Isolation Ward : Nathaniel McCormick

  • by Joshua Spanogle
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Nathaniel McCormick
  • 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Straight out of today's hospitals and labs, and tomorrow's headlines, comes a frightening, scalpel-sharp thriller from medical insider Joshua Spanogle. In an astounding debut, Spanogle takes us on an all-too-real race against time as a young doctor enters the dark side of scientific research, desperate to stop a terrifying epidemic before it is too late.In Baltimore's St. Raphael's Hospital, three newly admitted patients are among society's most helpless citizens: female residents of Baltimore's group homes for the mentally impaired, their bodies racked by a virus the likes of which no one at St. Raphael's has ever seen.
Dr. Nathaniel McCormick is one of the first on the scene. A young investigator from the Centers for Disease Control, Nate is paid to explore the bizarre, the exotic, and the baffling, from superviruses to bioterrorism. But as soon as Nate begins to investigate the lives and habits of the victims, he knows something is terribly wrong. Using all his skills as a medical detective, Nate soon zeroes in on the "vector", the one person who had sexual contact with the first victims. And when that suspect is found murdered, Nate fears that the disease he's chasing may not be an act of nature, but of man.
With his brash style angering his superiors and fellow investigators alike, Nate turns to an old colleague and former lover, Dr. Brooke Michaels, for help. Together the two investigators follow a twisting trail of clues to a discovery that is at once groundbreaking and unspeakable. And as a circle of treachery tightens around him, Nate is about to confront the most chilling revelation of all, and a past Nate himself has been trying to escape.
At once a taut medical thriller and a riveting psychological portrait of a young doctor on the edge, Isolation Ward is a tale of runaway tension, with a brilliant "what-if" premise that is harrowing, heartbreaking, and impossible to wrench from your imagination.

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What the Critics Say

"[A] tightly woven debut thriller....Engrossing and intellectually wrought." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Spanogle is a funny, smart, and skilled writer at the beginning of what readers will hope is a long and prolific career." (Publishers Weekly)
"Combines a wonderfully flawed yet stereotypically smart-ass hero with a plot that moves as rapidly as a lethal virus." (Entertainment Weekly)

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Whingeing Main Character

I found the narrator a bit dull to be honest, maybe it was the American twang that I found a tad annoying.

The story itself was good. Lots of twists in the plot and plenty of scientific references, which I like to think, if I can understand it, I must be quite intelligent.

I didn't feel any sympathy for the whigeing main Character Dr Nathaniel McCormack, In fact I really disliked him!!

But the plot was engrossing and I found myself guessing, wrongly, about what was happening quite a few times!!

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- Emma

Quincy meets Rambo!

You need to kind of go with the flow with this book..... very strange and drawn out storyline ..... but the main character's dry humour is fabulous. He's definitely a "Quincy meets Rambo" character and the book charts a personal journey story parallel with the twists and turns of the main drama. I would say that you have to really listen to this book - not background listening.... there's a lot of important detail which if missed - leaves you querying stuff half an hour later!

Loses a star for being a little convoluted! Great if you like to twist your brain cells around Virology 102 !
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- Little Miss Happy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-03-2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape