Having been recommended for a liver transplant, this book was a real eye opener. Jack makes the statement that no one who had the means for a transplant turned it down to leave their money to their children. I'm one who has. Getting on the list is one thing, going through all the medical, psychological and financial strain are others. At the age of 71 and having had a full and interesting life, I have chosen to NOT seek a transplant. The reasons are many other than those stated above. There is no guarantee that one will become available. Even if it does become available, the drugs needed to keep it from being rejected have their own nasty side effects. I don't want to spend the rest of my time going from one procedure to another. I had a fairly close relative obtain a heart transplant and I am happy for her but the quality of life is far from normal. And after thinking about how many people are on the list, I would prefer to see a healthy liver go to someone who is much younger than myself and has a full life, possibly with a spouse and children. I know of one young lady who had three liver transplants by the age of mid-40s and passed away. I don't begrudge her the transplants at all. She is one I would gladly pass a liver on to. Just because something can be done medically, it is not always the right thing to do.
I bought this book expecting it to be a typical medical thriller. It is not. It's the story of a man who procures organs illegally overseas for wealthy people who would die waiting for an organ in the U.S. I found it very interesting. The author educates the reader about the organ transplant system and the resulting black market, and does a wonderful job of dealing with the moral dilemmas facing the participants. There is suspense, and the reader will not be able to figure out which way the story will resolve until the end. Read this book. You will be glad you did.
I have a couple of friends who are on transplant lists. My one friend has one kidney that is barely working and they don't know how long she's has. She's on the list, but it is so long, she has basically resigned to not expect to get one. This was such a good book. I couldn't put it down as you always hear people say, but it really gives you an insight to what's going on out there, and how the U.S. needs to get its sh--together about organ donation.
This is not a book I would normally have reached to read. It was highlighted through Book Bub and the synopsis was intriguing and the ratings made me give it a try. New York Jack is a pathetic individual who I am cheering on to get a conscience. Not quite finished the book but I am not putting it down. Never read anything about the black market world of organ donation but clearly where there is desperation and money, people like New York Jack will thrive financially but morally? Interesting and worth the read....
The Organ Broker is a tour de force with plot twist after plot twist that you didn’t see coming. There are times when you’ll be rooting for the bad guy, others that you’ll be rooting for the good guy, and others when you won’t be able to tell which is which.
Strumwasser does an excellent job of painting a world that is never black-and-white, but rather is always tinged with shades of gray. As in life, there are few easy moral choices in this story and you’re left in the end with a recognition that the only way to prevent the incentives for the bad guys, is to step up and become a voluntary organ donor yourself.
I found the narrative both powerful and gripping, couldn’t put it down, and have already recommended it to friends.
I am an organ recipient and active in donation organizations. This book was very interesting to all; I knew the organ broker trade exists nationally, but this book enlightened me on the possible (and real) scope of it. Frightening, sad, but we all should know what goes on in other countries...and possibly the wealthy U.S. population as well! Excellent read!
Sadly, there is not a single character to love in this novel, but an eye-opening and educational insight into the bottomless pit of greed and exploitation of the vulnerable. Actually made me sick, and while I have read of this before, this novel put it in an understandable context. Not a novel I could ever say I "enjoyed" but am glad i read it and I recommend it