"Nerve Endings" has intrigue, romance, and action. To balance the fantasy with a reality-check, it embeds political/technology issues and links them with the cable-TV industry. It presents physical/ethical issues by focusing on a kidney transplant recipient and a broken marriage. It mixes the glamour of Hollywood executives with grassroots Iowa farmers and hardworking Maine lobstermen. It got my attention and, after a fashion, I was amused, surprised, and riveted.
Mr. Martin's forte is that he keeps the reader magnetically drawn to continue reading. I'm not easily surprised and yet I was fooled when the plot took unexpected twists. Of particular note was the clever elimination of "a bad guy". Later, the handling of simultaneous actions in the last action-scene was impressive. I was even somewhat annoyed when phonecalls interrupted my reading. Bravo!
"Nerve Endings" is adventurous. It has both cruel and tender moments and it is a thriller for men and women alike. The story is enhanced with cross-country locations, nature's seasonal beauty, with regional dialects, and with references to appropriate background music. More importantly, emphasis is placed upon a spirit of survival, determination, the pursuit of honorable happiness, and the kindnesses of strangers.
All-in-all, reading "Nerve Endings" was fun and I recommend it. Enjoy! ... And when you're done with "Nerve Endings", read Mr. Martin's "Harvard Yard" and "Citizen Washington". They're even better.