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The First To Say No

The First To Say No

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by Charles C. Anderson

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The female doctors in the Parkview Hospital emergency department decide that they will no longer allow gang members who assault healthcare workers in their community to escape justice. The neighborhood of Parkview is being terrorized by the Plagues, a gang of violent criminals and drug dealers, and the local police department is taking pay-offs to ignore their


The female doctors in the Parkview Hospital emergency department decide that they will no longer allow gang members who assault healthcare workers in their community to escape justice. The neighborhood of Parkview is being terrorized by the Plagues, a gang of violent criminals and drug dealers, and the local police department is taking pay-offs to ignore their activity.

After one of the ED doctors, Elita Romanov, is kidnapped and raped, she and her best friend, Dr. Kate Taylor, resolve to take definitive action against the Plagues, whatever the consequences. They systematically recruit co-wokers, friends and family members who are willing to break the law in order to restore the rule of law in Parkview. THE FIRST TO SAY NO is Kate's journey to achieve peace with her past and to eliminate those who threaten her future and the future of her neighborhood.

Set in contemporary America, this novel illustrates many of the failings of today's healthcare system as Kate and Elita's startling solution unfolds in Parkview.

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Outskirts Press, Inc.
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Charles C. Anderson is a 38-year veteran emergency physician, critical care physician, and trauma specialist who has directed multiple hospital EDs and emergency medical transport systems. He is the author of original medical research articles and has patented several medical devices.

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The First To Say No 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
penandtome More than 1 year ago
Dr. Kate Taylor is tired of the violence the Plagues gangs and the victims that end up in the Parkview Hospital emergency room where she works. It is costing the hospital millions of dollars for unpaid bills and now one of their own is murdered while the crooked cops look the other way. It comes down to who is faster and what is really at stake.
cei1 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic novel!! I have been a close, personal friend of the author for almost 20 years. The scope of his talents always amazes me. I am a registered nurse that worked in the Emergency Department with Dr. Anderson for many years. He taught me so many things. I always felt very comfortable working with him. No matter what came through the door his vast knowledge and tremendous skill would be able to take care of it with ease. This novel is a gripping, chilling account of what really goes on in Emergency Departments everywhere. I was drawn in from the first pages and it was very difficult for me to put it down. I found myself making time to read it. I have never been a big reader, but this changed that! I am very proud of my friend! He has written a novel that not only tells a true accounting of the abuse of healthcare workers, it also brings attention to the people that previously had no voice. This problem is frequently swept under the rug because institutions do not want the negative publicity. Dr. Anderson has the courage and tenacity to make a real difference! I can't wait to see what he has in store for us in the future!!!!
CBH More than 1 year ago
This excellent story starts with a real kick and it only gets better. Dr. Elita Romanov came to, not knowing where she was but was aware that she was wounded, and the guy who’s head was bobbing up and down between her legs was not supposed to be there. She slowly came to her senses as to what position she was in and what might be around to help her get this rapist off of her and get away. The guy was a member of a local gang member of the Plagues, a gang that ruled the neighborhood where she worked. The author tells her method of attempting a get-away and disposing of the rapist and getting away from the other gang members she could hear in the next room. Dr. Katherine Taylor had begged the hospital administrator for more protection as one after another of her staff was attacked, all to no avail. Many of the patients were high on drugs and alcohol and were in part a cause of some of the attacks, some in and some out of the hospital. Parkview Emergency Room was not a safe place to work. Dr. Taylor and a new nurse, Jennifer, got together with a few others, some on staff and some off, and decided that maybe it was time for them to take some action since the hospital or the police would not. Parkview was in a declining area of the city but the employees had to be safe. When a new patient came to the door of the ED, the staff never knew what they were getting into. If it was late the doors had to be unlocked to admit a patient, otherwise they could just come inside for treatment. The many patients from the gangs had so many diseases so the staff knew they were susceptible to catching anything so, despite the care they took, they still never knew. Jack Hopkins was the most feared leader of the Plagues. Everyone feared him, his gang members, the police, and the hospital staff. There was a nearby park made for the neighborhood but controlled by the Plagues. Good citizens avoided the park. Those trying to clean up the gang also suspected that some of the local police were crooked so they didn’t know whom to trust. Eventually some of the gang was found in the park killed by what appeared to be a sniper. This seemed to awake everyone but they still would not cooperate in stopping the attacks. The killing continued while the nurses and doctors got more involved in obtaining information of the gang and their locations. To advance the removal of the gang, acetaminophen laced chocolate bars and moonshine was devised and given or left for gang members. This worked great and sent many of the Plague to the ED, some alive and some too far gone. Every day brought new and exciting challenges to Parkview Emergency Department but avoiding the law now as they discovered the acetaminophen killing method. The shutdown of the hospital was very possible with slowing patients and money flow very slim. This story is one that you will get your teeth into and will enjoy unless you have no feelings for humans, whether good or bad. The ending will surprise you as it did the staff at Parkview Hospital.
LindaWhitt More than 1 year ago
I am an ER nurse, and have been assaulted several times at work; most of my coworkers realize the danger in our job, that we are more likely than most professions to be assaulted at work. This story of an ER staff who received neither aid nor protection from their hospital administration, has a Charles Bronsonesque flavor, in that they did what they had to do to eliminate persistent violence. The book opens with the descriptive rape of an ER physician, and the surprising retaliation by her as she brings justice to her assailant before leaving the room! The ongoing methods are intriguing, and as the teamwork of staff members and other locals comes together to clean up the ER and the neighborhood... I was OK with it! I just love a good comeuppance, and as I turned the pages, I got one! Looking forward to reading the other book by this retired ER physician!
Kinder More than 1 year ago
It is a shocking look into the world of medicine that I never thought existed. After reading the book, I decided to do some research and found out that it is actually more common than you would think! Back to what I thought of the book. Sexual abuse against nurses and doctors run rampant in Parkview Hospital, and with the police being of no help at all, tension is high while Romanov and Taylor decide what to do against the local gang, the Plagues. The Plagues pretty much run the city- even turning what was once a beautiful park into a place for drug dealers, drug users, and gang members. Citizens are afraid to go near the park for fear that they may end up hurt, or worse. But once Taylor comes up with a plan, it is a race against time to rid the city of the gang and help the hospital from closing while not getting caught. Will their plan work or will it backfire? So next time you're at the hospital, you will see everything in a different light. I finished the book about a week or so before Mom ended up in the hospital. I saw things a little differently this time.
The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
Description: Doctors Kate Taylor and Elita Romanov are sick and tired of the constant abuse the community suffers at the hands of a local gang – the Plagues. The vicious gang members not only cost the hospital hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid medical bills, but they are notorious for abducting, terrorizing and raping staff members on and off the property of Parkview Hospital. The local police are paid to look the other way, and hospital management refuses to acknowledge the problem, but the gang's victims are ready to fight back; ready to finally say, “NO!”. Can Kate, Elita and the people they care about find a way to “cleanup” the streets without getting themselves killed? Will risking their own lives and reputations save the place they call home? Review: I think I have found my new favorite genre! I am in the medical field, so it should come as no surprise, but until recently I had not found a modern medical thriller that lived up to my expectations. Maybe it is because I define a thriller as 'action-packed', 'suspenseful', 'gritty', 'compelling', and, I daresay, 'thrilling'. I dislike when a book is labeled as as a certain genre and doesn't deliver – especially when the book ends up being sleep-inducing instead of heart-pounding. The First To Say No is one of a string of medical thrillers I have read recently that stands behind its cover blurb. It started quickly and unexpectedly, the problems the characters faced immediately evidenced; I was slightly appalled, but the rough reality immediately caught my attention. Elita's character is introduced in such a way that the reader can't help but wonder about her abstruse past, and Charles C. Anderson does a great job leading to the answers; (no spoilers). The same is true with Kate and Margaret - complex, realistic and well-developed characters that the reader can't help but cheer for. The plot definitely encompasses my definition of thriller, particularly in the levels of action and suspense. I knew what was coming, especially the ending, but I was still excited to read it! The dialogue was also appropriate and believable; I really appreciated the medical terminology. However, I do find it horrifying that there are places in America where violence escalates to the heights discussed in the book. Recommended to adult readers into the medical thriller genre, or those in the mood for some well-deserved vengeance. Rating: On the Run (4.5/5) *** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
PennyKPK More than 1 year ago
I heard about this from a co-worker and had to check it out. I was not let down one bit. Fantastic story that is centered around a very sensitive topic and the author puts a great spin on it.
GayleDVD More than 1 year ago
I cannot say enough good things about this book. I have been an RN in emergency rooms for longer than I care to remember and this story needed to be told. I love the premise and the characters are very believable.
JoeKiley More than 1 year ago
I have worked in an inner city hospital for a couple of decades now. The issues this story contains are very real. I found myself wanting to yell out loud. We have all had the evil thoughts at some point or another. It is great to see it in print. Well written!
Stephen1969 More than 1 year ago
Should be required reading for anyone thinking of working in a hospital. The story evoked alot of emotions I was not aware I held inside. Very well done.
scottwhiteSW More than 1 year ago
This story will strike a chord with anyone that has spent more than an hour working in an emergency room. I loved it !
BStraub More than 1 year ago
Both of my parents are in the health care field and sometimes their stories are unbelievable. Although the story is fiction, I could swear I have heard of some of these people. I loved it. I have to do a paper on the health care crisis in America and this book gave me a lot of ideas.