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The God Complex Paperback – June 23, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The story itself had some nice twists to it, but I felt like some of the plot was left out to make room for the concentration on the eastern medicine portions of the story.
For a first novel I think it was well done. I am hopeful that there are more to come and that, like most authors, he will improve with each book.
That being said, the author then takes this person's personal struggle and wraps an exciting tale around it. I can't go into too many specifics without providing spoilers, but this character becomes our proxy medical hero - the kind of informed patient we all want to be, and the kind that medical professionals probably loathe.
I had issues with some unresolved plot items at the end of the book, but otherwise found this book fascinating in its technical explanations, effortless presented to the reader in practical examples, and with a story-bound instructional plotline that helps explain the myriad complex concepts. The storytelling itself was fairly tight, and quite engaging. As I mentioned, I had a hard time putting this one down, so it made for a quick read. There are definitely some fantastic and improbably elements to the story, but hey - that's fiction.
Steve Benson has been plagued by various undiagnosed symptoms for years. He inadvertently finds a practitioner of Chinese medicine who sets him on a path of healing.
With real events woven into an intriguing fictional mystery, The God Complex takes you through a twisting journey of unrelenting symptoms, strange medical encounters, traditional fighting skills and finally peace. The characters are believable, the settings are real and Steve Benson's difficulties finding relief are all too true. If you are interested in alternative medicine, like a page-turner that takes you on an exciting journey, then this book is a must read.
ANYONE interested in their 'own' personal HEALTH ---(and who isn't?), or interested in Western medicine vs. Eastern Medicine--
....alternative preventative care---acupuncturist,
... benefits of yoga and meditation (stillness), GiGong, rebalancing the elements, energy in the body, etc.
....and who enjoys reading stories based on TRUE medical FACTS and complications ---(with a fun thriller-twist)---this is the perfect book to read!
Steve Benson (a frank, fast thinking always interesting main character), spends 15 years of his life ---(and money),looking for a cure into his mysterious illness. He has debilitating pain and loss of ability to have sex ---devastating to his psyche. Trouble sleeping, chronic joint pain, etc.
His coffee & chocolate junkie food habit exacerbate more stress. Western doctors suggest pills (lots of pills) --and often tell him he is having Pyschosomatic manifestations.
Not only did Steve Benson spent 15 years searching for a cure to end his pain--he wanted the doctors who missed diagnosed him to experience the pain he went through and admit they were failing their patients. He was going to TEACH the DOCTORS a life lesson!
As the reader: One cannot help but feel GOOD while Steve Benson holds two doctors hostage. (fantasy at its best).
There is tenderness in this book, too, but doled out judiciously.
This is a fiction book---but the 15 year 'search-for-a-cure' was THE AUTHORS daily life.
Its sad-its funny-its moving-inspiring-
AND....Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I recommend this to anyone that believes that Western medicine has a lot to be desired.Published 6 months ago by Daniel Lum
I found the theme to be very relevant . The plot has been constructed to effectively support the intent of the author to challenge western medicine. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Raj Nellooli
I will call it "ok" because it has a lot of great information on the failings of Western medicine, which I agree on. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Roberto A.
A great book for the right audience. A gripping, well researched tale about a man in a battle for his own cure. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Erin Lindeman
As one who is also disgusted by the healthcare system the plot and ending were fantastic. It was a very quick read, and I'm usually more into Tom Clancy type novels.Published 19 months ago by J. Houston
This book was a great read and I highly recommend it. The suspense mystery novel style is a very novel way to introduce a new concept to most of us who have very little knowledge... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Victoria Chinnell
great book with interesting plot, just a bit too short....I want to know more what happened. Read while we were in Prague.Published 23 months ago by ms2fdoc