Deadly Errors reminded me a bit of The Net in which computers sum up top costly mistakes. In this case, a computerized hospital system is the device in which many patients find their medical files in disarray. It puts into perspective the hectic lives and work of those in the medical field who have to trust that the equipment and system that they use is of the best quality therefore simply go with it. In the end though, when mistakes are made on a digital scale, people die.
Despite the fact that I’m lost on all of the medical jargon I did think it was pretty cool that the writer of this novel, Allen Wyler, is a renowned physician of Neurosurgery and can basically give all medical input with precise and accurate description. It helps that he’s confident in delivering his scenarios with merit, especially the parts that even a layman can understand. It helps readers easily visualize and become entranced in the story.
As for the story itself. I’m an advocate when it comes to the fact that computers have absolutely thrown humanity into a different curve. Simple people understand what Facebook is, how to buy on-line goods, and how to pay their bills, but many think that the system is near perfect. Sure there are viruses and whatnot, but that’s what anti-virus programs are for. Well, what if other companies fighting for your dollars and cents were responsible for sending viruses that your current anti-virus provider couldn’t fight against? At best you’d have to buy their software to fix your computer and at worst you’d have to buy a new computer. Unfortunately when it comes to the medical field, even the smallest slip up could cause a negative reaction, even death. Could any one company be so vicious as to do this to win over an account that could make them billionaires?
I liked the characters in the novel. Sometimes they came off a bit generalized or flat, our main hero has his moments, but Wyler makes it work by giving us believable scenarios and real human interactions that make the non-medical area’s of the novel feel real and not written by a novice. I was a bit iffy about the finale, but overall it was a good read that I would suggest to those interested in the medical mystery dramas.