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The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense

The McBride Trilogy Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Joel Richards
Series: The McBride Trilogy Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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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.

©2014 Richard Van Anderson (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-21-18

WOW, that was intense!

The author is a ex heart surgeon who is is now an author of medical thrillers. The Organ Takes is Book 1 of the David McBride Trilogy. The suspense is incredible. The novel was first published in 2014 and was made available in audio format last week. Books 2 and 3 in the series are already available in various formats and should be released soon in audio format. The publisher's summary is excellent but tells a bit more than I prefer. Joel Richards narrates very well indeed.

The Organ Takers is a standalone, but it does end in a mild cliffhanger. This novel has my Highest Recommendation.

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  • Ryan
  • Orlando, FL, USA
  • 01-11-19

Thrilling thriller and great narration

Disclosure: I received this for free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

I’d never read a book in the medical thriller genre before and it worked for me. It was engaging and entertaining. Good book. I say give this a go even if you've never tried out this genre before.

As you probably know, a narrator can totally make or break an already great book. I’ve had to stop listening to what were probably good books, but I just couldn’t take the narrator’s voice. The narrator for this one, who happens to be a friend of mine, totally nails it. I was a bit nervous going in because I don’t know what I’d have done if he'd been awful. Luckily, he’s a great narrator and I don’t have to worry about that now. 10/10 will listen to more books he narrates. I look forward to finding more books he's narrated.

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Truly captivating

I was so into the story that I wanted to keep driving to hear more! I immediately started The Organ Growers, and am anxiously awaiting #3!

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  • sharee
  • 12-21-18

Great, refreshing storyline

I love crime and thrillers but having listened to so many im finding the storylines a bit repetitive....this story was a great change and i really enjoyed it. Well written and read.