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Neurosurgeon-turned-novelist Allen Wyler's second adrenaline-inducing literary thrillfest (after 2005's Deadly Errors) blends medical suspense à la Robin Cook and Ludlum-esque psychological suspense with a premise that is as outrageous as it is intriguing: Terrorists abduct a renowned brain surgeon in a desperate attempt to save the head (or, more accurately, the knowledge within the brain) of a dying cell member who is days away from launching an attack of unparalleled proportions on U.S. soil!
Pioneering brain surgeon Russell Lawton knows he's in a world of trouble when he's kidnapped during a medical conference in San Francisco and told that if he doesn't do exactly as the terrorists command, his eight-year-old daughter, Angela, now also in the hands of the jihadists, will be buried alive -- the worst imaginable death for the claustrophobic child. With little choice but to comply, Lawton soon finds himself in the middle of a wild plot to keep a mortally wounded terrorist hacker's head alive long enough for him to unleash unholy havoc on American citizens. With the FBI closing in, Lawton must somehow find a way to save the life of both his daughter and those of tens of thousands of innocents...
Fans of medical-powered thrillers who can wrap their heads (no pun intended) around the outlandish and pulp-reminiscent premise -- akin to 1963's cinematic fiasco They Saved Hitler's Brain, Sydney J. Bounds's 1957 classic The Robot Brains, et al. -- will not only enjoy Dead Head, they'll love it. Paul Goat Allen