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Posted June 4, 2013
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.
Posted September 2, 2012
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!!!!
Posted August 27, 2012
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
Posted May 29, 2012
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2012
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.
Posted May 11, 2012
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?
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.
Posted April 30, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2012
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2012
This story will strike a chord with anyone that has spent more than an hour working in an emergency room. I loved it !Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.