DOUBLE CROSS DOUBLE BLIND
When trauma surgeon Dr.Tom Barrett returns from military duty in the Middle East War he is stricken with flashbacks, terrifying nightmares and tremors. He learns his old friend and surgical colleague Akira Yamaguchi is conducting a clinical trial of a potential breakthrough drug that could erase bad memories in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) victims.
Unable to function and desperate to get better, Tom enters Yamaguchi’s clinical trial. He quickly learns that some patients have improved markedly on the drug, inspiring hope that it could be the next big thing in mental health.
But something is going wrong. Patients’ symptoms are returning in full force. Akira Yamaguchi turns to Tom to enlist his help in determining the reasons for the drug’s sudden failure. Tom and a fellow patient immerse themselves in a dangerous, high stakes investigation to reveal the shocking answer for the failure of the drug.
“...Reece deftly weaves...an engrossing, unpredictable and ultimately satisfying adventure story.” – David Kerns, author of Fortnight on Maxwell Street and Standard of Care
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"Great characters, real life stories and a real page-turner”…
“Double Blind Double Cross is a double success -- conveying and clarifying essential concepts of PTSD, and doing so in an engaging who-done-it.”
“Dr. Reece has a wonderful informed and informal style of bringing you into the characters minds, feeling their mixed emotions, striving to be free of their own weaknesses. As I read each page I wanted the characters to make it. It was hard for me to stop reading. Some books are easy to predict. This book kept me wondering what would happen at the next turn. I loved it.”
“Although a medical thriller, Dr. Reece does not bog the reader down with eye-glazing medical terminology. I appreciated the insight into PTSD as well as the pharmaceutical industry. The characters, relationships and emotions ring true. The story moves along nicely without cumbersome. The story had twists that kept my interest right up to the very last sentence.”
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Additional 5 Star Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, relevant, well-written not-far-into-the-future fiction
In Double Blind Double Cross, Robert Reece combines his skill as a narrative writer with his knowledge of the landscape of emotional and physical trauma gleaned from his decades as a physician. This fast-paced story traverses war and PTSD, the intricacies and pitfalls of medical and pharmaceutical research and, up close, one damaged doctor's redemption. This is not-so-far-into-the-future fiction, riveting and educational too. David Kerns
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
Great plot and character development, so much that makes it hard to put this book down! An excellent account of medical research and PTSD. Katrina Niez
5.0 out of 5 stars A capturing emotional journey, a wonderful read
It's hard to capture my attention and keep it while reading. Dr. Reece has a wonderful informed and informal style of bringing you into the characters minds, feeling their mixed emotions, striving to be free of their own weaknesses. Each character seems very real and their relationships easy to identify with. With the deep experience as a compassionate physician, he shares the strength and frailties of being able to save lives along with the reality that we don't really control anything. As I read each page I wanted the characters to make it. It was hard for me to stop reading. Some books are easy to predict. This book kept me wondering what would happen at the next turn. I loved it! Lew Stern
5.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable read
A most enjoyable read on several levels: Although a medical thriller, Dr. Reece does not bog the reader down with eye-glazing medical terminology or situations. I appreciated the insight into PTSD as well as the pharmaceutical industry. The characters, relationships and emotions ring true. The writer has a gift of keeping the reader engaged. The story moves along nicely without cumbersome details to muddle through. The story had twists that kept my interest right up to the very last sentence. Kathryn Kleekamp
SPECIAL EVENT FEATURING
“ART AND SCIENCE ~ MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.”
Come listen to and see the works of some of Cape Cod’s scientists who are also practicing artists. Bob Reece, M.D. and Jessica Mark Welch, Ph.D. will be headlined speakers. They will share the ways these two disparate entities have overlapped and enriched their lives as well as our human understanding of the world around us. In addition to the evening presentation, there is an exhibition featuring artistic works with a science connection. The event is at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM. Wine and light refreshments will be served. The public is
cordially invited. The event is free, but donations are accepted.
“...Reece wields a talented pen. His memorable characters jump off the pages...”
– Steven Manchester, #1 bestselling author of The Rockin’ Chair and Twelve Months
Double Blind Double Cross
– Review by Irwin Freedman, Ed.D.
This work of fiction is based on a true medical scourge affecting tens of thousands of veterans returning from America’s longest war, a war being fought on many fronts: in a discernible geographic territory in the Middle East and on our own shores against radicalized “soldiers” willing, and in some cases, eager to die for their beliefs.
In this engaging read Dr. Reece shines a needed light on PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) that debilitates countless war casualties, a condition that frequently leads to death by suicide. The story line is centered on the development of a drug perceived to ameliorate the effects of PTSD.
Reece’s story had a profound personal impact on me as a retired psychologist whose first job as a young therapist was at the Bedford Massachusetts Veteran’s Administration Hospital, a neuro-psychiatric facility serving veterans from World War II and the Korean conflict. In those days – the late 1950’s- the acronym PTSD had not yet been coined. Our patients were diagnosed with a range of disorders. They were treated with a variety of therapeutic modalities: electric shock therapy, insulin shock therapy, and in rare cases, pre-frontal lobotomy, a surgical procedure that alters the frontal lobe of the brain and renders the patient placid.
During my relatively short time as a therapist I experienced what I thought at the time as a near-miracle: a new drug called Thorazine. This medication resulted in dramatic changes in patient behavior with far fewer episodes of erratic and violent behaviors.
Although Dr. Reece’s book is a work of fiction, the reader should be reminded that most, if not all, great works were first imagined before they were created. This work of popular literature could well spark the mind of an inspired pharmacologist.