- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press (11 Oct. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1624201849
- ISBN-13: 978-1624201844
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
The CareTAKERS Paperback – 11 Oct 2015
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About the Author
William T. Delamar served in the United States Navy as a weatherman, majored in American Literature at the University of Pittsburgh (B.A.) and Organization Development at Antioch University (M.A.) and became a hospital administrator writing numerous articles in that field, as well as contributing a chapter to a textbook on Hospital Industrial Engineering. He is a founder of the Hospital Information and Management Systems Society, which grew from twenty-eight members to thousands internationally. He co-authored a creativity text, Brain-Webbing and published poetry in Weymouth, a collection of works by North Carolina writers. He was a fellow at the Weymouth Center for the Humanities for many years and is a director and past president of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. Delamar’s Civil War novel The Brother Voice (Shannon & Elm) is due for release Fall of 2014.
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• CJ Loiacono
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One of the first things I noticed about this tale was how concisely the dialogue was written. It was used to share a lot of information with the audience about where the characters came from and what they were planning to do in the near future. What really caught my attention, though, was that the author accomplished this without slowing down the plot. He was able to pack quite a few details into short conversations which was helpful.
I would have liked to see much more time spent on character development. The narrator relied heavily on common tropes to give the audience a quick impression of what the characters were like and how they behaved. These impressions felt too stereotypical to me, though, because of how often they were used and how rarely they were challenged. It would have been fascinating to peel back at least a few stereotypes so that I could see the parts of the characters’ personalities that weren’t given a chance to shine here.
The subplots were woven nicely into the main storyline. There was a lot going on in this novel, but everything was connected so seamlessly that I never had a problem keeping up with any of it. Seeing the main character balance so many different issues simultaneously actually made a great deal of sense. His line of work requires those kinds of juggling acts in order to keep a hospital running.
It took a while for me to figure out which genre this book belongs to. The mystery elements of the plot didn’t show up right away, but once they did I completely understood why the author had spent so much time setting everything up first. It was definitely worth the wait.
I’d recommend The CareTAKERS to anyone who is in the mood for a medical mystery.
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There should have been more tension or more danger so I could become more emotionally involved.
Fortunately the less visible folks at Eastern are the salvation of both the hospital and the down-and-out community that surrounds it. Doug Carpenter is the Hospital Administrator, very much a dog to be kicked at times, but also a moral person not to be crossed when push comes to shove. Throw in a sexy union organizer-stripper and several choric elderly ladies, and you suspect from the get-go that Eastern Hospital is either going to get saved or torn apart. No way to tell, for the most part.
Only a few weeks pass during the narrative – a landmark time for the hospital because of a pending State review and a plan to build a new hospital building even as the patient count declines. The unon organizer’s antics offer some eye-popping relief for a time, but then she opens the doors to the squalor and suffering of the community, which has a major effect on the outcome.
The plot is presented in a racial divide that will make some readers uncomfortable, and that may seem exaggerated to some readers – but it serves to let us know the Capulets from the Montagues, so to speak.
The book is a winner, which is not to say it does not have its flaws. The cast of characters is so large it seems like a Russian novel that might have benefitted from a bit of slimming down – only to avoid confusion. There are a couple of beastly stereotyped nurses’ aides who don’t add much. But the protagonists and antagonists are sharply drawn and very close to life. A bit slow at the vey beginning, it becomes a page-turner quickly.