Block 10

Block 10

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Block 10 by Stacy Childs, David Niall Wilson

Luke Cooper dreamed of flying. He was an Olympic-caliber skier with a bright future until a freak accident ruined his knee and sent him into suicidal depression. A stranger, Dr. Henri de Salvo, gave him a reason to live, and a new set of "wings," thanks to an experimental medical treatment. With new focus, Luke turned to a career in medicine, a career that led him to accept an invitation to a secluded clinic in France where de Salvo continued his cutting edge-if morally questionable-work.
Lured by the chance to help other athletes recover their lives, intoxicated by smooth cognac, beautiful women and dark intrigue, Luke finds himself drawn into another world. De Salvo has a shadowed past and powerful enemies, and the French city of Toulon has its dark side. Through amazing medical breakthroughs, run-ins with the Corsican mob, and clubs where men fight for big money-and women-Luke searches for his own path. The question is, will he survive the journey, and can he live up to the age-old medical adage, "First, do no harm," while following the message of his own heart: "First, do something..."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937530877
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Dr. Stacy J. Childs was raised in Abilene, Texas, attended college at Tulane University and medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He completed his residencies in Birmingham, Alabama, after which he remained in private practice there for seventeen years. Dr. Childs then practiced in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he affiliated with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center as Clinical Professor of Surgery. In 2004, he and his wife, Diana, moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where he now lives and works.
Dr. Childs has twenty-six years of clinical research experience and has published extensively throughout his career. He was the first urologic editor of Medscape, was editor in chief of Infections in Urology for eighteen years, and is on the editorial board of Urology (the gold Journal). His hobbies include alpine ski racing, biking, fly-fishing and writing fiction.

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Block 10 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting read intermingling two of my favorite things, medicine and snow skiing, (amongst other surprising things). Dr. Childs does a nice job with character development, subplots and a surprise ending. I couldn't put my iPad down from the start of reading Block 10. I felt like I was running races, skiing down mountains and taking one to the jaw in bare knuckled fights! It was quite the page turner. I can relate to Luke having torn ACL's in both knee from skiing crashes. I can only hope that medical science isn't that far away from a type of polymer like that used in Block 10. Looking forward to Dr. Childs' next book. -Akayak65
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
This review is based on a free copy received from the author but reflects my own unbiased opinion. Luke Cooper is going to France to work for Dr. Henri DaSilva, who had performed an unsanctioned surgery on Luke some years before. Luke was a world class skier who wiped out, badly damaging his knee. The doctors' best prognosis was that maybe he might eventually walk. Dr, DaSilva used a clandestine method to heal Luke where he is able to ski again. When Luke arrives at Orly Airport he is detained by French Government agents who demand that Luke give up damaging information about Dr. DaSilva. Luke has only good things to say about DaSilva and he tells them that they are wrong to try to prosecute him just because he uses unaccepted medical procedures. He eventually gets released from their custody and thinks nothing of it. Luke starts working and finds that the procedures to repair ligaments and cartilage really make miracles for world class athletes. We start getting hints that Dr. DaSilva is really into something dark and he works with some Mafia like individuals led by Anton. Not long after Luke starts getting drawn into doing unsavory things like "underground" fighting (think Fight Club), mind-altering drugs and sex slavery. The reader has to wonder if Luke will be like Anakin Skywalker being drawn to the Dark Side. This book never gets boring and Luke is a very likable character. It moves at a very steady pace and some of the scenes are described in a very intense and thriller manner such as some of the underground fights. I am really glad that the author sent me this book as I might not have known about it otherwise. I think this story would translate very well to a movie and wouldn't be surprised if a film is in the works for it. Don't pass this one up!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite In Block 10 by Stacy Childs and David Niall Wilson, Luke Cooper had an amazing future as an Olympic caliber skier. He loved it when he flew down a hill or a mountain and felt the smooth rush of cutting through powdery snow. But a critical injury to his knee ended that dream and future. Crushed and devastated, he became suicidal. Help came in the form of a strange doctor. Dr. Henri de Salvo gave him inspiration and a new direction to take his life. Now he is living in France with the best cognac, the most beautiful women and questionable, yet very intriguing work. He started working with the intention of helping other athletes with their injuries, but Dr. Henri de Salvo's past and his enemies show him another side of France and his medical research. Luke never anticipated this. When the time comes to choose, he goes away on a journey alone. He has to choose between good and bad.  A medical thriller cannot be better than this. Block 10 was a pure joy to read. This novel is sheer intelligence. Childs and Wilson have written a page turner; you cannot sit still until you have read to the end. Luke is a remarkable character. His determination and his will through which he rebounded was laudable. This is a novel worthy of 5 stars and many more!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paula Tran for Readers' Favorite In Block 10, Luke was travelling to France, under the pretense that he would be visiting a health clinic during his stay. After a long and tiring trip from America, Luke was called aside to "fill out more forms," the stranger claiming that it was all part of the procedure. However, Luke's passport was confiscated in the interview room, and he was knocked unconscious. Waking up, he realised that he had been abducted by the GIGN, a secret governmental organization that demanded he tell what he knows about Dr. Henri de Salvo. Luke, wanting no complications, begins telling his story. I do like the bit of action, mystery, and suspense in the beginning of the novel. It grabs the reader's attention and hooks them into the story. This is a really good writing technique and the two authors, Stacy Childs and David Niall Wilson, used it perfectly. However, one thing that did bother me is that everything happened a bit too quickly. I think it is better to build the suspense slowly, instead of having Luke being abducted in the beginning.  The plot itself is very entertaining. While flashbacks are often tedious, Childs and Wilson managed to keep me interested, as proven in the second chapter of the novel. The plot also contains the right amount of action and suspense, vital in order to maintain the interest of the targeted audience.  I also like how the characters are portrayed throughout the story. The authors have used interesting and somewhat realistic dialogue in order to portray certain characters. However, many characters (especially the French) play up to stereotypes, and while it isn't necessarily a bad thing, characters that aren't part of the mold will leave a better impression on readers.
WyoBabe More than 1 year ago
Great read!  If you think you've read every medical thriller out there, then read this one!  What if breakthroughs in medicine and pharmacology weren't exactly for the good of the patient?  Stacy Childs, also a renowned physician by trade, melds his extensive medical knowledge with his skill as an expert skier.  Add to that  -- creativity and a slightly sick mind -- and you've got an excellent story that I couldn't put down! 
Wineandmountains More than 1 year ago
I read this book cover to cover-  Be sure you set aside some time before you start this one because you won't want to set it down. Excellent characters, thought provoking issues, and some sexy romance to keep your heart beating. My love for ski racing attracted me to this book initially (and I loved the ski racing scenes...) but I would imagine that anyone that likes a good thriller will enjoy this book.  My only gripe- I wasn't ready for the end...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was like peeling an onion. So many layers of intrigue. There were unexpected surpriseses all the way to the end! I couldn't put it down. Reading this book is comparavle to a Michael Crichton suspense novel. I am anxiously awaiting his next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read!  The fast-paced action and and Child's sinister imagination make for a real page turner.  The suspense kept me from putting it down!  This is a great effort from a new author- I can't wait till he publishes something else! -Gates Gooding