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  1. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    I enjoyed watching the characters in this book grow so much. The writer did an excellent job of introducing a lot of different characters in many different walks of life. He made me want to follow along with the journey of multiple people to see where their lives would take them and where their paths would cross.
    It was a joy to read a book where the main character was both the bad guy and the good guy. Hiram is the type of character that you love to hate. This book shows you the political side of medicine that you might not have thought about before. It also gives you a glimpse into many other professions with good accuracy and depth.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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 had got past the initial character building, I was not able to stop reading the novel and found myself thinking about it long after I had finished reading.
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  4. 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 collapses. After being convicted of murder and escaping from prison, McDowell begins a long physical and mental journey that makes him reconsider his relationships with other human beings. He also starts writing his memoirs with the hope of clearing his name.

    McDowell is not a short book, but I read it in one sitting. The story is consistent and logical, but many turns of events keep you in suspense. Coles’ style is dynamic, and his descriptions and dialogues are enthralling. Even though McDowell is the most complex and interesting character, the others are equally remarkable. Many of them are well rounded and likable, as in the case of his daughter Sophie, and they are likable despite their flaws, as is the reporter Paige. Most importantly, the message of McDowell is a very meaningful one. This book makes you reflect on the merciless scrutiny of people and the press and the consequences in a person’s life. It also makes significant remarks about the value of life itself. I recommend McDowell to every reader who likes books discussing important issues such as those Coles presents in his amazing novel.
    Reviewed By Astrid Lustulin for Readers’ Favorite


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