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The Broken Paracute Man by Robert B. Bolin

February 19th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I would rate this book at a 3.5 out of 5 stars.  Thanks to Elizabeth at Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists for the chance to review this book.

Description: “The Broken Parachute Man” follows Clyde Young, a mediocre drug executive who agrees to present findings on a new premium drug at the FDA’s Public Advisory Committee Meeting in Portland, Ore. But while in the air, Young’s flight is hijacked by terrorists. When Young refuses to follow the terrorists’ orders, he is given a parachute and thrown from the plane. Young survives and makes his way to Las Vegas where no one but ruffians believe his fanciful story. While trying to figure out why he was singled out by the terrorists, Young and his new allies discover that his pharmaceutical company has been abusing their power and place in the market. It is up to Young to reveal the conspiracy before it endangers countless innocent patients.

Through a riveting tale, “The Broken Parachute Man” explores the truth about money and greed surrounding our current medical system and pharmaceutical industry.

Robert B. Bolin, M.D. is a hematologist and oncologist for the Skylakes Medical Center. He holds a Bachelor of Science from The College of Idaho and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado. Bolin currently resides in Klamath Falls, Ore., and is working on his third novel, The Pepperbox Diary, which is a historic look at the prejudices miners faced in early 1900s.  For more information, please visit

This was an enjoyable ride of a book as long as you suspend your sense of reality and believe anything could happen.  The first section in which Clyde is trying to survive in the snowy wilderness is wildly unbelievable and I found the side paragraphs with the author’s comments to be irritating.  But once you get passed that it was fun to meet each character and watch them mature and raise themselves above the life of an aimless homeless person.  To be honest Clyde was the only character I did not care for very much.  I became very attached to Dan and George and was rooting for a happy ending for the two of them.   The main problem I had with Clyde was he never really took control of taking back his life.  If it were not for Elsie, Art, Dan, George and several other characters he meets along the way he would probably be dead or wallowing in confusion.

Like I mention above this entire situation is pretty unrealistic but I still found it interesting as I worked in a pharmaceutical library at one time and it was interesting to see a story around the espionage around new drug development and the competition between the different companies out there and just how far would a company go to keep up their revenues.

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3 Responses

  1. bookworm

    I’m reading this one too. ‘This was an enjoyable ride of a book as long as you suspend your sense of reality and believe anything could happen.'<-well said! I totally agree. I’m finding it hard to believe that Clyde survived in the wilderness for as long as he did.

    great review!

  2. dsuzuki

    I hope you enjoy it! Totally unrealistic but I liked it more than I expected.

  3. RAnn

    I said the same thing about needing to suspend disbelief:

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