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Silicone by Carlos Meza


by Carlos Meza

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Did you know that a routine medical procedure could one day end your life? Brenda Martinez didn’t. A vibrant, young dancer, she understood the common risks associated with her breast implant procedure before undergoing the knife. The minuscule percentile risks relative to anesthesia and medical malpractice didn’t seem like much to worry about, and by surgically enhancing her breasts, Brenda could make much more money in her career.Unfortunately, Brenda didn’t account for one risk—nobody did—and that is precisely what kills her.A splintering headache and sudden paralysis force Brenda to lose control of her car while driving on the freeway. She plummets helplessly into cross-traffic and is rushed to the hospital. Dr. Jordan Hamilton attends to the young woman but is unable to save her. Dr. Hamilton is troubled by the strange onset of symptoms and desperately seeks to understand the cause of death.Days later another young and seemingly healthy woman is rushed to the hospital, only to meet the same fate as Brenda. Jordan notices that both women had breast implants; her instinct tells her to keep digging for possible connections between the two deaths. Postmortem examination reveals that both women had toxic levels of the chemical platinum in their bodies. What doesn’t make sense is how the breast implants could have caused the toxicity-induced deaths.Jordan shares her preliminary findings at a morbidity and mortality conference and journalists are quick to pick up-on the story. Suddenly more cases of platinum toxicity in breast implant patients are being reported all across the country and even internationally. When a popular US senator is also stricken with the illness, the public demands answers and looks to Jordan to provide them.Consumed by her passion for healing and by the public’s need to know, Jordan throws herself into the research of this epidemic. It doesn’t take long for her to make some enemies. One night she is attacked within the hospital complex. Days later she is wrongly dismissed from the hospital on a trumped-up charge. Her pursuers will stop at nothing to get Jordan to discontinue her research on the breast implant illnesses. No one’s safe—not her friends, not her family, not her six-year-old daughter, not even the family dog.What is causing platinum toxicity in breast implant patients? How can Jordan save the millions of women who are already at risk? Who is behind the attacks on Jordan and her family, and what connection do they have to the epidemic? Will Jordan survive long enough to save the others?Silicone is a medical thriller for the new age. One part action to every part education, the reader will not only be intrigued by the events taking place but will also learn more about medical diagnosis and the health profession. The author’s own knowledge and expertise as a Board-certified internist specializing in Allergy and Immunology penetrates every layer of this novel.Dr. Meza crosses the boundaries of race and gender to bring us a diverse cast of viewpoint characters, each of whom contributes unique insights to the story line. Silicone introduces the reader to patients, doctors, activists, police officers, journalists, politicians, and hit men—a diverse cast indeed!Silicone takes the medical intrigue of House and combines it with the action-adventure of James Bond to deliver a satisfying and informative novel. The novel’s conclusion is so riveting that you’ll find yourself compelled to read the last 50 pages straight-through without stopping.Upon exiting the world of Silicone, the reader will be left to ponder deeper themes. What would happen if mafia-style crime interfered with health care? How well are our medical and economic systems regulated? Is it better to pursue the truth at all cost or to protect your loved ones?Pick-up Carlos Meza’s debut novel if you are looking for a fast, action-packed novel. Bonus points if you have an interest in the medical field. Read carefully for the chance to win a special prize from the author (more info here). You can also read the first chapter on the author’s website at www.carlosmezabooks.comA tip: be prepared to get hungry while reading Silicone. The author describes the restaurant meals of his characters so sensually, that the reader will feel the sudden need to rush out for tapas.
  Emlyn_Chand | Sep 18, 2011 |
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Millions of women around the world undergo breast implant operations every year. Which of the following statements do you think are true? A. Breast implants can make you look sexier. B. Breast implants can cause asphyxiation. C. Breast implants can save your life. D. Breast implants can cause a car wreck. It’s all of the above. Jordan Hamilton is a brilliant immunologist who works at a major teaching hospital in Sacramento, California. When a young woman dies during a routine operation to remove her ruptured breast implants, Jordan realizes that the victim reacted to a deadly element in silicone. Women are dying and Jordan is determined to find the explanation. A whirlwind tale of power, medicine, politics, and greed, this fast-paced thriller explores the seedier side of medicine, from a prestigious hospital to a sordid front for drug distribution.

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