by John B. Olson
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Adrenaline 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This thriller had non-stop action and an unforgettable hero suffering from multiple sclerosis. Parker⿿s brilliant mind is contrasted by his weakened body, making the reader admire him for his abilities and sympathize with him as the underdog. Clues unfold piece by piece in the drama around Parker⿿s accidental discovery of a possible cure for MS. Olson deftly braids various plot threads together and apart as the story progresses, joining everything together at the end for a satisfying and realistic conclusion. There is constant danger in every chapter and exciting scenes that kept me up all night finishing this book. The title is very appropriate. The geek speak is at a minimum. I had no troubles understanding the scientific background of the storyline. This is an excellent contemporary take on Jekyll and Hyde, with a splash of medical science fiction and an intense portrayal of the protagonists⿿ emotional and spiritual struggles with ⿿wholeness.⿝ It is a plot-driven book, but the characters leap off the page and come to life. I would recommend this book to any teenager, boy or girl, in my youth group, and any adult suspense fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Parker is in a race against death. Confined to a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy, biochemistry grad student, James Parker, found a cure for this crippling disease. Yet, it would have taken years for the drug to go through the tedious and expensive testing required for government approval. James and his sister Jenny didn¿t have that kind of time. In an act born of desperation and determination, James took his ¿cure¿; a drug he named Adrenaline 355. After observing the amazing results this drug produced in his lab mice, he felt there was enough data to consider this compound his last and only chance to overcome the disease. However, when some bizarre side effects surfaced in his lab animals, James had to decide if saving his own life was worth jeopardizing the lives of others. Against the backdrop of the excitement of a major medical breakthrough, there was the softer and more tender side of love. James Parker¿s life became linked with Darcy Williams, another grad student. Together they shared the thrill of Parker¿s discovery and the terror of the possible complications. Darcy also had some secrets in her past, which were crippling her in an emotional way. Will James¿s love for her be the cure she needs? John B. Olson has written a stimulating story that throbs with excitement. The author has a degree in biochemistry and his knowledge in this area allowed him to write with accuracy and detail. Readers will be able to glimpse life and victory from Parker¿s wheelchair. The author has created a different kind of hero; one that is produced from the ashes of despair. The issue of science versus sacrifice is brought to life and examined in the actions of the characters. Readers will be challenged in their thinking and also eager to reach the final pages. Adrenaline pulsates with heart-pumping action and a story line that stimulates the senses. (Courtesy of 'Love Romances')
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grant recipient post graduate biochemistry student James Parker is euphoric. Mouse 87, suffering from muscular dystrophy and barely able to move for several months, suddenly is running around like a marathon runner after an injection of adrenaline 355. However, when he calls his mother with the good news, he learns his sister Jenny, who suffers from the debilitating disease like James does, is back in the hospital with a very weak heart. However, something weird has occurred. The metal bars to the cage containing Mouse 87 have been bent and the test rodent escaped.

Still feeling like he is on a natural high, James, wheelchair and all, rescues graduate student Darcy Williams from glass heads. His discovery excites the campus and medical community bringing hope to muscular dystrophy sufferers while James and Darcy fall in love. However, the ¿Invisible Man,¿ leader of the glass heads wants this incredible find; he increases the assaults on the campus with the prime targets being James and Darcy.

Fans will feel they are on ADRENALINE with this action-packed medical research thriller that never slows down until the bridge forms a final surprising coupling. The story line is at its best when it concentrates on James, Darcy and his sister. Jenny is a role model as never stopped believing that God will take care of her in some fashion. When the plot switches to the Invisible Man, it loses a bit of its momentum though he is the key to much of the adversarial moments. John B. Olson deftly provides sub-genre fans with a fabulous terse tale that will excite readers who will search for his co-authored Martian works.

Harriet Klausner