An admired and lauded surgeon climbs to the top of his profession. But his callous and questionably moral determination angers colleagues and friends who vow to destroy him. He becomes a member of the President’s cabinet when a personal family tragedy presents him with a dilemma that leads to a felonious crime. When his world of wealth and privilege collapses, only time can reveal if he rebuilds his life to garner always-desired esteem.
Wow, McDowell is an incredible, thrilling, disturbing book and I loved it! Ever since finishing reading this book I have not been able to stop thinking about it. It is shocking as well as thought-provoking and let’s not forget extremely unique. This novel builds on you, it pulls you in bit by bit to the point that you are a slave to it. I know this may sound over the top but it is true! This really is a genius novel that everybody needs to read.
The plot of this novel follows the protagonist, McDowell, he is a somewhat strange and peculiar character and when you first start to read about him you can’t quite put your finger on what is wrong. Something is off… it does not feel right but you do not know what. This is the feeling I had reading about him, I had a feeling of unease but this uneasy feeling compelled me to read because I desperately wanted to know more about this enigmatic character! McDowell is a surgeon and he has reached a point in his life where he has virtually everything… money, power and all the prestige and respect you could ask for. However, something switches in him and soon he becomes a harsh character and he becomes very insensitive to people and their problems which is not a good attribute if you are a surgeon! Things only get worse when his grandson goes on a killing spree and soon McDowell finds himself in prison and after escaping, he must earn his way back to redemption… if he ever can and this is the premise of this unique but brilliant novel.
The story of McDowell cannot be discussed without writing about the protagonist… McDowell. McDowell is probably one of my most favorite protagonists of all time, I adore disturbing characters who are unique, it is boring to read a book with a cliche character so I adored how peculiar he was. I loved how you are not supposed to like him, not at first anyway, he is actually a character you will most likely despise in the beginning, he is selfish, as well as arrogant and you can’t help but find him incredibly despicable. However, there is a part in this novel where a female journalist writes a biography on him, I do not want to say why as it will spoil this brilliant book however when she does, she digs deep… between the multiple layers of his personality and this proves to be insightful, enlightening but terrifying at the same time. Without McDowell, this novel would not the at the level of brilliance it is, William H.Coles, the author of the novel, his creation of McDowell as well as his brilliant plot makes this novel an incredibly brilliant read that is fast-paced, well written, and highly addictive.
William H. Coles is a talented author who is insightful as well as poignant, I say this because his writing is very poignant, this novel is essentially a character study… an in-depth study of human nature and what can happen to us if we are unrestrained. It is incredibly thought-provoking and makes you think. Coles knows how to write an engaging story, this was apparent to me from the very beginning, it is a testament to his levels of expertness and for that I applaud him.
To summarise my thoughts on this incredible, moving, intriguing story I would say if you like books that are thought-provoking, as well as thrilling then this is the book for you! This wonderful novel gets Five Stars from me!
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