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  1. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    This book is character driven. There is a plot, but the most interesting part is McDowell’s transformation. After reading the first few chapters, I hated his character. He treated everyone around him like inferior beings. He treated the women especially badly, and I don’t think he viewed them as human. As the book progressed though, he changed. His relationship with his daughter, Sophie, helped to humanize him. The multiple narrative perspectives also gave a well-rounded view of his character. Additionally, after the tragedy, his world view changed and so did his treatment of others. This growth made the book feel like a coming-of-age novel, despite McDowell being a full-grown adult. This was my favorite part of the novel.
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  2. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    This novel deserves a 4 out of 4. Mr. Coles writes seamlessly from one point of view to the next. Even though the point of view changes frequently (approximately after every couple of chapters), it does not distract the reader from enjoying the book. In fact, the different perspectives serve to highlight different views of the conflict. These contrasts are intriguing and give a unique insight to the reader at every angle.
    Above all, I loved the descriptive detail that was present throughout the book. Throughout reading, I could almost see the events taking place. I also enjoyed how the novel starts out with action to draw in the reader’s interest from the beginning, I could not put it down! The story also advances at a timeframe that feels realistic. Characters change dynamically in ways that are as realistic as they are intriguing. At times, the book feels more like a memoir than a story. I have never felt this way about another book, which makes McDowell unique in this sense.
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  3. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    The characters are phenomenal. Every character, whether main or supporting, is convincing and engaging. Everyone is uniquely complex in their own way. McDowell himself is probably the biggest puzzle of all. This main character cannot be held to any particular archetype. In the beginning of the book he seems to be insular, looking for recognition in all things he does. But after a while, McDowell’s personality unfolds, petal by petal, like a rose. Just like a rose, he becomes more beautiful and people are more drawn to him. There are dangerous parts of himself, like thorns, that will harm those that get close to him. What I like most about the character development is that one sees a part of themselves in every character. The dialogue also flows in a smooth, natural manner, making the story more relatable.
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  4. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and believe it to be professionally edited, as I found no typos or grammatical errors at all. The smooth writing, the character descriptions, the storyline and the pace at which the story progressed, were perfect and kept this reader engaged throughout.
    McDowell is a sound novel that stirs emotions and teaches lessons along the way. Being introduced to arrogant, wealthy, greedy Hiram in the beginning, elicited feelings of dislike or wishing he would be taken down a notch or two. But as Hiram changes, so did my feelings for him. I began to like him more and more and felt empathy for him when he is finally captured and his journey ends.
    Those who love a well written, literary fiction, with numerous characters, will love reading this book as I did!
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  5. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. The story line was captivating and intriguing. The characters were all tied in with each other, even when it was unexpected. The book was also very well-edited as I was not able to spot an error.
    Any adult who likes reading unpredictable and dramatic books would be my recommended audience. It is full of adventure, travel, scandal and drama. Anyone who enjoys any of the previously listed subjects would enjoy this book.
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  6. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    I did not dislike anything about McDowell It was fascinating, moves fluidly and kept me completely engaged. It is well worth reading. I recommend it to adult readers that enjoy fiction novels that will thoroughly engage their emotions. This book is not a light read. I don’t think anyone can read it and be left untouched. Because of these things I gladly rate it a 4 out of 4 stars. The book was professionally edited, and I did not find any mistakes.
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    McDowell tells a powerful story about fixing past mistakes and changing into a better person. This book carried a strong message in a fast-paced and thrilling story. I loved several parts of this McDowell, such as the brilliant characters and a strong plot. Every character had a unique personality and complimented the storyline. Additionally, the story was always moving forward and I never felt bored while reading. I especially enjoyed the way William H. Coles was able to weave so many emotions and thoughts into McDowell. In this book, I was able to feel sad, happy, angry, and touched. For example, I felt upset and angry when McDowell mistreated his wife, friends, and co-workers on his journey to power. But when McDowell repents for his actions, I was able to feel happy and glad for him. McDowell delivered a stirring and poignant story that I really enjoyed every part of the way.
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  8. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    To be honest, I couldn’t find much that was wrong in this book. I believe that the book has been professionally edited. I might have come across a couple of errors with commas and other punctuation, but the story and its characters had me intrigued and I stopped noticing errors after a point. I believe that McDowell is a philosophical book that will keep its readers engaged and I would give it a 4 out of 4 star for a wonderful plot and excellent characterization. This book will be enjoyed by anybody who has wondered about the purpose of their existence or likes to think that each and every one of us is a part of our own mysterious journey.
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  9. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    I really enjoyed reading this book! Initially I thought it would be hard to follow because of the switching between characters’ viewpoints, but that added so much depth to the storyline. It was not difficult to follow along at all. It allowed me to feel more immersed in the story, like I was right there with the characters. The author did an excellent job building up the complexity of the characters and making each one relatable in his or her own way. I greatly disliked Hiram at first! The way he hurt his wife Carole and reacted to her pain infuriated me. He was so callous and had no regard to her feelings whatsoever. By the end of the story though I do believe he completely redeemed himself.
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  10. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    McDowell by William H. Coles is the story of Hiram McDowell, a famous, wealthy surgeon who is also the founder of a charitable medical foundation in Nepal. While those not in his inner circle are impressed by his list of credentials, surgical skills and good works, his family and business colleagues know he’s not to be trusted. Underneath the veneer of benevolence is an arrogant, self-serving man. When he’s proven to be a fraud and a criminal, McDowell is completely nonplussed. Forced into hiding among the lower class, he begins to consider what it means to be human.

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  11. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    McDowell is a gripping book by William H. Coles based on the life of Dr. Hiriam McDowell at the peak of his career, through his fall, and ultimately ending with his redemption. While it was disturbing in the beginning, the author takes the reader on a journey of emotions from disparaging McDowell to ultimately cheering for his reunification with his family and society in general. Overall the book is well written, chapters are clearly identified and narration is provided by multiple characters to provide a complete picture for the reader. I would rate the book 4 out of 4 stars.
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  12. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    If you are someone who likes to experience the lives of seemingly ordinary individuals, slowly unraveling the quirky, adventurous, and even damnable aspects of them until they become completely and utterly unique, then this book is absolutely right for you. You will be taken on a series of adventures that leave you biting your nails in anticipation, hardly ever settling down enough to be predictable or let you take a deep breath. If you can bear to pick this book up and square away a good 24-hours of reading, this will be perfect for you because you won’t be able to put it down.
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  13. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    I relished the interconnection of the characters and the differing perspectives of the book. While Hiram remained the lead figure, the other personalities augmented the grit of the story by developing a rich tapestry. The imperfect features of the individuals were poetic as they were deficient as humans rather than flawed merely for the sake of the fiction. When Sophie is navigating interactions with Hiram as a daughter to a father, this was entirely rational. A child might struggle in communicating with their father, particularly given the exceptional circumstances. In a traditional model, children customarily would depend upon their mother under adverse conditions. Therefore, it is anticipated that Sophie could experience some trepidation when it came to speaking to Hiram in fundamental ways.
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  14. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    This book would appeal to those who like mystery and crime stories. This book would also suit those who are into books about forgiveness, human nature, and redemption. There are some strong scenes in this book, therefore, I would not recommend this book to young children. With that being said I think a mature teenager would be able to handle this book as well. It appears as though the book was professionally edited, as I did not notice any errors. This book was a page turner that kept me guessing till the very end, because of this, along with the reasons stated above I would rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. This book would be great for anyone looking for a good story on love, family, mistakes, and creating a new future.
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  15. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    This is a very good book, and it can/should be reread intermittently to appreciate the effort the author put into the crafting of this work. This is a special novel, which should resonate with the avid reader. I recommend this novel to serious book lovers and also those aspiring to be book lovers. I will give this novel a 4 out of 4 stars rating, which it fully deserves. The book is well-edited and contains no noticeable errors. This novel is a must reread.

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  16. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    I liked the fonts, they were easy to read and I didn’t notice any mistakes in grammar or spelling. This book is definitely oriented to a mature audience; the theme of the story and the language that McDowell uses to describe women or people can be disturbing to sensible or younger readers.
    I loved this book, it kept me super immersed in the story. What I liked the most was the reflection it gives about to find a balance in all the aspects of our lives.
    McDowell definitely is worthy of a four stars review, so I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
    It’s a reflexive and smart well-written fiction novel which I recommend to anyone who loves life superation histories.
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  17. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    McDowell recounts the struggles and inconsistency of science that makes arts and music a safe refuge for zipped truths about science and humanity trapped in a commercial world wielded by gold, guns and pressured press. No matter how you aim for ideals and nobility, the battle between good and evil sets affronts to surmise. Vying for the top has always been ingrained in achievers but getting there is a unique experience, to each his own wit.
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  18. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    McDowell by William H. Coles is a story filled with a lot of mixed feelings. Hiram is selfish and arrogant and yet there is something about him that makes one not hate him wholeheartedly. He is wrong on so many things and yet he is right in bringing his children to a steady life from their relations. He considers himself a victim of circumstances and does not take any responsibility of his wrongdoings. He tries to redeem himself in the second half by caring about the people he meets.
    I would gladly rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Coles has given us a book so engrossing that one keeps turning the pages. It clearly gives chronicles of how even the worst of human beings can change for the better and live a more fulfilling and upright life. I therefore recommend this book to everyone.
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  19. Review from OnlineBookClub.org
    In his journey to an epiphany, the lives of McDowell’s family are elucidated. There is tragedy and beauty as their lives are affected by McDowell’s interventions and actions. This book is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. As McDowell so aptly notes: “Its society and culture where we find ourselves immersed in the conscious time we’re given as humans during life. We make our heaven and hell by how we influence the humanity we live in. How we integrate. How we build to make it better…my life is getting better now.” I found this book, its characters, and premise, to be extraordinarily thought- provoking. I rate this book 4 out of 4 and highly recommend it for its characterizations and theme content.
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