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Operation Neurosurgeon: You never know ... who's in the OR (A Dr. Danny Tilson Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Series: A Dr. Danny Tilson Novel (Book 1)

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Indie Book of the Day
"Author Barbara Ebel creatively uses medical facts by deeply embedding them into the storyline and at the same time keeping the readers hooked. Operation Neurosurgeon stars a character whose single mistake can cost him a career but everything is not over yet, or is it? Barbara Ebel has managed to keep the suspense & mystery alive, till the very end. An enjoyable read & recommended for those who prefer detailed descriptions with logical plot progression."

The Midwest Book Review
"Novelist Barbara Ebel's meticulous and knowledgeable accuracy in background details makes for an especially riveting read from the first page to the last."

Louisville Medicine
"Very well written and engagingly executed with the reader's interest piqued at every turn of the story. It is refreshing to read a novel by a physician who treats medical matters in the storyline with credibility."

Red Adept Reviews - "Overall: 4 1/2 STARS"

"Plot/Storyline: 4/3/4 STARS"
"Operation Neurosurgeon (ON) was a marvelous story about the rise and fall of a fictional neurosurgeon in Nashville, Tennessee. It was really two stories in one....
ON was a cautionary tale of how one man's momentary lapse in judgment led to his downfall and the devastating effects on his family. Danny Tilson was a good man and a good doctor, but, as his attorney told him later, 'A man's downfall comes from his crotch.' The ending of the story was well done and was very satisfying."

"Characters: 5 STARS"
One of my favorite characters was Dakota, a Chesapeake Retriever who had a personality of his own. He was the kind of dog that any dog-lover would love to have - most of the time!"

From the Author

This is the first book of the Dr. Danny Tilson Novels.
Book Two is Silent Fear: a Medical Mystery
Book Three is Collateral Circulation: a Medical Mystery
There will be one more book (in progress) in the series. Each book can stand alone but the characters are better appreciated by reading the books in series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1153 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Barbara Ebel, M.D. (January 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZUY5QW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A physician, speaker, and former chemist, Barbara Ebel's writing draws heavily from her experience as an anesthesiologist, her dealings with family court, and her interactions with people and places from around the world.

Since Ebel writes credible medicine into the background of her novels and her O.R. scenes shine, it's no wonder the first in her Dr. Danny Tilson Novels, Operation Neurosurgeon, was the top finalist for best selling medical mystery books in 2012. (Best Selling Books' blog announced on PR Buzz Press Release Wire, Chicago, IL). The ranking derives its roster of bestsellers from sources such as Amazon and Goodreads and uses readers' ratings, reviews and title sales for a blended score that creates each book's final rank. Silent Fear: a Medical Mystery, launched in mid-March 2014, is the second Dr. Danny Tilson novel.

In addition to her adult writing, she has illustrated and penned a children's book series called Chester the Chesapeake. The books developed during her philanthropic visits with her therapy dog, Chester. The dog books continue to inspire adults and children alike.

Along with her husband and four pets, "Doctor Barbara" lives in a wildlife corridor in middle Tennessee.

Please visit her at her website: http://barbaraebel.weebly.com
her dog and children's book website is: http://dogbooksforchildren.weebly.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on August 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Note: This review was originally published at Red Adept Reviews on July 19, 2011.

Overall: 4 1/2 stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 3/4 stars

Having been sliced and diced by neurosurgeons several times in the last few years, the title of the book got my attention and piqued my interest. I'm glad it did. Operation Neurosurgeon was a marvelous story about the rise and fall of a fictional neurosurgeon in Nashville, Tennessee. It was really two stories in one. The central story was about Dr. Danny Tilson's career as a neurosurgeon, beginning with his surgical residency and going through his rise to become a top neurosurgeon. He was happily married to Sara, who bore him three daughters. Threaded throughout the narrative were fascinating behind-the-scenes action in the hospital operating room, where Dr. Tilson mended sick brains and backs. My favorite surgery was the one where a five-inch nail was removed from a man's skull (note to myself: never let my wife have a nail gun!).

Operation Neurosurgery was a cautionary tale of how one man's momentary lapse in judgment led to his downfall and the devastating effects on his family. Danny Tilson was a good man and a good doctor, but, as his attorney told him later, "A man's downfall comes from his crotch."

My only (slightly) negative comment is that the first third of the story moved fairly slowly, covering about twenty years, during which time Dr. Tilson advanced in his profession and raised a family. There wasn't much action, though I understand the author was using this time to develop her characters and set the stage for the drama that unfolded later.

The ending of the story was well done and was very satisfying.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Hockley on February 6, 2015
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The traditional husband cheating on wife in this story has a different twist. Pretty much 100% of plots show the debacle from the wife's point of view, but this author has managed to find a new angle on the scenario. The story starts fairly slowly and I wasn't sure for quite awhile whether this was to be a "family" story, a cozy mystery or morph into a medical murder mystery. Just as I was becoming a restless reader, everything changed! The plot thickened - from the husband's point of view...

. Danny is a neurosurgeon and should be smarter than he proves to be, but from here on in, the intrigue deepens...and deepens. Following a family tragedy, Danny is distracted by a pair of eyes staring over the top of a mask in the operating theatre. "Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive!" Our mums and aunts knew what they were talking about. As Danny struggles with his rapidly changing circumstances, the family's reactions to his predicament show just how much they care about the twit! It is a measure of the author's skill that I felt a little compassion for Danny although I was surprised that he apparently felt no real sorrow or even much guilt for what he'd done to his wife. There was considerable satisfaction in my mind when things went down hill for him! I liked the resilient Sara immensely, but was too engrossed in the twit's problems to worry about her, because she was/is a survivor.

I started reading this book late yesterday afternoon and when I woke up at 3.30am and couldn't go back to sleep, continued to the end. Having had a life-saving operation in 2013, I was fascinated by the descriptions of operations and theatre procedure.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lalo on July 8, 2012
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I sat up until 2 this morning to finish this book. It's a very good story. It rings so true. There is great sadness in the book, but also great hope. This could be a book about your next door neighbors, or a close friend. It's a great contemporary story.

Spoiler alert!

Cheating on one's spouse is not a new story, however, we see it happen, like many of us have seen it happen to others in real life. And we want to intervene, but as in real life, we cannot. We just have to watch it happen. I loved Sara. I really did.

I felt sorry for Danny. I truly had compassion for him. He certainly suffered after messing up.

Loved the paramedic. WOW!! The entire family was great. Very believable and very wonderful family who were dealing with joy, sadness, triumph and tribulation, just like we all do at one point or another in life.

The death of a child, every parent's worst nightmare, was dealt with very well.

The therapy dog was lagniappe (a little something extra). My sister has a therapy dog and does a lot of work with dog rescue. This book should encourage some folks to be kinder to animals and to each other. Lots of good stuff in this story.

Great read!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Tanner on May 21, 2013
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Dr Danny Tilson, a well respected Neurosurgeon, risks everything, even his marriage to Sara and their three children when he falls in love with the alluring Rachel. Rachel is a woman with secrets, but I can't divulge them or it will spoil the story.

If you are after a story with medical accuracy in it, this is certainly for you as Dr Barbara Ebel's medical knowledge shines through, or if you just want a great read with a touch of mystery, you won't be disappointed.

This well written story is set in Tennessee, and the description of the countryside is so vivid, I could almost hear the water lapping around the edges of the lake, and feel the perfume laden country air caressing my cheeks.

A great array of colourful, likeable characters pass through the book. Casey, the paramedic and Danny's best friend, is certainly swoon-worthy, Sara, the betrayed wife is stoic and dignified throughout and Mary, the quirky sister of Danny, is charming.
I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who wants a great read.
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