Book reviews: Medical intrigue characterize local author's novels
One of the many privileges of owning an independent bookstore is the opportunity to meet, talk to and read nationally acclaimed authors. For book geeks, this is the ultimate brush with fame. Even more exciting, however, is the discovery of writing talent right here in our small mountain community. Today I want to tell you about our own Stacy Childs and hisnovels, “Block 10,” published last year.
Sue Krall is owner of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and this review first appeared in the Steamboat Pilot and Today.
Sue's Book Review for The Steamboat Pilot, August 1, 2015.
“Block 10,” written with David Niall Wilson, will grab anyone living here with its context in skiing. Childs’ main — and extremely well-developed — character is Luke Cooper, who had once been a world-class skier. After a horrific accident and long recovery, he refocuses his talents toward medicine, the professional discipline that allowed him to live productively and walk again. His cutting edge orthopedic surgeon and eventual mentor, Dr. Henri de Salvo, aids him, both physically and professionally. The setting is Dr. de Salvo’s clinic in the French Mediterranean city of Toulon. There is nothing like an opening chapter in which our protagonist arrives in Paris to begin his new career and is promptly and mysteriously arrested before even leaving the airport. From that first moment, the reader embarks on a journey of intrigue, science, crime and ethics, with enough sexiness and violence thrown in to keep anyone engaged. Take some free time this summer to read this one, as you won’t be able to put it down until you reach the thrilling and unforeseen conclusion. Don’t skip the afterword, which will rid you of any notions that the content is futuristic and unrealistic. If the book doesn’t keep you awake at night, the afterword will.