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Donor (Dr Steven Dunbar 1) [Paperback]

Ken McClure
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1 Jun 2010 Dr Steven Dunbar 1
The First Dr Steven Dunbar Thriller When seven-year-old Amanda Chapman is admitted to hospital with acute renal failure, her parents are in despair. Their hope is renewed when Amanda is accepted for treatment in a pioneering, state-of-the-art dialysis unit in an exclusive private hospital in Glasgow, but behind the lavish hospital corridors, private rooms and friendly staff lies something much more sinister. Dr Dunbar goes undercover to find out.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846971624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846971624
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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KEN McCLURE is an award-winning medical scientist as well as a global selling author. He was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied medical sciences and cultivated a career that has seen him become a prize-winning researcher in his field. Using this strong background to base his thrillers in the world of science and medicine, he is currently the author of twenty-four novels and his work is available across the globe in over twenty languages. He has visited and stayed in many countries in the course of his research but now lives in the county of East Lothian, just outside Edinburgh.

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'An excellent, well-plotted medical thriller that keeps the reader guessing right up until the last pages. Highly recommended' --librarywales bookclub

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Ken McClure is the internationally bestselling author of medical thrillers such as Wildcard, The Gulf Conspiracy, Eye of the Raven and Past Lives. His books have been translated into over 20 languages and he has earned a reputation for meticulous research and the chilling accuracy of his predictions. McClure's work is informed by his background as an award-winning research scientist with the UK's Medical Research Council. Dr Steven Dunbar, an ex-Special Forces medic, is one of his most popular characters.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced medica thriller - a great read! 19 Feb 2011
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Donor is not my usual genre, womens fiction being my natural home.... But I so enjoyed reading this book: I read it in the space of 48 hours, the suspense kept me gripped! The plot is intricate, full of twists and turns, just as you think you know what's going to happen, something new happens throwing you back into the suspense. Against the sinister medical plot backdrop, the human interest stories of Amanda and her family, and Dunbar's relationship with Lisa maintain the emotional engagement of the reader. A great read, thank you! This book would make a brilliant film!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by McClure ! 14 July 2004
By richard
McClure's character from earlier novels, Doctor Stephen Dunbar of the British Home Office's 'Sci-Med' Directorate is called on to investigate kidney transplant problems in an exclusive Glasgow private hospital.
This novel has all the warmth of his earlier books, and you are easily drawn to Dunbar and his exploits to solve the mystery, and save the life of a young potential transplant patient.
McClure writes along the same topic lines to author Robin Cook.
This book will not disappoint, and will keep you wanting to turn the next page. Nicely paced, and with other characters thrown in along the way. I've just finished it. Phew - Well Done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Donor: Give it a go. 13 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Expecting not too much because the book was less than 1, I was pleasantly surprised. Unusual story, interesting side-plots and good momentum. OK, so the book doesn't stand beside Karin slaughter or Lee Child but, then again, very few do. Blessedly for a medical thriller the author doesn't try to prove how clever he is by introducing convoluted medical terminology and processes (I'm a Dr already, I don't need a textbook disguised as a thriller!), rather the medical aspect is kept plain and simple but still conveys the necessary jeopardy of the plot.

Rather well executed, I thought.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing theme! 6 Jan 2012
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This is the second Ken McClure novel I have read and I was not disappointed. The theme of the novel centres around organ transplantation and the possibility of unscrupulous dealings, motivated by both financial greed and the approbation of peers in the medical profession. The reader may find that this idea touches reality too closely but it does result in a powerful but rather disturbing novel.

The storyline has a logical, clear style, without too much medical jargon and the novel is a real page turner. I did not guess the why's and wherefore's until near the end of the book...something I find a great treat in a medical thriller.

I also enjoyed the way the author unfolded the character of Dr Steven Dunbar and his blossoming relationship with Lisa. This was neatly done without impacting the narrative at all.

I look forward to the next novel in the series
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pathological suspense! 14 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an intense thriller with an over-riding sense of impending doom as Dr Dunbar investigates the secretive goings on in a private hospital. Suspicions are aroused when a young patient is admitted and things don't appear to be quite right. The author obviously knows people as well as how to write a riveting story and has a great empathy with the characters, which is passed on to the reader. Alongside the suspense are likeable characters with real relationships and motivations. There is also a good balance between the medical goings on, the characters lives and the action that drive the plot forward at an excellent pace. Not only is this the beginnings of what I hope will be a collectable series, but also could be adapted well to TV. Dunbar as the central character in different pathological crimes definitely appeals to me, as I'm sure it will to other readers. Looking forward to Number 2!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner 1 Jan 2011
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This is the first of Ken McClure's books which I have read - won't be the last. It is a tight thriller with a medical background - but doesn't get unduly bogged down in medical detail. The reader will begin to realise quite early on in the book that there is a dreadful denouement lurking - I got the gist of it, but not the full detail until the final chapters. I read this in a couple of days - might have been shorter if I hadn't got sidetracked with New Year's celebrations! I will look forward to reading more of the 'Steven Dunbar' books by this author.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of seat medical thriller 12 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Scottish writer Ken McClure produces another classic medical thriller that will have you eagerly turning the next page to see what will happen. Set in Glasgow, the story dissects the darker side of organ transplantation but does not confuse the reader with masses of technical medical jargon.
For those that like the Inspector Rankin type books, this is on a similar vein.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is another cracking page turner from Ken McClure involving the suauve and stoic Doctor, Steven Dunbar. Yet again the twists and stratagems in this book keep you guessing till the very end. In addition, there is a real heart swelling under plot that will leave the reader both anxious and yet comforted at times. Couple this with the usual scientific low down from McClure and you will not notice the time passing as you read it. I read this on holiday, I took it for beach reading but unfortunately, I started it on the plane and had it finished by the time I got to the beach the next day! I advise if you are going on holiday, take this, Hippocrates Isle and Past Lives. Should keep you occupied for about 5 days.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
A really good read. I thought it was heading for predictability but, whilst my guess, as to the outcome, was in the right ballpark I was quite wide of the mark.
Published 8 days ago by Simon Heape
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like a great crime thriller, you'll love this
Brilliant read, a gripping alternative to a traditional crime thriller.
Has it all, suspense; drama and intrigue.
Ken McClure is a great read
Published 2 months ago by Miss Michaela J Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this
Slow to start, but a good read. Very well written, and not to much jargon. Will definitely read the next in the series.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. T. M. Gregson
4.0 out of 5 stars One to buy
Brilliantly written and entertaining with a gripping story it was hard to put it down have always liked Ken McClure
Published 4 months ago by Gill Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read and exciting
I enjoyed this book and I would imagine that most people would enjoy it. It wasn't too medical to understand. The pace was good and it kept going to the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. H. P. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading another book by this author.I haven't read a good medical thriller for ages Give it a go.
Published 5 months ago by ccxjo
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Published 6 months ago by MRS MORAG DAVIES
4.0 out of 5 stars Ken McClure should be more famous
I had never heard of Ken McClure until I got a Kindle. I downloaded a couple of his books for free and really enjoyed them. I have since downloaded many paid for books of his. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars The first Dunbar medical thriller
I really like Ken McClure's books, they do tend to be quite similar to each other compared to some of my other favourite authors but like my other favourite authors I know when I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bobby
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a top Rankin novel
Was recommended by a close relative as a good read for an ex-pat Scot but found the action predictable and very little in the profile of the main character to make me want to try... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alexander Stewart
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