Michael J. Young, MD Author
"...as a storyteller he may fill the void created by the loss of other great fiction writers such as Crichton & Clancy."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a physician for over 30 years, I became increasing frustrated with the status of our healthcare delivery system–including the processes one must go through for proper care, the powerful role of the insurance industry, and the problematic changes in how our health care is now provided. Healthcare appears to have become a profiteering business rather than a means to address and treat our illnesses and medical needs. Consequently, I wrote my first book, The Illness of Medicine, to describe and articulate the problems through the eyes of someone who was on the treating side of the table. Subsequently, I elected to write a fictional trilogy of novels to do the same: to describe our health care vulnerabilities and reveal the greed and entitlement within the healthcare system. Purposefully, I used the same protagonist throughout the stories depicted in these medical thrillers–Consequence of Murder, Net of Deception and To Cure or Kill. I am hopeful readers will understand all four publications are an effort to bring to the surface many of the deep-rooted problems in our healthcare system, and the potentially dangerous predicaments we may all find ourselves exposed to. I hope these books lead to open discussion and commentary about our healthcare environment.
All of these books can be found through the link below:
“The Illness of Medicine is a riveting and terrifying look behind the opaque and confusing state of health in America. After 33 years on the front lines, Dr. Young tells you what your doctor won’t about how it all works and too often does not. This book is a disturbing and scathing indictment of a system on life support and once you pick it up you won’t be able to put it down.” – Jack Conaty, Chicago; Former Political Editor
“Net of Deception is one of those novels you simply cannot stop reading until the very last page. This novel is an explosive mix of medicine, sex, politics, and international complot. Dr. Young mastered all of these elements in a realistic novel set in our current reality. Net of Deception is powerful, contemporary, and food for the brain. As in life, the book portrays value, which is often given away in exchange for fast-consuming comfort or shortcuts that have a tremendous cost. A must read.”
— Ervin Kocjancic MD, Professor of Urology, Larry S. Ross endowed Professor,
Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Urology, Director of Genito Urinary Fellowship Program, University of Illinois Health and Science, Chicago.
“Max Conit, a genius, but ununderstood scientist was convinced his invention, a smart synthetic hydrogel, would help treat patients and possibly save lives. But with nefarious intentions, inexplicable deaths and a puzzling investigation, has the perfect crime been devised? This is a brilliantly clever and intriguing thriller. I highly recommend it.”
— Cristian J. Luciano, PhD, Dir. Mixed Reality Laboratory; University of Illinois at Chicago
In To Cure or Kill, Dr. Young weaves a mesmerizing story that combines medical breakthroughs with the thrill of a technological race against time. Through meticulous research and masterful storytelling, the author seamlessly blends science, technology, and human ambition. Readers embark upon an enlightening journey through the intricate world of molecules and therapeutic advancements—brilliantly combined with scientific intrigue, thrilling suspense, and unexpected twists.”
—Cristian J. Luciano, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research & Development and Digital Surgery
Surgalign Spine Technologies, Inc.
October Book Signing in Chicago Art Studio
Dr. Michael J. Young is a professor by day, medical-instrument inventor by evening... and by night? A brilliant author. His third novel “Net of Deception,” covers a “web” of topics, including greed, corruption and deception in the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
“Net of Deception” follows the lives of three affluent men—a wealthy businessman, a U.S. senator, and a hospital administrator doctor—who all fall victim to an online sexual-enhancement drug dispensary scheme.
Unbeknownst to the men, the nefarious and greedy owner of the online drug company is stealing their personal information online while plotting to wield control over their lives. Meant to be read in 4-5 hours, the book is a page turner. Young unmasks the dark side of the web and offers a terrifying
look at how easily safety is compromised.
Young, who is a urologist, said he intended his novel to be disturbing and “a little creepy.”
“I wanted this to be bothersome because people need to be cognizant of the risks out there,” he said. “I can’t remember a time in my life where I have received more spam calls, more nefarious phishing emails that look really good. You really have to be mindful of the risks.”
There have been times in Young’s practice when he felt he spent a significant amount of time trying to tamper the anxieties of entitled people.
“I personally have a few issues that bother me,” he said. “Greed is one, entitlement is another—American entitlement—so, I wanted to showcase that.”
Young also wanted to call out a new trend among Americans—the too-easy process of buying medications online.
“These drugs are not candy. These drugs have side effects, these drugs are risky,” he said. “I decided to write a story about murder, using that as the predicate, with health care in the background, and try to weave in my concerns about cybersecurity and cyber manipulation in the cyber ecosphere and use medicine as the backdrop.”
Young’s novel can be ordered through his publisher www.gmbooks.com and on Amazon.
Dr. Michael J. Young’s involvement in the medical field as a seasoned surgeon and educator led to his first book, The Illness of Medicine, which details his experiences with the current state of our health-care related issues and obstacles.
Currently, his work is primarily engaged in the innovation and development of surgical instruments and medical devices. This research contributed to the writing of his medical-thriller, Consequence of Murder. Dr. Young resides in Chicago. (Author photo by: Giles Bruce, The Times of Northwest Indiana)
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