Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Medical Thriller Book Review: Prognosis Critical by Gary Birken, M.D.

This morning, I have a medical thriller to share with you! I recently had the opportunity to read and review Prognosis Critical by Gary Birken, M.D.! Check out the book, learn about the author, read my thoughts on the novel & be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.


​Book Title:  PROGNOSIS CRITICAL by Gary Birken MD
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  258 pages
Genre: Medical Thriller 
Publisher:  Erupen Titles 
Release date:  August 2022
Content Rating: ​PG. Gary Birken's books can be read by his kids. He says it's between a PG and PG+M.
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About the Book

Three weeks after completing her residency in pediatric cardiology, Dr. Jacey Flanigan moves from the Pacific Northwest to Manhattan to begin her career at the prestigious Children’s Heart Hospital. But after an unpleasant encounter with an arrogant heart surgeon on her first day, Jacey begins to realize that the medical profession is not what she expected. She learns that enigmatic physician behavior and questionable cardiac surgical practices are cloaked in secrecy—and she is expected to follow suit. . . .

Jacey soon finds herself facing the difficult moral dilemma: turn a blind eye to malpractice and protect her fledgling career, or dig deeper into suspicious activity and face the consequences?
My Review

Prognosis Critical is a Page Turner From the Very Beginning. The author brings mystery to his thriller in the very first few pages as he quickly introduces characters and scenes with short, alternating chapters devoted to each. Each character plays a role in the developing thriller at the Manhattan Children's Heart Hospital--with secrets, suspense, and feelings of deception surrounding each storyline. The writing style creates a fast-paced thriller with many interconnected, moving parts that engage readers from beginning to end.


Suspense, Murders, Ethics, and a Little Romance Weave the Novel Together. As Jacey seeks to do the right things for her patients and her own code of ethics--she has many choices to make throughout the novel. While the issues at the hospital become quickly apparent to readers as the patients' stories unfold, there are still suspenseful interactions, ethical dilemmas, mysterious connections to sort through, and loose ends to tie up. Even a slight romantic element is tossed into the twists and turns of the story.


Would I Recommend Prognosis Critical by Gary Birken, M.D.? This is the first book I have read from this author, but it won't be the last! I loved the realistic feel of the storyline and the well-paced writing style. I also enjoyed the clean nature of the novel! If you want clean, medical thrillers that hold a bit of frightening realism, this should be on your reading list.

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Meet the Author

Dr. Gary Birken is a pediatric surgeon living in South Florida. He is the author of seven novels of medical suspense, five of which were originally published by Penguin Random House. They include: FINAL DIAGNOSIS, EMBOLUS, PLAGUE, and CODE 15. He is also the author of ERROR IN DIAGNOSIS, which was published under the name of Mason Lucas. His two passions in life are medicine and story writing. He spends whatever leisure time remains playing tennis, golf, and spending as much time as possible with his ten grandchildren. He also holds a black belt in martial arts, teaches women’s self-defense, and is a certified private pilot.

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