The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense

The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense

by Richard Van Anderson

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The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense by Richard Van Anderson

Failed surgeon David McBride is in exile from the surgical community after making a costly error in judgment. Down but not out, he perseveres and is given a second chance to establish a career in surgery. But, as McBride stands on the threshold of a new life, the malignant underside of his fellow man intervenes. Under the threat of violence, David is forced to perform illegal organ harvests in a makeshift operating room hidden in a dilapidated meatpacking warehouse in lower Manhattan. Unable to resolve the excruciating moral dilemma faced each time he invades the body of an unwilling victim, David McBride fights to free himself from the situation and in the process, loses everything. When he finally loses the last shred of his humanity, he seeks revenge with surgical precision ... and instrumentation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990759713
Publisher: White Light Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/23/2014
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Richard Van Anderson is a former heart surgeon turned fiction writer. His surgery training took him from the "knife and gun club" of LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, to the famed Bellevue Hospital in Midtown Manhattan. His education as a writer includes an MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College in Boston, Massachusetts. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and two sons.

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The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
David McBride lost his medical license because of remaining silent about an ethical violation; his silence was deemed to be innocent in one sense but complicit in another.  So now he works as a lab tech, doing surgery on animals for a wretched salary.  His wife has been supportive but she’s beginning to lose patience as David mopes about his error and the loss of his surgical career which he loved, was very good at and which provided him with dreams and plans of a brilliant future.  Add to that the miniscule apartment in a low-class neighborhood and his wife’s announcement of pregnancy and the reader gets the full picture of a distraught couple on the brink of disaster. Then after numerous rejections to reenter medical school and the surgical profession, David gets not one but two offers that will bring financial success and allow him to work again in the field of surgery! The problem is one’s legal and the other one is illegal! The problem one has a caveat of perfect performance and the other a caveat of bribery that could ruin David McBride forever! David makes a choice that involves performing organ harvests in a surgical suite set up in a ramshackle warehouse in downtown New York.  It supposedly is only for a few months but it turns out to be far worse.  It also turns out that the donors are not willing participants.  So the story begins to spin out of control until David knows he must do something drastic, no matter the cost to his own future.  That choice results in what could be catastrophic consequences to his physical and mental well-being! Or it could be that he is the weapon wreaking revenge for all he lost! The Organ Takers is exactly what it says in its title – a novel of unbridled surgical suspense that will keep the reader up all night, unable to stop reading this very real criminal and/or medical thriller.  Richard Van Anderson knows exactly where to ramp up the intensity and tone it down so the reader doesn’t come down with a stress-related physical problem.  The black market for organ donations is probably a very real debacle hidden away from the public eye.  Van Anderson raises the issue, demanding why this very noble, life-saving surgical procedure, involving various organs vital for life depends on how much money one can afford to spend to literally “live.’  Yes, most of us personally know or know about someone whose life was saved by an organ transplant or about someone who voluntarily gave life to another human being because of a sacrifice of an organ like the heart, the lung, kidney or other necessary part of the physical body.  The Organ Taker… reminds the reader how control and regulation needs this issue to stop becoming a “rich man’s salvation” and possible for anyone and everyone, with no strings attached.  It also deals with the ethical abuses motivated by greed for money that may exist in far too many places. Superb story that raises as many questions as it answers, Richard Van Anderson!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author has written a book so intense, it will give you nightmares. The fact that there is a shortage of viable organ donors begs the question, "How far will man go to acquire organs?" This book gives one possible horrific answer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great medical details for the average lay person to understand. The story reads quickly and caught me by surprise at it's ending. I had mapped out multiple scenarios for endings but this one I missed. I thoroughly enjoyed this suspenseful book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Wish he would write more like this.