Review Category: McDowell


QuirkyPenn

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved the book. It was an engrossing read and I could not put it down. I loved the characterization. The quirky people he meets are often funny, always endearing and very real. A beautiful story I would recommend this book to anyone interested in character-driven books. There was nothing not to like. It is well written, thought-provoking and for me an original read. Read the entire review here… QuirkyPenn


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McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Guilt and redemption, what could possibly make a better theme in a novel? If this is a contrast that interests you, then William H. Cole’s McDowell is the book for you. As a reader, you will experience a range of emotions and be left as you finish the last page with a feeling of compassion. I rate this novel as a 4 out of 4. It was professionally edited and had no grammatical mistakes. Once I
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Astrid Lustulin for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 William H. Coles’ McDowell is a page-turner that you cannot stop reading until you finish it. This fast-paced and engaging novel tells the story of a reputable surgeon, Hiram McDowell. He is presented at the beginning as a self-centered and arrogant man who cares only for himself and his children. Even though he reaches the top of his profession, he is even better at falling out with his relatives and colleagues. After a personal tragedy, however, McDowell’s perfect world
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Lesley Jones for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 In McDowell by William H. Coles, Hiram McDowell, a self-obsessed, narcissistic surgeon, is on his second marriage and heading quickly for divorce. Hiram believes people, including his wife and children, exist to serve his needs. He manages to make many enemies in business too and is facing an investigation into professional misconduct. Hiram seems oblivious to his family problems, a grandson that falls into crime, a daughter that is struggling to cope since her mother’s death from cancer and
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Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 McDowell by William H. Coles is an engrossing piece of literary fiction surrounding the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of Dr. Hiram McDowell. McDowell is both the story’s protagonist and, as he truly is his own worst enemy, also the catalyst for his demise. This snowballs from years of narcissism, callous behavior, and a ‘win at any cost’ attitude. He’s blameless in his own eyes. Blameless for failed marriages, for his vengeful colleagues, and for the frailty of his
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Lex Allen for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 Hiram McDowell is at the top of his profession, a surgeon admired not only for his skill in the operating room and his contributions to the development of new surgical methods and equipment but also for his philanthropic activities. Add those achievements to his hobby of mountain climbing that includes conquering every 8000 plus foot peak in the Nepalese Himalayas. Sadly, Hiram is also an egomaniac that retains little sense of loyalty or sympathy for anyone other than his
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Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell McDowell by William H Coles brings us the tale of a man who, having reached the top of his profession, self-destructs and loses it all, then attempts to rebuild his life from scratch. McDowell is a world-renowned surgeon, lauded by all as one of the best in the business and he knows it. This overachiever climbs mountains in his spare time and has summitted Everest along with most of the highest peaks in Nepal. He is known by all as
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K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 McDowell is another high quality work of literary fiction penned by author William H Coles, this time focusing on themes of privilege and the fall from grace. Our central character is the titular Hiram McDowell, an acerbic and selfish man who cares only for his immediate group of close family. A renowned surgeon, McDowell’s downfall begins when his grandson commits a heinous crime and is soon after found dead himself. The bottom falls out of the surgeon’s world when
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Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 I became a strong fan of William H. Coles after reading his novels The Surgeon’s Wife, The Spirit of Want, and Guardian of Deceit, so when I stumbled on McDowell, I knew it would be another spellbinding and well-written story. I wasn’t wrong. It is the same powerful and unique literary voice, focused and steady. With his unique style and signature, Coles creates another compelling character in Hiram McDowell, a successful and respectable surgeon, a man with a dubious
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Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 McDowell by William H. Coles is a novel that follows the rise and fall of a man, surgeon Hiram McDowell. McDowell climbs quickly in his career and gains the respect of his peers and the community. But he is not in the good graces of most of his colleagues, thanks to his callousness and pride. His success gets him into the President’s circle, but a tragedy that leads to a conviction destroys everything. McDowell finds himself running from the
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Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 McDowell by William H. Coles is the story of Dr. Hiram McDowell. A celebrated surgeon, Dr. McDowell is single-minded in getting what he wants. His climb to the top is not without casualties and is not without some questionable practices. Cold and calculating, there is no denying his brilliance but when tragedy strikes, his world comes tumbling down. Grief and anger put him on a criminal path that will see his life of privilege and wealth all but destroyed.
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bkiss317

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters and found myself rooting for some over others as the story progressed. Hearing from reporters, co-workers, and relatives of Hiram, gives an interesting perspective as you see that different people have different views on the same thing. One person may have a great respect for a person and their actions, while someone else may view those actions and horrible and appalling. I found myself flipping back and forth
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Kaylene75428

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is a success. McDowell needs to be on the shelf of every bookstore and library. I believe it would also make a great motion picture. Author William H. Coles magnificently portrays the life of Dr. Hiram McDowell not only by description and events, but also in first person point of view letting the reader make their own opinions about the characters. Coles has a real talent for painting a very detailed picture in the reader’s
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Bradie

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The character development in this novel is amazing and one of the elements I appreciate the most. It was a unique experience for me to have so much distaste for a character, but I think this is what made the story even more intriguing. Hiram is proven to be callous, rude, and selfish on a multitude of occasions. The interest comes from being able to get insight into the life of a person you would hope
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Thundershake

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is an exceptionally great story with an amazing plot and characters. William H. Cole’s depictions of the story stand great with wonderfully fashioned characters. Hiram seems an interesting enough character. And though his actions may get on people’s nerves, he seems genuine enough a character. The other characters also share the same realistic nature. One can see the deepness of their being. They aren’t just some characters. They call for attention. And they receive it.
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Rosenblatt1

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In William H. Coles’ McDowell, the influence of greed drives a respected general surgeon and devoted father to use morally and ethically questionable tactics to rise to power as the President of the board of directors of the International College of Surgeons. During Part I of the two-part, 662-page novel, Hiram McDowell seems to be almost completely motivated by base instincts. The reader develops an understanding of McDowell as a powerful and wealthy man who takes
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Kansas City Teacher

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Can a person’s identity be defined by his success? The actions of his children? Can one grievous transgression destroy years of work in building a name? I give this book a 4 out of 4 stars. What I liked most about the book is the character development- in the main character, but also the supporting ones. I could see the attitude and outlook of the characters changing throughout the story, reflected in their thoughts and actions.
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sabrims1

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles does an excellent job in blending the different characters and their stories together to create a cohesive storyline and makes the differing opinions and views evident through varied diction and thought descriptions when we are reading the story through a different character’s mindset. The clarity of writing makes it so that the reader does not get lost in what can be a wearying experience of remembering which character is which and what they think, etc. The
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Choine

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org On the surface, this book doesn’t seem very complex, but as the story progresses, the author reveals a lot of information. Although there are many details in this book, it can be considered fast-paced. It is jam-packed with different scene changes, plot twists, and conflicts between characters. Some of these components may be hard to keep up with. If you have trouble following a plot that has multiple scene/character changes or is constantly introducing new information, I
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tnandrews127

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles does a very good job in analyzing the characters in the book. I really like that Coles went into detail about each characters’ thoughts. I have never read a book whereas the author would go into detail about the characters’ thoughts. I thought that was really awesome. I felt like I was actually seeing what they were thinking. I really enjoyed this book. There was always a surprise and a bit of a shock every
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KDJ

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org After reading McDowell, I have found that the novel is best summarized by Maude’s idoneous words to Hiram: “People content in themselves learn to give selflessly, without concern for personal gain, to learn the joy of being human.” This novel will, if nothing else, prompt conversations around the important topics alluded to within its 472 pages. Parts of McDowell caused personal reflection and consideration of others in the world; therefore, I enjoyed reading it. I rate
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Abacus

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The story is effectively portrayed; the reader wants to experience what is coming next. There is no lack of plot. The author capitalizes on a terrible life-changing tragedy to transform McDowell’s circumstances utterly. The second part of the story explores how McDowell’s changed circumstances impinge on McDowell, the man; he is angry, and he needs to record his daily life to relieve tension and he wants to write his memoirs to one day proves his innocence.
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Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 McDowell by William H. Coles is a family saga that follows the life of a selfish and arrogant surgeon, who suffers an epic fall from grace, and the path he travels to redemption. McDowell cares for no one but his children. But then he loses everything when his grandson commits multiple murders and fails in his suicide attempt, which leaves him paralyzed mentally. But the boy dies in very unusual circumstances and McDowell gets a conviction for second-degree murder.
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Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 This is the story of a man named McDowell, who had everything he ever wanted. Whatever he wanted, he achieved and he was proud of it. Envied by his peers, he was arrogant and selfish, but not with his family. He truly loved them and wanted the best for them, so when his grandson commits murder and then fails to commit suicide, McDowell’s life comes to crashing to a halt. His grandson, Jeremy, is now paralyzed and living a
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Delaney35

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is character driven. There is a plot, but the most interesting part is McDowell’s transformation. After reading the first few chapters, I hated his character. He treated everyone around him like inferior beings. He treated the women especially badly, and I don’t think he viewed them as human. As the book progressed though, he changed. His relationship with his daughter, Sophie, helped to humanize him. The multiple narrative perspectives also gave a well-rounded view
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PrintedPages

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel deserves a 4 out of 4. Mr. Coles writes seamlessly from one point of view to the next. Even though the point of view changes frequently (approximately after every couple of chapters), it does not distract the reader from enjoying the book. In fact, the different perspectives serve to highlight different views of the conflict. These contrasts are intriguing and give a unique insight to the reader at every angle. Above all, I loved
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Sinclairess

McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The characters are phenomenal. Every character, whether main or supporting, is convincing and engaging. Everyone is uniquely complex in their own way. McDowell himself is probably the biggest puzzle of all. This main character cannot be held to any particular archetype. In the beginning of the book he seems to be insular, looking for recognition in all things he does. But after a while, McDowell’s personality unfolds, petal by petal, like a rose. Just like a rose,
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dwightyb7

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and believe it to be professionally edited, as I found no typos or grammatical errors at all. The smooth writing, the character descriptions, the storyline and the pace at which the story progressed, were perfect and kept this reader engaged throughout. McDowell is a sound novel that stirs emotions and teaches lessons along the way. Being introduced to arrogant, wealthy, greedy Hiram in the beginning, elicited feelings of dislike or
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Namaste23

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. The story line was captivating and intriguing. The characters were all tied in with each other, even when it was unexpected. The book was also very well-edited as I was not able to spot an error. Any adult who likes reading unpredictable and dramatic books would be my recommended audience. It is full of adventure, travel, scandal and drama. Anyone who enjoys any of the previously listed
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linham02660

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I did not dislike anything about McDowell It was fascinating, moves fluidly and kept me completely engaged. It is well worth reading. I recommend it to adult readers that enjoy fiction novels that will thoroughly engage their emotions. This book is not a light read. I don’t think anyone can read it and be left untouched. Because of these things I gladly rate it a 4 out of 4 stars. The book was professionally edited, and
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Calypso Terrier

McDowell 4/4 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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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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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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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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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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