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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay – Review

Next up on David’s Book Blurg is This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay.

Here’s the blurb

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

Review

This Is Going to Hurt is the first book I can say both myself and the wife have both read.. our tastes are different but the book just spoke to us both.(she works in the NHS and I just find what they do amazing!). I actually read this sometime ago now.. at the time everyone was buzzing about this book and to my fault I forgot to join in and leave my review.. Oops.

So the book is a series of diary type entries from a junior doctor.. the real selling point about the book is that this is real life.. real events.. real pressures..real emotions..a reality check for sure!

As you’d expect there are ups and downs during the tale.. it’s extremely funny at times and I can see how certain days a junior doctor must have moments when they can’t help but smile but it was incredibly balanced with the harder moments to show the emotional cost the job can have on a doctor as well as the real life cost to the patient.

I was moved by this tale…even months on those last entries still sticks with me..and it really makes me value all the health care professionals out there..I couldn’t do what they do.

What the author manages to get spot on is the human aspect.. his diary entries speak volumes..stress..pain..anger even..a fun moments too, lots of them. I feel the book for me showed that if you weigh up those good and the bad moments we owe these guys and girls so much gratitude for what they endure.

Certainly a book we should all read.. appreciate what the NHS provide.. you might just see these people as doing their job but they do so much more than that.. they provide a service only very special people are willing to do.. they look after us at our worst..I know we’ve all heard horror stories about NHS care but the vast majority of these people are good people.. underpaid and overworked..they deserve more and that starts with us..read the book and remember next time you go to A&E and have to wait 3 hours to be seen.. that doctor has probably already worked 12 hours.. might have even lost a patient..do you really need to be there? If so just try to put on a smile and be thankful we have the NHS.

I think it’s rather clear already but this was a sure-fire 5 start read!

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads

The Expired by B. P. Smythe – Review

Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing The Expired by B. P. Smythe.

Here’s the blurb

‘The Expired’ is a psychological thriller masterpiece showing how vulnerable people can be brainwashed to become sleepers (Manchurian Candidates) and used by corrupt politicians to further their own ends. ‘The Expired’ shadows true accounts of government sleeper programmes set up during the Korean War and the East West Cold War.

Commander Gregory Potting is a former head of MI6 Intelligence and the governments most trusted Senior Adviser for Internal Affairs.

His position is put to the test in 1973 when a bizarre psychological plot unfolds that isinextricably linked to a London terrorist attack, a cocaine drug scam, a homosexual called Francis Hodder who suffers from schizophrenia and changes from time to time to Roxanne – a transvestite prostitute who robs and murders his clients.

Francis Hodder is a transsexual who preys on gay men. As a child he is abused by his father who is head of government security. Francis becomes an embarrassment to MI6 because of his gender leaning. He is brainwashed to become a Sleeper assassin triggered by code words to kill personnel who threaten government security. Francis becomes a manipulated pawn, who by mistake during a sexual encounter with a Black September terrorist, uncovers plans for a deadly attack on a densely crowded popular sports event to kill thousands of people to further the cause of EL Fatah and Black September.

 

Review

After reading the blurb about the book I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.. There’s so much going on… I couldn’t quite see how it would work..Well Mr. Smythe sure showed me, I was sucked in from the first page.

The story mainly focuses on Francis Hodder, a transsexual who abused as a child has grown up to have a long list of issues.. first and foremost he’s got a split personality going on. We have Francis but also Roxanne..

A powerful player in the government sees a way to make use of Francis and he’s brainwashed to kill on command.

What happens next is a rather expertly woven series of events where we learn of other individuals that have been brainwashed.. it’s seems this powerful player is setting up a chessboard of pieces so to speak, ready to do whatever they are told to.

As the game goes on players are eliminated while others emerge and a terrorist plot becomes clear..

I’ve not read anything from the author before but from this I felt he must have one hell of an imagination to put this together. We have Francis and his double life but also a terrorist plot which felt like it could have been a separate tale.

It works enough for me to enjoy the tale but the plot line explored towards the end of the book with Francis’s past and present colliding was the best bit and the terrorist plot was overshadowed by Francis.

The author manages to wrap the tale up nicely..It didn’t feel like any loose ends were there and to be honest I quite enjoyed the book even though it’s quite an unusual read for me.

Overall the pace of the tale is good and the chapter length is easy to swallow, add in a strangely unique plot and you’ve earned a 3* on this one.

My thanks go to the author for the chance to read and review the book in exchange for an honest review.

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads

The Intervention by Patrick Gilbert-Roberts – Review

Next up for review is The Intervention by Patrick Gilbert-Roberts.

Here’s the blurb –

Genre – Science Fiction

Pages – 257

My rating – 3/5 Stars

A young woman, alone on the Stuart Highway, 250 miles from Uluru in the centre of Australia, it’s 110 o, if you’re looking for remote and inhospitable, this is right up there with the best! What is she doing there? Jeff Ridsdale wonders the same thing as he pulls up beside her. Of course, he rescues her and, in so doing, sets in train the most extraordinary chain of events.
On his way to Sydney to begin a yacht delivery, Ridsdale, a down-to-earth, practical man, is certainly not the sort to believe in UFO’s or alien abductions. Imagine his stupefaction then when, having been knocked unconscious on the boat in a storm, he comes-to on board a Kareeti interstellar vessel.
The Kareet have plans for Earth that the human race is not going to like. They have selected Ridsdale to be a conduit for communication. Implanted with a ‘channel’ he is returned to Earth to somehow arrange a meeting of the UN Security Council.
The Kareet demand that Earth nominate a top line micro-biologist. Lena Sandmeier steps forward. Can she and Ridsdale do anything at all to thwart the alien’s devastating intent?

Review

The Intervention follows Jeff Ridsdale as he’s whisked away and an extraordinary life changing whirlwind of an adventure that will change the world as we know it.

While out driving Jeff picks up a young lady.. her story is a bit strange but she’s in the middle of nowhere so Jeff does the right thing and gives her a lift. She tags along on Jeff’s latest commission, delivering a yacht to its new owner.. when the seas start to get stormy it’s the start of a wild adventure.

The truth comes out..aliens are real..and they have use for Jeff..he’s going to be their conduit to speak to the UN Security Council.

I really liked the thought-provoking plot when aliens arrive to deal with the human race. They have seen what we’ve done to the planet and they are here to set things right..but not everyone on Earth will like what they have planned..

There’s not a great number of characters in the tale which makes it easy to follow but I never quite warmed to Jeff and how what seemed a quite random abduction turns out to be the best thing that could have happened as the aliens need to get in contact with the UN…while Jeff can’t do this directly he just so happens to have contacts who can get him the access he needs.. it just felt a bit too easy for me and I never really connected with him.

Overall it was very well written with a plot that I quite enjoyed. There will be a few people including myself who will see the issues the aliens raise as something we are ignoring currently, it’s really a book to make you stop and think.

There’s a little twist in the direction of the tale which I quite enjoyed..the humans don’t really like the options the aliens are offering and come up with what they believe is a better option..but will everyone agree?

Definitely an author I’d follow to see where his work takes him.

To find out more head to Goodreads or Amazon

My thanks go to the author for the chance to read/review their work.

Need to keep the adrenaline rush going?

I don’t know about you but I’m riding high after England’s latest win in the world cup!

If like me you want to keep the excitement going then what I’m about to tell you will blow your mind! If it doesn’t then you really need to get involved and see what all the fuss is about.

Gordon Doherty is releasing Legionary book 7, titled The Blood Road on Tuesday! that’s this Tuesday 10th July!

Here’s the blurb –

381 AD: The Gothic War draws to a brutal climax, and the victor’s name will be written in blood…

The great struggle between the Eastern Roman Empire and the Gothic Horde rumbles into its fifth year. It seems that there can be no end to the conflict, for although the Goths are masters of the land, they cannot topple the last of the imperial cities. But heralds bring news that might change it all: Emperor Gratian readies to lead his Western legions into the fray, to turn matters on their head, to crush the horde and save the East!

The men of the XI Claudia legion long for their homeland’s salvation, but Tribunus Pavo knows these hopes drip with danger. For he and his soldiers are Gratian’s quarry as much as any Goth. The road ahead will be fraught with broken oaths, enemy blades… and tides of blood.

Now why am I telling you this you might ask..,quite honestly I just love the author’s work.. I’m getting nothing from this post..I just want to share word of a release I’m excited about and I feel you should be too.

Gordon has a great talent for storytelling, you get the full package from his work and so much story for your money.

Please do check out the series! If you are disappointed with my recommendation I’ll even buy you a pint!

To find out more about the new release click here – The Blood Road

If you want to know more about the series head to the authors site – https://sites.google.com/a/gordondoherty.co.uk/gordon-doherty—writer/legionary

Tales of Greed, Scandal & Mayhem from Colin Goodwin

So once in a while I find myself with a TBR list that is falling over under the weight but authors keep churning out high quality work to tempt me in. If I’m not able to review the book quickly sometimes I like to highlight the book on my blog..

Why do I do this?

Well firstly I’d like to know if any of my fellow bloggers have read the book and secondly of course I’d like to tempt some readers but more so i’d just like to get some feedback..tell me if you’ve read the book and if it’s something I need to bump up the list.

Today I’m highlighting the work of Colin Goodwin. Take a look below at his books and what some readers had to say about them. Do they take your fancy? Have you read them already? Do you like the covers? Let me know your thoughts.

Don’t Get Mad Get Even – Published by 2QT Publishing ISBN 978-1-910077-60-3

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue on the cricket pitch! Enjoyable novel about a cricket team threatened with closure unless it wins big

By Worldly traveller on 9 June 2016

Format: Paperback

I really like intriguing rustic tales of greed, scandal and farce. In this entertaining novel, the local cricket team is threatened with closure when a money baron decides he’d like to acquire the land to build on. The cricket club is told it must win a trophy this season or it will be closed. The club employs all sorts for tactics to secure the elusive trophy, bringing on expert cricket players. Even the locals conspire against the cricketers.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read

By Wendy Taylor on 29 March 2016

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Really enjoyed this book. If you like the ‘Agatha Raisin’ series by M. C Beaton then you’ll love this series too. Can’t wait for the next one.

Synopsis

As the cricket season starts, so do the shenanigans…

Life is tranquil in the quintessentially English village of Throttle – until the local cricket team receives a devilish demand.

When industrialist and landowner Sir Alfred Bullock is laid up, his devious son Roland, devises a get-rich-quick scheme. He gives an ultimatum to the cricket club: win a trophy by the end of the season or we take back the ground you play on and sell it for development.

In a desperate attempt to win games and hold on to the pitch, the club enlists the help of a professional whose skills – to the delight of the local ladies – extend far beyond the cricket Field.

Roland, together with an unscrupulous estate agent and two dodgy builders, hatches malicious plans to ensure the team loses its games. Meanwhile, village residents whose houses are devalued by being on the perimeter of the pitch take matters into their own hands to ‘fix’ the club’s failure…

Greed, scandal, tragedy and farce ensue as the cricket club fights for survival against increasingly dangerous sabotage…

 

When in a Hole, Stop Digging – Published by 2QT Publishing ISBN 978-1-910077-80-1

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5.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable sequel

By Nigel Hanson on 7 September 2016

A really enjoyable read, just as good as the first book. Just a pity it was finished all too soon.
Really hoping for and looking forward to the extent one.

Synopsis

An ordinary day in a sleepy village deteriorates into chaos.Livid boat owner Albert vows revenge after a humiliating event, and shocked residents of a brand new housing estate mysteriously find fish in the plumbing.A heartless double murderer on the loose and a gun-toting farmer send shivers through the town of Throttle as two amateur sleuths try to make sense of it all.

Meanwhile a pair of sixties throwback detectives attempt to piece it all together, but in reality make matters worse. The local free press needs a story fast, but the novice reporters get a shock as they enter a world far beyond their capability.  Finally, one resident, pushed to the edge by a marital issue, sinks to a new low.   The mayhem continues…..

Author bio

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Colin Goodwin enjoyed a successful career as a welding and fabrication engineer, working in the aircraft industry and welder training for the oil industry.  For the past twenty years he worked in further education, where he also taught stained glass window making.

In the late 80’s he built and fitted out a 40 foot steel narrow-boat, but sold it because it was not fast enough.  He maintains an active lifestyle and has completed London marathons and Great North Runs.  Both Colin and his wife now prefer to go on long distance cycling holidays. Retired 6 years ago, Colin continues to indulge his creative side by repairing anything mechanical, motorbikes (Harley Davidson, BSA, Royal Enfield), cars (1951 Ford Anglia) and model steam engines. The books are available through Amazon, all good book shops and from under the counter at The Hardware Store, in Padiham. The last in the trilogy ‘A Likely Story’ is currently nearing completion.