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Posted September 1, 2009
Biotechnological Thriller and Courtroom Drama
Fast paced action, courtroom drama, and surprise plot twists are the key elements in Rick Ackers novels. "Blood Brothers" features, attorney, Ben Corbin matches wits with a successful but sometimes shady attorney, Bert Siwell, in a courtroom legal struggle between feuding brothers, Karl and Gunnar Bjornsen, founders of the Bjornsen Pharmaceutical Empire.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Bjornsen Company is on the verge of introducing a revolutionary neural stimulant which increases brain intensity and astuteness. The legal ramification of the case centered on the Illinois Trade Secrets Act. The setting begins in Chicago, moves to Norway, and becomes international in intrigue and action.
Ackers moved the story line forward while he developed his characters and through the use of stimulating dialog. He carefully incorporates characters from his previous novel "Dead Man's Rule." Sergi, Elena, and Ben's wife Noelle again become his investigative support team. He also uses a distinctive pattern of including low key characters which play an important part in carrying out his complex plot and the building suspense. Embezzlement, internet drug crimes, black market pacts, arson, and aggression are all infused into the intense drama as the story unfolds.
Rick frequently focuses on the importance of core values and the character traits of honesty, justice, and the worth of the individual. His character development is thorough. He includes a thread of spiritual interaction woven throughout the story as he contrasts greed and avarice with selfless fidelity. Rick inspires hope and faith in the providence God both to the characters within the novel and in his reader.
"Blood Brothers" is predictably another award winning novel for Rick Acker. Rick is articulate, gifted with a creative imagination and as a wordsmith. His biotech and medical research added to his legal training and experience give him a writing edge which appeals to avid readers from diverse interests and preference. Another faced paced biotechnological thriller filled with legal twists and courtroom drama.
Posted June 16, 2008
Review: Reading this fast legal suspense story, ¿Blood Brothers¿ was like being buckled into an intense thrill ride. You know the kind. The extremely amazing roller coaster ride with all its surprises, twists, turns, ups and downs. I just couldn¿t put this book down. I kept reminding myself ¿This is just Fiction¿ (breathe)! What was so unnerving to me was the story line about the pharmaceutical companies and how they rule the world! (or would like to). It was fascinating and scary all at the same time when Rick Acker describes the internal workings of a large pharmaceutical company and how they interact with the FDA. All the court room drama in the story was just as powerful. It reminded me of the TV show Law and Order ¿Criminal Intent¿ on steroids, very vivid and deep. Two brothers start a pharmaceutical company so both could use their talents and work together to build something they could be proud of. The company becomes more successful than either of them could imagine. The struggle for power and control of the money begins when they both think they have discovered the wonder drug of the century. The results of the animal testing is almost done, what do they have to show and tell the FDA to start human testing? The Bjornsen brothers start to see the billions that could be made if this drug was FDA approved. I¿ll leave you with a quote from Blood Brothers ¿Love does call, you know. He calls us to do what we cannot do alone. He asks us to give without counting the cost, to walk through the furnace, to love the unlovable. He asks everything of us, and He has the right to expect it¿Because He gave everything for us!¿ Rick Acker unveils an example of this thru the story that will knock your socks off. This is one riveting story you won¿t soon forget. Nora St.LaurentWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
They are twenty-first century versions of Cain and Abel as brothers Karl and Gunnar Bjornsen have worked together for years building up Bjornsen Pharmaceutical the former is the CEO and the latter is president. In a shocking move, Karl manages to have his sibling voted out as a company officer. The only setback with this betrayal is that Gunnar is the only person who knows how to create Neurostim, a miracle drug that makes people smarter, quicker, and stronger. --- Karl sues his brother to force him to reveal how to produce the miracle elixir, but Gunnar counters by hiring lawyer Ben Corbin to make the case that criminal acts by his sibling makes him unfit to run the firm. Side effects show up during the test trials, but Karl keeps that concealed while Ben, his wife and his co-worker go to Norway to visit a Bjornsen subsidiary. They interview a scientist who has proof that Karl committed felonies to remove Gunnar from the company. However, an arsonist burns the building that contained the evidence destroying the documents in the inferno. Having also made a deal with the government, Karl seems indestructible as everything goes his way. --- Part crime caper and part legal thriller with a supporting medical thriller foundation, BLOOD BROTHERS is an exciting thriller that demonstrates the talent of Rick Acker to keep fan interest throughout the plot. There is a lot of action in the exhilarating story line, but it is the characters that grip the readers especially fascinating is the good vs. evil fratricide war. Ben is determined as he fights for his client who he fully believes in.The war heats up as his wife gets shot while applying forensic skills to financial documents, and likable Gunnar who knows his brother is a ruthless dirty adversary, but tries to remain on the moral high road in spite potholes, detours, and obstructions. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.