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A Medical Miracle?

(Condition #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  72 reviews
What if all brain disorders were treatable? No one would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex-offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be ‘corrected’?

It’s 1966 and RAF pilot Dan Stewart awakes from a coma following an aircraft accident into a world
ebook, 210 pages
Published November 28th 2016 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
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Tasha Mahoney
Overall Rate 4

Performance Rate 4

Story Rate 5

At the beginning of this book, I found myself as lost and confused as the main character. I couldn't quite work out why Dan was truly in the hospital, why the red pill was so important, and mostly what year is it; although upon reaching an unexpected twist, that fell heavily upon me midway through the book, I realised that this was all a part of an incredible build up. Author, Alec Birri so beautifully pulled me into the story and I soon felt that if I
Barry Cunningham
Abandoned one third of the way through, well written but not for me, I found it a bit samey and predictable.
Kathi Defranc
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First up - brace yourself because this book opens with quite a graphic description of a horrific accident and it’s not pretty and it’s quite detailed. I liked Dan the protagonist (he would occasionally come across as a pompous twat but I managed to get over that) for the most part he was engaging and humorous enough to be likable.

This is a confusing story from the start - what on earth is going on? But that's good isn't it!? That’s the point of the story - trying to unravel what on earth is
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Dan Stewart wakes up from a coma but can't remember anything other than he's a pilot and there was an airline crash. Nothing makes sense and he's horrified to find he has suffered 100% burns. That's not even possible. He hallucinate his brother and after seeing other patients at the hospital with similar to identical burns as he has, he begins to suspect something isn't right with the hospital. Why is he refusing to take the red pill? It's the only one that he's allowed to refuse... but not ...more

The first book in this trilogy is very promising.

The first part of this medical thriller is the most confusing and I found myself even second guessing whether I had read about some references Dan made previously. It was like I, the reader, was supposed to know something but didn't so yes, quite confusing. It didn't help that the Search function on my Kindle did not work in this book, for some reason.
On the other hand, it seemed Dan knew stuff he shouldn't
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free review copy of this book, at my request, and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

This book is a Rollercoaster ride. From the graphic opening, to the bizarre mystery of the first half to the equally bizarre but totally different second half, I never felt like I had a handle on the story.

The story opens with terrible accident and follows with the victim waking up in hospital. Suffering from memory loss and faced with staff and loved ones who won't tell him any details,
( Format : Audiobook )
"There's always a bigger fish, Father."
Dan Stewart awakes in hospital, right arm heavily bandaged, after being in the graphically described plans crash and fire which opens the book. He remembers the crash, but little else. All is confusing - where is he? How long has he been there? Why are the others there in a seemingly similar condition to himself? How could anyone survive 100% burns? Why is the red pill so important? Why are the staff and visitors so reticent to
Carolyn Walker
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: MAY contain spoilers! And Goodreads, PLEASE enable a .5 star rating option! All that being said, onward! :)

The story behind the condition is extremely interesting. We begin in 1966 with Squadron Leader Daniel Stewart and his awakening in a hospital after a violent airplane accident which leaves him badly burned and traumatized. However, things are not what they seem and in time, we learn that Dan’s memories are only the tip of the iceberg that drills deep into the well of mind control,
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

You will never see this coming until the last page, and if this were ever to become a reality... MINDBLOWING
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
CONDITION - Book One by Alec Birri is a recommended medical thriller the starts a new three part series set in a dystopian future.

"It's 1966 and RAF pilot Dan Stewart awakes from a coma following an aircraft accident into a world where nothing seems to make sense any more." He remembers the plane going down and the flames slowly spreading. He knows his hand has been severely injured and perhaps his whole body has suffered burns. When he wakes up he hears he has been in a coma for 6 months and he
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘The aircraft came to a halt and the fire spread.’

The first character we meet in the novel identifies himself as Squadron Leader Daniel Stewart. He’s in hospital, where he appears to be recovering from severe burns incurred in a plane crash. He has memory loss, not surprising given the extent of the trauma he’s suffered. It gradually becomes apparent (to both Dan and the reader) that what Dan remembers is just one aspect of a convoluted and detailed series of events.

I almost didn’t finish this
Y.I. Lee
I liked this and found it fascinating. There were some good twists and turns that kept me interested.
The story was well written, with good character depth.
It reminded me a bit of George Orwell's 1984. Which is not a book I've read, but I have seen the film.
The concept of this story was just as disturbing.
This is a book I liked and would recommend.
Apiyo Oyamo
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much food for thought. Mass indoctrination. Is it already at play?
I was pretty impressed with this book. My favorite thing about it was that I was right alongside Dan Stewart, the main character, as he discovered one thing after another. It was absolutely delicious trying to work this story out. As Dan fits one puzzle piece together after another, so did I. Dan didn’t always have it right at the first go, but even his wrong guesses gave us another smidge of info.

Dan is plagued by the same daily questions from his doctor, visions of his brother Bryan, and that
Elena Alvarez Dosil
After suffering a terrible accident, pilot Dan Steward wakes up in a hospital not being able to remember his past. The doctors advice him to take the red pill to recover his memory, but Dan is very suspicious about this new treatment.

After reading the blurb I was taken aback at listening the first half of the book. I really enjoyed the story and thought it was well written, but I was not able to connect the book to the summary. I think the blurb gives away too much about not only this one but
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if a single pill could cure any alignment you suffer from? Big deal some side effects, right? If it means you don't ever have to suffer from dementia, alzheimer's, or even change a murderer into a perfect citizen? Would you join in the movement and take it?

The book begins with Dan in a plane crash, he is describing what is happening around him- the rescue crew is there but the plane is burning and the flames are about to reach him, he realizes the plane is on his side because he can see
Lelia Taylor
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever met a character that seemed to somehow exactly fit what you expected? Dan is more than a little loudmouthed, brash, even obnoxious, and his thoughts swirl madly and almost aimlessly. He’s badtempered and suspicious and apparently has kind feelings only about his young daughter. All of this meshed nicely with how I might feel and behave if I woke up in a hospital after a terrible accident that should have killed me and found that, not only was my body in a rather strange condition, ...more
Leserling /Belana
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Dystopias, so when I read the synopsis of the Condition series, I asked for a copy to listen to. I wasn't disappointed. The story of book one, along with the author's background, makes you chill to the bone. Are such things even possible?

We've all profited from medical research and progress at some point in our lives, and I, at least, tend to not think about where a certain medication came from overly much.

We're aware that new medicine is tested on animals, and on human
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
[Audio Review] Condition Book 1 – A Medical Miracle? by Alec Birri Alec Birri really knows how to write a dystopian thriller that really got me thinking, “this could actually happen in the near future!” (if it’s not already that is!) That coupled with the dulcet English tones of narratorJonathan Keeble you will really get sucked into this story.
The Story:
You are thrust back to 1966 and Dan Stewart has just woken from a coma to find himself in a hospital and covered in 100% burns, but he can’t
Susan Phend
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
This is the first part of a dystopian trilogy by Alec Birri. I found nearly the first third of the book confusing and events difficult to track. It was evident that the main character, who introduced himself as Dan Stewart, was being manipulated. Unfortunately, that caused me to feel manipulated as well, which made it difficult for me to continue reading.

The premise here has always been and will continue to be true and is that we must be vigilant about who’s in power at every level, from
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A strange read this one. The story starts with a plane crash and then a hospital/home where a patient called Dan is getting paranoid about why is there and how he came by his injuries. To him it is 1966 and he crashed a plane and got badly burnt, but how do you survive 100% burns? Why is he being forced to take medicine he didn’t want to take?

All the other patients are very old and seem paranoid. He can only remember limited details of the crash and nothing about the rest of his life. Who are
Brian's Book Blog
You Should Really Take The Red Pill

4.5 out of 5 stars

I’m not used to a book messing with my mind as much as the first book in the Condition series did. I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen in this book even with only a few minutes left in it. Birri was able to write a poignant and real story the scared the heck out of me.

This book is really a couple stories all tied together – but all surrounding the same person. If I go into more detail than that I think it will ruin the story.
Ivory Castle
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan wakes up in a hospital where he and others in the same unit all have horrific burns on their bodies. Despite struggling with memory problems he gets the feeling he was a pilot before the accident and everyone was injured due to his negligence.
Life at the hospital seems to hinge on taking the red pill and Dan’s suspicions make him resist taking the medication. Instead of a conspiracy he finds the truth and it will be a lot worse than you or Dan could ever imagine. He needs the pill to live
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was certainly a trip down the rabbit hole! Condition follows the story of Squadron Leader Daniel Stewart as he recovers from a horrific airplane accident that leaves him scarred and broken. But so much doesn’t make sense to him so he persistently questions and discovers some very startling truths. And nothing will ever be the same.
Mr. Birri uses his knowledge of covert operations and hidden agendas to craft a masterful story of manipulation and deceit. In the end, the question I found
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alec Birri. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Dan woke up in a hospital and although he remembered being in an airplane crash, things didn't make sense. I was as confused as Dan was because I learned things as he learned them. He could not figure out if the doctor was actually helping him or if he had an ulterior motive because it seemed
Kristine Hall
4.5 Stars. Audio book review. The brain is an amazing thing, and how it adapts to different situations – whether medically guided or not -- is fascinating. For the first half of Condition Book One, readers will likely be confused, paralleling main character Dan Stewart’s confusion. What’s real? What’s imagined? Is Dan paranoid or is he finally having clarity of thought? For that matter, is Dan a reliable narrator at all? Stick with the story because about half way in, things start to gel and the ...more
Penny P Hammack
Near future medical sci-fi. The characters serve as a platform for the author's politics, religion, prejudices and misogyny. For starters I found it difficult to believe that the brain cells of a man who died in a fiery plane crash in 1966 could be saved and transplanted into a dementia patient in 2026. Now that would have been a miracle but it is highly unlikely. And why? The same story could have been told using the brain cells from a 2026 accident victim which would have made a lot more sense ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
WOW. I was seriously starting to question my own sanity trying to decode Part 1!!! Color me extremely impressed, and I cannot WAIT to read the next two in the series! As someone who copes with multiple mental illnesses, I must confess the idea of a pill or a pill and surgery to fix them is extremely attractive. The slippery slope presented in the book though gives me pause. Is it really worth it if doing so could lead to forcing everyone to be "normal"? What would life be like if everyone was ...more
Helen Valenzuela
An interesting story. It starts with you believing what the main character does - that he is an RAF pilot who survived a terrible plane crash with severe burns and is currently in the hospital. However, his family, the doctor and nurses won't answer any of his questions. Naturally he is suspicious of their behavior. On top of that, they all keep telling him that if he would just re-start his daily red pill then all would be OK. I won't give the story away, but all is NOT what it seems.
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Alec Birri served thirty years with the UK Armed Forces. He commanded an operational unit that experimented in new military capabilities classified at the highest level (Top Secret Strap 3) and it is this that forms the basis of his novels.

Although semi-autobiographical, for national security and personal liberty reasons, the events and individuals portrayed have to be fiction, but are still