4 out of 4 stars
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McDowell by William H. Coles is a book of ups and downs, one surgeon’s changing dreams, and the people that are part of his life.
The book McDowell, by William H. Coles, was in 2 parts. The first part is when Hiram Mcdowell is a rich and successful surgeon, getting nominated to be the United States Secretary of Health. He is also the president of the International College of Surgeons and had opened a hospital in Nepal with his medical foundation. Seems most of Hiram’s dreams have come true. Yes, his home life isn’t a priority for him, but this seems to bother his wife and children more than Hiram, who doesn’t seem to care all that much.
Right in the first pages of the book Hiram went on a mountain climb and left a fellow climber behind who died. So, although this author is great at bringing a character to life, from the beginning this character was hard to like. He was greedy, selfish, and uncaring. But, to give the author credit, who made this character so hard to like, Hiram being unlikable didn’t mean that I didn’t like the book. No, the author brings his characters to life so you can hardly put the book down.
In the second part of the book, everything important to Hiram takes a 180 degree turn. Many people are against him, his presidency of the International College is in question, and everything that made Hiram such a rich, proud, and wealthy man is in the balance.
With such a great character development of Hiram, the author also was able to portray his families’ feelings though these difficulties. I will not spoil more about the family as other than the second part of the book where everything goes downhill, I think the dealings with his family, is what makes this book outstanding.
I had previously read The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Cole, so I had not only been excited to read another book by this same author, I had also felt I knew the type of doctor the main character would be. I couldn’t be further from the truth. The main characters in these two books are very different and other than perhaps the writing style, I wouldn’t have known McDowell was by the same author. It reminds me of when you watch a move who an actor portrays a villain where you are used to seeing them as the hero. It takes a little time to get used to, plus it is surprising and a credit to the actor if they do well at both parts. The same with McDowell, the author can write about any character I believe now, and make it in an entertaining book.
I felt so many emotions in this book, mainly aimed at Hiram, but occasionally some other characters. I’m recommending this book to readers who enjoy books that are professionally edited with plenty of in-depth characters, and who like a believable story that is entertaining. This was an easy one for me to rate; this book deserves the rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Is this author the next Robin Cook? Yes, the thought crossed my mind, so I had to check, and yes, he is a surgeon. I look forward to reading another book from this author.
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