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An admired and lauded surgeon climbs to the top of his profession. But his callous and questionably moral determination angers colleagues and friends who vow to destroy him. He becomes a member of the President’s cabinet when a personal family tragedy presents him with a dilemma that leads to a felonious crime. When his world of wealth and privilege collapses, only time can reveal if he rebuilds his life to garner always-desired esteem.
Award finalist in both the 2014 and 2015 William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
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20 reviews for McDowell

  1. Lisa Brown-Gilbert

    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 of protagonist Dr. Hiram McDowell. He lives a dual existence in his world which teems, with wealth, opportunity and privilege. To the outside world he wears the facade of an ambitious humanitarian and expert in his field, but to those who know him more intimately he is morally flawed with only his own interests and needs at heart. Altogether, McDowell severely lacks in common human decency; he is crude to his family, ignores and openly cheats on his wife, looks only to serve his goals within his profession, revels in deceptiveness, steps on the toes of colleagues and misappropriated charitable funds. Moreover, the focus of the story is not just mainly on McDowell; it also brings into focus his family dynamic and the effects that his behavior therefore has on his family, particularly his two closest children.

    Ultimately, he makes enemies out of those that once trusted him and perpetuates conflicts of self- esteem within those that attempt to love him. An almost seemingly hopeless cause, it piques the curiosity to see where things go for him. Eventually McDowell’s moral deficiencies become his complete downfall and he is consequently forced to live a life of poverty and solitude with his wealth, fame and power far removed from his life. Forced to live as an itinerant fugitive, and meanwhile, surviving by his wits, he gradually learns, to humble himself and become a more humane human for his survival among everyday folk.

    Wholly, enjoyable McDowell was a richly realized and realistically detailed read that was character driven and moved at a balanced pace. Hiram McDowell turned out to be a strongly posed, despicable and simultaneously engrossing character whose ethical flaws catalyzed his journey to his self discovery. Overall, author William H. Coles writes with a literate aplomb that is both evocative and entertaining especially when it comes to detailing aspects of the medical profession and facets of human nature. My only contention about this read is the presence of some minor editing issues. But, issues aside, this was a worthy read and I do recommend it.

  2. Kirkus Reviews

    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 he is a pig who treats women like objects and deceives his third wife, Carole Mastriano. He’s also power-hungry, cheating a colleague, Michael O’Leary, out of a post on his way to becoming president of the International College of Surgeons. The one soft spot he has is for his three kids: Billie, who gets in trouble with one of Carole’s daughters; Ann, who copes with a turbulent marriage and mean children; and Sophie, who seeks to find her professional footing as a photographer. The tales start to converge when Paige Sterling, a journalist in her 50s fighting sexism at her network to keep her job, is assigned to cover McDowell’s story. Tragedy befalls the family when Ann’s son Jeremy goes on a killing spree, which leads to McDowell’s ultimate downfall when he is convicted of murdering the culprit in his hospital bed. McDowell escapes from prison and begins an unlikely association with a bookstore owner named Maud and her family. That gives him a chance at spiritual redemption while Sterling and the police try to hunt him down. Coles (Sister Carrie, 2016, etc.) has a knack for creating distinct characters. From McDowell to the members of Sterling’s crew in Nepal, they all have their own personalities. No player is wasted as a mere plot device. The author also expertly weaves together varied threads, though there are certain points where the story jumps forward past important action. But Billie revealing his indiscretions and his desire to be an artist; Sophie struggling to find herself after her partner is murdered; Ann navigating her marriage; and Sterling using unexpected opportunities all dovetail well with McDowell’s arc.
    This worthy tale delivers an epic feel and strong characters.

  3. Christian Sia

    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. He is jailed. Now watch as he escapes and lives as a fugitive, pursued by the authorities and a reporter who is just too eager to interview him before the police catch up with him. Watch as he learns the virtues of humanity the hard way, by taking a path trodden by those he despised when he was powerful and rich. It’s a story that follows a man’s transformation, and his somewhat spiritual odyssey to a life that has meaning.

    William H. Coles has created a compelling character in McDowell, a character forced to embrace the essence of humanity by harsh circumstances. Can he really find redemption? It is fascinating how the character evoked powerful emotions in me and how those emotions evolved as I read on. At the beginning of the story, I detested this character, but his inner journey brought me around and, instead of a sense of revulsion for the man he was, I learned to look at him with sympathy. Here is a story that is character-driven and that explores what is essential in human nature. It is a story that is filled with powerful lessons while entertaining readers hugely. I was completely drawn into the dynamics of the story and read through it non stop. Great story, awesome characters, impeccable plot lines.

  4. Viga Boland

    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 plummets them into hell on earth?

    This, and what Dr. McDowell, a brilliant, but self-centered surgeon discovers about himself, is what stays with readers after they finish this absorbing story. When we first meet Dr. McDowell, there is little to like about him. His achievements in both business, medicine, mountain climbing and empire building are impressive, but his actions, words, and insensitivity to the needs of his family, friends and colleagues are reprehensible. He is a powerful man and it’s his way or the highway at all times. His only saving grace is his love of his children and the work he does for the poor in Nepal.

    But the latter comes under severe scrutiny once a TV journalist, Paige, is assigned to do a series on the high-profile Dr. McDowell. Bit by bit, McDowell’s world falls apart, coming to a head when he removes his grandson, a mass murderer, from life support. Until the very last page, readers will be debating the real reasons for Dr. McDowell becoming a murderer himself by taking such action, action for which, by the way, he ends up being convicted and imprisoned. But it’s over the years following his escape from prison, that through the people he meets while on the run, McDowell comes face to face with himself. What he learns about himself and others leaves readers thinking about life, art, humanity and our place on this earth in ways we may not yet have pondered. It’s a revelation for both McDowell and readers.

    There’s an interesting twist to McDowell that will capture the minds of aspiring writers. While McDowell is on the run, and as he talks to more and more people, he begins writing his memoir. What he learns about writing, for example, one has to know what makes people do what they do “to write anything significant,” really hits home. It’s something all writers should know. But do they, in their haste to churn out books with fast-moving plots, always create something “significant” It’s William H. Coles’ ability to create something significant, time and again, that has earned him a multitude of writing awards. His bio is impressive; so is his bibliography. Once you read McDowell, you will, like me, be looking for more books by William H. Coles. I can’t wait to get started on the next one in my collection. Not bad for someone who, until McDowell, had forgotten the beauty of literary fiction.

  5. Ruffina Oserio

    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 a series of murders and yet fails to take his own life. This leaves the family with a vegetable. But then the grandson dies in a mysterious way, and all hands are pointing at McDowell. Read on to experience the family drama, the intense suffering, and how he will make one last attempt to redeem his life after his conviction.

    William H. Coles has written a story that has a lot of entertainment for readers. It is also one that comes with powerful lessons on love and giving. I enjoyed following the journey of the protagonist, watching him descend to the lowest level of society to learn meaning and the real purpose of life in unlikely places. The story is beautifully told, in elegant and crisp prose that will entice readers to keep reading on. The writing features beautiful passages that unveil strong emotions. The story is both emotionally and psychologically charged and readers will love the way the conflict develops and how it drives the plot forward. McDowell is a great story from a master entertainer, a story with powerful lessons for life.

  6. Raanan Geberer

    McDowell: A 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 involved superficially with his children’s lives. Now, another surgeon, whom McDowell passed up for executive director of the College of Surgeons, and an aging TV reporter, who’s anxious to prove she’s still relevant, are both on McDowell’s trail, independently of each other. They’ve discovered irregularities in his laboratory and financial improprieties in his charity in Nepal, as well as false statements in his autobiography. And that’s only the first step in his problems—problems that eventually will make him a fugitive on the run.

    McDowell by William H. Coles is an extremely exciting, well-written novel. The medical information, such as it is, is written in a way that laymen can understand. Coles does a good job of taking us into the world of elite upper-class professionals, where ambition and international travel take a front seat, but family unfortunately takes a back seat. We’re not really sure why McDowell is so driven—late in the book, when someone asks him why money and prestige are so important to him, he draws a blank—but he was likely raised that way, since his family was wealthy enough to own a stable of race horses. McDowell has no easy answers; he doesn’t undergo a miraculous transformation into a “good person.” In every way, however, I would recommend McDowell. An excellent book.

  7. Sefina Hawke

    McDowell by William H. Coles 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. While on the run, McDowell works to set up a new identity and finds himself having to begin his new life at the lowest level of society. Will McDowell’s experiences as a lower class member of society help him to grow as a person or will he remain set in his selfish ways?

    McDowell by William H. Coles was a book that reminded me of the Marvel movie Doctor Strange with how both main characters were arrogant surgeons who seemed to not give much thought or care for those that did not directly affect them. However, this book sets itself apart from Doctor Strange with how McDowell not only lost his career, but also his freedom due to being convicted for his own grandson’s murder. I enjoyed the way that McDowell developed and grew as a character during the course of the book; his journey away from arrogance truly allowed him to undergo massive amounts of character development and introspection. I personally found the way the author ended the book to be both surprising and realistic.

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    – “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 McDowell is clearly the main figure in this novel (hence the title), he only exists due to the strength of the supporting cast. As with his other novels, Coles’ writing is terrific. However, the strongest part of this book for me is how Coles does a great job of fleshing out his characters so as not to be the stock cut-outs or even the caricatures they could so easily be due to their extraordinary situations (esp. McDowell). It gets close at times, but they are flawed enough and real enough to maintain a sense of believability and gets better as the books progress. Great descriptions and character intrigue pulls us into the world, and complex personal drama and scandals keeps us there. Some adult scenes and language but suitable for mature teens and older. (5 stars)
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    – I’m really becoming a fan of William H. Coles’s books… this is the third one I’ve read from him – the first two being “Guardian of Deceit” and “the Spirit of Want”. This one, “McDowell” is written in the same sort of way as the others, yet has its very own distinctive feel. In addition to being a riveting character-driven drama, it addresses several important cultural and social and personal events that brings more depth to the storyline. Like Coles’ other books, the writing is solid, there is lots of great character action and plenty of twists (which while a tad detectable still entertaining), lots of interesting dialogue between the leads and the supporting cast as well, and daunting personal and romantic obstacles to overcome. If you’re looking for something that is light years out of the ordinary in lit fiction, then this is definitely a great book for you. I like the way that Coles writes so descriptively and really makes us know the characters inside and out. Fast paced and even though there are more italics than I prefer (hard on my eyes), I flew through this book a quickly as I did the others and was sad to finish – although the ending is fitting and bittersweet. (4-5 stars)
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    – This is my third novel now by William H. Coles, and they have all been very, very good. I like the fact that “McDowell” is a fully-realized character-driven literary novel without all the bloat that we sometimes see in the genre (excessive descriptions, purple prose, meandering dialogue that goes nowhere…). Coles fills you in as we go without getting bogged down in describing every last thing. The story moves forward and you can’t help but get sucked into Coles’s strong narrative. And I haven’t even begun to talk about the characters, which were amazing, as usual. McDowell is a great lead, although he is super flawed and of questionable morals, this is what makes his storyline so compelling, and I enjoyed watching his relationship with the other characters develop over the course of the action. Some similar themes and motifs found in typical lit-fiction, but as usual Coles does a fantastic job of putting his own unique spin on them. I always appreciate how his characters’ stories don’t just get wrapped up with a neat little bow and the cliché ‘happy ever after’ at the end, but feel real and more ‘real life’. My only real complaint was that many key events felt ‘summed up’ in the narration, and some pivotal scenes (like Hiram’s fate) happens ‘off stage’ and we don’t actually get to experience it but are told about it (this happens a few other times too). Just misses out on the opportunity for more emotional impact, in my opinion. But still a powerful, memorable read and I am ready to read more great books from William H. Coles! (4 stars)
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    – Leave it to William Coles to create another engrossing, shocking, dynamic, and totally addicting story that kept me attached to my kindle for hours on end! I’ve lost track of how many of his books I’ve read now (3 maybe?), but each seems to be better than the last, and believe me that’s a pretty high bar! This book was creative, well-written, and fast-paced. Loved the character of Hiram McDowell and this may seem random, but I love that he isn’t the stereotypical ‘good guy/hero’ we always read about. He’s definitely shady and of questionable character. Thought his whole storyline with the characters was really original and intelligent and actually brings to light many real issues in life. I always love how Coles writes in a way that we really feel like we are inside the story right from the beginning, and we never want to leave! Coles not only writes well, he isn’t afraid to think outside norm conventions and come up with some pretty outlandish scenarios, but still remain quite believable. This book is a standalone, so there is no cliffhanger here and I loved the ending, even if it’s not ‘happy’. It totally works. Highly recommend for mature readers of literary drama and fiction. (5 stars).
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    – There is much to be said about a novel that reads well. I’ve mentioned this before in other reviews I’ve written, but a book that keeps you reading long after you plan on putting it down ranks high for me. Not only is it entertaining, but you look forward to getting back into the book each and every time you pick it up, if you have the self-control to ever put it down. That is what reading these books by William Coles, and particularly this novel, “McDowell” has done for me. Typical of many literary genre books I’ve read, “McDowell” has much in the way of raw, ugly grittiness, yet it remains inventive and profoundly ‘true to life’. With twists and turns from the opening pages you won’t know what to expect next. The plot moved quickly and even though sometimes the narration did more of the plot work than the dialogue, it wasn’t overkill, even if it came across as unusual in places (almost feels like reading a movie script on occasion). There are some adult scenes and coarse language and only minor typos. But really nothing that hindered my enjoyment any. Coles has a way with drawing unforgettable characters who get under your skin and in your head, and “McDowell” (the character and the book) is no different. A very strong effort worthy of being read again. (4-5 stars)
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    – There are few things I enjoy more than curling up with a good book and getting lost for hours on end, and “McDowell” by William H. Coles did a great job of keeping me hostage night after night! It’s fascinating character drama that in a way is very fitting of the genre, but also feels very original at the same time. The circumstances and situations Coles puts his characters in (Hiram, but also the others) are anything but run-of the-mill, yet still maintain a sense of believability. These things, while unusual, DO happen (shootings, hiking accidents, shoddy medical research, jail breaks, etc…) and while it’s unusual to have SO MUCH happen in one book, it’s also what makes it highly entertaining and hard to put down. But it’s not all high-octane drama, there is also the softer, emotional side that was appealing, and some deep philosophical themes throughout. I liked the characters and thought the dialogue seemed natural and helped to move the story forward nicely. Some bouts of ‘telling’, but mostly a fast paced read. An engaging and intelligent book that will surely appeal to mature fans of literary drama. (4-5 stars).
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    – I just finished reading 2 other books by William Coles and thought they were very good So I already had some pretty high expectations when starting this one, “McDowell”. That said, I always marvel at the way that Coles is able to make the story and characters come alive. The relationship between Hiram McDowell as he plays off the other characters, from college to family and all the others provides great insight into his character and pulls the plot forward organically… and still provides great action and danger (more towards the end). In terms of world-building, there is not an enormous amount (even though the exotic locales are well-described), but I thought it fit the story very well. I do think it is a little unorthodox in how Coles inserts spurts of a narrative summary, frequently at the beginning or the end of the chapters, that quickly tells much about the story or plotline or things the characters did or how they think/feel. The problem with doing it this way is it loses any emotional impact and also is easily forgotten. Much better to let the scenes play out more in depth. However, I enjoyed that it was fast paced and well written. An intoxicating and tumultuous journey best suited for older readers. (4 stars)
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    – This book is basically nonstop addicting awesome. Do not start if you have other plans – you’ve been warned. I should know better by now when I read books by William H. Coles that I’m down for the count, as he has such a way with words and with writing such interesting characters that you just don’t want to leave for a moment. This is a little different from his other books I’ve read, but still maintains the style I admire so much – original and creative storylines, strong, smart characters, and lots of complex, intelligent interweaving plotlines that come together for a fulfilling payoff in the end. I like how he writes these totally ‘out-there’ stories with characters who defy normal conventions on many levels, but they are completely believable because of his skillful world-building and sticking to personas he creates and the real-life scenarios (such as assisted suicide or gun violence). Their actions, as shocking (or even bad) as they may seem at times, always make sense for the characters, and this is so important for the integrity of the storyline. Even though Hiram is ‘flawed’ (to say the least), we always believe in him and understand why it is he does what he does. A little disappointed that we don’t get to actually witness his ultimate fate as I felt a little shortchanged there – he was a character that we grew attached to and we deserved to me more there in the scene at the ending (no spoilers). But still a great book, as are others by Coles, and a recommended read for anyone who enjoys action, drama, and great writing. (4 stars)
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    – While I heartily enjoyed the other two books I’ve read by William H. Coles, in my opinion “McDowell” was even harder to put down. McDowell is a great titular character and what is great about his is that he is so imperfect and human, he certainly makes mistakes and exercises poor judgment, but you are still sympathetic towards him. While the story is mostly centered around him (mostly), there are many other characters who add to the depth and breadth of the storyline, and we see many different perspectives which is good… but at the same time can feel a bit overwhelming as I prefer to have just a few focal points to connect to, while seeing the bigger picture. I thought the beginning was a little slow (after the initial opening scene), but once it started to pick up steam it didn’t stop. The editing is very good, and overall think the presentation of these novels to be very well done with a professional feel. Ready for the next one by Coles. (4 stars)
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    – Another great read from William Coles! This author is quickly becoming one of my dependable “go-to” authors when I need a great book to sink myself into. I found myself reading this one slower than I had his others, simply because I wanted to savor the amazing experience and not rush through it. Fortunately his books tend to be on the longer side, so the story is not rushed at all, yet maintains a quick pace that keeps you reading more and more until the exciting climax at the end. I think that other than Hiram, Sophie was my favorite character, and like McDowell, she shows great development throughout the course of the story. I liked the quirkiness of the supporting characters, too. The whole thing felt authentic and the dialogue was natural and flowed off the page. Occasionally I started to feel unsure what exactly the real conflict was…what exactly was driving the story forward, versus things just “happening”. It did become clearer as I read on, and it was only because I’d read this author before did I know I’d get my ‘reward’ at the end. But I still highly recommend this book (and the others Coles has written) and if it’s your first one by him then you are in for a real treat. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride. (4 stars).
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    – William Coles put a lot of heart and time and effort into this amazing story and it shows. He has a wonderful way with words; his descriptions are vivid; you see what the characters are seeing, you feel what they are feeling; you feel like you are there. I felt like I was experiencing what they were; excitement, arousal, confusion, joy, heartbreak, happiness, etc. I found this last book very hard to put down, as I had to know what the outcome for each of these characters would be, especially Hiram, but also the others (loved Sophie’s outcome!!). Each time I did have to stop reading, I found myself thinking and pondering on what I had read, and what might happen next. I have enjoyed all the books I’ve read by William Coles, but for some reason I think this might be my favorite – no real reason why; they all have a ‘darker’ human element that I find intriguing, but I think since this one is really focused on so many ethical, moral, personal and character dilemmas, it was almost like watching traffic accident – strangely upsetting, yet impossible to not look at. I thought after reading a few other books by Coles that this one would start to feel repetitive, but he still has some surprises in store for us! The road is not smooth sailing, and is never predictable and will keep you hooked right up til the end—which I loved, btw- even though I was sad to see the story come to an end. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to adult readers of literary fiction, drama. (5 stars)
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    – “McDowell” is a great piece of literary fiction no one should miss reading if they are looking for an riveting, entertaining read that is a little on the dark side. If you’re looking for a work completely lacking in cliché then I must say that you might have a bone to pick with this, as there were many ‘familiar’ elements that made me almost feel at times that I had read it before (I haven’t). But I believe the author’s job is not to be completely original (for is there such a thing as true originality, especially in literature?) here but rather to tell a powerful story that stays with you. For I believe that the true future for the genre lies not in becoming ‘newer’ but rather by taking standard tropes of the human condition and telling them better. This is where Coles’s strength lies, in my opinion. Sure we’ve read stories about conflicted, troubled characters before, but the way Coles writes them (especially here) in regards to their circumstances as well as the other characters around them stand out to me in terms of a raw authenticity that I rarely see. Normally books like this rely on some extreme plot devices to carry it forward, but here it is all character driven, helmed by one of questionable moral ground, which always makes for a more interesting ride. Solid writing, but I’m still not a real fan of the author’s habit of doing some bouts of telling narration to speed the story along. Still a great experience. (4 stars)
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    – “McDowell” was an excellent novel. Now, I want to go ahead and make clear that this book is a straightforward contemporary drama. Although it has its darker side, it isn’t an overly brooding piece of literature like so many other novels these days. It isn’t a social commentary on our time, cleverly hidden amongst conflicts and relationships. Nor is it a work of literary experimentation where the prose leaves one contemplating the brilliance of the one who penned it, although it is quite lovely. No, Mr. Coles has written a novel which is all about storytelling at its finest; the grandeur of the book lying in the very fact that the writing style, the language, and the deeply personal, almost intimate feel we get when reading about these characters will affect us on some level, whether we immediately realize it or not. The hero/antihero Hiram McDowell will expose sides of you that you may not realize you have inside you. While hard to root for at times, we understand him, despite his flaws. And it is his interactions with other characters that serves as a real crux for creating genuine conflict that has us hooked. Has this idea been done before? Sure. But it is a timeless tale of strength, courage, right vs. wrong that when told well will never go out of style and will take us along for the ride every time. Great pacing and for the most part the editing was well done. Recommend. (4-5 stars)
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    – This novel “McDowell”, in fact all the books I’ve read so far by this author William H. Coles, demonstrates what a truly gifted writer can do with the constraints and conventions of the literary/drama genre. This world feels so real, perhaps because he focuses on the lives of seemingly ordinary people (other than being really smart and successful) caught up in extraordinary events and lifestyle that is different from the norm – but they aren’t contrived our ludicrous for the sake of making a ‘good story’- quite the opposite. The changing plot forced the characters out of their comfort zones and into situations that challenge them and ultimately transform, on some level…for the better or the worse, but they are ultimately dealt their fate in one way or another, and this has a profound effect on us the readers. And while there is really just too much ground covered in this book to properly sum up in a brief review, just know that all of his books have exceeded my wildest expectations and keep getting better and better. Hats off to William Coles for rocking out this awesome book that was so well written and entertaining I have zero hesitation about recommending to fans of the genre. You will love it. (5 stars)
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    – “McDowell” by William H. Coles was a dark and complex, yet entertaining book that I read in just a few evenings. It delivers on so many levels, but the most important one to me personally was that it was fun. Not ‘haha this is great’ fun, or ‘silly light adventures’ fun, (though I do appreciate those types of stories as well), but fun as in, ‘I’m totally invested in this unpredictable book and I don’t want to stop reading because I have to know what will happen with Hiram and the others.” I feel like in a way these are some of the best (worst) characters I’ve come across in a long time. Some more fully fleshed out than others, but all added great spice and kept things lively. It is written in a very literary style, and at times seems almost more surreal than anything… I did notice some editing things (nothing major though) and at times the pacing was off, but I was still completely hooked until the end. Great twists and enough reality-based issues to satisfy those looking for a captivating and rewarding literary treat. (3 stars)
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    – I don’t think I can properly praise William H. Coles’s writing enough in “McDowell”. From the opening scene in Nepal, to New York, to Louisville, to Washington and more, there was not a single moment that I was not hooked in his story; his descriptions were sufficient but not boring, his characters well painted, the dialogues witty and the banters between the various characters authentic and progressed their story. The narrative would be beautiful and poetic in nature, other times would be complex and dark. Great mix. There was a little romance, but the women in this novel were not mere tools, but smart and strong and successful. A large and dynamic cast of supporting characters almost overshadow the lead of McDowell, but still added some perspective and completed the spectacular world Mr. Coles created. On to the next! (4 stars)
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    – For the most part “McDowell” by William H. Coles was an enjoyable, engaging and even eye-opening literary drama. However at times the impersonal narrative voice made it difficult to get involved in the story, and I frequently felt emotionally detached from all the action. Seemed like it lost focus at times and I really wondered about the need to have so many characters share the stage… we see several perspectives and while they’re still likeable characters they don’t drive the plot forward fast enough in my opinion. The writing and world building is quite solid, and as far as the actual story itself I was hooked… after about ½ way through. I wasn’t really a fan of the way that the story would be ‘explained’ to us in bursts to speed it along or catch us up or resolve plot points – instead of letting it play out more naturally for us and keeping us more connected. Some people may not mind this, but I always feel a little cheated, especially because it frequently happened at the most important parts of the book. Still a good read, I’d just prefer less narration to do the heavy lifting. (3 stars)
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    – Well written, shocking and entertaining, this read by William H. Coles blends well-known literary tropes and new ideas and the result is something quite unique, yet very comforting and readable! “McDowell” is the third book I’ve read from this author, but I like how they are all able to be read on their own (not a series, but standalone books) which is great. It seems that he really has a unique style in writing these, yet each one feels very different in terms of plots and the characters. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think this one might be it for me (although I did highly enjoy the others as well!!) This one has really good tension the whole way through, and it seems like just one thing after another keeps arising that makes everything more complicated in McDowell’s life. Had great detailing and substance, both with characters and events, … But while the storyline is great overall, I’m only giving this one 4 stars because I thought some parts felt really rushed, especially toward the end, like everything was quickly summed up, and it completely takes away from the emotional impact we are waiting for. I just didn’t get the closure/satisfaction that I like, and even though I did enjoy it, I’d prefer a more focused, coherent plot with a satisfying ending that I’m more part of. Still an incredible, memorable book that I highly recommend. (4 stars)
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    – Another fantastic read by William H. Coles. The plot was relatively simple to follow along, but the pacing was decent (better than in his other books, I felt), with adequate action and elements of danger and mystery, and the book just flew by very quickly for me. I have mentioned before that I’m not particular about prose in general, and I appreciate the lovely manner of storytelling that was employed by Coles. Reads very fast-paced which is something I really like in my books, especially those deemed more ‘literary’ because those frequently are on the slower side. I didn’t mind the occasional use of coarse language, but for some reason it felt oddly out of place several times in this book (unnecessary). Almost like breaking character. Like Coles’s other books, “McDowell” definitely had a ‘darker’ tone and had great personal stakes at hand for the characters, and an unexpected ending to the climax. All in all, this author does deliver the goods when it comes to creating a powerful and unpredictable world with believable characters who expose you to new truths about life. I am ready for more! (4-5 stars)
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    – I read all sorts of genres, from high fantasy, to YA paranormal, to educational nonfictions, and while I enjoy straight literary drama on occasion I’ll be the first to admit that it isn’t exactly my bread and butter. There are some things I always like about them, such as the ‘real life issues’, and the ordinary, yet unusually complex lead characters (always on some life transition of some sort), the quirky/bizarre supporting characters (usually in the supporting cast), the frequent ‘real-life’ dramatic situations…and expecting the unexpected, and the wonderful writing. Then there are the things I don’t as much care for, such as having too many characters, many of whom don’t really have fully formed personalities or functions but are just there to make everything feel ‘bigger’ or more complicated, as well as having too many subplots going on at once to make the focus feel lost at times. While some people love this, it can frustrate and bore me. With this book, we walked a fine line many times, and all these elements came into play at one point or another, and that resulted in me enjoying the story overall, just not as much as I would have liked. It felt exhilarating at times, laborious at other times… I didn’t love the ending because after all we go through with McDowell it was almost brushed aside…as well as several other important key events throughout. I realize it is the style of the author, but I felt like some of the best parts were missing, and I’m not sure why that was. But all in all there are so many things that worked very well, and the takeaway is powerful and profound. And it is a good story…(3-4 stars)
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    – “McDowell” by William H. Coles was awesome! It is set up more like a classic character-driven novel, that is both edgy and fun, with several interweaving characters’ storylines that create suspense and intrigue. All of the books I’ve read by Coles I have found to be extremely entertaining. There’s lots of developing action, great character and plot development, flashes of humor and romance, and some surprisingly emotional moments. Some characters are occasionally paper-thin, but the main ones are well-developed with substance and dark complexity (like McDowell) The world here occasionally feels like a composite of familiar elements, but also very fresh and original at the same time. Can’t think of other books I’ve read that are like this one. Recommend for fans of the genre and I’m eager to dig into the next one by Coles now. (4-5 stars)
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    – I have wholeheartedly enjoyed all of the novels I’ve read by William H. Coles, and this one “McDowell” is no exception. I’m giving this one 3.5 stars, which for me means “between good and very good”. This rating isn’t based just on the lovely prose, or deep characterization, or striking creativity (all which it certainly has). It’s simply based on the way in which the whole story affected me overall. I was invested in this book, specifically Hiram McDowell’s story, even though most of the time I wasn’t sure if I even liked him or not. But he is a fascinating, flawed character, and his supporting cast is just as intriguing. So I just kept turning pages until there weren’t any pages left to turn, without worrying about things like narrative structure or dialogue. The things that these characters go through in this book are almost too much to be believed… I feel like just a few of these things could have made for a solid book, but Coles really throws the kitchen sink at us here, with one thing after another. Really keeps the twists coming. I had a blast with this book, even if I occasionally had to force myself to put away my mental red pencil so I could just enjoy the ride. If you’re in the mood for some powerful storytelling with memorable characters, this is a great place to start. Best suited for mature readers only. (3-4 stars)
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    – Okay… “McDowell” is one of those books where I think an initial reaction would be, “YES!” I really enjoyed it. While I haven’t moved this book to my all-time favorites list I can and do highly recommend it. After a long dry spell where I hadn’t found a really “good” read I can just get totally and utterly lost in for days on end, I was lucky to stumble on this novel and several others by William Coles. I love all of the substance, character-driven action, the dark complexity and witty dialogue, but I definitely think this book could have used better narrative pacing and some light proofreading. There are also few moments where “info-dumping” becomes slightly tedious, but the plot and writing was overall such fun that I forgave most of my qualms. I don’t really have much else to say! Fantastic read! (4-5 stars)
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    – I really liked “McDowell”… even though after the intriguing prologue it seemed to get a little slow, thankfully it picked back up again after chapter four or five. That being said, I may have enjoyed this book more than the others I’ve read lately. The action kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time, and I am a big fan of the character development in this book. Though I will say, I’m not sure we needed such a wide POV from the multitude of characters in this one. I just want to feel a little more connected to them as characters, which goes by the wayside with such broad and frequently alternating perspectives. While McDowell is the main character, the others are what made this story just as strong ( I really liked Sophia). I think it needs better editing though, as sometimes it almost feels like a rough draft at times, with the author’s ‘notes’ to himself on what he wants to do with the story becoming part of the narration. Also, there are parts where the verb tenses change from past to present to past again… a little confusing. I wasn’t all that pleased with how it ended, but it does provide the closure and feels suitable for the storyline. (4 stars)
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    – “McDowell” is the second book I’ve read by William H. Coles and everything you could possibly want from a great literary novel is found here: strong world building, three dimensional characters (some of whom you love, others whom you hate), life and death situations, moral and ethical dilemmas, true-life issues, profound philosophical discussions, romance, and great writing. I like how there is not a weak or dull moment to be found here…. The plot moves at a quick pace, there is enough character action to keep entertained and although there are some deep and dark philosophical machinations dotted throughout, it never becomes heavy or tedious despite the occasional dark tone. I found that I was hooked in from the very first page and remained there until I reached the end which is saying something! It’s not a perfect book by any stretch, some typos here and there, some overused clichés… but it does deliver an epic and powerful tale that even well-read fans of the genre are sure to devour. (5 stars)
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    – When I read a great novel, to me it is about more than world building and unique plot (as those are pretty rare), but the strength in the characterizations. What REAL people do in REAL situations, even if those people are somewhat ‘extraordinary’ (like an esteemed surgeon) or the situations are unusual. As long as they are relatable and we can see ourselves in the pages, it is a success. I’ve read several of William H. Coles novels, and as usual, in “McDowell”, he delivers with lovable/hatable and quirky leads, but the supporting characters are also really well developed and all of them add something to the plot, be they good or bad. It was easy to read, not overly complicated, just a great story written without dragging things out… It’s one of the those books you pick up and just finish before you realized it’s over, like eating comfort food, the simplicity, yet character- packed pages and clever dialogue were great. I enjoyed underline tension that compelled me to not stop reading, as it does have its darker side. We never feel ‘safe’ as the threat of conflict on some level is always near, but that’s what kept me so hooked. When I was finished I closed my Kindle and smiled, for it was a good read…. I’ll read more novels by Coles for sure. (5 stars)
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    – When I started reading these books by William Coles, I’d come back to reading contemporary literary fiction after a long hiatus, and “The Spirit of Want” was the first book I picked up. When I was done, I immediately started in on another of his, “Guardian of Deceit”. The moment I finished that one, I started this one, “McDowell”. So I’ve spent the last few months reading books by this author so it’s pretty safe to say I’m officially a fan! To make a long story short, I like this book to the point I had to choose between reading a couple of more pages and getting a little more sleep at night. I would not say it grabs you right away, but it kind of grows on you as the story unfolds… The main characters and interaction between them are well written and very interesting, and none of the major characters are boring which is what turned me off to the genre in the first place – almost like authors were too afraid to really take risks or put their characters through the ringer. Not here! The dialog is good, as well. The story feels fresh and while the structure could use some improving, the takeaway with this and all his books is a profound and astute look into the human condition through the eyes of remarkable, imperfect characters who will surprise you more than once. (4-5 stars)
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    – “McDowell” was a complex, engaging read, and as far as “literature” go, these by William H. Coles are some of the best I’ve read lately. Great characters, good conflicts (internal and external) and witty, authentic dialogues. The only thing that bothers me is the slow pacing at times – it almost feels like a standstill and I find myself anxious for something to happen. And there were times where I was at odds with some of the characters and their roles, questioning their necessity. But the language Coles employs and the overall storyline is riveting and it’s just a sheer pleasure to read the words he writes. This is one of those stories that sorta sneaks up on you without even realizing it and gets inside your head and you are totally invested whether you realize it or not. Was happy with some of the characters’ fates, saddened at others. Like that it’s not a stereotypical “happy ever after” because that would miss the whole point. Not bleak, but not a ‘light hearted happy read’. But one that is real, has substance, and make you a part of the authentic human experience—–just the way a great book should do. (5 stars)
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    – A thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable read. I don’t give out 5 stars very often, but when I do it’s because the book was well-written, entertaining, thought-provoking, and gave me the feels. This book gets 4.5 stars (because of some typos and a few punctuation errors) rounded up to 5. It kept me entertained through some really dark days and for that I’ll round up to the rare 5. I know what’s good. And I know that this book entertained me with a great story driven by good characters that I connected to. I read a great many things across all genres. Some connect and hit home, others seem to be nothing but words on a page. As I read this I found myself really feeling a part of these experiences with these characters and going through things I never imagined, from climbing in Nepal, to writing stories, to making life and death decisions, to family scandals and tragedies, to imprisonment and so, so much more….If you are at all in the mood for a book that is intelligent, complex and profound… written in a literary quality narrative with unforgettable characters and an ending that has you wanting more, this is for you! Recommend for mature readers only. (5 stars)
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    – This is the second book I’ve read by William H. Coles. I liked this one better than the first. But it also has a darker psychological element and a brilliant literary prose that is a rare combination to find and helps make this book stand out from all the others. I very much enjoyed the characters, especially Hiram McDowell (whom the book is named after) and the scope of his figurative journey. I will say though, that it lacked some of the depth I look for in epic fiction and character complexities. However, this is a story that anyone can read and enjoy, not just fans of the genre. There is an underlying universal message here that we can all relate to. The story is powerfully told, easy to follow, and a lot of dialogue to move things along. When I had the opportunity, I was able to burn through it and have a lot of plot go into my head in just a couple of hours. If you’re a story-first kind of reader and love character-driven and dramatic novels, this is definitely for you. Even if Coles’s somewhat unorthodox manner of writing is slightly off-putting at first, I have grown to appreciate it how it adds, rather than detracts, to the overall story. Some adultish scenes and themes and language so best suited for very mature teens on up. (5 stars)

  9. Bookseed for OnlineBookClub.org

    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 of his life, how he has relentless ambition and drive to succeed above and beyond, which only leads him to greatness. However his own ferocious approach to life starts to back fire on him as he losses all he worked for, he makes a few bad decisions that he pays for dearly but not without the growth and introspection that any significant life event can cause. His children are not spared as they also have to deal with the aftermath of their father’s tumultuous life.

    Hiram is a strong character, very well depicted and created with layers and layers of humanness, flaws and all, that I loved going through and discovering. There are times I hated him and times I pitied him…I would at times recognise him as a friend and at others a foe…this story is just amazingly written by William H. Coles. It is difficult to put this book into a genre due to its multifaceted themes, but it is definitely a drama. McDowell appears to be self published however it definitely gives the impression of being professionally edited, with very few errors in language and grammar and perfect structure.
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  10. Ferdinand_otieno from OnlineBookClub.org

    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 who is down to his third marriage. After returning from climbing the Himalayas, he sets his sights on becoming the director of the International College of Surgeons. His wife Carole is upset with him for his blatant infidelity and keeps threatening divorce. Hiram pays little to no attention to his children because he is dependent on his career. Hiram promises Michael O’Leary (one of his colleagues) a lucrative position if he helps him to be elected as director, but passes him over after gaining his position. Michael sets his new goal on revenge, making sure he ruins Hiram. Hiram gets called before the judicial committee of the International College of Surgeons on charges of misconduct. Hiram barely survives the committee. Hiram also has to deal with his children because his wife informs him that his teenage son Billie may be a father soon. This causes conflict between Carole and Hiram and may for cast a break. Will Michael ruin Hiram’s career? Will Hiram reconcile with his wife? What will he do with the news that he may become a grandfather soon? Will Hiram change his ways? All these questions will be answered in this amazing book.
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  11. Arushi Singh from OnlineBookClub.org

    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.

    What intrigued me about this book from the very beginning was the “antihero” element in it. McDowell is the protagonist of the novel, but he shouldn’t be confused as being the “hero”. McDowell does not possess the traditional qualities of a hero. There is no sense of idealism in his character and this makes the character hard to like, and therein lies the beauty of the book. The author does not glorify any character or create characters that seem too good to be true. In fact, of all the elements in this book, the characterization by the author is arguably the most potent.

    The author has created grey characters that you would love to hate and hate to love. The absence of the traditional hero makes this novel much more intriguing and adds to the element of realism. This makes the novel a fascinating read. The characters in the novel have their own flaws as well as stories. Many of them are difficult to like but one could easily relate to them.
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  12. Gunnar Ohberg for 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 finds himself the head of a family that resents him and with a career that does not fulfill him. His third wife, Carole, despises him. His wayward children, Ann, Billie, and Sophie reach out to him for money and little else. His peers at the International College of Surgeons loathe him for political and personal reasons. And an energetic and talented journalist, Paige Sterling, has discovered possible evidence of fraud and corruption that threatens to tarnish his reputation and dismantle his political ambitions. Hiram’s actions in the wake of a familial tragedy compound the growing pressures in the doctor’s professional and personal life and kickstart a chain of events that lead to his downfall and possible redemption.
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  13. Rosemary Wright

    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 the president of the college with a promise to make Michael the executive director of the college. Hiram is elected president but he broke his promise to Michael who vowed to ruin him.
    Hiram’s high-and-mighty attitudes get him into trouble with the law, and he is convicted and sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment. He escapes from jail and takes a journey into the wilderness and starts writing a memoir. He then meets a woman in a convenience store and his values and perspectives about life change. This book is in two parts. The first part is about the rise of Hiram McDowell and the second part, his fall. The setting of the story takes the readers of the book through various cities in the United States of America; from Denver to Chicago, New York, and other cities.
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  14. youdonthavemybrain

    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 himself carries on with his journey down to safety. As time progresses, we learn that he doesn’t care about his third wife who has reluctantly given in to an open marriage lifestyle. His wife’s daughters do not exchange even a word with Hiram and his son gets into trouble with one of them, all being under the same roof.
    McDowell has cheated his way through to become the president of the International College of Surgeons. Surprisingly, he seems to be concerned only about his children. There comes a time in his life when his mentally sick grandson fails in his suicide attempt after committing multiple murders and gets hospitalized in an extremely critical stage only to die in a mysterious manner, causing McDowell to be convicted of second-degree murder. Quite soon, he manages to break out of prison and live as a runaway, whose story is of immense importance to a journalist trying to keep her job as she battles with the sexism hurled at her. McDowell now gets schooled by his life that gradually opens his mind to a spiritual good.
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  15. Sarah Tariq

    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 morality in the medical profession and its lacking- the lust for fame, money and sex- ultimately ruins not only a doctor but also his family.
    Hiram McDowell is a renowned doctor, apparently known for his philanthropist tasks and climbing the high mountains. In Nepal, he establishes a charity foundation (hospital) and time to time go for climbing the towering mountains. His appetite for fame compels him to deceive his colleague to become the president of International College of Surgeons. His family is too unhappy with him. He has three children: Ann, Sophie and Billie. He deceives his third wife and his disrespectful behavior prepares her to detach herself from him. The illicit child of Billie also becomes a source of trouble for both.
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  16. Dolor

    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 a soft spot in his heart, it is his love to his children from his second marriage, Billie and Sophie. The roller coaster ride in Hiram McDowell’s life includes Billie, who had an affair with one of Carole’s daughter (Tasha) and Ann (his daughter from his first marriage) who got tangled in a chaotic marriage. Despite the loopholes that happened during his presidential reign, Michael O’Leary failed in his plot for vengeance. After committing mass school murder, Jeremy (his grandson from Ann attempted suicide but was not successful. This incident progressed to his conviction of euthanasia (mercy killing) that resulted to his stay in jail then break free in quest of redemption.
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  17. Blarishas

    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 disliked is that he must find a stern penalty for what he had caused. But he found a new life and that is his luck.
    I rate McDowell 4 out of 4 stars and I hardly ever do that. Because the book is professionally edited and well formatted. I did not take in a moment when I noticed either spelling or grammar errors. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a thriller and adventurous books. This book focuses on force, power, death, revenge as well as money.
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  18. Sahani Nimandra for OnlineBookClub.org

    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 to its reader. The book is separated into two parts, and the first, the rise of the protagonist and the second, his fall. The book consisted of 72 characters and each chapter was strikingly eventful that it won’t fail to reduce the interest of the reader.
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  19. August1959 for OnlineBookClub.org

    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 overcome so as to satisfy his self-actualization only to be lead to a belated self-discovery that he was a total failure as a doctor and father. In McDowell’s eyes he was a good man.
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  20. Indigo14

    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, egotistical self-importance.
    McDowell is exciting as you follow Hiram across the country. I was stunned with the ending, did not see it coming. Kudos Mr. Coles! This is a real page turner. Read the entire review here…

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