Book Review: Prognosis Critical by Gary Birken MD


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Book Details:


​Book Title:  PROGNOSIS CRITICAL by Gary Birken MD
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  258 pages
Genre: Medical Thriller 
Publisher:  Erupen Titles 
Release date:  August 2022
Content Rating: ​PG. Gary Birken’s books can be read by his kids. He says it’s between a PG and PG+M (shit one time; damn three times; hell three times).

Book Description:


Three weeks after completing her residency in pediatric cardiology, Dr. Jacey Flanigan moves from the Pacific Northwest to Manhattan to begin her career at the prestigious Children’s Heart Hospital. But after an unpleasant encounter with an arrogant heart surgeon on her first day, Jacey begins to realize that the medical profession is not what she expected. She learns that enigmatic physician behavior and questionable cardiac surgical practices are cloaked in secrecy—and she is expected to follow suit. . . .

Jacey soon finds herself facing the difficult moral dilemma: turn a blind eye to malpractice and protect her fledgling career, or dig deeper into suspicious activity and face the consequences?

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Meet the Author:

Dr. Gary Birken is a pediatric surgeon living in South Florida. He is the author of seven novels of medical suspense, five of which were originally published by Penguin Random House. They include: FINAL DIAGNOSIS, EMBOLUS, PLAGUE, and CODE 15. He is also the author of ERROR IN DIAGNOSIS, which was published under the name of Mason Lucas. His two passions in life are medicine and story writing. He spends whatever leisure time remains playing tennis, golf, and spending as much time as possible with his ten grandchildren. He also holds a black belt in martial arts, teaches women’s self-defense, and is a certified private pilot.


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Thoughts on Prognosis Critical

The first time I read a medical thriller was this last week. And I am very glad I chose this author Gary Birken and his new book Prognosis Critical to be my first foray into the genre. 

It was easy to get lost in and I had no trouble following along with his writing style. I liked how he followed a doctor and wove in the medical situations and terminology. It made it seem natural and easy to follow. Which I appreciated very much! 

The Suspense in this story was high. I loved the adrenaline and how Gary Birken used science to catapult my imagination. It was everything I love about thrillers with mystery suspense and a hint of romance too!

Overall the plot piqued my interest from the beginning and I so enjoyed the moral dilemmas he placed upon his characters. It made the story that much more believable. 

The characters were very well laid out with good depth and some great twists and turns. 

I think anyone who enjoys mysteries, suspense, or thrillers will enjoy reading this one.

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