About the Book
The story involves a hospital-based physician facing a bitter divorce and the possibility of losing his job because he works in a hospital facing financial problems. He finds that he is unsuspectingly and unwillingly involved in solving recent murders and death of employees at his hospital and another hospital in the northwest that had occurred in the past. He is recruited for this investigation by a gorgeous young female FBI agent, who had grown up in the northwest of United States. Her father, who had worked at a hospital in a university community there, had died from a hunter’s stray bullet along with other colleagues who had died from similar suspicious events. His daughter, who always suspected that the death was not accidental, had found a definite way to identify the murderer that, until recently, was not available. To definitely prove it, however, she must trace the history of the suspect back to his origins in Europe and find a family that includes an elderly brother who is on his deathbed but is an essential piece of the puzzle. The plot includes romance, adventure, unusual locations, and surprise. Pacific Book Review A doctor’s life is in disarray. An FBI agent is on the trail of a killer. An esteemed medical man may or may not be a monstrous ex-Nazi. A monastery in Spain may hold the key to a generational mystery. All these elements combine to create an intriguing multidimensional thriller in Jay Glendell’s novel, Waking Dead. Paul is a doctor going through a crisis. He’s suffering from horrifying nightmares that don’t always end when he wakes up. His job’s long hours are taking a physical toll. His impending divorce and potential loss of his children are making his mental state fragile. Then things get even worse. The ex-wife of a doctor (and friend) in the hospital where he works is brutally murdered. Soon after, his friend is hit and killed in what is initially thought to be a hit-and-run accident—but was it really accidental? Karen is an FBI agent with an incredible story and an even more unimaginable plan. She tells Paul that the highly regarded senior physician at the hospital where he works may well be a serial killer plus a fugitive from heinous crimes committed during World War II. She coerces Paul into joining her investigation that will take them to South America and then on to Europe in hopes of uncovering a hoax which has allowed a psychopathic degenerate to continue his murderous ways for years. Their quest for answers will lead them on a dangerous journey that culminates in gun battles, life and death decisions and surprises neither one of them could have imagined—but will it end with justice being served? Glendell is a skilled writer who keeps his tale moving forward swiftly. Important information is deftly revealed piece by piece. His characters are finely drawn both physically and psychologically—the minor ones as well as the major players. The way he tells his story however, often puts a degree of emotional distance between the reader and what is being read. Parts of the story are told via informational prose that could have been dramatized more forcefully if played out in interpersonal dialogue between the participants. Still, he manages to infuse his narrative with intrigue and energy that makes one want to know what will happen next.
About the Author
The author is a retired medical doctor and educator who has previously published in medical journals and presented medical research on a national and international level. He presently lives in Florida and passes his time boating and fishing when he’s not reading or writing. His greatest love is his wife, Eleanor who has been at his side from his medical school days and more recently three grown children and four grandchildren who complete his life.