Captivating Medical Thriller: What’s in "The Plasma" He’s Being Given

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Author Kamal Malaker blends a crime thriller and medical drama in enthralling new novel.

"The Plasma" by Kamal Malaker

"The Plasma" by Kamal Malaker

"Think of a Robin Cook-style thriller when pursuing the medical mystery that is 'The Plasma'; but with an overlay of social inspection that elevates this production to something more than a quasi-science fiction plot." - Diane Donovan, MidWest Book Review

Born on a poor Caribbean island, James Wilberforce has achieved the American dream. Since immigrating to the U.S. from the West Indies, he’s built a successful business and is a millionaire. Happily married with three children, James knows he’s leading a charmed life.

Then the unthinkable happens. James is diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow cancer that has yet to be successfully treated. The only expert researching the disease is Professor Hooper, who is conducting treatments that are highly experimental. The professor and his assistant, Dr. Mary-Ann Sanford, assure James he’s in good hands.

Although James’s symptoms improve using the treatment, his condition takes a turn for the worse. Desperate for a cure, James wants to believe he can recover from the disease, but as the control over his life begins to wane, he starts to wonder whom he can trust. Are his doctors trying to cure him … or crush him?

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Praise for "The Plasma":

"'The Plasma' is a powerful medical drama that plays out in the arena of personal experience, special interests, and business motivations alike. It poses many thought-provoking moments especially recommended for readers who enjoy stories of moral and ethical challenges in the medical world. Action is spiced with a fast-paced race to a conclusion which ends with a satisfying bang of social and political surprise." - Diane Donovan, MidWest Book Review

“'The Plasma' is a gripping novel that artfully manages to combine the medical drama, the immigrant narrative, and the crime thriller into a single, riveting tale of hope, betrayal, and darkness that challenges all expectations and delivers something wholly new. The author, Dr. Kamalendu Malaker, draws expertly from both his knowledge of oncology and genre literature, texturing the medical world of the novel with authentic, professional specificity and the aesthetic trimmings of the hardboiled and the gothic. What’s more, the added component of the immigration narrative and the revelation of the dark underbelly of the American Dream places 'The Plasma' in an arrestingly political framework, heightening the drama through its social foregrounding. A truly unique and captivating novel.” - Charles Asher, reviewer

About the Author: Kamal Malaker has spent the last 50 years working with leading experts in the field of oncology. He trained to become a physician at the University of Calcutta in India and earned his doctorate in cell biology from the University of London. Having trained in oncology at Oxford and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School of London University, he received his oncology degree from the Royal College. Dr. Malaker became the senior registrar and clinical tutor in radiation oncology at the University of London. He also served as a research officer at the Dana Farber Cancer Center at Harvard University. His professional and personal exposure to humanity worldwide, including in the UK, Canada, USA, India, North and equatorial Africa, the Middle East, and the West Indies, transformed him to what he is today. Dr. Malaker published his first cancer journal in India in 1962, is credited with helping establish oncology as a clinical discipline, and has written hundreds of scientific articles. The author is currently a professor of oncology and internal medicine at Ross University and is head of oncology at Dominica Princess Margaret Hospital. He and his wife, Baljit, live in Winnipeg, Canada. They have a grown daughter and a granddaughter.

The compelling new book THE PLASMA (ISBN: 978-1-98174-395-7) published by CreateSpace is now available for $7.15 and can be ordered through: or or

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