Review Category: McDowell


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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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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jenjayfromSA

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Ultimately, we can only know another human being by what he says and does. That is exactly what author William H Coles gives us in McDowell; an objective examination of a man as seen from different angles – wife, children, co-workers, colleagues, friends, media and the ever-judging public with its own agenda. They surround him like a circle of spotlights flashing on and off. I found this approach challenging and refreshing. The facts are presented, and
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chelhack

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed reading this book. It grabbed my attention from the prologue and held it captive the rest of the way through the book. I also believe that there is also a hidden lesson in this book. It personally made me think about all of the things that I not so much as take for granted but look over and or do not show my appreciation for all of the time. I like that this book did
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Lhisa

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The setting of the book was in multiple states of the US due to the travels of Hiram especially in part two, and Kathmandu, Nepal. The setting of the book worked well with the strong dramatic plot that was fast paced but smooth, keeping the reader intrigued and guessing at what may happen next until the very last page of the book. You literally feel as if you had no idea what he will throw at
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Harzelryan

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel is delightful, fun, and interesting fictional tale which can keep you glued to your seat turning the pages due to the curiosity of how his struggle will pan out. The novel has a very well mapped plot with much better pacing. The author did a splendid job in introducing characters and well-connected subplots which work as a support to the main story of Hiram’s journey. The author brought out a question on human capability
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Ra1972

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I thoroughly enjoyed the character development of McDowell. William H. Coles very expertly made this character come alive for us. Through powerful dialogues and intriguing plot the reader ends up holding their breath for what will happen next. The catharsis of McDowell redeems his character which makes the reader sympathize with him in the end. We see McDowell’s spiritual transformation when we see him tread the path of the downtrodden. These people are despised and held
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KitabuKizuri

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is great for those who like works of fiction which most likely will have one reading again just to allow the story to sink and for some reflection. I recommend it to them. The nature of the story will leave the reader questioning the morally acceptable choices we ought to make during critical life and death moments of people who fall under our care. To some extent, such moments in the book may not
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Julez

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I believe the appealing quality of this book is its closeness to reality. You read and can actually relate with an event or a character’s emotion. Billie was passionate about music and drumming until he discovered his real gift. Sometimes in life, you may think you have it all figured out until an unexpected step takes you in the direction you were meant to go. At another point during the course of reading, I felt like
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acremer

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org As you read this book, you begin to develop several questions. Is it possible to be forgiven for terrible crimes? Is it possible for someone who has lived the majority of their life with no remorse to change? And finally, does Hiram McDowell really deserve everything he gets, or is he treated unjustly because of who he is? This book was a different genre than I would normally read, however, I absolutely loved it. This book
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Littlecandle

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell somehow sends us a message. It tells us to be open-minded and considerate with the persons around us. Oftentimes, we tend to be opinionated particularly if we see a pattern of wrongdoings in others. McDowell teaches us to be objective in looking at things and circumstances. For we, too, are not perfect. We do not and cannot know what’s running in someone else’s head and how the circumstances affect his inner being. After all, at the
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daydreaming reader

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The plot is intriguing, and the writing flows smoothly. The author interweaves various topics in such a manner that it is not confusing. None of the issues overshadows each other. For instance, one of the themes is mental illness. One of Hiram’s daughters suffers from anxiety. Due to the events that unfold in her family, her condition worsens. I am not sure how I feel about Hiram’s character development. Sometimes, it is as though he is
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KMSingh

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give the book 4 out of 4 stars. The style of Cole’s writing is reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor, clean and spare with moments of great beauty. There were scenes in the second half of the book (especially the section set in New Orleans) that were lyrical and conveyed McDowell’s progress on his journey. It isn’t a satisfying book to read. I think that would defeat its purpose, which is to open the reader to meditate
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T_stone

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The life of the protagonist has forcible characters filled with a blemish, which at some stage, I had sympathy for. Hiram’s character has unlikeable traits, which changed through his walk to seek redemption. McDowell is a thought-provoking book that will leave readers with questions like “Can someone as pernicious as Hiram find redemption?”. The story is an interesting one which compromises of family, love, relationships, family feud, lack of parental guidance, greed, power, money and success.
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Values_and_standards

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In McDowell, William H. Coles has presented a compelling story of atonement. The atoner is the titular character, Hiram McDowell, who is introduced to us as a gifted surgeon, a ruthless careerist, a shameless philanderer, and in general an amoral, nasty piece of work. His only redeeming feature is his love of his children. That aside, there is nothing to like about Hiram McDowell, and those who he has mistreated in the book will concur with
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oge123

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book produced mixed emotions. As I read, I developed anger, hatred and admiration for the character of Hiram, the protagonist, a multi-talented character. He was a surgeon, a musician and a mountain climber. The book is divided into two parts. The first part showed Hiram, a bad parent, an uncaring and difficult spouse, a selfish partner, a deceitful and manipulative leader and a murderer. It also presented Hiram’s rise to fame, the climax of his
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Pappap12

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I was captured by the scope of this book. Hiram and his daughter Sophie are extensive travelers worldwide and their separate searches for meaning in life take place on a grand stage of varied interests and circumstances throughout the book. Characters from all walks of life are presented, from the board room to the TV and publishing world, to the trailer park. These characters interact primarily with Hiram, but also with Sophie and Paige who are each
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holaerjon

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles puts a lot of heart, time and effort into this story you the way it is written. I was experiencing the same emotions as what the characters were feeling. This was focused on ethical, moral, and personal themes. It was a truly original story. The changing plot forced the characters out of their comfort zone and into situations that challenged them. It is written in a very literary style that has good tension
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Clarion Review by Joseph S. Pete

McDowell McDowell is an ambitious, often captivating character study. William H. Coles’s engaging novel McDowell is a story of hubris and personal transformation. Haughty doctor Hiram McDowell, a nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services whose recreational mountain climbing parallels his boundless professional ambition, is brought down abruptly and hard after his grandson goes on a killing spree. The wayward grandson ends up brain-dead after a failed suicide attempt; McDowell mercy-kills him, but the jury in his case does not
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Shellag

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles has done an excellent job creating a character that is nuanced, likeable but self-serving. The type of person that is likely to turn up in professional life. He has insight into human character and the motivations that drive people to make poor or even shocking decisions. The book is full of villains, but for the most part they are not two-dimensional. Like the main character, many are driven by ambition and jealousy. Coles’ descriptions of places
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Anamika55

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell the book is a skeptical reminder of life’s inequalities. Hiram’s travels and clever planning to avoid being caught are illustrated very well. Hiram’s fall from grace and the sea change in his attitude to eke out a few pennies and get a decent meal and bed are sometimes very touching. The journeys of Hiram’s daughter Sophie and Paige the TV reporter as they struggle to make a career bring relief to the monotony of Hiram’s
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Dmoney98

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved how the author showed the reader that, in times, we make mistakes in our lives, yet we can be a better person through our action and service to others. McDowell met some amazing people in his travels and not only did he take something from them when he had to leave, but he also left a piece of himself for them. I also enjoyed how we are shown that even though rough cards were dealt
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mhextreme

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is built on questions about McDowell. Some of the questions are answered and some of them aren’t. It’s a masterful story about how a person’s life it affected by things that happen to them throughout their life. Can a person affect their own life and the outcome? How much of your life is affected by what you do versus what the world does to you. I enjoyed most of the book. I was invested and
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Troubadour1

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book brings up a hot topic and you get to look at both sides. You also get to see how life experiences can change a person. This book gets you thinking. You can decide for yourself if Hiram McDowell was truly an evil man or just a man that made some mistakes, but meant well. There is a dramatic plot with strong characters. The author did a great job writing the story around each character. The
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grahase71

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book drew me in so well that after reading for a few hours I went to bed but couldn’t sleep; my mind a kaleidoscope of spinning thoughts and questions. I wanted to get back to reading rather than sleep. McDowell has something for every adult/young adult who just loves to read; encompasses a wealth of emotions—–I shivered on snow frozen peaks of the Himalayas and felt the pain and agony of the poverty-stricken villagers as they
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Wisdom_Wit

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Hiram McDowell not only loved hiking and climbing but was also very good at it. (A quality that will help him stay hidden from the press and the Feds for a long period of time). A successful surgeon and a loving father who on his way to the peak of his medical career made a promise to a colleague, a promise he did not keep. The author has been able to capture to some extent what could’ve
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Fuzzy456

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is so thought provoking, it will leave the reader with a lot of questions. Did all of Harim’s success and riches hide his goodness? Can a person who has “fallen from grace” be redeemed? Maybe the simple, true life is the best life. This book will appeal to any reader. It is expertly written, the chapters flow perfectly and the story is remarkable. This book evoked a lot of my emotions. Anger, shock, sadness and
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Review from BlueInk

McDowell William H. Coles’ novel McDowell traces the rise and fall of prominent surgeon Hiram McDowell, whose self-involved actions ripple through the lives of those around him. Fueled by ambition, Hiram’s achievements in medicine, politics, philanthropy and mountaineering make him as arrogant as he is successful, and his rise is littered with those he used for gain. In the opening scene, he saves himself by leaving his injured climbing partner to die on Mount Everest, establishing a pattern he repeats in
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Gerry_9

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles is a master at describing characters. When presenting any character he gives a profile of the character depicting his or her attitude in life and their personality .He goes further to reveal the thoughts of each character. William H. Coles incorporates many characters but that is hardly an issue since each individual is fully developed and contributes significantly into the novel. He perfectly transforms the character of Hiram McDowell from a wealthy and influential
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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org While reading McDowell, I really enjoyed the vivid characters and the complex questions that the author brings up throughout the story about what it means to be human. For example, on pages 215-216: “It’s no good if people seek success and money only for their own satisfaction and self-worth. People content in themselves learn to give selflessly, without concern for personal gain, to learn the joy of being human. How many times a day do we do
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tlchristmas

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is truly a tragedy, which is not my favorite genre, yet I have to rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I found it fascinating how Coles is able to keep the storyline going at a good pace, while continually keeping the reader focused on what is happening at that moment in time. The characters are well developed, even in the
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ADE_96

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really enjoyed this book such that I took several mugs of coffee to keep reading non-stop. The author gives us insightful events that open our minds to deep understanding. The crumbling of Hiram’s career led him to seek understanding of the human nature. He started to learn about meaning and happiness that he had never discovered in his wealthy life. He became kind, empathetic, and purposeful. In spite of his desire of demanding respect and recognition
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GabbiV

McDowell 4/4 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
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Slingrider 10

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org W. H. Coles establishes unforgettable levels of barbaric ambition for the central character, Hiram McDowell, in his newest novel titled McDowell. Born into wealth and nourished by an innate thirst for power, Hiram McDowell achieves accolades for superior skills as a top surgeon. His physical achievements in mountain climbing are likewise impressive. The novel is worth the read. A strong twist in fate provides the opportunity for the author to entertain the reader with excellent descriptive skills
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Jerono koech

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I particularly liked the fact that the book was able to stir deep-seated emotions of love, hate, pain but most importantly redemption all at the same time about a single character; Hiram McDowell. I however failed to appreciate the author’s need to suddenly introduce some characters like Jane bringing out a sense of confusion. More interesting of all the things in the novel was Hiram’s full transformation evolving from a total megalomaniac into a simple beggar capable
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Bukari

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Hiram McDowell was a great man indeed a doctor for that matter a surgeon, a renowned surgeon of high caliber. Well to do in life wealthy and well recognized as one of the best surgeons in the college of surgeons and the world at large. In summary I think this book is worth reading because as a human being you come across challenges everyday. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars, because I see no
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KatePanlilio

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell answers the most simple yet hardest questions every human can encounter in their lifetime. This book talks about the different aspects of life like morality, family and sorrows of life, love and sins. Every reader will surely be engrossed in following McDowell’s life as he embarks in a journey anyone would not wish to experience. The book teaches readers mainly about morality. What is right and wrong? Is what I am doing a sin? What
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equus

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The critical thing that makes this book so good is Coles’s narrative approach. Each chapter is from a different character’s perspective, holding varying degrees of reliability, and this allows for him to communicate with the reader to reveal details of the situation around them without giving too much away. We see as much as the characters do, know as much as they do. Despite this, there were no points where I felt troubled or felt that
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sassychaos

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org There were many good things that I enjoyed throughout this book. William H. Coles is marvelous when it comes to descriptions; there were many scenes throughout McDowell where I could picture the exact outfit and gestures that each character used which not only drew me in but also kept me re-reading for a heightened sensory affect. Chapters were quick, easy to decipher, thoroughly descriptive and very straight forward. His style of writing is very hard to come
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mamalui

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This is a remarkable and touching story of one man’s journey towards redemption, freedom and self growth. It features a man by the name of Hiram Mcdowell who is the main protagonist in this story. Hiram was a renowned surgeon, president to the board of directors of the International College of surgeons and a veteran mountain climber. He had also successfully managed to open a hospital in Nepal in order to help the less fortunate. But despite
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love my books

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William Cole is a fiction novel set in Denver, CO. and other venues. The author is very descriptive of each character; very rounded and believable. The dialogue is realistic. Hiram McDowell was a prominent surgeon that had it all and then lost it all. He’s arrogant, cunning and this man has no morals. He is rude to his wife and family. He cheats on his wife and thinks nothing of it. This novel is so
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dlovvorn3

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org In many ways, this was the most gripping and entertaining book I have read in a long time. The story was always changing and never boring, you never know what is going to happen next. It was so interesting that I finished it in one 24-hour period, I couldn’t put it down. This book is written in the third-person point of view, following several different characters whose lives intertwine in unavoidable ways. The novel is written beautifully,
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HouseOfAtticus

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The most intriguing thing about this book is the “antihero” element in it. McDowell might be the protagonist of the novel, but in no way is he the “hero”. The protagonist is by no means a loveable character. He has his own set of flaws and there is nothing idealistic about him. In fact, the one thing I loved the most about this book is the realistic element that the author brings with him. The character
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KSup18

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles crafts a beautiful journey to self discovery through many detailed character perspectives. He writes vividly, taking the reader through the journey of the main character, Hiram McDowell. He gently approaches several controversial issues, giving light to both sides. Coles explores the ordinary things in life, such as marriage strife and parenting, and the extraordinary events, that many of us will not experience. This exploration offers the reader an intimate look into a wide variety of adventures,
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juliannedanford230

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Opening with a stunning scene that drops the reader straight into the action. McDowell by William H. Coles promises to be an extremely compelling novel. The novel presents a unique blend of Nepalese mountain climbing, themes of misogyny, and an unforgettable protagonist. Focusing primarily on the titular character, McDowell draws readers in through its array of characters, clever dialogue, and underlying arc of redemption. Coles’s analysis of McDowell’s character and motivation remained a constant source of intrigue
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Indigo14

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles has the great ability to visually bring the characters to life both physically and emotionally. It is easy to envision Hiram’s interaction with each new character. He has extensive knowledge of that which he writes; the surgeon’s relentless research and drive to help those less fortunate, the snow team’s struggles on a mountain, and dealing with marriage and children. I believe this was more of a weakness than strength due to his arrogant,
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August1959

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Novel is a gripping saga of a heartless man’s pursuit of his ambitions that brought about his tragic end. The author has expertly woven a tale where there are no heroes and villains. He presented characters whose lives were lived according to their passions and ambitions. For the main character, Hiram McDowell, his life was defined by the peaks he needed to climbed and the valleys he should pass, the obstacles that needed to be
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Sahani Nimandra

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Have any of you ever wondered why life is so good to people who cheat and that it does not come back to bite them? Well! William H. Coles will walk you through this, in his outstanding book, the McDowell. This book seriously had something to say and I noticed there were a lot hidden meanings. What I found so captivating was that this book contained some very insightful, mind-bending and transformative experience that it offers
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Blarishas

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Overall, it is a great book. It sheds light on how one can surpass the limits in society to acquire control of power and money. These are examples for us to search for love, not for money. To be with family members not with aliens. It as well holds a big lesson about salvation. If one commits sins, he can redeem them. But McDowell is very late here in this fictional story. One matter which I
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Dolor

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Hiram McDowell is a highly skilled surgeon, mountain climbing enthusiast and philanthropist of healthcare charity foundation in Nepal. He is an infidel husband to his third wife, Carole Mastriano and a ruthless stepfather to her two daughters from her previous marriage. His ambition to build a new direction for the College of Surgeon to be hailed again as world leader in surgery, made him bribe for presidential votes and deceive his colleague Michael O’Leary. If there is
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Sarah Tariq

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The McDowell by William H. Coles is a beautiful novel. The story revolves around a doctor; Hiram McDowell, his family and the people associated with him. Through this book, the author has unearthed many hidden realities of the medical profession; some positive and some negative. McDowell is a philanthropist and at the same time a man void of moral compass. William H. Coles’ view of McDowell’s character makes the reader to ponder over the importance of
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youdonthavemybrain

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is one of the few good reads I have come across lately. It solely reflects on the importance of humanity through the many changes in life the intricate character called McDowell goes through. The beginning of the novel is very intriguing as Hiram McDowell, despite being a celebrated surgeon, leaves his hiking mate to die in the biting coldness of the oxygen deficient atmosphere up a mountain in Nepal as he
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Rosemary Wright

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell written by William H. Coles spotlights the backwash of arrogance and selfishness. The protagonist of this work of fiction is Hiram McDowell, a self-important, self-centred and ambitious surgeon. He is a regent to the board of directors of the International College of Surgeons in Chicago. Hiram approaches Michael O’Leary, a key member of the college’s board of governors executive committee, and asks him to swing votes for him to be nominated for the post of
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Gunnar Ohberg

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Ambition, greed, legacy, morality, and redemption are only a few of the many themes in William H. Coles’ epic adventure, McDowell. We first meet Dr. Hiram McDowell, celebrated surgeon and titular protagonist, as he attempts to navigate the Himalayas during a violent snowstorm. His actions and decisions in this opening scene foreshadow much of what constitute Hiram’s complex character: his determination, quick and harsh decision-making, and questionable moral compass. Flash-forward one decade later, and the aging McDowell
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Arushi Singh

McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is a book that follows the story of the eponymous “hero” Hiram McDowell, who is a famous surgeon and a sleaze in every other way. He is stuck in a bad marriage primarily because of his infidelity. He also has children that his role as an absentee parent further colours his character. This book is essentially for adults but can also be enjoyed by mature teenagers who wish to explore the complex nature of relationships.
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Bookseed

McDowell 4/4 It was a great pleasure and privilege to read this book. Hands off to the author for a marvellous work of fiction, for absolute literary greatness. We meet Hiram McDowell, an American man with a complex man with an even more complex life and we are immersed into the journey of his life and his family’s life. Hiram is a surgeon, a father, a husband, a humanitarian, and a pursuer of his highest potential. We are told the story
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Ferdinand_otieno

McDowell 4/4 McDowell by William H. Coles is a fictional drama novel. The book was published in 22nd August 2015. The book follows the story of Hiram McDowell, a celebrated surgeon and how his life changed. The author writes the story around Hiram and events that affect his life, directly or indirectly. The author writes the book from the perspectives of Hiram, his wife Carole, their children(Anne, Sophie and Billie) and many other characters. Dr. Hiram McDowell is a renowned surgeon
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McDowell reviews from Indie Book Reviews – “McDowell” by William H. Coles is truly a great piece of storytelling, and any literary and character drama fan should go and read this (and the other novels by this author). There are several familiar arch types and tropes that border on cliché, but Coles manages to just avoid it with compelling backstory and genuine character development with the believable relationships that develop amongst the characters (especially with McDowell and his family). While Hiram
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Sefina Hawke

McDowell This is a literary fiction novel that would appeal most to a diverse audience of young adults and adults who enjoy mystery thrillers. McDowell is an arrogant surgeon and father of three who has a distinguished career. That all changed when his grandson goes on a massive killing spree that only ends with his failed suicide. When the young man dies under suspicious circumstances, McDowell becomes a suspect. McDowell quickly finds himself convicted of second-degree murder and becomes a fugitive.
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