Fatal Memoriesby Vladimir Lange
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FATAL MEMORIES The MEG-a revolutionary brain scanner-is the culmination of Dr. Anne Powell's brilliant career as a neuro-psychiatrist. Designed to accomplish in seconds what conventional psychotherapy can only hope to achieve in years, the MEG could change the course of psychiatric treatment forever-if it doesn't kill her first. A clash with the FDA forces Powell to leave Boston and continue her research at the world-renowned Pavlov Institute in Moscow. There, a laboratory accident reignites a centuries-old conflict, and threatens to return a blood thirsty dictator to power. Powell soon realizes that the MEG is capable of far more than brain-scanning. She is forced to confront past and present, reality and memory, love and hate in the ultimate battle to save herself-and thwart a plot that could hurl a newly democratic Russia back to its totalitarian past. Fatal Memories breaks the mold of medical thrillers by combining compelling, multi-layered characters with far-reaching, science-based technology and vivid cinematic prose to reach a thrilling and inevitable conclusion: We are what we were.
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Can memories be inherited? Are we born with memories of what happened to our ancestors? Vladimir Lange has written a provocative tale that explores these questions in the setting of Medieval through Post-Soviet Russia with both its heartfelt emotions of love and its just-under-the-surface potential for brutality. More Jules Vern than Michael Crichton, he imagines as-yet-undeveloped technology and then imposes the unanticipated impact of this technology on the best - and the worst - of human behavior. He reminds us that the world will not remain as it is now, and that medical progress can sometimes provide simple answers and leave us to try to comprehend what the questions say about us.
When I first picked up this book, I saw 'medical thriller' on the cover. I was thinking I was going to get a ho-hum medical mystery a la Robin Cook. 'Fatal Memories' BLOWS AWAY anything I ever read by Cook! I'm a sci-fi buff, and this book was filled with things that had no trouble holding my attention -- exciting new technology with frightening, unexpected consequences, and a quasi-time-travel aspect that managed to get more and more suspenseful as the plot unfolded. I highly recommend this book!
'Do we carry the memory of past lives in our genes?' 'What if there were a device that could access these memories?' 'Why do people have deja vu and love-at-first-sight experiences?' What I personally like about the book is that it combines very credible science-based medical technology, (without that sci-fi stuff!) with a powerful love story between interesting characters (without the gooshy romance stuff!) Without giving away too much of the plot: Dr. Anne Powell, a brilliant neuro-psychiatrist, invented the MEG -- a brain scanner designed to access remote memories. In trained hands, the MEG can accomplish in seconds what conventional psychotherapy can only hope to achieve in years. A clash with the FDA forces Powell to leave Boston and continue her research at the world-renowned Pavlov Institute in Moscow. There, an accidental exposure to the MEG triggers a series of dreams that make Anne realize that centuries ago she had a different life -- and a tragic relationship with a man who bears a striking resemblance to one of her current Russian colleagues. As Powell learns that the MEG is capable of far more than brain-scanning, she is forced to confront past and present, reality and memory, love and hate, in the battle to save the life of her lover, and her own sanity. I enjoyed the book and if you are into high-tech medical thrillers you will too. I highly recommend it. A good read.