation, and lacking in what you actually do want to know about. Maybe it picks up later, but I felt like I couldn't waste anymore time trying(hoping) it would get there. And I RARELY quit a book. This is just one of those times. Sorry Spanogle. "

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