Overall rating and opinion of "McDowell"

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I thought the beginning of the book was hard to get into. It seemed a bit slow and the characters seemed disconnected. I did not like Hiram McDowell from the very first page of the book. This attitude continued well into the second part of the book and although I can see some instances of redemption in the doctor, I believe that it was a little too late. Almost to the very end of the novel, Hiram still could not take responsibility for the things that happened to him. His perception of right and wrong is totally screwed up even how he interacts with his children.

With that being said, I did enjoy the remainder of the book. I was able to appreciate the life lessons that the author created in the character of Hiram. I believe that the direction the author intended was achieved. He took an unlikable character with many flaws and showed how his choices in life affect him and everyone he comes into contact with.

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DC Brown wrote:
01 Oct 2018, 21:18
I'm sorry I can't get past the blurb: "When readers first meet Hiram McDowell, he is leaving a hiking partner for dead and trying to make a decent alone on a mountain in Nepal in 1981. McDowell is a world-renown surgeon who treats women like sex-objects and deceives his third wife."
I have better things to do than read a book where it is required to read English naively and a man who makes a decent alone on a mountain...I think someone meant natively and descent. If you can't get the description right...yeah, I don't need to waste my time.
I have to agree with you! I was going to give this book a chance but I have a hard time getting past basic errors. It makes me feel that the author is not taking the reader seriously. 🙄

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Post by tumba88 »

I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I had some minor editorial issues in the second half of the book, but thought it was so good overall that I didn't bother mentioning them. I thought the structure was really interesting and underscored the relationship between McDowell and his children. Like all really good books, it was thought-provoking

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I rated it 4 out of 4 stars.I like the most about this book is how the characters were greatly emphasize and there's a lot of lessons that this book can share.

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This book was fantastic. The plotline was great and the character development was phenomenal. I give 4 out of 4 stars.
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Post by lara_haelterman »

It was an enjoyable read. However, I didn't like the ending. I thought it was too abrupt and didn't do justice to Hiram's character. I would have preferred an open ending.

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I would recommend this book to everyone. The theme of redemption is what I liked most about this book. McDowell's character took some getting used to as he seemed uncaring and ruthless in the beginning of the book.

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The novel is really amazing. I think that there is hardly anyone who will not like it.

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I haven't read this book. But I got opportunity some times ago but am not able download the book then.

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Post by Adeqyms09 »

This book is really getting interesting day by day as I read through. I will come back for a full review

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When I read the blurb I really wasn't sure I wanted to read this book, however, I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the direction the plot took and felt like the twists and turns got larger as the story went on.

The only thing I didn't really enjoy was the descriptions with technical language, such as when Paige attends Hirams charity event and she discusses how his charity makes and spends money. I think there was too much time spent describing this and I found myself struggling to focus. Apart from that though, I did like this book and would recommend.

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I think the novel McDowell is an interesting novel. I loved McDowell cunning personality.

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When I first started reading this book initially, I was a little.on the fence, and at times felt the pace was slow; however as the book went on I realized the pace was just right for the story itself. I soon realized that all the stuff in the beginning of the book was important to paint the picture of who all the characters were and what they became. I reviewed this book as well and gave it a 4 out of 4.

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I thoroughly appreciated this book and gave it a sound 4 out of 4 stars. The characters were fabulously developed and I appreciated how so much of the tale invited me to think philosophically about life and redemption.

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I think I would never enjoy it. It sounds like too much negativity. I have read the author's previous books and that was a waste of my time. I don't wanna waste my time again!

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