4 out of 4 stars
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McDowell is a book of fiction penned by William H. Coles. This is the story of Doctor Hiram McDowell. It's a book filled with mixed emotions and feelings. This book is split into two parts. The first part of this book talks about the ascent of the protagonist and the second part, his fall.
McDowell is a story of a surgeon, Hiram, who at different stages of his life, founded and ran a medical institution in Nepal, led the International College of Surgeons, and one of his greatest achievements; he gets appointed as United States Secretary of Health. Hiram McDowell is a philanthropist that lacks every iota of moral. He enjoys mountain climbing and music. Hiram's hunger for fame makes him a deceptive and an untrustworthy individual. He does anything to rise up to power. He is a father of three children; Ann, Sophie and Billie. Ann is his daughter from his first marriage while Sophie and Billie are from his second marriage. He's an unfaithful husband to his third wife, Carole Mastriano, and a wicked stepfather to Carole's daughters from her former marriage.
William H. Coles talks about the book's characters, who according to the story, have their separate ambitions, and driven by different goals and passions. Michael O'Leary is one of Hiram's friends and also a colleague. After Hiram deceives Michael to become the President of the International College of Surgeons, Michael seeks revenge. Billie, Hiram's last son, who is into music, has an affair with Tasha, one of Carole's daughters. Sophie, a photographer, gets involved in an abusive lesbian relationship due to lack of emotional attachment to their father, Hiram. Ann is his daughter from the first marriage and a mother of two. She is Hiram's least favourite of his three children. Jeremy, Ann's son, is the ultimate cause of Hiram's downfall after his unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide. Paige Sterling is a journalist that has tasked herself to do a research on Hiram's life.
The life of the protagonist has forcible characters filled with a blemish, which at some stage, I had sympathy for. Hiram's character has unlikeable traits, which changed through his walk to seek redemption. McDowell is a thought-provoking book that will leave readers with questions like "Can someone as pernicious as Hiram find redemption?".
The story is an interesting one which compromises of family, love, relationships, family feud, lack of parental guidance, greed, power, money and success. I like the writing style used by the author because it got me engaged immediately I started reading it. McDowell also talks about issues such as journalism, euthanasia, music, divorce, mental illness and the justice system of America.
There was nothing I didn't enjoy about this book. I didn't find any errors in this book. It goes to show that it was professionally edited, therefore, I'll give McDowell by William H. Coles a 4 out of 4 stars. I will recommend it to anyone that loves reading mystical fictions. I will also also recommend it to adults and young adults, that like a bit of sexual contents when reading.
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