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Tears Before Exaltation by [Fidelis O. Mkparu]

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"Tears Before Exaltation by Fidelis O Mkparu is a contemporary fiction novel centering around the life and dreams of a bright young man, Ben Ava. Ben is a medical student, who has had to overcome obstacles and his parents' death to make it this far, but being a smart student he has a promising future in front of him. Tears Before Exaltation starts off with his meeting with Brenda, his former friend and classmate, but he is shocked to see her present weak and deteriorated condition. Brenda is battling with mental illness and alcoholism among other things. As the story moves on, we also learn about Ben's feelings for Rita, who works in the hospital. However, things get complicated because of hospital politics and individual power plays, and Ben soon finds himself embroiled in a bitter struggle simply for survival and maintaining his position at the hospital. He even faces homelessness and living on the streets. This is Ben's story about how he recovers himself and, in the process of mutual give-and-take, finds out deeper truths about himself.
Tears Before Exaltation by Fidelis O Mkparu has an interesting story line and the plot certainly moves at a fast pace. I liked the character portrayals of both Ben and Brenda. I thought that the challenges in each of their lives, although they are so different from each other, are well thought out and well depicted. I especially liked how the topic of depression and mental illness has been addressed in a compassionate way. Ben also comes across as relatable and someone that I felt like rooting for. Overall, the dynamic between all of the characters is brought out excellently and makes this a good read." -Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite.


"Tears Before Exaltation by Fidelis O. Mkparu is an extraordinary literary medical thriller that tells the story of young medical student, Ben Ava.
Having lost both parents, Ben suffers their losses and struggles to finish his education on his own. He is excited to discover that he has been awarded a scholarship, which requires him to move to Memphis. While this move causes him to lose his girlfriend, it also means that he will no longer have to work two jobs. Shortly after he arrives, Ben discovers that an old friend and classmate of his, Brenda, with whom he was once close, has been awarded the same scholarship. Ben learns that Brenda is suffering from severe emotional issues and, having to share a suite with her, quickly recognizes that she despises him. Ben is also dismayed when he realizes that the doctors directing his education are pompous and egotistical. One doctor goes after Ben because he is interested in Ben's latest romantic interest Rita.
For someone trying to survive medical school, Ben has a lot of other issues on his hands. He is especially affected by the women in his life who are suffering from emotional damage caused by family members who betrayed them when they were young. Using compassion and determination, Ben does everything he can to help them heal and move forward with their lives while continuing to pursue his own dream.
Tears Before Exaltation is a stunning literary drama that combines key elements such as romance, suspense, and psychological intrigue. The author immediately caught my attention by creating a likable, compassionate hero who rules his life by acting with integrity. He is surrounded by several key players who do not share his ethical standards. The hero often suffers because the people surrounding him are damaged by things that happened in their pasts. While Ben came from a normal, loving upbringing, he still carries the ability to try to understand and help his friends. It is interesting to watch his character evolve and mature throughout the story. The other characters in the story are well developed and most of them are not always likable. This aspect adds even more to the drama because they rarely act in ways that help improve the protagonist's life.
The writing is contemporary and compassionate, tackling highly relevant social issues such as mental illness, including alcoholism and depression. The story has an engaging pace that makes it hard to put down with twists and excitement that will leave you wanting more.
Readers who enjoy intrigue, drama, and romance, set in the medical field, will quickly find themselves immersed in this novel. I highly recommend Tears Before Exaltation by Fidelis O. Mkparu" -Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views.

About the Author

FidelisO. Mkparu was born in Onitsha Nigeria, a Harvard-trained cardiologist who has written medical articles for both scientific and lay audiences. His previous novel, Love's Affliction, was a 2016 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Winner for Fiction, a Reader Views Literary Award Winner for 2015/2016, and a finalist for the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award for Multicultural Fiction. He lives in Canton, Ohio USA.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B079SMX299
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 16, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1893 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 324 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 74 ratings

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