The story is excellent as the author draws from his own experience as a medic in NYC.
Not a pick of mine for book of the year, but if you are in the health field you will most likely relate to many of the plot lines and patient traumas.
I'm a woman, but Burke helped me understand the rage, terror, sublimation and love that inspired very different reactions in the characters.
In my dotage I find myself turning away from pieces this dark and real and powerful. I might find I love it by the time I'm through, but it's a powerful dose of darkness to steep... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
got this for my husband as he is a paramedic. he enjoyed it and oassed it along to many coworkers who also enjoyed itPublished 18 months ago by mimi
This book is full of some pretty depressing stories, and most of them about the author's life instead of mostly telling stories about the patient contacts. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Becky
Since I was trained as an Army paramedic in a previous life, I am drawn to novels and characters who are in that line of work (and much of my writing is impacted by that... Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by Tracey Cramer-Kelly
This book is a must read for any future/current EMT or firefighter out. Burke nails the attitude of some old hardened Medics. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by ResQDude
The story follows a young would-be medical student in his first year as a paramedic. Along the way he meets some of the best most selfless in NYC, and some of the most jaded down... Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Kimme
This book is astounding for such a short novel. The story is amazingly real, and the characters move in and out of shadows almost like they are moving in and out of life. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by J. Smallridge
A short, but intense book, capturing in grimy, snapshot detail the experience of a young paramedic working in one of New York City's worst neighborhoods as he progresses from... Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by Ryan
This is a solid story told in first person about a medic named Ollie Cross, a green medic joining a rough group of medics in Harlem. Read morePublished on December 8, 2010 by Disciple of Poseidon