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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: Christian Rummel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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 superviruses 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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  • 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John At Hella Sound | 2/13/2014

    " You know, I really liked this writer's style. And it's a shame, because I truly hated the main character. He's a selfish, childish jackass that grates on my nerves. "Nathanial" is the central character in the book series, and as much as I'd like to continue with the other books, I just don't think I can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marsha | 2/13/2014

    " First rate medical thriller tracking the source of a new deadly virus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abbey | 2/12/2014

    " For storyline I would have given this four stars, but the hero was such an irredeemable jerk, I had to knock it down a star. Great story, lousy protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard Tolleson | 2/5/2014

    " This is in the same vein as Robin Cook's medical thriller's. This won't win a literary prize, but it's exciting and entertaining. "

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