Days of the Giants

Days of the Giants

by R. J. Petrella


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Set in the politically tumultuous Boston medical world of the early 1990s, Days of the Giants follows intern Slater Barnes through a conflict between Boston City Hospital staff and corrupt municipal officials.

Despite facing a life-threatening medical diagnosis of his own, Barnes chooses to train in one of the country's most demanding teaching institutions, Boston City Hospital. Inspired by the public hospital's mission to treat patients regardless of personal resources, and undaunted by its deteriorating physical condition, Barnes finds meaning in his work and falls in love with the institution.

But when Boston mayor Peter Doyle pushes a vast rebuilding plan for the hospital through Boston City Council, corrupt city officials mastermind a scheme to turn the plan into a profit. In so doing, they threaten the hospital's very existence and force Barnes and the rest of the BCH staff to defend it. Then, a resident is murdered...

A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to Boston-area hospitals and health-related charities.

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ISBN-13: 9780988628021
Publisher: Wide Yard, Inc.
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Days of the Giants: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Days of the Giants: A Novel by RJ Petrella is set in the medical world of Boston in the 1990s. Slater Barnes is an intern at the Boston City Hospital, one of the most demanding medical arenas anywhere. The hospital needs a face lift desperately but, despite this, the staff are on a mission to treat their patients, no matter how little they have in the way of resources to call on. Barnes finds himself falling in love with the place and his job. Things change when the mayor of Boston, Peter Doyle, pushes through a major rebuild plan for the institution. At that point, city officials decide that they can make a huge profit in this and, in turn, they may threaten the future of the Boston City Hospital. Barnes joins the rest of the staff to defend the place, despite fighting a life threatening issue, until one of the hospital residents dies in suspicious circumstances. Days of the Giants: A Novel by RJ Petrella was rather interesting to say the least. I loved the way it was written as if it were a true story (although we know it wasn’t), and the way the characters told the story. The narration was split between Barnes and his mother, rather than Mr. Petrella just writing about the characters. That made for an interesting slant on the story and I must say I found it rather riveting to read. I particularly liked the way the opening sequence was written, seemingly with no real connection to the story and open enough to go in any direction; and it soon became clear how it fitted in with the rest. Top marks, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Medicine is a difficult business—more so than you would think, according to “Days of the Giants.” The book begins and ends with action sequences. The book starts with a violent encounter that circles back into the main plot. The opening violence includes enough ambiguous details that the reader sees a number of alternative paths for the book as each page turns. The protagonist develops from a meek, one-dimensional character into a complex anti-hero. He combines devotion to a noble cause with hypocrisy and uncritical analysis that fits his worldview. Consumed by his demons and his cause and flirting with disaster, the increasing depth keeps your interest in the character. The pace accelerates and the final 80 pages rush at you as a succession of action sequences that connect the plot points. -DL
A_Miles More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Very well written. Petrella lets this cast of characters tell the story themselves, in their own words. His insights as to what's going on appear as insightful sidebars, adding to the story without getting in its way. Keeps you wanting to continue to read and not put it down. In short, Petrella has his characters, their mindset, and the tenor of those times down cold. I highly recommend this great read! It gets 5 stars from me!