A Surgeon’s Tale
Dear fiction lovers, I am excited to report the preliminary completion of my ninth novel, A Surgeon’s Tale (AST). AST is a sequel to A Surgeon’s Knot and continues the story of Jackson Cooper and his surgical training at the mythical University Medical Center in Northern California. In AST, we meet a memorable character/patient, Maurice Latinsky, an HIV/AIDS dementia patient who longs to escape the hospital. He has a recurring delusion of being the Steve McQueen character in the movie by that name, The Great Escape.
“With a blast of the motorbike, exhaust billowed from the pipes, tires spun, and the bike twisted ahead in a spray of dirt. The cycle climbed the berm, and the man stopped and visualized the barricaded fence. Breathing heavily now, he unlatched and tossed his helmet toward the gathering mob. Turning around, he raced his motorcycle down to the foot of the knoll. With his pursuers gathering around him, he blasted away up the berm, taking flight and clearing the fence in a beautiful crest at the vertex”.
“He crashed down on the rear tire, the bike zig-zagging wildly as the rider attempted to control the mechanical beast. Shots rang out from the military group, stopping their pursuit at the fence. The man lifted his front tire from the dirt road in victory and sped away to safety.”
AST is a story of Jackson’s dedication and overwhelming commitment to medicine. It tells, however, about the pain and difficulty associated with surgical training and the continuing account of his narcotic addiction. Set in 1983-84, it is a 230-page, 58-K-word medical thriller genre novel.
I invite all who are interested to read the first chapter. Constructive criticism will be appreciated.
Thank you all for your attention,
William Lynes, MD