Flashback [NOOK Book]

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If you could relive your childhood, would you? What if you had no choice?

On the thirty-fifth anniversary of his parents' mysterious drowning, Jack Koryan returns to his family beach cottage. During a swim, Jack is attacked by a school of rare jellyfish whose toxic stings put him in a coma for three years.

When he awakens, he finds that the jellyfish toxin has left him ...
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Flashback

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Overview


If you could relive your childhood, would you? What if you had no choice?

On the thirty-fifth anniversary of his parents' mysterious drowning, Jack Koryan returns to his family beach cottage. During a swim, Jack is attacked by a school of rare jellyfish whose toxic stings put him in a coma for three years.

When he awakens, he finds that the jellyfish toxin has left him with an extraordinary memory that impresses his doctors. This discovery is complicated by flashbacks: some, pleasant childhood vignettes, others, confusing flashes of violence that leave him quaking in horror.

Jack wonders if he's losing his mind, but that fear is dispelled by Rene Ballard, a pharmacologist working on the world's first cure for Alzheimer's Disease. She wants to test Jack because the basis of the drug is the very jellyfish toxin that sent Jack into a coma. And, while several test patients have miraculously regained functionality, others are also experiencing dangerous flashback seizures.

Ballard's revelation sets Jack on a quest to discover what is happening to him. He and Rene uncover a sinister pattern of lies and deceit that has left behind a trail of bodies, and several elderly patients stuck in a past that they cannot emerge from--or don't want to.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
So many dreams--it's hard to pick out the right one," reads the epigraph from E.B. White for Braver's exceptional medical thriller, a timely story about how the human brain deals with memory, the current possibilities of developing a drug that cures Alzheimer's disease, and how the search for such a drug leads to greed and murder. On a trip back to Cape Cod on the anniversary of his mother's death by drowning, Jack Koryan, a prep school teacher turned restaurant owner, is stung by a school of rare jellyfish, whose toxins send him into a three-year coma. Haunted by dreams and memories that may or may not be real, Jack wakes to discover that he's of great interest to pharmacologist Rene Ballard, who's testing those same toxins on Alzheimer's victims with extraordinarily successful results--though some have also committed acts of inexplicible violence. A strong plotter, Braver writes clear, clean prose that heightens the suspense. Under his expert guidance, Koryan and Ballard explore a scientific mystery that is touching and believable. With this latest book, Braver (Gray Matter) marks himself as a worthy successor to Robin Cook, Michael Crichton and Tess Gerritsen. Agent, Susan Crawford. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Man gets stung by rare jellyfish, then sucked into a pharmaceutical conspiracy-ah, modern medicine. This medical thriller involving the search for an Alzheimer's cure opens with Jack Koryan, who goes for a swim and ends up getting attacked by a mass of jellyfish whose venom leaves him in a coma. At the same time, pharmacologist Rene Ballard comes across an odd incident involving one of the rest homes under her supervision: A 70-year-old Alzheimer's patient suddenly gains the steadiness of mind to escape, only to go berserk in a pharmacy and stab an employee to death, thinking he was a tormentor from her childhood. Rene finds out that the woman was actually part of a clinical trial for Memorine, a new drug that appears to have the ability to cure people of Alzheimer's. The only problem is that the company running the trial is doing everything it can to keep details of its experiments secret, since one of the side effects of Memorine is that, though patients regain their memory, they often get stuck in flashbacks and nightmarish episodes from their past that result in complete dementia. As happens in such books, the company pushing Memorine will go to any length to keep these side effects secret. Braver (Gray Matter, 2002, etc.) has written an efficient thriller, but he too slavishly follows the conventions of the genre for there to be any real suspense. The science involved is often fascinating, but the characters seem like they could have come from abybody's work. Another promising premise scuttled by the need for manufactured thrills.
From the Publisher
"Flashback is one of the best medical science thrillers I have ever read. With an amazing attention to detail Gary Braver has woven together a story that is as timely as it is gripping and as telling as it is touching. This one's a page turner with a point."—Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Narrows

"Flashback grabs you by the throat, and the heart, from the first page to the last. The superb writing carries you away into a world of inexplicable acts perpetrated by our common man. Chilling!"—Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Body of David Hayes

"A knockout. Braver has written a brilliant cautionary tale. At once chilling and heartening, Flashback is thriller fiction at its best."

—Robert B. Parker on Flashback

"Flashback combines an irresistible premise with the medical intrigue of Robin Cook and the scientific plausibility of Michael Crichton—a powerful, gripping, and moving tale with a beating heart."

—Joseph Finder, author of Paranoia

Flashback’s compelling, fact-based medical thriller resonates with the clear pure notes of reality and positively blurs the line between reality and imagination. Braver has created a fictional world you are dying to believe in.”—Lewis Perdue, New York Times bestselling author of Perfect Killer"Gary Braver does it again. Another taut, suspenseful medical thriller from the new master of the genre. Strong characters, a powerful plot . . . you won’t want to put the book down until you’re done.”—William Martin, author of Back Bay and Harvard Yard

New York Times bestselling author of The Narrows - Michael Connelly
"Flashback is one of the best medical science thrillers I have ever read. This one's a page turner with a point.
New York Times bestselling author of The Body of David Hayes - Ridley Pearson
"Flashback grabs you by the throat, and the heart, from the first page to the last. Chilling!
Robert B. Parker
"A knockout. Braver has written a brilliant cautionary tale. At once chilling and heartening, Flashback is thriller fiction at its best."
author of Paranoia - Joseph Finder
"Flashback combines an irresistible premise with the medical intrigue of Robin Cook and the scientific plausibility of Michael Crichton.
New York Times bestselling author of Perfect Killer - Lewis Perdue
"Braver has created a fictional world you are dying to believe in.
author of Back Bay and Harvard Yard - William Martin
"Strong characters, a powerful plot . . . you won't want to put the book down until you're done.
New York Times bestselling author of The Narrows Michael Connelly
"Flashback is one of the best medical science thrillers I have ever read. This one's a page turner with a point."
New York Times bestselling author of The Body of D Ridley Pearson
"Flashback grabs you by the throat, and the heart, from the first page to the last. Chilling!"
author of Paranoia Joseph Finder
"Flashback combines an irresistible premise with the medical intrigue of Robin Cook and the scientific plausibility of Michael Crichton."
New York Times bestselling author of Perfect Kille Lewis Perdue
"Braver has created a fictional world you are dying to believe in."
author of Back Bay and Harvard Yard William Martin
"Strong characters, a powerful plot . . . you won't want to put the book down until you're done."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429968669
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 335,425
  • File size: 551 KB

Meet the Author


Gary Braver is the award-winning author of six critically acclaimed thrillers including Elixir, Gray Matter, and Flashback, which was recipient of the 2006 Massachusetts Honor Book Award for Fiction--a first for a thriller--and which in a starred review Publishers Weekly called “an exceptional medical thriller.” His novels have been translated into five languages, and three have been optioned for movies.

Under his own name, Gary Goshgarian, he is an award-winning professor of English at Northeastern University where he teaches courses in Modern Bestsellers, Science Fiction, Horror Fiction, and Fiction Writing. He has taught fiction-writing workshops through out the United States and Europe for over twenty years. He is the author of five college writing textbooks.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Well-written, Captivating, Intelligent Thriller!!

    Professor Braver has used the issues of human neurochemistry, Alzheimer's disease, pharmaceutical company profit-taking, medical ethics, professional turf battles, and human nature to weave a remarkably believable human story. The author's extensive research and creativity make FLASHBACK a simultaneously entertaining, informative, challenging, engaging read. Please do not start reading FLASHBACK in the evening knowing that the next day is a work day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    Very well researched.... a complex and intriguing read!

    Again, this author has done his homework... his knowledge of marine biology and medicine weave a complex and fascinating tapestry which keeps twisting and turning. Excellent reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2005

    Tremendous and Viable Medical Thriller!

    Professor Gary Goshgarian, writing as Gary Braver, has created a tremendous work for lovers of the medical thriller. It is apparent that the author conducted detailed research prior to embarking on this project. It is noteworthy that despite Gary's expertise in English, he writes like a seasoned medical researcher. Furthermore, with an aging population and the distinct potential of suffering an onslaught from the devastating Alzheimer's disease, this theme is strikingly relevant. Braver keeps the reader mesmerized through the juxtaposition of two stories that eventually merge into an unpredictable, dynamic climax. For those who enjoy the likes of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook, Braver rivals their literary skills in 'Flashback.' Read it you won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Unptdownable

    Thirty years ago his mother died when he was not quite two so restaurant owner Jack Koryan¿s aunt and uncle raised him. Still he commemorates his mom every few years by swimming off Homer¿s Island, Massachusetts where she drowned on the anniversary of her death. However, this time while swimming, Jack is stung by a bloom of jellyfish and falls into a coma though he has dreams....................... Three years later Jack awakens with an extraordinarily enhanced memory and to find research pharmacologist Rene Ballard wanting to test his reactions to the toxins that she feels will prove beneficial in combating Alzheimer's victims. However that incredible recall includes pleasant obscure childhood memories and seemingly repressed incidents of violence that frightens Jack. Rene informs him that her tests on people with Alzheimer¿s have had mixed results with folks recovering what they lost and more, but some individuals have reacted violently. Both wonder what is happening to him and others, but neither is prepared for what they will learn.......................... The key to this strong medical thriller is the high degree of believability that something sinister is happening to Alzheimer¿s victims beyond just the devastation of the disease. The author pulls off this sense of authenticity through his brave lead couple who seems like genuine individuals, he being a soul struggling to regain control of his and she as a dedicated scientist. Gary Braver provides a fantastic tale worthy of award nominations as one of the sub-genre¿s best tales, if not the top medical thriller, so far this year.............. Harriet Klausner

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