Review Category: McDowell


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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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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Raanan Geberer

McDowell 5/5 This novel by William H. Coles is about Dr. Hiram McDowell, an “alpha male” if there ever was one. He heads a Department of Surgery, plays rock guitar, climbs mountains in the Himalayas, runs marathons, has established a hospital in Nepal, and has been elected president of the International College of Surgeons. At home, however, it’s a different story. He acts callously toward his wife, doesn’t care if she knows he has another woman in Nepal, and is only
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Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite

McDowell 5/5 Fans of popular fiction might be inclined to pass over books classified as literary fiction. What a mistake that would be in the case of McDowell by William H. Coles. While a good plot is essential to all fiction, in literary fiction the exploration of character takes precedence over plot. And why not? After all, isn’t it what people do, think and feel…what motivates and demotivates them…that either propels them to climb to the summit of their abilities or
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Christian Sia

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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Ruffina Oserio

McDowell 5/5 McDowell by William H. Coles is a literary fiction read that features crime, family, and one man’s epic fall from grace to grass and his pursuit of meaning, inner freedom, and redemption. Meet surgeon McDowell, an arrogant and selfish man who only thinks about himself and his children. But as life always has a way of putting people where they belong, he soon loses his wealth and reputation and his career falls apart, thanks to a grandson who commits
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Kirkus Reviews

McDowell A novel follows a surgeon who possesses all the material comforts anyone could want, but harbors a deep lacking in his soul. When readers first meet Hiram McDowell, he is leaving a hiking partner for dead and trying to make it back down a mountain in Nepal in 1981. It’s hard to judge if McDowell is simply callous and cruel or whether this is an issue of survival. Everything readers learn about him in the next few chapters, though, shows
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Lisa Brown-Gilbert

McDowell William H. Coles’ McDowell doses readers with literate medicine for the mind and soul, with a distinctive and engrossing work of dramatic fiction that craftily embeds a story of self-discovery within the world of the modern medical profession. It delves into the life and psyche of surgeon Hiram McDowell, a medical professional at the pinnacle of his success who dwells at the lowest points of morality. From the story’s outset, readers will find they are immediately engrossed in the life
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