By Bruce Perrin
Publisher: Mind Sleuth Publications
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2020
Release Date: November 4, 2019
The third book in The Mind Sleuth series is a thrilling ride. Bruce M. Perrin continues to keep readers on edge throughout the complex and compelling story. Once you pick up Mind in Chains, you'll find it hard to put down until you've finished the last page.
If you're already a fan of the series you'll recognize familiar characters. What makes this series appealing to a wide range of readers, is that you don't have to read the books in order. It does help in keeping up with minor character changes but each book can be read as a stand-alone medical mystery.
Mind in Chains delves into the ethical, social, and moral considerations that come up concerning medical care and the access that U.S. citizens have. Misconceptions, preconceptions, beliefs, and facts are discussed and examined throughout the book. Readers will be forced to think about how they feel about modern medicine and if it is really putting souls in jeopardy.
This is what Mind in Chains is about. It puts the medical community and a religious grassroots organization against each other. One wants to advance health care for everyone, while the other wants to "save" people's souls. Who is right and who is wrong will have the reader searching their own belief system. There are also enough plot twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the final page. The villain in the story might not be who readers think it is. This is what makes a great story.
Mind in Chains is a fast-paced thriller that is helped along by Perrin's easy, conversational style of writing. Each scene is written so readers can easily see themselves there. "A shadow slid across the lawn, the ghost of a cloud floating on the breeze backlit by a half-moon in the night sky." Not only is the writing descriptive, it sets the scene perfectly.
Each scene flows easily into the next, without any noticeable gaps. Perrin has managed to create a unique and exciting series with relatable characters. The characters grow and evolve with the changing story drawing readers deeper in. You will find that you want to get to know Sam, Nicole, and Rebecca better, along with others that enter and exit throughout the book.
What makes this novel such a compelling read is that it emulates real life. It reminds us that endings are not always happy and that there can be a price for our actions, even if they're the right ones. Mind in Chains is a techno-medical thriller that will have readers talking long after they've put the book down.
"A shadow slid across the lawn, the ghost of a cloud floating on the breeze backlit by a half-moon in the night sky."
Bruce Perrin has been writing for more than 20 years, although you will find most of that work only in professional technical journals or conference proceedings. But, after completing a PhD in Industrial Psychology and a career in psychological R&D, he is now applying his background and fascination with technology and the human mind to writing novels. Besides writing, Bruce likes to tinker with home automation and is an avid hiker, logging nearly 2,500 miles each year in the first two years of Fitbit ownership. When he is not on the trails, he lives with his wife in St. Louis, MO. For a closer look at his writing life, book reviews, and progress on his upcoming works, please join him on his website.
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