The Pendulum of Justice: Dale and Kaila Halling
A young woman whose life hangs in the balance as the book opens up with the fate of one woman in the hands of an invention that has been buried by the government. We meet Hank Rangar the head of Houdini Security as he takes the reader through his innovative security invention while pitching the idea to a company that he hopes will invest in his idea. Listening to him speak, understanding the demographics the ideas sound plausible, the monetary gain great and the prospect of higher earnings within the realm of reality. A technology whiz seasoned in handling government computers formerly working for the DOD, Hank’s skills are well known. Working for himself and helping other entrepreneurs develop their own ideas and get patents for their product, we meet him during this important meeting as he explains his thoughts, understands his limitations and realizes what needs to be done to succeed. But the author takes us deep inside the heart of what he plans to do and readers witness technology within a secret surgical unit where a new and innovative technique is being explored, cultivated and used on an unusual patient in order to save his heart. Heart surgery is delicate and what we witness is groundbreaking and the end result could really make a difference.
Within the prologue we meet and hear the voice of Hank and his brother in law Mark as his sister is the one whose life hangs in the balance as a mere patent holds her life ransom. Why would the government not sign off of this? Why would they let her die? What was the purpose of sacrificing her life? The Pendulum of Justice was tilted in the wrong direction as the scales tipped the wrong way. Can Hank even them out again?
The invention in question is the angiochannelizer and the technique was used in an unorthodox operating room on a pig. The end result was groundbreaking. But, the nature of the invention would save may lives the question of the patent still hangs in the air and that is where our story gets really heated.
As Hank hopes to close the deal with MedCon the question of the patent comes into play as we meet those in charge of the US Patent office and we learn what happens when the process is explained, the Examiner College involved and the role of this office and their position. Training of those handing out the patents is discussed, the statistics, the Type I and Type II errors and the MDF report on patent quality all come into play. The Director of the Patent Office is Morris and his agenda you might say is quite suspect as we overhear him speaking to several others within his office and we learn more about when and why the appeals group is overturning decisions made by the Patent Office. The end result and why that would cause problems for the Patent Office. Threats are made, innuendos implied and the end result costs lives.
Janine is Hank’s sister who witnessed the experimental operation and who is quite ill. A car accident left her with many injuries and upon further examination she has a problem with her blood. The surgery she will need will hinge on Hank getting the Patent for the human trials to use his new technology.
A simple signature on a patent could have saved the life of someone who was dying. The inner most workings of US Patent office and those running it are exposed as we learn the corruption behind their leaders, their motives for handing out patents to one start-up company and withholding it from another. When EWE does not receive its patent and another company steals its technology the investors go with the second one and leave the other to fall by the wayside. As the government plays God of these agencies and the bureaucrats are either paid off, receiving fringe benefits or don’t ware, the end result although said to be for the great good is really more harmful. Regulatory criteria arbitrary and the merit of an invention tossed aside, those in Washington hand some out to dry for monetary profit.
Hank’s company Made By Man will help heart patients that need stents and those where some arteries are too small for these stents. The author describes the areas of concern, relates them to Hank’s sister and when he realizes that his invention can save her life and prevent the clots forming I her heart he sets in motion what he hoped would be a series of meetings, financial discussions and events in order to get the funding for EWE or backing from Medicon. But what happens is heart breaking and the end result tragic. When a Senator is paid off and corrupt and bows to the wiles of a lobbyist, someone loses. Janine would be the first eligible for this experimental trial if the funding and patent came through. Convincing her doctor and the staff of the hospital as well as her husband Mark too quite a bit of testing, research and understanding that although successfully used on a pig, they were not sure if it would work on humans. Added into the mix is reporter Christine Patel who wants to break this open in the news but is blocked every step of the way.
Within the pages of this complex novel the authors bring to light the hidden world of corruption as we learn more about why one company EWE applied for a patent for their technology. The angiochallelizer technology would have closed part of the door on the need for stents. So, why not market it more even though it would or might cause the elimination of the need for stents? Greed, money, costs and profits find out how they come into play as the authors continue with the history of AltruMedical, how their founders stole the technology developed by the creator of the angiochallenizer, Dr. Cody and whaqt Hank would learn in order to uncover the truth. Throughout Chatper 14 the authors creatively and carefully outline how AltruMedical’s application was fast tracked while EWE placed before a board review. As Hank hacks into the emails of those involved we learn just how easy it is to access files, emails, records and follow the deception trail from start to finish. When one truth is found we learn just who profited from AltruMedical being acquired by MedCon, we learn why EWE’s patent never happened and the harsh reality behind Janine’s death.
As Christine Patel, the reporter for the Financial Reporter digs deep her life is turned upside down, threats are made as she unravels more than just the reason why MedCon wanted to keep the stent market alive. Why buy the new technology just to bury it deep? Within Chapter 16 all of the players are revealed and the money trails found. Just how they managed to do this and get away with it you won’t believe as Christine digs deep into her research, finds out who the real investors are and the end result has yet to be determined.
How far will Hank go to protect his companies, help his partners and avenge the death of his sister? You decide if justice was really done or not. Patents, technology, hacking, EMP technology in cars, fires set and arson involved the author brings to light just how many ways murders can be committed without a trace, how the government can track our moves and how powerful one man named Hank Rangar is and the lengths he goes to in order to even out that Pendulum. What’s next for him and where will his skills take him? The authors have already penned the next one: Trails of Injustice: 2014.
Fran Lewis: reviewer
The reader might ask themselves many questions regarding patents and the laws governing them: Can this really happen? Did it ever happen? What is fact and what is fiction? The plot is so cleverly created and the events so easily followed that whether this is fact or fiction will still give readers pause for thought. Would politicians really go to these extremes for profit? Is one life expendable?
Threats are made on both sides as Hank faces off with his opponent and directly threatens his future. What happens next is explosive as this one foe hires out some experts to make sure that Hank does not see the light of another day. The intricate plan in place but they never expected the end result as the security cameras and other high tech surveillance equipment allowed Hank to foil what someone started. The chain of events that follow will allow readers to know just how high up the corruption goes within many government agencies like the NSF, NIF, FBI, POLICE and even the IRS. But, Hank is dangerous in his own right and enlists the help of his friend Warren to undertake a task that readers will have to find out for themselves. The clock is ticking and someone has to pay for Janine’s death, what happened to the reporter and the other events that took away what Hank hoped would save the lives of so many. What is the final outcome for Made By Man, Houdini Security and EWE? Will the competition win and those involved will their pockets be lined with more gold? The pendulum swings back and forth and is suspended from a support that is fixed or solid so that it can swing freely back and forth under the influence of gravity.
The survival of all of the characters is not dependent on his/her own abilities to stay alive or faculties but in justifying their actions and the hope that each one will be able to fight to remain alive as explosions, knives, deaths, corruption, computer hacking, spyware and much more come into play in order to even out that pendulum and have it swing in a specific direction. But, whose?