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What if, through no fault of your own, you become ill and need an organ transplant?

Who's going to come to your rescue when you're put under a bad surgeon's knife?
Paperback, 2nd, 272 pages
Published August 3rd 2011 by Barbara Mary Ebel (first published July 29th 2011)
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Judith Rosen
Great read!!!

I enjoyed this book first and foremost because her characters were interesting. That each one showed me not only what they said and did but, I also found out what they were thinking at that same time----even the DOG!!! I love good medical novels and I enjoyed Ebel's true to life descriptions of real life in the ER; in surgery, at times; in the ICU's of the various kinds; and the follow-up and care that the average patient receives.
The story line was interesting, as a stage to help
Annarita Guarnieri
Outcome is a book that is difficult to place in any given genre, because it touches so many aspects of life and of the human soul. My very first impression is that it reminds me of a book I read, and loved, many years ago, The Human Comedy, by William Saroyan.
The setting is quite different, of course, but the elements of tragedy, and of the ability of the human soul to cope with it are the same.
Here we aren’t facing the World One period, but we have a life-threatening situation all the same, wit
Whilst this could have been a wonderful story, I was lost in a pile of medical jargon I thought I'd never get out of. I found myself skipping over pages just so I could get to the actual story. I've never used my kindle dictionary so much in one book. Whilst I love expanding my vocabulary, in some instances not even the dictionary could help me. This went from being an interesting novel to an absolute pain in the butt that I had to struggle to read. I believe the author could have done way bette ...more
It's a nice story, though I never really figured out what the plot of the book was, if the transplant was to be the shining star of the book, then the author achieved her purpose, because the sub-plots were weak and that is unfortunate because there was a lot of potential for some great stories to develop. I wish the rest of the book had been as well developed as the parts when we were in the operating room. The medical lingo was way too in depth, at times I felt like I was reading a manual. Sur ...more
Sandy Wolters
Beautiful story of the ultimate gift

I really enjoyed this book. There were several story lines that came together beautifully. This story is a testament to organ donation and the lives it can touch. From those who have lost a loved one, to those that are given the miracle of life through that devastating loss.

I really liked the characters, except one that shall remain nameless, as well as the intensity of the situations they find themselves in. The technical scenes in this book were written so b
As Hurricane Ivan barrels toward Florida, a woman trying to evacuate a vulnerable coastal area is involved in a fatal car accident. Through her death, the gift of life is bestowed upon a complete stranger. We follow the story of harvesting her organs, transplanting, and the donor/recipient families’ struggles to cope with the process. A parallel storyline tracks the family pet, PuttPutt, who escaped the crash, but is set adrift in a world turned upside down by the aftermath of the deadly storm.


That's about all I can say about this book. It was fairly interesting how all the subplots came together but it felt like work. I slogged thru parts and some I skimmed and skipped. Characters were pretty thin and predictable. Overall I was just left with a feeling of "meh" at the end.
Outcome is a fictionalized tale of a real event, Hurricane Ivan in 2004.The story follows the cascade of events that begins with the evacuation of the Gulf.Unlikely friendships are forged, lives are lost and lives begin anew as the massive hurricane bears down on Florida.
I really enjoyed this read. Barbara Ebel is an MD turned author, and she makes excellent use of her medical background.The drama of the operating room is one of the things I loved about this story.she balances the medical lang
I won this book in the first reads giveaways.

I very much enjoyed this book, and I enjoy the style of the author (I am reading Operation Neurosurgeon as well). The themes of strength and overcoming obstacles in the worst of situations really pull you into this book. Unfortunately the thing that kept the book from 5 stars for me was some of the medial jargon in it. I had to look up a lot of things as I was reading, and I felt it took away from the experience.

If you are in the medical field, or i
An excellent read - I would actually have given this 4.5 stars, but it was much more engrossing than others I have rated as 4 star. Loved the story and was really drawn into the lives of all (bar one) the characters, including that of the dog. Usually I have several books on the go at once, but this got read straight through. The only parts I found hard to read were the detailed medical terms, they distracted my attention, yet I dared not skip them in case I missed some important details.
Sep 06, 2011 Melissa marked it as to-read
Can't wait to read this one! Won this novel in a book giveaway. Will post review once received and "dived" into!
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Doctor Barbara is a retired anesthesiologist who writes novels with credible, interesting medicine in the background, but her characters and plots take center stage. Her first book is a romantic suspense and her new release, Outcome, is a medical drama/general fiction.

Due to her work with her trained therapy dog and her writing, she also wrote and illustrated a children's book series called Cheste
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