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Donor: A Dr Steven Dunbar Thriller: Book 1

Donor: A Dr Steven Dunbar Thriller: Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Ken McClure
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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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The first Dr Stephen 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 in the first of Ken McClure's gripping thrillers featuring the ex-Special Forces medic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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6 of 6 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
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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 Five Stars
Great read
Published 21 days ago by Pamela Haley
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Steven Dunbar Book 1
Not as good as some of the later books in the series but not bad.
Published 27 days ago by Martin Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good book.
Published 3 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed my first foray with Dr Dunbar
Very enjoyable you may be able to work out who dunnit but the why is very interesting. Going to try a couple more of these books
Published 4 months ago by JillyB
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good
This was a new author for me, having not read any of his books before. Really enjoyed it and will be reading more.

Off to start second in series now!
Published 4 months ago by Chateaux Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars What an unexpected twist
When I started to read this book, my first thoughts were oh no, another predictable book.However after a very unexpected turn, it was evident that this book was going to keep me... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jack H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping page turner.
Recommended by a friend, this writer is likened to Michael Crichton however, I don`t agree, their writing style is entirely different. Read more
Published 4 months ago by nellypitt
2.0 out of 5 stars ok story, tedious writing, unnecessary words.
This could have been a gripping thriller if only the writer hadn't stopped every few paragraphs to take a detour to describe something more elaborately than the narrative demands. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Suhas Ramakrishnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Downloaded ok to my kindle,not read it yet,but looking forward to it.
Published 4 months ago by Davem1brx
5.0 out of 5 stars Well constructed plot
A real page turner, motivated me to buy the next books in the series and have left me reading late into the night! Good plot, gritty descriptions without unnecessary detail.
Published 5 months ago by Alison Pearce
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