Mind Catcher by John Darnton

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Newsday called John Darnton's Neanderthal "hair-raisingly believable" and The New York Times called The Experiment "complex and original [and] wholly engaging . . . a world where fiction pales before the unbelievable truth." Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author has done it again, in a story almost beyond imagining.

New York City: A thirteen-year-old boy named Tyler lies in a hospital, his brain damaged in a tragic accident. By his bedside, his father stands helplessly, as two very different scientists take charge of the boy's fate. One is a neurosurgeon, whose unorthodox experiments use computers to control a patient's physical responses during surgery. The other is a researcher with experiments of his own, experiments so secret he can breathe them to nobody: his attempts to find the spark of human consciousness...and capture it forever.

Together, they will produce a result beyond anything they could have conceived, sending Tyler far beyond the frontiers of medical science into an astonishing netherworld--a place no living person has gone before and from which one desperate person will try to bring him back....

A spellbinding novel of science, technology, and the very stuff that makes us human, Mind Catcher is an unforgettable journey into the possibilities of the mind of man...and his soul.

About John Darnton

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John Darnton is culture editor for The New York Times. He lives in New York.
Published August 1, 2002 by Dutton Adult. 387 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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At Manhattan's renowned St. Catherine's Hospital, brilliant neurosurgeon Leopoldo Saramaggio does pioneering research on healing the damaged brain by linking it to computers that can take over its functions temporarily.

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Brain surgery actually is brain surgery, which leads to complex medical passages, but Darnton skillfully navigates those while keeping the suspense at full throttle.

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