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Dead End Deal

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  26 reviews
World renowned neurosurgeon Jon Ritter is on the verge of a medical breakthrough that will change the world. His groundbreaking surgical treatment, using transplanted non-human stem cells, is set to eradicate the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease and give hope to millions. But when the procedure is slated for testing, it all comes to an abrupt and terrifying halt. Ritter’s co ...more
ebook, 323 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Astor + Blue Editions, LLC
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Jessica Holland
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read the full review at Tales Between the Pages

Allen Wyler crafts a solid thriller with Dead End Deal. What I appreciate is that he decided to play with the format of the genre. He experimented, took some risks, and ultimately succeeded. Instead of trying to figure out who the bad guy is , Weyler gives us the rare opportunity to be the kind of omniscient reader who knows all and sees all. We know who he is from the beginning. This format might be a problem for other thrillers. Sometimes a weak s
Ruby Jo
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars:

What worked for me:

Medical thriller - I liked the idea of a neurosurgeon finding the cure for Alzheimer's disease. And the idea of using stem cells was brilliant. It was a new, fresh idea. I also enjoyed the fact that the reader gets to learn some history on stem cells. My knowledge on that subject is limited, so it was very interesting finding out more about the subject.
Multiple POVs - Like I said in the past, multiple characters and their POV make me see the big picture and to see
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was ok

So much is wrong with this book, I’ve struggled with how to write such a scathing book review my first time out. Dead End Deal has a great premise, and I was extremely excited to see how it played out. But his execution is such a distraction from the story, like an ill-fitting bra, you can’t help but focus your attention on the problem, and not the assets themselves. The story revolves around a tumultuous period in the life of neurosurgeon Jon Ritter as he
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Using non-human stem cells, neurosurgeon Jon Ritter has developed a treatment to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. His interest is not driven by ambition, greed, or even academic zeal; the grandmother who raised him developed the disease. Ritter fears that he may carry the heritable gene which could lead to early onset of the illness. Ritter had already turned down biotech CEO Stillman’s offer of position and high pay for the treatment; he didn’t like the greed associated with the biot ...more
Orbs n Rings
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A head-rushing high thrilling adventure into the world of scientific research.

A fast ride into the thrilling and dangerous world of scientific research. Jon Ritter seems to be having some really bad luck as a neurosurgeon turned researcher. Not only does his research come to a halt, he is assaulted and his friend and mentor killed. Ritter is then threatened by a group of extremists, but that does not stop him from connecting with a former colleague and moving his research abroad to Seoul, Korea.
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. The first half of the book reads like an episode of House with its blending of the main character's side stories and high-tech medical procedures. It isn't until you reach a little more than the middle of the book, that the story suddenly revs up and becomes a full-blown thriller. The fear of being trapped in a foreign country and, on top of that, being wanted by the law, are perfectly captured by Wyler. You can't help but turn the page, because the way the author s ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Dead End Deal has an interesting and pretty much original concept, but somehow, Allen Wyler failed to put a much-needed boost to make the story come alive and capture my attention.

The book started out at a very slow pace. Maybe this would've worked for other readers, but to me, I just couldn't get absorbed into Jon Ritter's story as much as I would've liked to. Wyler also introduced too many characters in the beginning, making it very hard for me to remember who was who and what they were suppos
Michele Collins
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Dead End Deal

Author: Allen Wyler

Publisher: Astor + Blue Editions

ISBN: 9781938231056

Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

“There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Who would think that a medical breakthrough could cause so many problems. Jon Ritter just wants to
Dead End Deal is a fast-paced thriller dealing with corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, and the forces that value money over the wellness of humanity. If you could cure Alzheimer’s Disease, you’d want to make that happen, right? Unless you knew that you could take that cure and make billions of dollars from it. Wyler pits the genius doctor Jon Ritter against Richard Stillman, a big pharma exec who sees Ritter’s discovery as his only means of keeping his position in his company. However, R ...more
Jessica Bronder
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jon Ritter has spent the last ten years working on stem cell research in the hopes to cure dementia. On night as he is leaving his office, two guys approach him. They demand that he stop his “baby killing” work. When a Jon’s mentor happens into the confrontation, he is shot and killed. The FBI gets called in because of recent activities from the Avengers group. This is a radical group that puts different doctors that are working on stem cells on their “hit list.” Jon was placed on the list two m ...more
Allizabeth Collins
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it

Allen Wyler's fast-paced medical thriller, Dead End Deal, is full of excitement and danger! I found the book slow-to-start, but the pace quickened with feverish intensity as the clinical trials/testing began. I never knew what to expect, one minute Jon was trying to cure Alzheimer's disease, and the next he was running for his life! The character development was good, I enjoyed getting to know, and empathizing with, the characters. I found Jon's character very interesting, especially sin
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Dead End Deal takes readers on a wild ride that spans spans two continents and leaves a wake of death and corruption in its path.

Jon Ritter is a talented neurosurgeon on the brink of a medical breakthrough that may help patients suffering form Alzheimer's. Acting out of greed, Richard Stillman has his henchman murder Jon's mentor as well as threaten Jon's life if he continues the stem cell study. Stillman's motive? He wants the research information for himself. Jon believes the murder and threa
Moonlight Gleam
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What if you were able to discover the cure for a horrible disease that affects so many people around the world, a cure for Alzheimer’s? That is exactly what Jon Ritter is about to do, however, there are those that will stop at nothing to prevent that from happening. His motivation to do so stems from trying to cure his grandmother. He also fears that he himself may have inherited the disease, and that someday it may kick in.

He soon discovers that the death of his colleague and close friend was n
My Summary: Jon Ritter is about to do something others have only dreamed about: discover the cure for Alzheimer's. Hoping to save his grandmother - and if he has inherited the gene, himself - Jon works day and night to cure this horrible disease, turning down promotions and raises just to keep his work from falling into the wrong hands.

After discovering the death of his mentor is linked to a man trying to get him to hand over the cure, Ritter doesn't know where to turn or who to trust. And when
Tea Time with Marce
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
From my blog

Great fast paced thriller. This was a run for your life before getting "Locked Up Abroad" thriller. Allen Wyler is a Neurosurgeon turned author and it comes across with a genuine feel of medical details while still keeping the reader engaged and on the edge of their seats. The main character Jon is also a Neurosurgeon so we get true technical details.

Jon has been doing research for ten years, waiting to test in order to find a cure for Alzheimer's. A personal decision as his grandmo
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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He might not have done it, but the price for clearing his name is his life.

I love a good thriller book. One that takes me on a ride and won't let go until the last page. Allen Wyler has created one of those stories. The writing is tight and I couldn't put the book down. I had to know what would happen next. How was Jon going to clear his name and come out alive? Yeah, it had me in the clinch.

Wyler knows his stuff. I read in the bio
Tony Viardo
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a great deal of fun. I'm a sucker for procedurals, have been ever since I picked up my first Patricia Cornwell, but this one was unique for me: A medical thriller. I haven't read many (some Robin Cook and a couple others I can't remember) but decided to give it a try; I was not disappointed at all. The book / action was so fast paced I didn't even notice I was picking up all the technical medical details. (I didn't get lost in them either.)

The foundation of the story was quite smar
Sep 13, 2016 added it
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Jud Hanson
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alzheimer's Disease is something we all joke about and dread at the same time Dr.Jon Ritter believes he has found a cure using Deep Brain Stimulation. There's just one problem: he's out of funding and the FDA won't approve human trials. Ritter thinks fortune has shined upon him when he is approached by someone who will provide the funding for him to conduct his trials under-the-table in South Korea. What Ritter doesn't know is that his benefactor desires the cure for himself and intends to steal ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is complicated and political book. There are lots of things happening in an unending fast-paced adventure. Some of the things that happen seem ridiculous and a bit unbelievable, for it makes for an exciting read.

My favourite part of the book was Jon's attempts to escape Seoul. It was scary and encompassed a traveller's worst nightmare. Jon showed a great resourcefulness that made had resulted in a negative image for border security in multiple countries. It makes me wonder if his antics are
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you love enthalling medical thrillers, this is one for you. In Allen Wyler's Dead End Deal, this take you all over the place. Jon Ritter is a surgeon who's working on a cure for Alzheimer's from stem cells. When his mentor's killed, a group of anti-abortion protesters marked him as a target and posted his profile on the website. And since then, they wanted him to kill the deal or else. When the FBI's involved into this case, they encouraged him to do the same thing. We'll see what Jon decides ...more
Vicki Elia
Aug 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Audiobook Review
1 Star
Read by Steve Baker

This is a prime example of narration killing the story. I stopped reading about a third of the way through. I don't know whether Baker, who is an experience narrator, did a cold read on this one or what the deal was, but mispronunciations abound and not just with the scientific terms. There is absolutely no change in voice tone from one character to another. He mutilates the dialogue with Nigel Fiest, an Australian bad guy, by first giving him no accent,
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012, arc
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Full review can be found on my blog

Overall, I gave this 3.5 stars on my blog, but rounding it down to 3 on Goodreads. I liked the concept of the book, and it was obvious from the writing that the author had intimate knowledge of the subject. he was able to convey what could be very complicated subject matter into something that was easy to read and intriguing. I liked the twists and turns, some of them I saw coming and others I didn't. Will def. be reading more b
Pat Malon
Overall the book was ok............but it reminded me of "Indiana Jones". There was one sentence in the book when Dr. Ritter states he "couldn't figure out how to calculate degrees celcius to farenheit,if he is a doctor why not?
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not much of a thriller fan but I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced with twists and turns but still very believable. Kept my interest through-out. Guess that's the aim of a thriller right???
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