2 out of 4 stars
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The DrugTech Trilogy by Marcel Victor Sahade depicts the rise and downfall of the fictional pharmaceutical giant DrugTech. It follows events happening to a myriad of different characters in various settings.
Book one: Spellbound – The workings of DrugTech sets up the background of the story and details the effects of the powerful and mysterious drugs created by DrugTech in independent individuals and how Dr. Jamieson leads DrugTech in to becoming a highly profitable and influential institution.
Book Two: DrugTech – The Deep State Deepens revolves around how DrugTech manipulates politics, media and individuals to become all powerful. Backed by the government and having an iron-clad internet security system, they are able to control and corrupt information and people while not only remaining virtually untraceable but also becoming filthy rich in the process. However, their lack of responsibility (or disinterest) in the accidental victims of their plans and products, give rise to a trio interested in solving the mystery behind DrugTech.
In Book Three: DrugTech – The Final Dose, all the puzzle pieces start to fit together. Jake Peterson, Thomas Grayson and Patricia O'Leary team up in order to expose DrugTech's facade. It is all moves and counter moves until the Dominican Order’s predictions come true.
The storyline is intriguing and keeps the reader wanting to know more. At some point in the books, there is an interesting conversation about science versus religion (or science and religion), and for someone who studied science like myself and who is religious, it was refreshing to see a book complementing the two topics rather than pitting them against each other.
On the other hand, the sample of the book I read before choosing this book does not reflect the content of the book accurately. When reading the first few chapters, I was thoroughly disconcerted and even considered not finishing the book. They looked like a collection of short stories. The fact that the story is told in a non-chronological order was confusing as well. It was only in the last chapters of Book One that all the previous stories started to make sense.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. If you stick to the book, this will be one of the most amazing read. However, there are also some outlandish claims such as putting a drug on market without any clinical trials, which does not happen in reality. The pharmaceutical industry is more nuanced than that. Also, the first few chapters can be confusing if the book was picked up for casual reading.
I would recommend this book to people who like to think deeply and who enjoy stories which are full of puzzle pieces.
The DrugTech Trilogy
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