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Calypso Terrier

McDowell 4/4 p>Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell tells a powerful story about fixing past mistakes and changing into a better person. This book carried a strong message in a fast-paced and thrilling story. I loved several parts of this McDowell, such as the brilliant characters and a strong plot. Every character had a unique personality and complimented the storyline. Additionally, the story was always moving forward and I never felt bored while reading. I especially enjoyed the way William H. Coles was
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sursangeet_2000

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org To be honest, I couldn’t find much that was wrong in this book. I believe that the book has been professionally edited. I might have come across a couple of errors with commas and other punctuation, but the story and its characters had me intrigued and I stopped noticing errors after a point. I believe that McDowell is a philosophical book that will keep its readers engaged and I would give it a 4 out of
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bauer_ve

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really enjoyed reading this book! Initially I thought it would be hard to follow because of the switching between characters’ viewpoints, but that added so much depth to the storyline. It was not difficult to follow along at all. It allowed me to feel more immersed in the story, like I was right there with the characters. The author did an excellent job building up the complexity of the characters and making each one relatable
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Amanda Deck

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is the story of Hiram McDowell, a famous, wealthy surgeon who is also the founder of a charitable medical foundation in Nepal. While those not in his inner circle are impressed by his list of credentials, surgical skills and good works, his family and business colleagues know he’s not to be trusted. Underneath the veneer of benevolence is an arrogant, self-serving man. When he’s proven to be a fraud and a
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Lkernodle

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a gripping book by William H. Coles based on the life of Dr. Hiriam McDowell at the peak of his career, through his fall, and ultimately ending with his redemption. While it was disturbing in the beginning, the author takes the reader on a journey of emotions from disparaging McDowell to ultimately cheering for his reunification with his family and society in general. Overall the book is well written, chapters are clearly identified and
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Audrey_Grace

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org If you are someone who likes to experience the lives of seemingly ordinary individuals, slowly unraveling the quirky, adventurous, and even damnable aspects of them until they become completely and utterly unique, then this book is absolutely right for you. You will be taken on a series of adventures that leave you biting your nails in anticipation, hardly ever settling down enough to be predictable or let you take a deep breath. If you can bear to
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bellaterrabooks

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I relished the interconnection of the characters and the differing perspectives of the book. While Hiram remained the lead figure, the other personalities augmented the grit of the story by developing a rich tapestry. The imperfect features of the individuals were poetic as they were deficient as humans rather than flawed merely for the sake of the fiction. When Sophie is navigating interactions with Hiram as a daughter to a father, this was entirely rational. A child
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zukylala

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Asides from the art, the stories were highly imaginative and skillfully told. After reading the book, I sort of felt star struck and I’m thinking I ought to re-learn my talents at writing or drawing even. Sincerely speaking, his work did move me so. A few stories like ‘The Stonecutter’, ‘The miracle of Madame Villard’ and ‘Big Gene’ had quite some expedient historical references. As such it is kudos to William for not making these same stories
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Sunny Day 246

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I totally loved this book! It’s a book that tells a great story and reinforces, without preaching, one of the most basic lessons in life: be careful what you desire as actions and decisions have consequences. The author successfully delves into the worlds of law, medicine and religion and introduces us to a core of well rounded and believable characters. Before you know it, you’re drawn into their world and taken for a literary ride where initial
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Julii23

The Surgeon's Wife 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Surgeon’s Wife is a book that starts off as just another story of several medical practioners whose lives are intertwined in their daily hustles of making other people’s lives better either by way of medicine or surgical procedures. However, as the author delves deep into these doctors’ lives, it turns out to be a really interesting read as most of the people in the book have quite a dramatic lifestyle both in their line of
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purity721

The Surgeon's Wife 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Surgeon’s wife is a must read. It has a well-developed plot, although short, each page leaves you wanting more and you can’t wait to turn the next page. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I could not find any error in the book meaning it had a professional edition. I recommend this book to young adults. They should understand the consequences of ignoring part of their life. They should learn how to balance
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mariakavo88

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book would appeal to those who like mystery and crime stories. This book would also suit those who are into books about forgiveness, human nature, and redemption. There are some strong scenes in this book, therefore, I would not recommend this book to young children. With that being said I think a mature teenager would be able to handle this book as well. It appears as though the book was professionally edited, as I did
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ea_anthony

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This is a very good book, and it can/should be reread intermittently to appreciate the effort the author put into the crafting of this work. This is a special novel, which should resonate with the avid reader. I recommend this novel to serious book lovers and also those aspiring to be book lovers. I will give this novel a 4 out of 4 stars rating, which it fully deserves. The book is well-edited and contains no
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Gabriela_Lara21

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the fonts, they were easy to read and I didn’t notice any mistakes in grammar or spelling. This book is definitely oriented to a mature audience; the theme of the story and the language that McDowell uses to describe women or people can be disturbing to sensible or younger readers. I loved this book, it kept me super immersed in the story. What I liked the most was the reflection it gives about to
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Emjopin

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell recounts the struggles and inconsistency of science that makes arts and music a safe refuge for zipped truths about science and humanity trapped in a commercial world wielded by gold, guns and pressured press. No matter how you aim for ideals and nobility, the battle between good and evil sets affronts to surmise. Vying for the top has always been ingrained in achievers but getting there is a unique experience, to each his own wit.
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Michgal 32

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is a story filled with a lot of mixed feelings. Hiram is selfish and arrogant and yet there is something about him that makes one not hate him wholeheartedly. He is wrong on so many things and yet he is right in bringing his children to a steady life from their relations. He considers himself a victim of circumstances and does not take any responsibility of his wrongdoings. He tries to
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Ms-G

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In his journey to an epiphany, the lives of McDowell’s family are elucidated. There is tragedy and beauty as their lives are affected by McDowell’s interventions and actions. This book is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. As McDowell so aptly notes: “Its society and culture where we find ourselves immersed in the conscious time we’re given as humans during life. We make our heaven and hell by how we influence the humanity
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abbiejoice

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I never thought I would enjoy this book as much as I did! Although Hiram was first depicted as an unlikeable man, he was later on shown to have positive human qualities. The book is a testament to the complexity of a person. It is also a testament to the influence one human life can make on other people’s lives. I give this book 4 out of 4 stars because of its excellence in many areas.
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Pallavi85

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I will rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Coles story is an admirable work woven around diverse characters with very strong and unidentical representation, who never fail to keep pace with the run. Mcdowell’s progress along with its attributes, those of agony, apathy, fear, dislawfullness, obligations, accusations and many more amidst of ego, arrogance, self esteem, care, the never to give up human attitude with floating bits of likes and dislikes. Above all the
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SpencerVo

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org It is a common practice that the main character of a fictional story should at least try to be likable. However, sometimes you find a protagonist so despicable that you eagerly wait for his suffering without an ounce of mercy. If you are reading a work of an expert writer, you will gradually turn this initial contempt into tentative understanding and sadness when his end does come. This was what I felt after finishing McDowell, and
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lucie_paul

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Ever felt guilty for doing something bad and wanted to make things right just to erase that guilt? The story of one Hiram McDowell in McDowell by William H. Coles follows. The intriguing novel comprises of two parts with a total of 72 chapters. What I liked about this book is that we are taught the good morals of caring for others, being kind-hearted and selflessness. Character development and both feelings and thoughts were nicely expressed
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calciumm

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Sympathizing with the villain might seem far-fetched for a lot of readers but in the book McDowell, the readers’ beliefs about antagonists might be challenged. McDowell is a book about the main character of the book’s same name, Hiram McDowell, and how his actions affected the lives of those he met along his life. I give this story a 4 out of 4 stars. It is well-written, the characters and the plot are really good and
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Lolababs94

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org 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
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bdu15062

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles is an extraordinary author and his style made the book a pleasure to read. He used many imagery techniques to help develop his settings and characters, but allowed our imaginations to take control. In only the first few chapters, I could see that this was going to be an enjoyable read, as the characters all had in depth, backstories making sure that the reader could personally connect with them. In the prologue, the reader was
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Harview

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I celebrate the crafting of this novel. In literary instruction, we’re told to ensure that our protagonists grow between the beginning and ending of novels. This central character does. Supporting his story are supporting figures that are well outlined, written, and motivated by relevant backstories. Every minor bit ties in with the major plot. The short chapters move the book along and it engages the mind, philosophically. The success of this narrative is the unpredictable main
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khaira elise

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rate McDowell 4 out of 4 stars. I like how the author entails the different culture and traditions from different places. I would highly recommend this book to those who like character development story, and about the life of a person. There are a lot of moral lessons that this book can give to the readers. Every one of us is capable of making mistakes at the same correcting those mistakes. Sometimes in life, we
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John J. Kelly – Detroit Free Press

McDowell First understand this. Dr. Hiram McDowell was once a despicable individual. As Charles Dicken’s wrote in the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” this must be understood or no good can come from this story. William H. Coles has written this tale of a shabby protagonist to show how free will and hubris can ruin a person’s life. From the very first page of the novel we see this talented doctor failing to come to the aid of others in need
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Akanimo123

The Spirit of Want 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like the novel because it is unpredictable. This makes the reader to keep reading the book till the end as it can not be predicted. Another thing is that the plot of the story is well defined with good timely explanations thus helping one understand the time between each of the events and to understand the geographical location of the scenarios. “The Spirit Of Want” has 62 chapters with each chapter dedicated to Luke and
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Kremena Boyanova

The Spirit of Want 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I think this book is a wonderful read. Interesting plot, complex characters, very discussed themes, deep understanding of the human nature, unexpected turnovers- all these will make your reading unforgettable and very fast pasted. The author masterfully examines love. This is one of my favorite subjects, so explored and yet, every time with new nuances in the way it is revealed. William H. Cole has the talent to present this feeling in so many aspects- as
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srensch1

The Spirit of Want 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org There is nothing wrong with books the purpose of which is simply to entertain. I read lots of them, and I have no more regret than I would after watching an entertaining TV show. But every now and then, I run across a book which not only entertains but leaves me with something to ponder for a while, and those are the books that stick with me. The Spirit of Want is one of those books.
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Pamela Gossiaux

McDowell An Extraordinary – and Entertaining – Work of Fiction! Coles is the winner of nearly 40 awards for his fiction, and I can see why. After reading McDowell and listening to a few of his short stories on his website, I believe he must be one of the most talented and prolific writers of our time. McDowell grabs your attention immediately, as Hiram McDowell is attempting to scale a snowy mountain peak in Nepal. Near the summit, his fellow-climber falls
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Flowers123

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is one of those books that will leave you pondering. You’ll laugh, cry, feel hatred, judgmental, and even revise your initial judgment of the main character. William H. Cole’s McDowell is a fascinating story. It is an in-depth portrayal of the principle of cause and effect. Of what you do today might haunt you tomorrow. This set me thinking about the lives we lead. Which I believe is the primary purpose of this story to
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holsam_87

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is a fantastic read. The characters, both primary and secondary, are so well written and developed that they were what drove the plotline. Hiriam McDowell is a top surgeon that has all the comforts that anyone could desire, but he lacks compassion for not only his colleagues but his family as well. Can Hiriam learn to have empathy for others? It might take a big change in his life, but I
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Dorcas Serwaa Adu

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org There are a series of things I loved about the book, McDowell. Starting from how it teaches that immediate judgement of a person is not the best way to go about things. When the matter arises, we must listen to both sides then later present our judgement so as to prevent being bias. Also the case that success doesn’t have to always be about money. It should be about making a change as well as earning
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Jsovermyer

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the outstanding character development in this book. Hiram McDowell is a flawed man. Most books have one-dimensional characters, either all good or all bad. McDowell is very multi-dimensional. He is very bad, self-centered, and selfish. But there is also a good side to him. He does love his children, even if he is not good at showing it. His hospital in Nepal does do good work. But he sees nothing wrong in using the
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Beate Levai

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel reminds me of the literary classics where colorful and versatile pictures are depicted of the contemporary societies and where the main character undergoes a profound transformation. I also liked the epigraphs at the beginning of specific chapters. I think the author is a master of creating authentic ambiances with dialogues and style (e.g., the professional language used on the ethics board meeting; the slang spoken in the streets of Seattle). I highly appreciate the
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leanne_brown17

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book was a very satisfying read for me, because the details and story development are written very precisely, with little to no “fluff” or unnecessary information. I was able to turn the pages quickly and without confusion as to what was going on. Although I was never confused, I also never knew what was going to happen next, and thoroughly enjoyed the unpredictability of the plot. I think that the author accurately depicted the difficult
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Nerea

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Have you ever read a healthy story that’s gripping right from the beginning? Well, McDowell by William H. Coles is one of those stories. This is one of the great art of writing that the author gifted to the readers. The suspense in the story was intense and the ending of the story aroused shock and grief. The plot and characters are well developed. Though the plot portrayed gross output, the author was careful not to
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abramwhiz

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a book everyone will love to read. The book has, a structure that you can’t even predict what will happen next, so as you read, event comes as a surprise which makes the reading interesting in the book, the author tried to use words, that makes the story looks real. What I love about the book is the plot telling about the life of Hiram McDowell and, others around him. And I also like
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Dawnks09

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like the most about this book is how it can bring a catharsis to any reader. Hiram accomplishes a great way to involve the readers from his behavior, actions, and experiences. He can encourage the readers to discourage by making things complicated. The story is professionally edited and well-written. It hits the emotional quotient of the reader, and it maintains the connection between the characters and the reader. I rate McDowell 4 out of 4
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lucie_paul

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked about this book is that we are taught the good morals of caring for others, being kind-hearted and selflessness. Character development and both feelings and thoughts were nicely expressed by the author and the story flowed very well. Considering that McDowell is full of mature content, I would recommend this book to adults who love fiction novels. The book was professionally edited though I noticed some important scenes were very brief and needed
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Sanashiii

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rated this book 4 out of 4 stars. The prologue is intriguing in my opinion and the plot is so good to be rated. The characters have their own unique lines, I can feel their variations from one another. The conversations are well written. I was really hyped reading this until the last part. No shortcomings and hanging parts as I read through it. And surprisingly, I did not found any errors. I recommend this
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Shilpa Paul

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is thought-provoking. It will force you to reflect if you admire or hate the protagonist. There are circumstances where one is bound to analyze if the actions of Hiram were appropriate, considering both emotional fronts and complexity of the situation; was there any other way out? For e.g. abandoning his ailing companion at the Himalayan mountain ranges. Emotionally one would find it heartless to abandon a friend behind. But considering the adverse and unfavorable
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wairimu1

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a story full of life lessons for the reader, it holds up a distant mirror to anyone who has anything in common with the protagonist. He is ambitious, professionally driven and doesn’t care too much about people. It’s a shame that McDowell is so familiar, many successful professionals don’t seem to care about people either. Can their kind be redeemed? You’ll just have to read to find out. I rate this book 4 out
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McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles’ novel, McDowell, is a character-based fiction about one man’s journey of self-discovery. Coles offers up a stirring novel about human nature and morality. This was an unforgettable novel and one that makes the reader think long after the last page has been read. I rate this novel 4 out of 4 stars. Coles creates a complex tale about a man who made mistakes but wasn’t evil. McDowell’s life was a study of someone
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Loveli

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel is a gripping and moving story that explores human character, as well as one’s ability to criticize yourself if needed. It also examines what drives human actions, thoughts and ideas. McDowell is a horrible person when we first meet him; lies, cheating and deception are all part of the game for him to get to the top. You find yourself asking: ‘Why does he do things this way?’ Whilst he does not experience a
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oncemoredorothy

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org One of the reasons why I have come to enjoy this book was Hiram’s character development. From a man who thought he had no fault and believed fate was cruel to him; he transcended into someone who realized his faults and was willing to improve his ways. He showed kindness to the people he encountered and worked as hard as he can to earn money. His character also showed his love for the arts and nature.
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Sahar Majid

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel is very impressive with its premise, writing, and characters. The plot is utterly gripping, and the writing style is just as captivating in its simplicity. The latter, I found, was very important given how complicated the narrative gets at times, and adds a good balance to the novel in its entirety. Coles also employs this one method where he almost casually states shocking progressions in the novel. This makes the reader curious enough to
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Ma Cheryll

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I find the author very skillful as he successfully made his way through controversial topics such adultery and elicit affairs, dysfunctional family relationships, juvenile delinquency, conspiracy and corruption. Problems that our society face nowadays. I love the parallelism he showed, putting a sense of truthfulness in the story. Most of all, I love that it opens a way to redemption, how God can make a way through those people in our lives, for us to change
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Kibetious

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed reading this book. I was challenged by a question that seemed to provoke the genuine intention behind philanthropic efforts. The question was, ‘How many times a day do we do things for others that are really for our own pleasure and advancement?’This is what I believe can be applied before anyone does anything whose outward appearance is to benefit others. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book was professionally edited.
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Rosebella

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a story of about life and transformation. I think the great lesson in this book is that we are all capable of change. It is always a question of what factors are needed to start the ball rolling. This reconditioning is not easy. Hiram is a man twisted up in anger until he begins to meet people who show him a new perspective on life. As a character, he is brought out so well.
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capricornius16

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles has woven such an intricate tale that would elicit a whole range of emotions from many of its readers. I sometimes get angered by Hiram’s indifference and standoffish behavior towards the people around him, and there are times I would feel joy, pain, and anguish for Ann, Sophie, or Billie. I love the depth of the characters populating the book because they’re not just simply black or white, but characters that have their
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Theresam

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a compelling story about moral and ethical values. The story touches upon important topics, including gun control, mass shootings, suicide, euthanasia and redemption. The characters are complex and realistic. The book is well-written and difficult to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys epic novels, strong characters and philosophical discussions. The author creates a powerful character in Hiram McDowell and takes him through an epic journey. I give this book
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Nephyz+254

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I must confess that this is one of the best novels I have read so far this year. I liked the writing style of William H. Coles. I smiled, I laughed and frowned at times. To me, this novel was a page-turner. The book is full of twists and turns that will make you read until very late hours in the night. The characters are well developed and nicely introduced in away not to cause confusion
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Susan Keefe, Midwest Book Review

McDowell Oh how the mighty fall… Multiple award willing literary fiction author William H. Coles has used his life experiences in the worlds of medicine, music, and writing to create this unforgettable thriller filled with mystery and suspense. Creator of storyinliteraryfiction.com a resources website for the authors, illustrators and readers, William Cole lives and writes in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stories main character Hiram McDowell is a respected surgeon, set on a glorious path to success. However, like many before
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Gee-Ruth

The Surgeon's Wife 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Personally, this book has taught me that nothing is ever what it seems and that there is more to life than a successful career and loads of money. The characters in the book are well defined and each and everyone plays a major role in developing this story. A Surgeon’s wife is one of the most tragic stories I have ever read. In the beginning of the story, there was a lot of medical jargon and
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Brypitre

The Surgeon's Wife 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org “The Surgeon’s Wife” by William H. Coles is a literacy drama with romance and medical elements that create originality and keeps the story addicting to read. It is a story most people can relate to. Not wanting to put the book down, since it is so interesting, and wants the reader to continue flipping the pages. The author Coles did an awesome job telling this tale as if it this really happened in the real world.
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Nerea

The Surgeon's Wife 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org There were some beautiful lessons featured in the story. Such as, multiple surgeries can have adverse effects to the patient that could lead to death. Don’t trust people who say they’d never do a particular errand or task, because people change as time changes. I also learned that some people live in an unhappy marriage life, they feel neglected and ignored by their mates and they wonder whether there is TRUE love. Honesty and freeness of
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Supergirl1

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a timeless story of life, told from every angle. The protagonist does not see himself as a bad guy. He just has no time for sentiment or emotion. To his family, he is hardly anyone but the guy that provides them with cash. To many of his colleagues, he is nothing but an over-ambitious fellow. And to society, he is the charming doctor with a golden heart. This book gives a realistic reflection on
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sonya01

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I highly recommend this book to any reader who likes powerful character development and plenty of food for thought. McDowell’s story will take you on a journey full of twists and turns, both good and bad. When you turn the final page, you’ll feel sad and satisfied all at once, and strangely wanting more. I finished McDowell with the feeling that, if it were at all possible to get hold of Hiram’s completed memoirs, I would
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Sirajuddin

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is a fictional story of a surgeon who is eager to climb the ladder of success by hook or crook. And he is a passionate climber, and his expertise in climbing and surviving in the harsh climate is remarkable. His ambitions are high, and he can go to any extent to achieve them. He becomes the president of the International College of Surgeons, and by exercising this new authority, he wants
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DorcasToo

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Cole has once more written an epic book. I have read several of his books, and I have always enjoyed as I kept turning the pages. The storyline is captivating if you enjoy reading medical genres. This book is about the struggles of a surgeon as he balances between his family, career and being a good citizen. A book on redemption, coming back to say and finding redemption. The author manages to bring out
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jedreid

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I was so hooked with the plot it was really a struggle to put down this book once I get started especially when one by one, each well-developed character was introduced in the story and had come to be an important part of a whole. As I read, I was able to feel with the characters and was filled with different emotions like happiness, sadness, anger, hate and love. Though I didn’t think I will hate
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amandathebibliophile

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This complex and moving fiction story will definitely beg the reader to marvel at the human capacity to survive despite extremely challenging odds. It also does a great job of highlighting the drastic impact that people’s choices can have on their relationships. Additionally, I found the sort of staccato writing style a very effective tool for describing scenes. I found myself really feeling along with the characters and seeing the scenes. A provocative and dark current
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Bookmermaid

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org If ever there was a book that should not be judged by its cover, it is William H. Coles’, Mc Dowell. The demure portrait of a mature male figure on the cover is a stark contrast to the mountain climbing, womanizing and identity remaking encountered in the enigmatic character of Mc Dowell. Mc Dowell is a compelling, thought-provoking narrative that mediates on the philosophy of defeat, success, truth, misery, self-discovery, and identity. Coles action-packed narrative explores
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cvetelina_yovcheva87

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The novel is simply amazing. It deals with a lot of social issues. There are pages dedicated to the inferior roles of women in Eastern cultures. The novel also focuses on problems concerning gun possession and the education of children. My favorite part of the book is the one referring to Hiram’s change from an egoist to an altruist. It is really amazing to see how one can totally change his attitude toward the world. I
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Ctcntry4

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I soundly rate McDowell 4 out of 4 stars. This book naturally gives the reader plenty to think about and allows them the chance to decide how they feel about Hiram McDowell. I would enthusiastically recommend this book to those anticipating a good coming of age story, and one that will deliver you plenty to think about in your own life. I think one of the best quotable lines was, “People content in themselves learn to
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Noeld150

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel grew on me slowly until I finished the first half of the book. That is when some moral, ethical and spiritual values came into play. The characters then seemed to appear stronger and more believable. You were hoping for Hiram to find a way out of his situation. This is the kind of book that leaves you thinking. The storyline is great, and the personal growth of the main character is inspiring. I enjoyed
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Samisah

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a work of fiction written by William H. Coles. This book is a powerful one. The subtle messages passed across by the author are the same issues ravaging our homes and societies today. Messages of poverty, love, gun control, dysfunctional homes, selfishness and so many others. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is due to the many messages and simple language Mr. Coles employed. I think the world needs to
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SomaKenya

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved most about the book is Cole’s wrought writing style; very detailed descriptions, of people, events, places and emotions to mention a few . Also, the introduction of each chapter with a title of which character the chapter is about, the italicized writing to explain a character’s thought process, the thought out introduction of characters among other detailed attributes in the book. It is a book that sends the mind to think about what
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Joshua Ogutu

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a story that is packed with enough episodes to thrill its audience. This story has lessons that teach us on hospitality. It also trains us on the importance of being humble and kind to others. The story incorporates several episodes that are capable of stirring emotions of reader. Conflict is the fuel that propels the plot of McDowell to great heights and I loved how the author strongly develops this theme making it one
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NicholetH

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book really peaked my curiosity and kept me reading to find out how it will all turn out for McDowell. The plot was very well thought out. The chapters with different characters in always had a connection to McDowell and flowed well. I could not find any grammatical errors which was very refreshing. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I appreciate the author’s skill in writing. It was not a type of
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Kister Bless

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. It portrays real life situations that happens in our lives on daily basis. McDowell deals with the realities of devastation that can occur in the lives of the people we love because of our own self-promotion and egocentrism. It also portrays social issues that are evident in our lives today for instance assisted suicide and the power of the press. The message in the book has
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ShailaSheshadri

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Not even at a single point, I felt the story boring. It was indeed suspenseful and captivating. It is the beauty of William Coles’s writing. He keeps the reader engaged throughout and urges the reader to think and feel for the characters. At many points in the novel, you will predict some conclusion, but the story mostly turns in a different way. This plot is extremely unpredictable. The story made me stick to the book. I
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Davinasmith18

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book had a great storyline that covered a variety of controversial issues. I discovered an underlying idea that there are power and purpose in self-discovery and introspection, but I thought there an equally strong message regarding humans as social beings and the importance of social relationships. At one point McDowell believed he was a loner and found energy in isolation, yet a time came when he lost his tolerance for being alone, and he yearned
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Charlyt

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The story is very thought provoking, making you think what your life had done to others without you being conscious of it. The points of view shift from one person to another after some chapters but they are very well done. The narrative is very fluid, and it does not confuse the reader. The characters are realistic and it is easy to be sympathetic towards them. Hiram, being the protagonist, is a character so complex that
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fernsmom

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I had previously read The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Cole, so I had not only been excited to read another book by this same author, I had also felt I knew the type of doctor the main character would be. I couldn’t be further from the truth. The main characters in these two books are very different and other than perhaps the writing style, I wouldn’t have known McDowell was by the same author. It
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Ayisha M Ashruf

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles proved to be a worthy read. The story is centred around Dr. Hiram McDowell, a wealthy surgeon at the peak of his career who cares for no one but himself. His callous behavior and lack of morality angers several people who vow to see him fall from grace. What happens as his world of privilege collapses around him forms the rest of the story. What I loved the best is how
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San Francisco Review of Books

McDowell Review from San Francisco Review of Books “The motives and means of McDowell’s death will always be front page interest” Utah author William H. Coles, MD is a retired Ophthalmologist whose medical career was internationally lauded for his expertise as an ophthalmic surgeon specializing in ocular injury repair and reconstruction, a professor and chairman at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, a Regent for The American College of Surgeons, president of the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology, and lecturer on
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selfpublishingreview.com

McDowell In McDowell, tragedy and consequence lead an arrogant and narcissistic Dr. Hiram McDowell to examine his life and search for life’s meaning beyond winning and possessions. Hiram is first glimpsed leaving his Mt. Everest climbing partner to die. If that’s not enough to establish his unreliability, he goes on to belittle his wife, trick a colleague and ignore his children. Hiram’s the quintessential egoist surgeon: busy, belligerent, brilliant, and self-absorbed. Author William H. Coles paints a damning picture of the
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