The Neurosurgeon

The Neurosurgeon

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by Travis Robertson
     
 

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Something is terribly wrong. Ira Stone feels scared, angry, and helpless as he watches his life slowly disintegrate before his eyes. Once a renowned neurosurgeon beloved by his patients, Ira cannot help but remember the one horrifying moment in his life when, while distracted by surgical emergencies and the fury of his chief, he missed the diagnosis of cancer in

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Something is terribly wrong. Ira Stone feels scared, angry, and helpless as he watches his life slowly disintegrate before his eyes. Once a renowned neurosurgeon beloved by his patients, Ira cannot help but remember the one horrifying moment in his life when, while distracted by surgical emergencies and the fury of his chief, he missed the diagnosis of cancer in his brother, Michael.

Michael's death catalyzes Ira into a downward spiral of guilt assuaged only by the bottle. As Ira's tormented soul becomes entangled in a nightmare of alcohol and sex, he soon realizes he simply cannot take one without the other. But his actions do not come without consequences-his marriage is falling apart and his career is in jeopardy. The dark addictions deep within his brain drive him from his family and into the arms of Stephanie DeLeon, a beautiful surgical nurse who, unbeknownst to Ira, harbors evil intentions. But Stephanie has no idea what lies ahead for her and her sister, Stella.

The Neurosurgeon follows a brain surgeon's intense psychological journey through the darkness of addiction as he desperately searches for the healing light of redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469700281
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/06/2012
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Neurosurgeon 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BooksRMagicVR More than 1 year ago
The story starts with a adolescent girl named Stephanie, who is afraid of her father, Frank.  Frank doesn't think his daughter as a kid, but some female to satisfy his sexual needs.  Stephanie needs to escape.. Ira Stone is seeing things.  He is losing his life.  He is a alcoholic.  Losing all common sense, Ira is switched to the clinical care.  Ira hates everyone in the hospital.  As Ira goes through the alcohol recovery process, the story shifts back and forth to how Ira once was and to the Ira now currently in the hospital.  Ira shares about his parents, siblings, his first date, his wife, his uncle's drinking habit,  and so on, until the audience and Ira himself knows how bad the situation is.   The strong situation that affected Ira is Michael - his brother's death.. Quoted --- "Michael’s death and my survival were now inextricably linked, for he died on my watch. The Lord seemed not to have answered my prayer, and forthwith began a future darkened by my widening disbelief in God, that dark and heavy root of my soul lying in torment. When Michael passed away, something also died inside of me—like a limb, leaving a phantom pain in its wake." The man who once treated the patients is a patient himself now, and going through the same procedures and treatments.  The home group incident is one among them.  His emotions are understandable and realistic.  Each counselling session discuss different parts of Ira's life and by this way, it doesn't get boring. Interesting premise and story, realistic approach and so many sub-plots to keep you occupied.  Engaging read.  But the adult and disturbing content makes me not to recommend to many.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
This story dives into the rehabilitation of Ira, who was a skilled brain surgeon with a heavy drinking problem. The drinking is causing his marriage to fall apart, and it's affecting his place at work.  See, Ira made a medical mistake and missed his brother Michael's cancer, and when he passes away, Ira goes crazy with guilt. It all goes down hill from there He eventually checks into a rehab center where his doctor patient role is reversed. He is now the patient and is under the care of some questionable doctors, in his opinion. He learns maybe the doctors aren't as uneducated as he originally thought, and he is able to dive into his issues that caused him to rely on the bottle.  During his stay at rehab, there are a lot of minor characters that come in and out of his story, which I found to be extremely confusing. The author introduces characters that don't stay in the story very long and it made me question what their purpose was in the story to begin with.  The topic of this book was great and I enjoyed the concept. The writing style with the location and times changing and characters coming and going, was not something I found to be enjoyable to read. I would recommend this book on the topic alone. I give this book 3/5
KenishaP More than 1 year ago
his story focuses on the rehabilitation of Ira, a skilled surgeon and heavy drinker. His marriage is nearly done with, and he needs to save his professional life. He checks into a drug rehab center, and has to become used to being treated as a patient rather than being deferred to as a doctor. As his days pass, he gets to the core issues that caused him to drink. His past is interspersed with the present as flashbacks. We see his character develop over the course of several relationships and affairs. There are a plethora of more minor characters, most of them replete with various ticks that make them identifiable from one another. The writing was pretty good. I felt especially tense reading through a certain surgery scene, and was on the edge of my seat. The prose is clear and simple, not bogged down with overly expansive descriptions. At some points there is a lot of medical jargon, but it's still easy enough to understand what's going on. The story shows the steps of a rehab program, and then shows how Ira follows through with those steps. The impact his addiction has on his personal relationships and family was interesting. I generally found the story engaging and entertaining. The prologue was strange and the beginning was a little dull, but it eventually found its footing.
tiffanydavis2 More than 1 year ago
     The Neurosurgeon, by Travis Robertson, is a psychological thriller that follows the story of a brain surgeon named Ira Stone.  Doctor Stone diagnosis and even fixes people’s medical problems daily as his job, but when he misses the fact that his brother Michael has cancer he comes unglued.  With his brother’s death, Dr. Stone goes into a downward spiral of addictions and the audience really gets to see him come unglued and lose control.  Not only does he struggle with alcohol and drugs, but Dr. Stone also begins an affair with a young nurse named Stephanie.  Stephanie becomes Dr. Stones release from the realities of facing his demons, until he begins to realize that she is one of the demons as well.         I really enjoyed the book.  I work in the mental health career field, and to get to read a story that shows the main character struggle with so many demons and addictions, and then turn it around, really make the story.  I personally enjoy getting to see the decline, and then get to root for them as they make the recovery.  I feel that Robertson does a great job at making the story realistic.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys this genre, as well as those that either work in a medical position or have been through similar addictions themselves and I will also be looking forward to reading more by this author.