Synopses & Reviews
When brain surgeon Russell Lawton is abducted at gunpoint by terrorists, he's sure there's a mistake: how could he be useful to them? To his horror, he learns they have kidnapped his only child, eight-year old Angela. Unless Russell does what they want, they will bury her alive.
To buy time Russell agrees, and is immediately confronted with a seemingly impossible surgical problem. He must develop an innovative computer that can manipulate a robot by using brain activity. And fast, or his daughter dies.
Why? When Russell finds out why the terrorists need the computer, and how they plan to use it on a human being, he can't believe they're serious. But the consequences for not taking them seriously are his daughter's life, and the lives of millions of innocent people.
"A creepy, bizarre premise terrorists want to remove a comrade's head and keep it alive long enough for him to help plan an attack provides the basis for Wyler's second medical thriller (after Deadly Errors). Neurosurgeon Russell Lawton's research on brain-computer hookups puts him in the sights of a Middle Eastern terrorist cell after the cell's key associate suffers a near-fatal motorcycle wreck just before an intended attack. Faced with his body's rapid deterioration, the terrorists hit on the scheme of removing his head in order to salvage his brain with the help of a kidnapped Lawton. After Lawton's abduction, he's forced to play along in order to save his daughter's life. The first half of the novel suffers from credibility problems, notably the terrorists' leap to adopt the unlikely plan and the speed with which they assemble the pieces. Also, what might have been a tense subplot involving Lawton's daughter falls flat. Wyler, a brain surgeon himself, keeps things moving despite the missteps; the gritty, graphic details of cutting-edge surgical procedures, capped with an exciting conclusion, should keep fans of the genre riveted." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"With its lightning-paced excitement and fascinating science, Dead Head has everything you could hope for in a medical thriller!" Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Mephisto Club
"Once I started Dead Head, I couldn't put it down. It's a skillful merging of the medical thriller and political thriller....Tom Clancy meets Tess Gerritsen! Dead Head is an expertly crafted thrill-ride. The suspense builds and builds in Allen Wyler's riveting page-turner. Bravo!" Kevin O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Victim and Killing Spree
Kidnapped at gunpoint by terrorists, brain surgeon Russell Lawton is given an ultimatum, help them carry out a terrorist attack on the United States by adapting an innovative computer that can manipulate a robot using brain activity, or his young daughter will die by being buried alive. Original.
An internationally renowned surgeon follows his acclaimed Deadly Errors with this chilling medical thriller. Brain surgeon Russell Lawton is abducted by terrorists who want him to develop a computer that can manipulate a robot by using brain activity. If he can't, his only daughter will die.
About the Author
Dr. Allen R. Wyler is an internationally renowned brain surgeon with over thirty years of experience, recognized for his pioneering work in the field of neurosurgery. He is currently Medical Director of Northstar Neuroscience, a biotech firm in Seattle, Washington.