Weapon of Choice
Life is good for Dr. Laura Nelson.? Her kids have their ups and downs, but seem well adjusted to high school and college; her research project at the university is going well; and she is highly regarded as the chief of surgery at Tampa City Hospital.? This sense of tranquility is disrupted when she is drawn into the diagnosis of the first case of HIV/AIDS seen in Tampa. But the challenge of this new disease is dwarfed by the disaster that impacts Laura's life a few days later.? A highly resistant bacterial infection is raging in the surgical intensive care unit, and patients are dying.? To make matters worse, Laura's daughter is exposed to the bacteria and begins to show symptoms. Desperate at this point, Laura calls her young friend, Dr. Stacy Jones, at the CDC in Atlanta.? Stacy arrives in Tampa, unaware that a deadly plot is underway in Atlanta as a covert white supremacist cell plans an unthinkable attack on a massive scale. Caught in the middle, Laura and Stacy encounter an opportunity to connect the Tampa nightmare with the impending Atlanta devastation, but can they prevent it?

Weapon of Choice Details

TitleWeapon of Choice
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2012
PublisherOceanview Publishing
ISBN-139781608090518
Rating
GenreSuspense, Mystery, Fiction, Thriller

Weapon of Choice Review

  • Amy Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    ScienceThrillers review: Weapon of Choice is an easy-to-enjoy addition to the hospital-based medical thriller genre, a type of book which seems to be less common lately. Our heroine is a respected thoracic surgeon AND widowed mother of five, Dr. Laura Nelson. In jest I could say this is the least believable part of the story, but author Patricia Gussin does a fine job of conveying Laura’s difficult balancing act, the trade-offs she’s had to make between career and family, and the network of work ScienceThrillers review: Weapon of Choice is an easy-to-enjoy addition to the hospital-based medical thriller genre, a type of book which seems to be less common lately. Our heroine is a respected thoracic surgeon AND widowed mother of five, Dr. Laura Nelson. In jest I could say this is the least believable part of the story, but author Patricia Gussin does a fine job of conveying Laura’s difficult balancing act, the trade-offs she’s had to make between career and family, and the network of workers and friends upon whom she relies to get through the day.The story is set in 1985, a year chosen because it was the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Gussin creates a compelling plot line around a patient whom Dr. Nelson diagnoses with this frightening new disease–the first AIDS patient ever at her Florida hospital. Not everyone today remembers the terror and uncertainty that surrounded the “gay man’s disease”, when there was no test for it, no treatment, and no certainty about the mode of transmission. In the fictional hospital in this novel, issues of how to care for the patient, deal with confidentiality, and protect staff are immediate issues for Dr. Nelson.The plot starts to dilute a bit, however, as some extraordinary coincidences bring together the patient’s father, the father’s former research associate, a white supremacist, and the supremacist’s African-American boss (who also happens to be a dear friend of Dr. Nelson). Two separate plot lines (that do converge in the very end) both involve highly virulent, antibiotic-resistant Staphylococci bacteria generated in laboratories. That two scientists with expertise and access to such germs would simultaneously decide to use them as weapons is a stretch of the imagination. I also found it strange that neither gave much consideration to the germ spreading beyond their intended targets to the wider population.With regard to action, Weapon of Choice has some fast-moving sequences in the hospital as the characters try to contain the deadly infection; there is also a well-paced climax at the end of the book. In between, however, are fairly long sequences of family life (including mother/teen daughter drama), holiday gatherings, and medical rounds on marginally-relevant characters. Much of this material reinforces the maternal point of view of the Laura Nelson character, giving the book a literary quality, but adrenaline-junkie readers will get bored.From the opening scene, the author establishes her credibility to write medical-themed fiction. As she introduces us to the protagonist, she uses accurate medical language and dialogue as well as proper medical behaviors (from tests ordered to staff interactions). Her knowledge of the science and business of drug development is obvious but never overbearing. Though set in the recent past, Weapon of Choice raises very contemporary concerns about antibiotic resistance, bioweapons, and containment.5 out of 5 biohazards on my rating scale for technical content and accuracy.Unusual words: ticokellin; flesh-eating bacteria; lung reduction surgery; Kaposi’s sarcoma; beryllium; Aryan nationFCC disclaimer: A free e-copy of this book was given to me for review. As always, I made no guarantee that I would read the book or post a positive review.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent medical thriller! When I started reading this book I hated to go to sleep since it grabbed my interest from the very beginning! I really enjoy this type of book and am glad to have discovered this author. Her books will definitely be on my to read list. Having this book set in the Tampa Bay area where I live made it even more interesting. I just happy that nothing like this happened on any of my TGH visits!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Bio terrorism in our own back yard. One would never expect it, and who is to say that soemthing like this could not happen. There is security in hospitals, but are they so on alert watching every visitor that they would be able to stop it. And in this instance, even if they saw it, it would not be able to be stopped because this bacteria was resisitanto to all known antibiotics accept one that had just been pulled from FDA testing due to a possible side effect. Gerat book, I really enjoyed it.
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  • Trudy Flynn
    January 1, 1970
    A page turnerI quite enjoyed this book it was extremely intense I couldn't put the book down. The story line was very good my name is Linda C. Lettau
  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    I received Weapon of Choice from Goodreads first reads.For knowing absolutely nothing about any scientific bacteria medical contagion stuffs, this book did a pretty good job at making sure I didn't fall into a big heap of confusion as to what the heck the docs were talking about. Things are explained simply enough so we can move on with some understanding about the deadly bacterial infection that is wreaking so much havoc. This is the first medical thriller I've read, and it was decent. 3-4 star I received Weapon of Choice from Goodreads first reads.For knowing absolutely nothing about any scientific bacteria medical contagion stuffs, this book did a pretty good job at making sure I didn't fall into a big heap of confusion as to what the heck the docs were talking about. Things are explained simply enough so we can move on with some understanding about the deadly bacterial infection that is wreaking so much havoc. This is the first medical thriller I've read, and it was decent. 3-4 star material in my book.Dr. Nelson thought that having an HIV patient was stressful. Enter a deadly and seemingly unstoppable new bacteria that doesn't respond to conventional antibiotics. But when coincidences become more than coincidental, only one person could be behind it. Meanwhile, a white supremacist is plotting to infect a large number of blacks with an equally deadly bacteria. It is up to a few select people to prevent disaster.Things only became really exciting for me near the end, but even the slower parts were readable. There is no mystery to the reader as to who is to blame for the outbreaks, but the fun is in watching the professionals figure it out. This isn't the type of genre that I find entertaining, but for what it is, I'd say Weapon of Choice is pretty good. I recommend it for people who are interested in deadly outbreaks in largely medical settings.
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  • Bex Fahey
    January 1, 1970
    Although I found this book to be compelling in some aspects, it was very hard to maintain an enjoyable level of suspension of disbelief. The story could have easily been broken up into two books. It seemed that the connections between the two infection scenarios was forced in out of necessity to connect two unrelated stories. The "coincidences" bringing these two story lines together were laughably manufactured. One or two of them would have been intriguing but the more they were piled on, the s Although I found this book to be compelling in some aspects, it was very hard to maintain an enjoyable level of suspension of disbelief. The story could have easily been broken up into two books. It seemed that the connections between the two infection scenarios was forced in out of necessity to connect two unrelated stories. The "coincidences" bringing these two story lines together were laughably manufactured. One or two of them would have been intriguing but the more they were piled on, the sillier it became. I also found the narrative very redundant. The point of Charles wanting to make his parents proud was hammered home over and over. Similar character development details were repeated for most of the main characters (if which there are many). I am surprised that no one has mentioned the unresolved sub-plot of Laura's dead husband, a brother that her close friend, Stacy, had unwittingly killed, and her briefly mentioned stay in jail (in such opposition to her character that it was very distracting to mention in one sentence and never revisit). So many out of place teasers and never any further explanation was very odd. It did not serve to flesh out the characters, only to hint at intriguing character history that was never followed up on. There was a lot of potential in this book. The basic plot was compelling and the medical aspect was very interesting.
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  • Mattie
    January 1, 1970
    As a retired nurse, I enjoy books about medicine and research. This book satisfies both needs. The premise of this book takes place in the 80's, but resistant bacteria has been around prior to then and is still a menacing and sometimes deadly issue. This was a great read that left me wanting for more. There was great character development with enough twists to keep me turning the pages. I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation. I highly As a retired nurse, I enjoy books about medicine and research. This book satisfies both needs. The premise of this book takes place in the 80's, but resistant bacteria has been around prior to then and is still a menacing and sometimes deadly issue. This was a great read that left me wanting for more. There was great character development with enough twists to keep me turning the pages. I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Avry15
    January 1, 1970
    WEAPON OF CHOICE is a medical thriller that's intriguing, compelling and tension-filled. The twist and turns make the book exciting and will surely keep you on edge.Kudos to Patricia Gussin for creating a book that's truly a thriller--- It's like watching a thriller movie!I Highly recommend WEAPON OF CHOICE, especially to those looking to read outside of their normal genre.complete review on: on: Bookshelf Confessions
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  • PopcornReads
    January 1, 1970
    Book Review & Giveaway: We’re participating in the Gratitude Giveaways Hop, my favorite giveaway hop of the year. For this hop, we’ve chosen Weapon of Choice by Dr. Patricia Gussin. It’s a historical medical thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. And one lucky reader will win an advance readers copy (ARC)! Read the rest of my review & enter to win at http://popcornreads.com/?p=4947.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I had some trouble getting into this book but I'm so glad I stuck with it! I enjoyed the characters and that the author made sure to tell us what each was doing "meanwhile...".The science was easily understood and it's a great example of a fast-paced medical thriller. Although the story was set in the mid-80's it felt current (with the exception of advancement in AIDS research/treatment, of course)I'm so thankful to have received this as a goodreads first-reads giveaway.
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  • Katie Dunsmore
    January 1, 1970
    Scary realityJust thinking of the real possibility of widespread diseases caused by biochemistry is frightening. Well told story that gives hope of control if this ever truly happens.
  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    I am interested in medical mysteries since I have worked many years in the medical field. Also, I am somewhat familiar with antibiotic resistant staph and strep infections. I have read all of Patricia Gussin's books and liked them all.
  • Constance
    January 1, 1970
    SuspensePage Turner. Couldn't put it down. Learned a lot about infectious disease. leadership roles defined well. Relationships interesting . Good book.
  • Jeff Widmer
    January 1, 1970
    Given the healthcare challenge from Ebola and other communicable diseases, Patricia Gussin's story of bioterrorism makes for a timely and relevant thriller.
  • Zada
    January 1, 1970
    Well written and a real page turner. Sure makes you think!
  • Byron Wright
    January 1, 1970
    A pretty decent book as far as thrillers go. a pleasant and easy read, but there was nothing in this book that made me go: "Wow! That was awesome!"So, it was good but not great.
  • Kristy McRae
    January 1, 1970
    A really good thriller--lots of great (and scary) medical details, and a chilling bio-terror plot.
  • Rick F.
    January 1, 1970
    Another superb thriller from Oceanview Publishing!!!!
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