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 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
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
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
"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.”
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
“...Reece wields a talented pen. His memorable characters jump off the pages...”
– Steven Manchester, #1 bestselling author of The Rockin’ Chair and Twelve Months
Life imitates art: medical fiction Double Blind Double Cross by Dr. Robert M. Reece foretells a real-world medical breakthrough.
"When I wrote this novel, I presumed a successful clinical study of a drug to treat PTSD would occur. An article in the May 1st edition of the New York Times entitled “Ecstasy as a Remedy for PTSD? You Probably Have Some Questions,” by Dave Phillips cites new research published in the prestigious UK journal “The Lancet.” After psychotherapy and use of the drug known as MDMA in patients with PTSD…the authors “saw dramatic decreases in symptoms.” The full article can be accessed HERE.
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