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The Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer
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Apr 06, 2009

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Recommended to jill by: Lani
Read in June, 2009

Meh, this was a totally servicable medical thriller. It was not at all well-written, and the plot was tied up a little too neatly for my tastes, but it passed several hours of sitting around the airport, and for that I am grateful.
It was strange that the whole book was about illegal organ trafficking, and then the afterword was mostly about how important organ donation is (rather than about the realities of organ trafficking). I get that the author is more likely to get a reader to change their organ donor status than to get readers involved in the fight against the illegal organ trade, so it's a practical use of his afterword. But then why not have some legal organ donation in the plotline? I didn't exactly come away from his story thinking "wow, I should make sure and donate my organs," which I don't think should have been too hard a reaction to invoke in me, if that was really the author's goal.
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Lani agreed on all counts. still decent though.


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