Science Fiction

The Target List

By John Reizer

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Simply written and mildly entertaining, this book speaks about the problems with the pharmaceutical industry but lacks any real depth.

Synopsis

WAND is a revolutionary new medical tool that cures diseased tissues in human beings without the use of drugs or surgery. Ten years in design and production, the technology has a 95% success rate in curing most forms of cancer in animals and human beings.

The brainchild of 48-year-old Harvard Medical School graduate, Clyde Daniel, WAND (Wave-Altering-Nanoparticle-Disrupter) is going to move the profession of medicine out of the dark ages and into something that closely resembles science fiction. That is, unless the pharmaceutical industry, which stands to lose billions of dollars in lost drug revenues, can intervene with its hired assassins and destroy the technology and its team of creators before it ever has a chance to see the light of day.

The Target List is a medical science fiction thriller, a real page turner that will have readers hooked from the first chapter through the very end of the book.

In The Target List, John Reizer writes a short, bewildering and yet underwhelming novel about the well documented corruption and misdeeds of the American pharmaceutical industry, and the extreme steps that must be taken in order to stop the industry from its continuous profit off of medicine and disease. Clyde Daniel and Donna Sawyer are inventors of the revolutionary all-curing WAND device, and as FDA approval finally comes, they find themselves in a race for their lives against their evil Big Pharma enemies. This story is an action dramatic comedy, written in the traces of a Shakespearean comedy, in which a couple of well-intended main characters have everything go wrong in a dramatic encounter of opposing forces, only to have it end happily with a strongly underlined morale. However, it doesn’t seem as though this story was intended to be written in such a way, as it starts off quite dark and dramatic with some shady characters taking the front of the story at times. 


Reizer’s writing is simple and unencumbered, and generally flows quite smoothly. Nonetheless, this book is in need of an additional round of editing, as there are some slight grammatical errors and repetition and therefore redundancy in phrasing, and bounces a bit strangely between formal and informal speech. The main characters lack depth and Donna lacks any personality at all; she is written only as a filler for the main character to concern himself with. There is an overarching lack of urgency in the dialogue between characters, which is quite notorious given their always pressing situation, and therefore the story is marked with a lack of plausibility regarding both characters and action. This is furthered by the general lack of description. 


This novel was written with the intention of warning healthcare consumers not to place too much trust in their prescription medicines and the advice of their doctors, as the medical industry is funded and propagated by the pharmaceutical industry, which does not have the intention of curing disease and aiding patients but in further developing the general need for drugs by adding complementary drugs to already misconstrued diseases. This, in itself, is a very good premise to write a book on, and the need for this problem to be addressed by literature and the arts is sorely needed. It has been documented and the harmful consequences remarked upon already in contemporary non-fiction, such as in Jon Ronson’s successful The Psychopath Test (2011) and Ben Goldacre’s I Think You’ll Find It’s A Bit More Complicated Than That (2014). However, this novel goes even beyond the (legitimate) claim that many diseases remain uncured because of their insurance and marketing profits, and additionally claims that there are no such thing as diseases, only states of “ease” and “dis-ease”, and that modern medicine, such as vaccines, only stops the body from naturally curing its own state of “dis-ease” and “in reality, there are no diseases in existence” (author’s note). Naturally, this view can only come from an extremely privileged position of not actually having any life-threatening or auto-immune disease oneself and not having to deal first-hand with medicines that make the difference between life and death, or even torturous and complicated living. Additionally, the book is inaccurate as to current methods of testing, such as blood testing or glucose monitoring, and chooses to conveniently ignore mass testing methods such as sensors. This quite privileged view calls modern medicine a “pseudo-science” and as the hazardous consequences of the modern anti-vacc movement, which this book is affiliated to, have been well chronicled, the warning from an alternative medicine provider must be read within a much larger cultural context. As well, Reizer never goes further than the initial claim that medicine caters only to financial profit instead of people, and therefore his argument, although correct and not all that controversial, falls on the superficial side, and the further claim that no diseases currently exist without more proof than this initial statement is just a blatant loss of objectivity.  


This book would have had an honourable intention of dissuading people from really trusting in their drugs and their doctors in order to place healthcare onto the bigger scheme of Big Pharma insurance and marketing manipulation. Instead, it chose to take it further and discredit all modern medicine in its every form. Reizer’s writing was already weak, but with lack of reliable content, this book is nothing but an admittedly entertaining if misleading text on modern pharmaceutics.        



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Synopsis

WAND is a revolutionary new medical tool that cures diseased tissues in human beings without the use of drugs or surgery. Ten years in design and production, the technology has a 95% success rate in curing most forms of cancer in animals and human beings.

The brainchild of 48-year-old Harvard Medical School graduate, Clyde Daniel, WAND (Wave-Altering-Nanoparticle-Disrupter) is going to move the profession of medicine out of the dark ages and into something that closely resembles science fiction. That is, unless the pharmaceutical industry, which stands to lose billions of dollars in lost drug revenues, can intervene with its hired assassins and destroy the technology and its team of creators before it ever has a chance to see the light of day.

The Target List is a medical science fiction thriller, a real page turner that will have readers hooked from the first chapter through the very end of the book.

Chapter 1


 

May 6, 2019

Albany, New York


     The killer entered Roger Atwood’s home from the back porch, through a sliding glass door. It was a fairly simple lock to defeat, almost too easy.

Atwood, the target, was watching a television show in the living room; one of those detective programs from the early 80’s where they committed and solved crimes very neatly in 40 minutes with twenty more sprinkled in for commercials. The target was seated on a tan colored recliner.

The killer was in fairly good position, able to see that Atwood had his back to him. He moved quietly behind the target, and then crouched below the back of the recliner. Atwood was completely preoccupied with the show.

He raised his body, pointing the revolver towards the back of the target’s head. He’d never know what hit him, the killer thought to himself.

A cell phone rang.

He crouched back down towards the floor and froze.

 “Hello, Shane,” the target said answering the phone. “Yes, of course. No, no, not that I am aware of; but you know how they’ve handled that in the past.”

There was a long pause. The killer kept his position, hoping Atwood wouldn’t get up from the chair.

“I understand, Shane,” the target said continuing the conversation. “Look, we’ve been through this several times already, I’m not going to change my mind.” Another long pause. “Okay then, I’ll be there next Thursday, to sign the papers. Yes, Shane. Goodbye!”

Atwood was quiet again, back to watching the television show.

The killer rose once more from behind the recliner, like a cobra slithering out of a wicker basket. He pointed the gun at the target’s head and pulled the trigger.


About the author

Dr. John Reizer is a practicing chiropractor and author. Born in Lakewood, New Jersey in 1963, he now resides in Inman, South Carolina with his wife and daughter. His latest Novel, "The Target List" is a medical science fiction thriller that was published in June, 2019. view profile

Published on June 14, 2019

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