Tough, ambitious and hardworking, Natalie Reyes finds herself suspended - unjustly - from Harvard Medical School, and it feels like her world has ended.
But when her mentor sends her to present a medical paper at a conference in Rio de Janiero, it almost does...Kidnapped, and shot while trying to escape, Natalie is left for dead in an alley.
Against all the odds she survives, but her dreams are shattered.
On the other side of the world, medical genius Joe Anson is working on a serum which could save millions of lives - if only he can fend off a fatal illness long enough to complete his research.
But Anson is running out of time, and those watching from the shadows will stop at nothing to ensure he fails.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, disillusioned private detective Ben Callahan is struggling to identify a dead man; struggling to find an explanation for the mysterious marks on his body.
But the answer could lead Ben into a conspiracy far wider than this case...Three people with no apparent connection learn the meaning of trust and betrayal as they are drawn into the web of secrecy which surrounds the fifth vial.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 06/12/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099489764
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Review by wyvernfriend
Natalie Reyes finding herself suspended from Harvard Medical School and her mentor sends her to a conference in Rio de Janiero. She is kidnapped and apparently shot while trying to escape. She finds herself without one of her lungs and trying to work out what happened to her and why it happened. As she continues with her life trying to bring the pieces together she finds herself questioning her surgery and what has happened to her. Meanwhile in Chicago Ben Callahan, a private detective, is trying to identify a dead man. Elsewhere Joe Anson, a medical genius is working against time to create a serum that could save people.It's an interesting story, asking a lot of questions about ethics and how people are valued.