Thrillers from The Other End of the Stethoscope
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Joshua Plessman has no idea where he's been or how he got to the office on 6th Avenue in New York City. Neither did he realize he was covered in blood. All he knows is that his head is splitting open with pain. What happened to him? Why doesn't he remember anything? And... who's blood is it??
My next psychological thriller coming July, 2021, is a book of sweeping subterfuge: Two poles of power manipulate mass populations for political entertainment and their own hidden agendas. In this world, people exist only as pawns in a global game of chess. One man discovers this devious plot; and this one man holds the key to resistance. But it will require mental effort.
Is the human species too lazy to do other than languish in their illusion of continued privilege, or will they act to free themselves from this domination of their minds and take responsible control over their own destiny?
This will be the first in a series...
CODE BLUE follows Dr. Tobi Lister, a physician trapped in a wildly dysfunctional system and entangled in deadly intrigue. It is becoming obvious that something strange is happening at her clinic, but she has enough to deal with just trying to practice medicine, now that patients have become “customers” and the medical field is dictated by entrepreneurs whose sole objective is profit. And now suddenly, after nearly two decades, the man who broke her heart has resurfaced, but Tobi is determined to ignore his desperate attempts to communicate. She has no idea he is trying to warn her about a vicious Russian hacking scheme that is making billions of dollars murdering patients. But if he can’t get through to her soon, Tobi will be next.
This medical thriller emphasizes the loss of humanity felt by both physicians and patients now that medicine has become a consumer-driven industry.
"Code Blue vividly describes the underbelly of medicine - what it's like to try to remain a careful, dedicated doctor in an impersonal system infected and overtaken by corporate greed. Into this setting, Dr. Debra Blaine weaves a murder mystery, dropping tantalizing clues that point toward a world-wide medical conspiracy, and providing enough detail to make you believe it really could happen. Don't miss the crescendo to a heart-pounding climax!”
Ken Kamler, MD
Best Selling Author of Surviving the Extremes and Doctor on Everest, TV and Multimedia Medical Consultant, International Medical Lecturer
“Part takedown of the toll profit-driven medicine can take on physicians and their patients, part global tale of murderous betrayal and all about the price of greed, Debra Blaine’s page-turner of a first novel reads like a cross between a fictional thriller and Elisabeth Rosenthal’s An American Sickness."
Award-winning journalist and author of The Scorekeeper, Oregon Book Award finalist
"Code Blue takes us into the real world of modern medicine in all of its heartfelt sincerity and profit-driven dysfunction. Wrapped in a fast-paced thriller, our physician heroine finds everything she thought she knew about her career and her personal losses upended. How does she fight for her own life and for those of her patients when nothing is as it seems?"
Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana
Senior Rabbi Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, OR Past President of Oregon Board of Rabbis, Social Activist
...Medicine becomes a commercial business, and loses its humanity by treating health and life primarily as a profit-driven industry. It becomes harder and harder to maintain compassion in this system which prioritizes quantity over quality and pleasing people over healing them.
...Government strays from the principles of democracy toward the egotistical satisfaction of one man or group. The checks and balances created to curb the accumulation of power in one place stretch to the breaking point.
...The Earth herself becomes a thing of contempt to be conquered, abused, and dumped upon. With no reckoning of the planet's needs nor the needs of those who walk upon her-- even the human needs.
And perhaps, she even fights back...
Greed is not unique to medicine; it is not unique to politics; it is not unique to business. It is pervasive in our western culture, and it is running amok.
Any system that operates for the sake of amassing Power, whether in the form of money, land, or political control... this is what our Founding Fathers tried to guard against.
Can we renew our government's laws and traditions, can we find a way to shield medicine from a process that considers only efficiency, can we bring the tenets of preservation back to our treatment of the Earth, and can we provide human services to all human beings, while showing compassion and humanity to the other animals we share this planet with?
Can we re-acknowledge the sanctity of life, including our own?
Can we re-member the Golden Rule, and only do unto others as we would like done to us?
This is why I write. This is why I coach. Because there are so many of us who object to the current state of affairs, and we need to find each other. But let's band together as a community, not as a mob. As a group where each individual has a voice and their needs can be met, not as a cacophonous band of violence seeking only an outlet for its frustration.
" When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. "
- abraham joshua heschel
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