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Heart Stopper [Kindle Edition]

R J Samuel
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Book Description

What keeps your heart beating..? It could stop at any moment. Think about it.. Are you worried..?

Dr. PRIYA JOSEPH is an Irish-Indian coder working at a new pacemaker clinic in Galway, a small city on the west coast of Ireland that is a research and manufacturing hub within the multi-billion-dollar medical devices industry. Priya’s life is already off the rails; in fact, the train has disappeared screaming into a ravine when, after a night out that she does not remember apart from a vague memory of being with a mysterious woman, she wakes up in an unfamiliar apartment and finds the dead body of her boss, American cardiologist and inventor, Dr Daniel Fairer III.

Priya is dragged by his family into an investigation of Daniel’s death. As they uncover secrets about the groundbreaking pacemaker technology that Daniel and his research partners developed and the wireless controllers that communicate with the implanted pacemakers, their investigation threatens a multi-million dollar enterprise. Priya learns that she has unwittingly been involved in research that could have consequences far beyond the small city where she has been trying to hide from her life. She discovers that her past is not what she thought it was and now that she actually wants a future, she may not survive long enough as she is being pursued her and her pursuers will do whatever it takes to complete their mission but time is running out. And they have a problem. Which they need Priya to solve.

Heart Stopper is an unusual and exciting novel that breaks barriers between genres. It is a medical thriller, a murder mystery, and a love story, but it is so much more than any one of those.


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About the Author

R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents from Kerala. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria with a brief stint in boarding school in the Nilgiri Hills in India and occasional summers in Kerala, London, and New York. She moved to Ireland at 17 to complete her medical studies and vividly remembers the shock of arriving at Galway Train Station on an icy October night. Despite that traumatic first meeting, she fell in love with Galway and has remained there since, apart from a 3-year episode in the southwest of France. She is an Irish citizen and now considers herself almost Irish as well as almost Indian. She has been writing creatively for years, apart from her period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant-bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no background in restaurants, apart from eating in them. Her first novel, 'Heart Stopper,' was published in February 2012 and her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,' in June 2012. Her third novel, Casting Shadows - The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter, was published in January 2013. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland, in Galway and Connemara, and also in Kerala, India. Her story 'Helmets' was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition' and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press '1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition' in January 2012. Her fiction entry, 'The Vision Painter,' went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.' Her story ‘Parallel Lives’ was shortlisted for the 2012 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition'.

Product Details

  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470139685
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: R J Samuel (February 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076MERG8
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Stopper by RJ Samuel February 7, 2012
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RJ's descriptions bring the reader into the novel so that you feel every bump in the road and your heart races along with the fears of the main character. This is a wonderful debut novel and I can't wait to read RJ's next one. I have read a number of short stories by this author and know there's lots more thrilling rides to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant medical drama February 12, 2012
By TerryB
Format:Kindle Edition
Dr Priya Joseph is a coder. She works at a dedicated up and coming pacemaker clinic in Galway, just off the west coast of Ireland. Priya is of Indian descent, an Irish Indian.

Priya hasn't had a very easy life. Her parents were quite pushy and they never really accepted the fact that Priya is a lesbian either.

Priya's life had spiralled out of control a couple of years earlier. She was just beginning to get her life back to some semblance of order, when she meets a woman on a night out. Unfortunately for Priya, she'd had so much to drink, she couldn't remember much about it.

When Priya woke up in a strange apartment the following morning, she found her boss, Dr Daniel Fairing, an American cardiologist dead. She had no recollection of how she got there, panicked and ran.

Daniel's family don't believe that he died of a heart attack. His mother Catherine and sister Reyna, enlist Priya's help to investigate into his death.

Priya slowly begins to uncover secrets appertaining to the new wireless pacemaker technology that Daniel and his partners had developed. Priya also uncovers facts that proves she had unwittingly been involved with the earlier research, that could have far reaching consequences for not only herself, but many other people. Along the way, Priya uncovers secrets and lies about her past, secrets that could change Priya's outlook on life now. Priya has to uncover and unravel the mystery from her past research to find the answers she is looking for. But Priya is being pursued by an unknown enemy. Will she be able to solve the mystery before she becomes another victim? Or will her pursuers catch up with her and force her into helping them?

Meanwhile Priya and Reyna are feeling a mutual attraction between them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!!! July 17, 2013
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I want to read lesbian fiction that dares to be different. Searching through the lesbian fiction lists on the Internet my quest was rewarded when I came upon Heart Stopper by RJ Samuel. Samuel is an Irish based author from Galway.
Heart Stopper ticks all the right boxes for me.

If you love mystery then read this book. If you love twists and turns that keep you guessing to the end read this book. If you are not already passionate about the Irish landscape you will be when you read this book. If you are a romantic read this book. If you yearn for strong characters and dialogue that leaps off the page, read this book!

There are already many excellent reviews about Heart Stopper on Amazon and Goodreads. There is little more I can add to the eloquent, well-expressed reviews except to say buy the book! You won't regret it...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm getting to heart Ireland October 1, 2012
By Lilaine
Format:Kindle Edition
A well paced mystery and a love story, set in the gorgeous landscapes and current economic realities of Ireland (Connemara). The Medical field of research/industry and clinical operations on heart-stimulating devices (aka pacemakers), very skilfully and just as clearly described, serves as background-and foundations-for this most original and captivating adventure, where the reader's heart is put to severe test, following the heroines (Priya the scientist, Reyna the executive and her mother Catherine, the healer) on their path to discovering the actual cause of their respective boss, brother, and son, Daniel's death, and the true reasons for which it occurred.
This won't be done without a few heart-stopping twists and more-or-less innocent casualties.

... even had to check my own heartbeat at the end, as the denouement unfold! :o

I'm getting to love Ireland more and more with each of this author's books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable novel with wide appeal February 5, 2012
By Ep
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An exciting medical thriller perfectly set in Galway, West of Ireland . I'm familiar with the writings of RJ Samuels ,-an ability to intelligently tackle issues of race ,gender ,romance,sexual orientation,outsider and cultural aspects while delivering a rollicking fast paced story, mark this debut novelist's work.
After reading this novel , you have to ask- why has it not been done before? The ingredients have always been there, but in this novel there is a fresh approach to combining them in a manner which traverses genres, refusing to be narrowly pigeonholed.
There's plenty nitty detail here too for tech fans giving a fascinating insight into the medical pacemaker device world.Glimpses of Indian culture and a changing Ireland enrich the backdrop to this thoroughly enjoyable, unputdownable novel.
It is hoped it is the first of many to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it July 6, 2014
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This is a good book. Have read several from this author and this had romance plus a little bit of thriller if you like that kinda of read would recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, Perceptive and Loveable... May 10, 2014
By Jk
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Priya is, what can I say... a wonderfully drawn, heart blind heroine! Don't miss reading about her! The story itself has thought provoking, real world terrifying implications.
If you are like me you will be hooked by RJ Samuel's writing. She is a perceptive, painterly story teller who continues to write rich, beautifully crafted, creative novels that satisfy both intellect and heart. I have just downloaded her most recent, 'A Place Somewhere', and can't wait to start reading!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book, as all of hers are
A very good book, as all of hers are. I've all of her books and loved every one of them.
Published 2 months ago by Deanne Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart stopper
This book was beautifully written with exciting characters and twists in the plot. It kept me guessing ‘till the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Minzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as Advertised
Lovely mix of plot and romance - Strong and Appealing Characters. Really looking forward to reading more from this author.
Published 6 months ago by SilasFinch
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant work of fiction
A great read. Captivating from beginning to end. Love story and thriller. Could not put it down. Great holiday read. Can't wait to read the next book.
Published 6 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric Murder and Love
This is the second R.J. Samuel' s book I've read and found engrossing. A woman lost in grief stumbles on a murder and while dealing with loss and betrayal, solves a murder mystery... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Martha Schoolfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Stayed up at night reading
This is RJ Samuel's first book, but I read it after her later novels. I started out paying much attention to the beautifully crafted sentences and trying to picture the scenes full... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent, skilfully written medical suspense drama with warmth,...
Heart Stopper is the kind of book you can’t stop reading, but you don’t want it to end. I’ve read it twice and was enthralled both times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jane Guthrey
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful first novel by a thinking author.
It was great story with great characters with twists and turns to keep my interest. R J Samuel's style is delightful.
Published 10 months ago by Fred Bakenhus
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise!
I loved the uniquely regional feel to this book! I learned new things, was surprised along the way, and really liked the characters. Great introduction to this author. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars good story line
I enjoyed the plot. It was different and kept me reading. The editing wasn't great. Some typos, missing words, double words. That is always disappointing.
Published 12 months ago by darstsar
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Site: www.rjsamuel.com
Email: R.J_Samuel@yahoo.com
Twitter: @R_J_Samuel
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RJSamuelAuthor
http://www.amazon.com/Place-Somewhere-Sharon-Murphy/dp/B00J49U5NU
The single for 'A Place Somewhere' (Words by R J Samuel, Music/Performance by Sharon Murphy) is available on the Amazon mp3 store.

R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents from Kerala. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria with a brief stint in boarding school in the Nilgiri Hills in India and occasional summers in Kerala, London, and New York. She moved to Ireland at 17 to complete her medical studies and vividly remembers the shock of arriving at Galway Train Station on an icy October night. Despite that traumatic first meeting, she fell in love with Galway and has remained there since, apart from a 3-year episode in the southwest of France. She is an Irish citizen and now considers herself almost Irish as well as almost Indian.

She has been writing creatively for years, apart from her period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant-bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no background in restaurants, apart from eating in them.

Her first novel, 'Heart Stopper,' was published in February 2012 and her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,' in June 2012. Her third novel, Casting Shadows - The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter, was published in January 2013. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland, in Galway and Connemara, and also in Kerala, India.

Her story 'Helmets' was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition' and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press '1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition' in January 2012. Her fiction entry, 'The Vision Painter,' went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.' Her story 'Parallel Lives' was shortlisted for the 2012 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition'.

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