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Collateral Carnage: Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What could go wrong?

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Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What could go wrong?As PTSD therapist Claire Wilheit is about to learn, a whole helluva lot. A chance after-hours encounter with a fellow therapist reveals falsified patient files and thrusts Claire into a conspiracy poised to revolutionize treatment for US veterans now and for future generations, with deadly collateral damage.Trapped in an ava ...more
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published July 3rd 2019 by Chris Saper
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Jack Page
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of corporate thrillers, especially those that combine corporate interests, financial shenanigans, and big politics – Collateral Carnage is exactly that. Chris Saper makes the medical and pharmaceutical industry the center of the novel, presents us with a great story peppered with plot-twists, relatable characters and lots of mystery
But the best aspect of the novel is the transformation of the heroine, Claire Wilheit, as she grows with the challenges she encounters. All in all Sape
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Olga Miret
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team, and thank her and the author for the ARC copy of the book, which I freely chose to review.
Having worked in the health services (although in the UK) for a number of years, and having treated some patients suffering from PTSD (although I’m no specialist), I was intrigued by this debut novel. I was even more interested when I read the author’s biography and learned of her first-hand experience as a healthcare administrator, as that promis
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Peter
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Claire Wilheit is a therapist for a private company serving veterans who are suffering from PTSD in this dystopian thriller that takes place in Phoenix in 2024. In a series of very short chapters, the author builds a future world whose central antagonist is a giant medical service/pharmaceutical company that Claire works for. AllMed is what you’d imagine if you were creating a soleless business whose leaders have no trouble sacrificing lives for profits. AllMed’s founder started out with good in ...more
Sarah Neofield
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In any war, there are casualties on both sides. Even though who return home ‘safe’ or ‘victorious’ often suffer due to the horrendous deeds they have suffered, witnessed, and been coerced or forced to participate in.
‘Collateral Carnage’ is the story of PTSD therapists Claire Wilheit and Robert Kingston, by Chris Saper, who holds a Masters in health care administration. Along with a cast of other characters (colleagues, family, nemeses), Claire and Robert inhabit a world in which curfews are now
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Steven Russo
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received Collateral Carnage as a holiday gift and what a treat it was.

I found it to be a fast paced thriller that included murder, suspense, high stakes, internal moral conflict, and unabashed greed. The writer’s voice is engaging and the story itself is very topical and believable.

The main character, Claire Wilheit, is a therapist caught up in a big pharma conspiracy that exploits veterans suffering from PTSD and reaches to the highest levels of government.

There were various characters int
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Heather W
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Collateral Carnage: Money. Politics. Big Pharma. What could go wrong?"

What could go wrong is that this is an eerie prediction as we are going through the COVID-19 pandemic. While this book is a work of fiction, it is scary how realistic the storytelling is. The author has written an excellent thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat and totally enthralled in following PTSD therapists Claire Wilheit and Robert Kingston as they fight against greed and corruption.

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Anthony
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Review

From the book’s first pages the stage is set for a massive cover up, as files are discovered having been tampered with and one therapist’s day off turns into a life altering journey as she becomes part of a massive conspiracy involving several of her patients, (along with others), and discovers the lengths they are willing to go to in order to make money and cover up their actions.

What really sold this story however was not just the action and suspense, but the very human element of t
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Ted Vollmer
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed this book, and especially appreciated the detail and obvious political, scientific, medical and legal research that went into writing it. While the author has chosen a field (working with Post Traumatic Distress Syndrome veterans) in which she has toiled, she was not shy about exploring the nuances of related areas of the law and politics that greatly impact such important treatment. The blending of the varied and sometimes competing forces helped solidify the plot, while avoid ...more
Portia
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The story based in Arizona with futuristic world settings. And these futuristic glimpses are true projections of current times. There are such as privatization of government sectors, stringent law, and order, etc (there are more but I don’t want to spill the beans).

It has the elements of fabulous corporate espionage or thrillers. It is more realistic than other books in the same genre. The book moved at a good pace with the author giving the reader a notion of the timeline. The entire thing happ
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Shanon Hunt
Collateral Carnage is a thrilling read, told from the perspectives of several characters, that tells a compelling story about a health care system wrought with corruption. The characters were real and believable, each with his/her own motivations and stakes. Chris Saper is obviously an expert, well-research on her medical practices and science.

While I hope that I never have to witness a story like this take place in the industry that I've proudly worked my whole life, the plausibility is truly t
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Joan Rabinor
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It kept my interest from beginning to end. It was fun to read, interesting to learn about the issues, and scary to ponder the consequences of the subject matter.

I appreciated the fact that the chapters were short, making it easier to put down when I needed to get back to the real world!

The ending left me with a lot of questions, but then again I presume (and hope!) the author is working on a sequel which will answer them. Great first novel!

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Chris Saper is a portrait painter, teacher and author.

Author of North Light Book's, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light and For Love or Money: A Business Handbook for Portrait Painters, Mostly Monochrome.

Saper has also been published in The Best of Portrait Painting, American Artist Magazine, Artist's Magazine, Pastel Journal, and Pastel Artist International and International Artist
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