Review from OnlineBookClub.org
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because of its adherence to the “tell, don’t show” rule in writing when introducing Hiram’s characterization. While not subtle, examples showcasing his character flaws show exactly the kind of character the author decided to create in his protagonist. This book delivers in great detail a character study focused on a stereotypically egotistical, misogynistic man who goes through life using people as he pleases without giving proper tribute when necessary.
The dialogue flows easily and is direct, not a word uttered without purpose. This also highlights the politics of healthcare and how a lot of the goings on depends on whom you know and whom you please. A writing quirk I noticed in the book is that the author tends to stack his dialogue so that sometimes constant “he/she said” doesn’t bog it down. There is also at least one instance where this style of dialogue showcased how quickly a crowd can become hostile, displaying nicely that intellectuals are not above mob mentality.
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