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...more
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McDowell by William H Coles brings us the tale of a man who, having reached the top of his profession, self-destructs and loses it all, then attempts to rebuild his life from scratch. McDowell is a world-renowned surgeon, lauded by all as one of the best in the business and he knows it. This overachiever climbs mountains in his spare time and has summitted Everest along with most of the highest peaks in Nepal. He is known by all as cold, ruthless ...more
Multiple award willing literary fiction author William H. Coles has used his life experiences in the worlds of medicine, music, and writing to create this unforgettable thriller filled with mystery and suspense. Creator of storyinliteraryfiction.com a resources website for the authors, illustrators and readers, William Cole lives and writes in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The stories main character Hiram McDowell is a respected surgeon, set on a glorious path to success. However, ...more
There are two parts in this book: Part One and Part Two. Part One described more about Hiram McDowell whose profession is a surgeon, he is a world class mountain climber and a philanthropist (in a minuscule way) for the healthcare foundation in Nepal.
Part two is ...more
This was, in my opinion, a very strange book. I shall attempt to summarise the plot briefly, but I'm afraid I am going to find it quite difficult. The plot was very... [i]all over the place[/i], for lack of a better term.
As the title suggests, this novel follows the life of Hiram McDowell, a wealthy surgeon and father. He has been married several times, and is currently with his wife Carole, who has two ...more
Utah author William H. Coles, MD is a retired Ophthalmologist whose medical career was internationally lauded for his expertise as an ophthalmic surgeon specializing in ocular injury repair and reconstruction, a professor and chairman at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, a Regent for The American College of Surgeons, president of the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology, and lecturer on mechanistic ...more
I’ll give it one star for making an attempt at the difficult art of writing a character the reader is supposed to dislike (and because I don’t have a lesser choice). It’s hard to portray these characters. I get it.
With that said, this just felt poorly written no matter how many awards the author throws in the heading.
The reader is introduced to the deeply-flawed Dr. McDowell; a brash and arrogant man on his third marriage. Beyond his character deficits, we learn of the hospital he has built in Nepal and the charitable foundation he founded.
Dr. McDowell’s ambition leads him to the top of his field, but his questionable methods in ...more
In McDowell: A Novel, Award-Winning author William H. Coles explores the life-altering consequences of Dr. Hiram McDowell who rises to the pinnacle of his profession only to see his life turned completely upside down owing to his many indiscretions.
While at the top, Hiram was President of the Board of Regents of the International College of Surgeons, a department head of surgery in a prestigious hospital in Denver, founder of a philanthropic organization for the care of the indigent in Nepal, a ...more
Hiram McDowell is a nationally-acclaimed surgeon with ...more
Despite my intense distaste for the main character, the story became intriguing as the plot ...more
Coles is the winner of nearly 40 awards for his fiction, and I can see why. After reading McDowell and listening to a few of his short stories on his website, I believe he must be one of the most talented and prolific writers of our time.
McDowell grabs your attention immediately, as Hiram McDowell is attempting to scale a snowy mountain peak in Nepal. Near the summit, his fellow-climber falls from exhaustion and pleads for McDowell to help ...more
Well, first of all Mr. McDowell is not some random “guy’’ you can pick on the street. ...more
He created a foundation hospital in Nepal and became president of the International College of Surgeons. But despite his accomplishments, people still wanted to bring him down. What’s the plot twist? Hiram has a good side! But can anyone see it?
When I first began to read this novel, I really didn’t like Hiram. I didn’t like how he treated ...more
Hiram McDowell is a mountaineer by choice and surgeon by profession. He is a survival from danger zone while returning after a climb from the summit.
This is his story of achievement, negligence towards family life and a power-hungry man. He even did not think to give importance to his wife’s birthday Carole. He used to live in a big house with his wife and children. Hiram was elected as Regent to the directors of International College of Surgeons lifted him above the sixty ...more
This is a novel about a selfish, self-centered, career-minded surgeon who is brought down to earth through accusations of corruption and fraud. Jail is the turning point for his redemption amongst the poor working class of America. The novel ...more
This is my first book by William H. Coles, ophthalmic, trauma surgeon. He has received several ...more
McDowell by William H. Coles is the first novel I have ever read where the main character is the mot disliked character in the book and that is the actual intent of the author. Coles built Hiram McDowells character as an caring and callous person, he makes decisions and bad choices and doesn’t care who he hurts or how it affects those around him. He’s a taken who only cares about his own gratification. The rest of the characters were likable and one ...more
McDowell is the story of Hiram McDowell’s unethical rise in the medical world, his ironical tragic fall and his road to redemption. Most main characters are supposed to be root-able. Not this one at first. He is pure evil. It takes the botched suicide attempt by his grandson, and his grandson’s ultimate death, to bring this once powerful man’s life in ruins. Trapped by the fate of his own choices, he must turn his life around. And, surprisingly, the humanity that the author ...more
McDowell proved to be a book with a surprising finale, almost an O'Henry ending. The characters were presented in the beginning with flat effects, as if the characters were one dimensional and that dimension was superficial. However, since the characterizations were strong and the storyline was compelling, I continued reading and was rewarded around chapter 35 with fleshed out actors and an un-put-downable story. My best experiences in reading happen when the story begins to impact my ...more
This book was a rather tough read. Tough as in it was a struggle to get into the characters. I felt as if I was all over the place with them. I wanted to feel more invested but had a hard time. I honestly felt like the extra characters took away from the main character, McDowell. I realize he was this great surgeon, elite in his profession but to me the family took away what we as readers could have learned more about him. I would recommend this book to others if McDowell ...more
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