This appears to be an excellent introductory text for bioinorganic chemistry. The authors assume no previous biochemistry knowledge and only a cursory understanding of concepts in inorganic chemistry is required. Any student who has completed general chemistry should find most of the book readily accessible.
The book begins with a basic overview of the essential elements for life and protein structure and then introduces amino acids, macrocycles, and nucleic acids as “ligands with biological significance”. Subsequent chapters focus on metal uptake, metal transport, metal storage, biomineralization, and the roles of metalloproteins in biological processes (structural, catalytic, and electron transfer). There is a ninth chapter available online covering metals in medicine. The references at the end of the book provide a good list of primary articles that could be used to supplement the text.
The text is easy to read and has excellent images and diagrams. There are in-text review questions and exercises but no end-of-chapter problems. It would be well suited for sophomore courses and above and could be used to supplement any introductory general, inorganic, or biochemistry course. For advanced or special topics courses, the book would need to be supplemented with primary articles from the literature. At a list price of $39.99 for the paperback (very good quality; 226 pages), I highly recommend this book both for course use and as a basic reference for those less familiar with bioinorganic chemistry.
I have not yet used this book in a course, but plan to do so in my advanced inorganic course this fall, which will spend a half semester focused on bioinorganic chemistry. The book will be used to provide introduction and background for different topics that we will then cover in depth through discussion of research articles.