4 out of 4 stars
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McDowell by William H. Coles is a story of Hiram McDowell and his pursuit for success at any cost. Hiram McDowell does achieve his dream and gets to live the life that he believes he deserves. He is a world-class surgeon, a proficient mountain climber, and harmonica player. However, it is only fleeting. In his pursuit of success, he forgets ethics and empathy for others and pays the ultimate price for it. As his life begins to unravel, the once respected man with the life to envy ends up facing imprisonment and charges of second-degree murder.
McDowell is rather fascinating in the manner of writing used by the author, as well as the personality of the main character. Most books have a clear protagonist (hero) and antagonist (villain). In McDowell, the main character seems to fall into both categories. Initially, he seems an average guy (if being a surgeon is considered average). But as the story progresses, we gain insight into the true McDowell, who is not as awe-inspiring as we thought he was.
Hiram McDowell “cares” for his children, saves people and loves rock climbing. On the surface, he represents the ideal; a man who has everything going for him. However, time shows us a ruthless man. He alienates his friends and family and does whatever it takes to attain success. In the end, Hiram is alone as he faces the consequences of his past actions. He has to accept who he has become in his quest for power and success. This book, once again highlights what humans are capable of in desperate situations.
McDowell seeks an answer to the question, “Can there be redemption for irredeemable?” It looks at one man’s fall out of grace and his journey toward redemption. It is a rather arduous journey, as one has to recognize one’s wrongdoing to make a change. Hiram McDowell develops new relationships that aid him in reevaluating his past in new light and seeing what is genuinely important.
This story is most especially for those who love crime and mystery stories, or who enjoy gaining insight into human nature via fiction. It is a rather difficult journey, as one has to realize one’s wrongdoing to make a change. It is equally for you if you enjoy stories about redemption. McDowell was professionally edited, as I noted no grammatical errors. Consequently, for all these reasons, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
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