4 out of 4 stars
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Author: William H. Coles
McDowell, a novel by William H. Coles is a fictional story about a re-known surgeon called McDowell. He is a successful man who is determined to achieve all his dreams of life, and will see no mountain.
Dr. Hiram has three children whom he loves and cares about. However, he is in a third marriage which is not stable, but more of a convenience dysfunctional relationship. He is always quarrelling with his wife given that he has an affair with another woman, a fact that he doesn’t hide from his wife.
McDowell worked in a medical foundation in Nepal, headed the international college of surgeons and later on becomes the secretary of health in the USA. Throughout this journey of successes, he makes a couple of friends as well as enemies. He makes illegal dealings to achieve some of the positions, making promises which doesn’t fulfill. It is here that some of his friends vow to revenge and hurt him if opportunity presented itself.
The novel portrays Dr. Hiram McDowell as an irresponsible father, especially when his son Billie impregnates his daughter Tasha. He is reluctant to accept their marriage and instead suggests an abortion to be done. Here, you see him as a heartless and selfish man capable of murder.
What I loved most in the book is the creativity of the author and the coherency and smooth development of ideas. The characters were carefully chosen while the scenes were properly chosen and described. The author has successfully delivered his message in simple English, garnished with properly applied phrases, just within a space of 472 pages. The book is good for all family and the unmarried.
However, I did not find it fair for Sheriff Harold to kill Dr. Hiram without following the due process of the law. I was for the opinion that he could have defended himself if given a chance. The reader would have also wanted to know more on the background of McDowell, particularly his upbringing which could have helped to explain his actions and behavior as an adult. In addition, one could not tell the time span between different scenes.
I sincerely rate this book 4 out of 4. The novel is professionally edited with no grammatical errors, while application of strong language was minimal.
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