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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765321411
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,329,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the early 1900s, wealthy Seattle timber merchant Marshall Alfredson financed Dr. Evan McGrath’s visions for a world-class hospital, setting in motion 100 years of unrequited animosities between the families despite the worthiness of the goal that connected them. McGrath paid for his answered prayer with a pledge to relinquish pursuit of Alfredson’s daughter, Olivia. Current-day Alfredson Medical Center continues to enjoy a proud reputation, but in the background the founding families continue their feud: the Alfredsons pondering the future of the hospital in the face of tempting offers to sell out, and the McGraths struggling to maintain the highest standards of health care for any patient in need. Evan’s great-grandson Dr. Tyler McGrath, a dedicated pediatric cancer specialist, is facing pressure from his father to take over the administration while his marriage teeters and the hospital is threatened by an infectious outbreak. Alfredson descendant Lorna Simpson seeks to chronicle family history even as the clan gathers to vote on the hospital’s fate. Kalla, writer and ER physician, offers a saga of family secrets, hospital intrigue, and tangled relationships. --Vanessa Bush

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“A multilayered story of the human side of medicine, told with a physician’s authority and an irresistible sense of drama. Daniel Kalla deftly portrays the triumph and heartbreak of life-or-death matters.”—Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author, on Of Flesh and Blood

“A family saga set in the world of medicine; it’s full of twists and turns and long-brewing feuds. Daniel Kalla, a worthy successor of Robin Cook, shows as deft a hand in penning this compelling tale as he no doubt does in the operating room.”—Eileen Goudge, New York Times bestselling author, on Of Flesh and Blood

“Daniel Kalla has the medical drama sewn up in Of Flesh and Blood: high-voltage suspense and rich characters, many of whom feel like they live next door to you.”—Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author

“Part thriller, part romance, part multigenerational saga, Daniel Kalla delivers an utterly compelling and emotionally gripping tale of one family’s crisis and redemption that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”—Julia London, New York Times bestselling author, on Of Flesh and Blood

“For a satisfying, technically brilliant, emotionally draining roller-coaster ride of a read you’ll do no better than Of Flesh and Blood.”—Patrick Taylor, MD, New York Times bestselling author of An Irish Country Doctor

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It combines elements of a thriller, a romance and a historical saga.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reader on April 20, 2010
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Daniel Kalla, known for his medical thrillers, successfully transitions to a different type of story in this sweeping book. While centered in a medical setting, with Kalla's usual realism, this is a story of love and loss. Let's hope for more from this promising author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie Pinschmidt on March 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is another medically based story covering a century of love, loss and healing between two families brought together by the establishment of a renowned hospital. As in all families there was a great interest in maintaining the prestige of the operation as well as a few who did not feel duty bound by the familial connect. The conflict and personal stories of the characters kept this reader's attention to the end. As in real life, circumstances altered loyalties and personalities of the main players. I recommend it to anyone interested in this type of family intrigue.
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By Indian Lover on October 18, 2013
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This is a good book in many ways and perhaps should have gotten a 4: I like the writing style and got attached to Kalla
through his mysteries all of which would have gotten a five.. This novel has too much going on---every character has some
kind of crisis all of which effect the future of the hospital which is the central issue. The patients are all desperately ill--where
is House when you need him. But the medical staff is in trouble, conflicted, being sued and an epidemic of a dangerous
infection breaks out. I perhaps should have waited---I still have one fourth of the book to go, but the ending is not an edge
of your seat kind of thing if I am right.

Still, Kalla is a talented writer, but I wish he would go back to mysteries.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Sarges on April 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A riveting page turner! Alternating between present and past, Daniel Kalla keeps us wanting to learn more and includes a surprise twist at the end.It combines elements of a thriller, a romance and a historical saga. It's a gripping story that keeps you up late into the night and you come away wanting more.For me personally I am grateful for the inclusion of factual medical information which in turn makes a fictional story come to life! This book is a keeper and will now take up residence in company with Daniel Kalla's previous medial thrillers!
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By dfwmims on April 10, 2014
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This novel embraces a compelling story of two families and their descendants who founded an enormous medical facility in the Pacific Northwest. The story spans almost two centuries depicting the state of health care from long ago to present times. It is interspersed with a poignant love story, family feuds and challenges of civil rights as well as a cleverly plotted three way narration.

Enjoyable and hard to put down.
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More About the Author

Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital.

The idea for his first medical thriller, PANDEMIC, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug addiction, prions, DNA evidence, pandemics and patient abuse.

Kalla's sixth book, OF FLESH AND BLOOD, is a departure from the medical thriller genre. Featuring two multi-generational families, a major West Coast medical center and interwoven storylines, he tackles the human condition through the loves, lives and struggles of characters connected by lineage and bound by family secrets.

His books have been translated into ten languages, and Pandemic and Resistance have been optioned for feature films.

Daniel received his MD from the University of British Columbia. He is married and the proud father of two girls in a home predominated by the XX chromosome (even his beloved Labrador retriever, Lola, is female.)

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