Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Book Review: "The Second Son" (Paul W. Nielsen)

Dr. Jason Corey is an emergency room physician in Seattle with the drive and passion to succeed at any case that walks through the ER doors ... until an unexpected loss on the table leaves him reeling. When bizarre things start to happen to some of his patients, he can't even explain them to himself, much less anyone with whom he works.

Meanwhile, his girlfriend Jesse is struggling herself ... a battle that Jason can sense but not define or solve. The not knowing drives him outside himself for comfort and relief, into coping mechanisms that morph into addictions seemingly overnight. What he doesn't know is that the only person who can explain what's happening to him is one he's trusted his entire life, and might never be able to trust again ...




Author Paul W. Nielsen presents his medical thriller, The Second Son, rife with suspense, romance, climactic tension, and even an unexpected dose of the supernatural (or paranormal, depending on your view).

In keeping with the genre, the work features numerous ER scenes, closely written, seat-of-your-pants suspenseful, and above all, well-researched, thanks to Nielsen's own experience as an ER physician. The scenes flow and provide much-needed plot-furthering insight into the characters, and despite the liberal use of medical terminology, I was neither distracted nor bored nor weighed down (and didn't feel that I needed a medical dictionary beside me).


Each of the characters in the thriller is much more than meets the eye. In fact, initial impressions, as I discovered myself with some delight, are often entirely false. I urge readers to keep their eyes peeled for more unique plot twists and unexpected circumstances than I ever anticipated.


A future edition of the work, if re-released, would benefit from a proofread to catch the occasional error in grammar and punctuation. My only other difficulty with the story lay in the liberal presence of head-hopping, in which a scene is related from Character A's point of view and then skips into Character B's head and sometimes into Character C's head or even back to Character A's view. It was often confusing to keep track of the point-of-view character in each scene, as a result.

Nonetheless, here is a medical thriller that proves to be nothing less than truly different (in every positive sense of the word) from the rest on the market today.


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Author: Paul W. Nielsen
Title: The Second Son
ISBN: 978-0-99038-453-3
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1ZsMx2q

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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