I had written a review about Rudy Mazzocchi’s debut novel, Equity of Evil of in June of last year. As I had then, I will now preface this review with the fact that it is not a novel for young readers. It is an adult book that deals with very controversial subjects, although issues that sadly need be considered as we move into the future of science and medial phenomena. Equity of Evil, with its highly controversial subject matter, pushed forward into being the #1 Medial Thriller on Amazon. Rudy Mazzocchi may show us a world that is hard to look into, have us question our choices in regards to the future of medial innovation, but whether we read or don’t read his novels there stands the inevitable knowledge that there is a truth behind them.
I’m not sure how many people are aware of the fact that we are currently in progress of creating the possibility of erasing memories. That sometime in the near future memories will become a choice rather than something inherent. All you have to do is Google – Erasing Memories – and you’ll land on several news, science and technology articles that will go into detail the drugs and behavioral techniques that are being developed to remove fear and memories, mainly for those with PTSD. Do the opposite and Google – Restoring Memories – and you’ll come up with a slew of articles discussing how they are close to figuring out how to restore and/or create new memories for people with Alzheimer’s. At first look both of these scientific interventions seem remarkable, but who controls the ability to remove and replace one of the most significant parts of our humanity?
What might governments or powerful organizations pay for the keys to the fear of pain, the fear of death? What limits would prevent them from eliminating anything or anyone standing in the way? How far would they go to control the monopoly over a technology that could subliminally control the human brain, and what power would they have over the lives of billions if successful?
Roman Citrano, the main character from Equity of Evil, plays second to Moretti in this novel. Dr. Frank Moretti is a strong character, a father with good intentions that happens to swept up naively in a battle between competing companies, countries and the race to win the minds of humanity. Citrano mainly stood to play the pillar of strength when everything came crashing down, who better than the man who had survived his own ill fate? There is also Moretti’s son, Joey, who follows his father on a business trip and finds himself used as a dispensable pawn.
I had been really looking forward to Equity of Fear since I put down the first novel in the series. Medical Thrillers are my weakness and Rudy Mazzocchi does not disappoint. As this is a subject that I’ve been familiarizing myself with for quite sometime, I was pulled in quickly. I will say that if you haven’t been introduced to the subject matter by personal research or study, the other-worldliness of what is capable out there will astound you. Rudy Mazzocchi isn’t just a novelist, he is best known for his medical device and biotechnology – as an entrepreneur, inventor and investor. He has a long history of starting new technologies and the privilege to have seen the newest innovations in healthcare. As an author of 50 patents himself, he understands with experience what he is writing about. That intelligence intermixed with his award-winning ability to captivate in words, brings in an all too real perspective.
As he is quite knowledgeable about the subject matter, there are points where it is heavy with technical writ, but I didn’t find it unappealing. It could be that I am extremely interested in this particular medical progress, but I think it is more that I find myself learning something new with each chapter.
The main characters, especially Moretti and his son Joey, are very easy to follow along with. There were a few points where I felt that it should have went into a more emotional or poignant period between the two of them instead of scientific and/or ran through by back story, but it doesn’t distract from the depth of their bond or pull away from the center of the story. There are just a lot more main characters competing in Equity of Fear than there was in Equity of Evil, and as things move quickly in the characters sphere of time so does it in ours. You feel the urgency that they are feeling and it pulls at you to keep going as if at any moment everything will be lost if you don’t turn the page.
Needless to say, what small things I seemed to think may have been a little too much or too little were easily swept away by the core of the story and the cleverness of the author weaving it.
An excellent read, a MUST read if you are into Medical Thrillers. As long as you aren’t easily turned off by controversy or sensitive subject matter, you are going to really love this book.
Equity of Fear should be heading to eBook and print soon! To stay updated you can follow the author on Twitter @RudyMazzocchi.
I received an advance copy for review. Opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation.