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Marcel Sahade
The DrugTech Trilogy
Book 1: Spellbound - The Workings of DrugTech A clandestine pharmaceutical company will stop at nothing in its quest for power and profit. When Benjamin Jones, an average university science student with girl-problems, is secretly given access to the breathtaking breakthroughs of DrugTech by his parents, his life will never be the same. Meanwhile, William Hunter Barrister-at-Law has never lost a case in his 15 years of practice. But things are not as they seem as his work-experience student Jennifer is soon to find out. And DrugTech's involvement forever lurks in the shadows. Book 2: DrugTech - The Deep State Deepens DrugTech's influence grows in the political, judicial and administrative spheres. Its breakthroughs in science lead to the possession of the, "Finger of God". But three university students with the help of the Dominican Order of Priests plot its ultimate downfall. Book 3: DrugTech - The Final Dose The mystical powers of the Dominican Order of Priests, and a Dominican Nun, Sister Jennifer, help three university students bring DrugTech to its knees, and save the life of an innocent person from a wrongful murder conviction. Flashbacks and analogies to the great Battle of Lepanto culminate in the DrugTech Empire crashing down, as the Managing Director of DrugTech is replaced, and its former Managing Director brought to justice.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.50 out of 10


Plot: Sahade’s trilogy is ambitious in its efforts to unite several seemingly unrelated stories, each one characterized by intrigue, suspense, and betrayal. The storyline suffers in the mix, jumping between perspectives with little warning and stark transitions. Readers may find the sheer breadth of the trilogy overwhelming and challenging to track through to the conclusion.

Prose: The writing style, while often deeply enjoyable, also fluctuates in much the same way as the plot, and the prose is liberally sprinkled with awkward phrasing and stilted moments. There are distracting sections in the novel that dedicate too much time to exposition, in the process detracting from the narrative.

Originality: Sahade’s attempts to combine various characters and storylines into one cohesive narrative lend the novel individuality, but it comes at a hefty price—in the end, the book and its prose are unable to keep up with the demanding plot.

Character/Execution: Sahade introduces multiple characters, each mired in distinctive circumstances that eventually tie back together, but they quickly become difficult to follow. Although the story attempts to keep them connected, the trilogy’s scope results in a sense of disconnection.

Date Submitted: May 04, 2022