4 out of 4 stars
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When Dr. David was six years old, a certain man who had become bothersome to his parents was murdered. The man’s body was found floating on Cuyahoga River in Ohio. As a young boy, he was curious about his parents’ reaction to the murder. However, his parents showed no concern. They had an idea about who had done it and everything seemed to work to their favor. What mattered most to them was that the man would not bother them anymore. David learned that bad things happen to bad people. From this lesson, he came up with The Eleventh Commandment. Well, you will have to read the book to know what the commandment states. Throughout the book, the author gives events that made him evoke the eleventh commandment to ease his mind. For instance, he witnessed Luke, a police officer, shoot a burglar who attempted to steal from a cashier. The thief died on the spot.
The author is 87 years old. In the book, he gives a series of events from his childhood, his career as a medical doctor, and other experiences in his personal life. However, this is not a memoir. He warns the reader that “some of the details in this book are completely factual, some are embellished, and some have an element of sheer fabrication.” Fortunately, I was able to figure out most of the real events from the fabricated ones.
I enjoyed the author’s style of writing. It is simple and easy to understand. He made the right choice of words when painting the scenes in the book. For instance, the scenes that were in his line of work as a physician were easy to understand since he did not use heavy medical terms. Another notable feature of the author’s creativity is the use of poetic words. He even wrote a poem to help the reader figure out whether he was able to attain true happiness after achieving tremendous success in his career. It was epic.
As an individual who witnessed the events of the Second World War, he did not disappoint in providing helpful historical facts about the war. Do you know how long it took to assemble a fighter jet during that time? You will be surprised to know the exact number of days from the author’s first-hand experience.
I also enjoyed the humor notes that the author has sprinkled all over the book. I could not help but laugh at some of the humorous scenes that the author wrote in the book. One of such scenes was when he became a nervous wreck while attending to Elizabeth Taylor. He forgot to place the earpieces of his stethoscope in his ears as he examined her chest. That had me cracking my ribs with laughter for quite a while.
The only downside of the book came towards the end. The author described his encounter with Mother Teresa. Apparently, Mother Teresa gave him “three little words” that he was to recite on a daily basis. I was curious to know what the “three little words” were. Unfortunately, the author did not give them in the book. Overall, I give The Eleventh Commandment by Dr. David Trucker 4 out of 4 stars. I really enjoyed reading it. The book is professionally edited. I only noted one error. I recommend it to people who have difficulties in coming to terms with the bad things that happen to bad people. I have to warn the reader that the book contains some gory scenes of murders, accidents, and suicide cases.
"The Eleventh Commandment; Dr. David Trucker"
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