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Days of the Giants: A Novel Paperback – January 10, 2015
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A riveting and enjoyable read from first page to last, "Days Of The Giants" is an expertly crafted mystery with many an unexpected plot twist and surprising turn. Clearly documenting author R. J. Petrella as a master of the mystery/suspense genre, "Days Of The Giants" is very highly recommended for mystery fans and community library collections.
The author used a wonderfully conversational writing style to create distinct voices for both Slater and his father, which made me feel as if I was actually being spoken to by the characters themselves. The characters in the novel are well-developed and believable.
Days of the Giants is an entertaining and thought-provoking book and I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy murder mysteries, medical dramas, or perhaps hold a more serious interest in the field of medicine.
--LivreAmour217, OnlineBookClub --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
RJ Petrella is a physician, research scientist and writer in Boston.
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It starts off with a jolt and he maintains the pace right to the very end... It does make you yearn for the good ol' days....the 'days of the giants' ....when medicine was a selfless profession with health as its soul aim, not seen as a potential financial gold mine. I understand that the majority of doctors still feel this way but get caught up in the cogs of the controlling boardrooms. What if we could have a happy medium- does it.... could it exist?
Days of Giants has characters on both sides of that medical fence, and is an action packed 2 thumbs up read.
Title: Days of the Giants
Author: R J Petrella
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 15
Of the 15 readers:
12 would read another book by this author.
4 thought the plot was the best part of the book.
3 thought the setting was the best part
3 felt the strong chracterisation was the best.
0 thought the cover was good or excellent.
12 though the author was a good writer.
15 suggested the books needs a new cover.
9 suggested it needs a better blurb.
‘I did enjoy this book. Forget the cover, which is terrible, and sit back and enjoy an interesting mystery populated by interesting characters. The author works particularly well with speech.’ Female reader, aged 35
Awful cover, dodgy blurb but...the book’s pretty good. I enjoy a good medical drama and this one is particularly good as there’s a little murder/mystery in there too. It cracks along at a fast pace, and the characters are given time to develop naturally within the story. Excellent! Now, get the cover and blurb sorted and it might sell pretty well.’ Male reader (publisher), aged 55
‘I see the author’s a doctor and, accordingly, the story has a very ‘realistic’ feel to it. Thankfully, the author’s not an illustrator which explains the cover. A brick wall. Now I’ve seen everything. This is a bit of an ‘underdog’ story and I did, for the most part, enjoy it. It’s character-led which helps, and the setting is well-described. I’d read another of this author’s books.’ Male reader, aged 67
‘Politics, medical drama AND a murder/mystery. A character-led story which packs a punch!’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
The book begins and ends with action sequences. The book starts with a violent encounter that circles back into the main plot. The opening violence includes enough ambiguous details that the reader sees a number of alternative paths for the book as each page turns.
The protagonist develops from a meek, one-dimensional character into a complex anti-hero. He combines devotion to a noble cause with hypocrisy and uncritical analysis that fits his worldview. Consumed by his demons and his cause and flirting with disaster, the increasing depth keeps your interest in the character.
The pace accelerates and the final 80 pages rush at you as a succession of action sequences that connect the plot points.