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Operation Neurosurgeon (The Dr. Danny Tilson Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 4, 2009
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Review: July 19, 2011
Overall: 4 1/2 Stars
Plot/Storyline: 4 3/4 Stars
Characters: 5 Stars
Writing Style: 4 1/4 Stars
-- Red Adept Reviews
"Novelist Barbara Ebel's meticulous and knowledgeable accuracy inbackground details makes for an especially riveting read from the firstpage to the last."
Micah Andrew, Reviewer
-- The Midwest Book Review
"Very well written and engagingly executed with the reader's interestpiqued at every turn of the story. It is refreshing to read a novel by a physician who treats medical matters in the storyline withcredibility."
-- M. S. Seyal, M.D., Reviewer, Louisville Medicine
"B. Ebel creativelyuses medical facts by deeply embedding them into the storyline & at the sametime keeping the readers hooked. Her book stars a character whosesingle mistake can cost him a career. She has managed to keep the suspense & mystery alive till thevery end. An enjoyable read & recommended."
-- Indie Book of the Day
From the Author
This is the first book of the Dr. Danny Tilson Novels. The main characters introduced here will be in the other three books in the series. I hope you enjoy them!
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Top Customer Reviews
. 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. I was also amused to see that the author cleverly inserted herself into the action at one stage :) Being a strong advocate of animal welfare, I was delighted to find a dog in the story and hope he continues his riotous activities in the next one.
Having been highly entertained, I've already started Book 2 which appears to take up a few weeks after the ending of this one. Will report in again after I've sampled what I am sure will be the delights of Danny's convoluted life.
Upon starting my read of OPERATION NEUROSURGEON I was not sure this novel by Barbara Ebel would meet my criteria as excellent or exceptional, but it has. The first chapter left me in a quandary. The chapter introduced a rare autographed book purchase by a character that… at the time… appeared to not be part of what was to follow. The book became significant as an important element, but I could not relate the importance of the first chapter until late in the novel.
As I read I wish to be able to develop empathy for characters, and it took a while for this to happen, but once it did, I was hooked. With an excellent plot I became mesmerized as I watched physical and emotional tragedy wreak havoc on a loving family. My emotions were kindled as I saw a highly regarded professional’s life fall apart due to bad choices made and circumstances beyond his control. This novel portrays life and relationships that at times are wonderful and other times become a nightmare. It shows how the human spirit can rise and fall yielding to both depression and hope.
Because this is the first book of a series, the novel ends with a cliff-hanger, yet the reader is left felling hope for the characters. I rate OPERATION NEUROSURGEON at 4.5 stars and round it up to 5 stars. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.
The read starts out with a very slow pace as the author introduces us to all of the characters. It is a little confusing at times, but, do not despair. The pace quickens and tightens up as the story unfolds.
Dr. Danny Tilson has everything in life one could want. A great family, a promising career, and good friends. But like most males, he develops a terrible itch that is going to undue everything he worked so hard to achieve. The aqua blue eyes of a new assistant in the OR (Rachel) will bring him to his knees. He will go from living in a very nice house to sleeping in his car with a new companion.
Compounded with the new female assistant are two personal tragedies he could not foresee. And it doesn't stop there. With his mind wandering about the new relationship, his usual sharp eye and mind over look a MRI that will come back and haunt he and his partners.
Being a divorced single parent I could relate to some of the situations presented. I recommend this book to any male thinking about having that little affair when no one is watching. The grass is not greener on the other side of the fence!
Well done Dr. Ebel, well done.