I picked up the Dark Fields after briefly skimming the back cover, and it is definitely among one of my better impulse buys.
The concept in itself is amazing - and potenitally plausible as medical science evolves - and both the plot and writing style are gripping.
We are introduced to the narrator 'Eddie', who is overweight, slovenly, and stuck in a dead end job as a copywriter for a small publishing company. A chance encounter with his former brother-in-law introduces him to the mysterious drug MDT-48, allegedly under development in a major pharmaceutical lab. Eddie pops his first pill, and it is from this point that the full on adrenaline rush that is 'The Dark Fields' kicks in, gripping the reader relentlessly until the final full stop.
Under the ever increasing addictive grip of MDT-48, Eddie finds his intellect soaring to unprecedented degrees; he masters Italian in one evening and finds he can decipher stocks and trade on the market for ever increasing profits. Furthermore, he exudes charisma, and his mere presence proves irresistable to others. He soon finds his social circle widening to include great artists and billionaire business tycoons.
However, as Eddies consumption of and reliance on MDT-48 increases, so too do the horrifying side effects...
To offer a cliche, 'The Dark Fields' rips along at rollercoaster speed. I found my heart palpitating as I read, anxious to reach the conclusion, but reluctant for the ride to end.
As thrillers go, 'The Dark Fields' is top notch. Set aside a weekend and cancel all plans as you won't put this book down until the last word.