What Others Are Saying

                    Read Reviews of Surgical Heights:


Red Deer Advocate May 3, 2010

Interview with Gary Freeman AM 770 Calgary: “Bookmarks”

Excerpt from Book Review  CMAJ online Dec 6, 2010

Book Review CAGS Book Club Spring 2010

Comments about A Surgical Plight are starting to emerge:

Loved your books -  just can't get enough! Please write more books and maybe
make them longer! - A.N.

 

From General Surgery Matters, Winter 2013

Dr. Paul Hardy has done something really special with his second novel. Reintroducing us to our favourite fictional surgeon Dr. Jim Smythe, this time taking us to a younger Smythe, sitting at this kitchen table pondering the letter he is about to open. The letter that will contain the reply to his application for the surgical residency. Seasoned practitioners will recognize the classic disease presentations that unfold as the story is told, and new trainees may even learn the answers to some favourite Royal College exam questions. The non-medical readers will enjoy the story and enjoy the window into medical practice and surgical training in particular.

Like his first novel "Surgical Heights" Hardy weaves a realistic take on the practice of medicine (and acute surgery in particular) in and out of the story he tells. True to form Hardy once again carries us along to a suspenseful climax, and manages to throw in a twist at the end that I never saw coming. All essentials of a great read and fine novel. Everyone will enjoy this story. Surgeons will inevitably find themselves matching their wits and acumen with the protagonists in the tough cases that come along.

Hard has given us two I'm Smythe novels. I hope he has the inclination and time to make this series a trilogy. Great read, exciting medicine, compelling story. Just what the doctor ordered. Note of caution though - I started this book on a Friday evening and couldn't put it down until I read the whole thing.

 - Ralph George


   Read what others have written about Surgical Heights:

Great work!  I just finished the book.  Very entertaining...  Made me laugh.  You really have a knack for explaining medical concepts in such a simple manner. 

 

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I think you have done excellent work at pulling this together, with a little added intrigue, and movement between time periods. You must have done a fair amount of reading in your life. Good for you for pulling this together. It captured my interest enough for it to take less than twelve hours to read.


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I would suggest that you keep up this line of work. You are a very good writer. 

 

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I've just finished 
Surgical Heights and I really enjoyed it. You are a gifted writer. I want you to know that I say this with complete sincerity. Your book kept me up late and got me up early-thanks for that!   

 

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Couldn't put it down - a succinct yet intriguing glimpse at surgery; from the God syndrome to the pursuit of excellence and grappling with the level at which to draw the line - Humanity at its core and the mortality that levels the playing field. Well done.

 

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I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure of Dr. Smythe and his colleagues and cases. It was interesting to see the detail of a surgeon's life; I found the book a real eye-opener into the life of a hospital.

 

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Even a lay person such as myself was able to understand what you were speaking about and it kept me entertained. 

 

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I had a chance finally over my recent holiday to read your book. I think it is excellent and stands on its own as good fiction but also has an important message. It should be required reading for all medical students.

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I really enjoyed it. I found that each chapter was an engaging stand-alone story and the ending was great. It was a great look into the working world of a surgeon, a side lay people don't see.

 

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I must say it was a captivating and enjoyable read. Jim's character was well developed and the tension built steadily as the story progressed. If I may be permitted an observation, I would have like to know a little more about Amanda, though she was a bit of a Saint in her handling of Jim's difficulties!

 

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Excellent book … cover to cover.     

 

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I really enjoyed your book. I am a bit squeamish with the really graphic stuff (pass out at the sight of blood, etc.) but I enjoyed it nonetheless!   

 

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I thoroughly enjoyed your book!

 

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The holidays finally gave me the opportunity to sink into this well written, engaging novel.

 

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Thanks for writing a book that I can't wait to share.      

 

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Very well constructed and written.

© Paul E. Hardy  2012