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The Dark Side - Real Life Accounts of an NHS Paramedic - The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly by [Thompson, Andy]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: The Electronic Book Company (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BCVF6G4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to start by declaring a connection, as I helped Andy to professionally proofread his book, but I hope that doesn't devalue my review here because Andy deserves a lot of praise, I feel. I was impressed by his commitment to putting across accounts that were at the same time factual and entertainingly written, with good pace and tension. There's graphic detail but only to give an accurate picture of events, not to shock, coupled with a great sense of the emotion he and his patients felt; though the paramedic usually fights to hide it and he gives a great sense of that fight going on inside. There's a lot of dialogue, which helps to really give a sense of the tension in each of the different encounters. I found it a very absorbing read. I learned a lot about how our bodies react to situations I wouldn't have imagined could have been survived, and how a paramedic can buy us vital minutes when we most need it. Not only did Andy employ my services, he also had the book professionally formatted for Kindle, and hopefully this investment shines through in the final result. I'd be truly surprised if you don't find this a great read, and I'd challenge you not to shed a tear during one of the stories in particular - I did, incredibly moving.
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I 're read this book in three hour's,once you start it's hard to put down,it makes you think how precious life is as the as author state's,also he goes into full detail of every life or death or harrowing situation' s and horrific accident without holding back.
That is what makes the book such a great read,I thought it might be a bit predictable,but every story is different and has different outcomes,which I would expect' but the author tells it in such an intense fashion that you can feel his pressure that he was going through in each story.
I had a bad trauma accident that has left me permitly impaired for life,I went through five years of not know if I would lose my left leg as a result.Thankfully I didn't, but it changed my life forever and have a steel pin up to my knee holding my ankle together,all also on strong pain killers and still recovering as I write this review,my bone is still growing around latest pin or fusion I had done.
This book has made me realize how lucky I am to have amazing doctors,surgeon's around,but most importantly is guys like Andy the author who are first on the scene and are the ones that save your life and try there best to make sure it's a good outcome for you.I have nothing but total respect for them,they are angels in my eyes,there quick thinking actions in adrenalin fuelled pressure on there behalf is amazing and Andy gives you a no holes barred account of the daily pressure they face in twelve hours each day.
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This book knocks the socks off similar books of the same genre. The author describes, in descriptive and graphic detail, a selection of horrendous, sad and tragic incidents he has attended to during his career as an NHS paramedic, so far. Not all with fatal consequences, granted, but nonetheless so horrific that most of us cannot remotely relate to, nor would you ever want to. I was not only captivated by each of the chapters, but found them educational, informative, intriguing, thought provoking and at times humorous too, but on more than one occasion, I found myself very tearful. Furthermore, the book is beautifully written and flows lovely. Whether you are a fan of non-fiction medical books or not, this book is a must read! I hope the author releases another real life accounts book in the not too distant future, I want to read more!
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As soon as I saw the title and the author I had to buy it, and it certainly hasn't disappointed! Having worked with the author during my early days in the ambulance service, it made for an exciting read and had me thinking.... could that have been me? Did I know that paramedic?
That aside, it provides an accurate account of the situations faced by paramedics and technicians in the ambulance service, and acts as a great revision/factual aid with good medical knowledge to back up the story lines.
A highly recommended read to new and would be paramedics and anyone with a hunger for knowledge!!
Well done Andy x
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I am a medical professional, although not in the ambulance service. I found it really interesting to read Andy's detailed accounts of being a paramedic and loved the way that they were explained, it taught me a thing or two! Would definitely recommend this book.
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I do enjoy reality and this is what you get. Written in such a way that it doesn't matter that you don't understand the medical terms, it puts you right there with Andy.

I can only hope and pray that if myself, family and friends ever need a paramedic that we will be lucky enough to have an Andy Thompson!

I would never be brave enough to be a paramedic, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy and all the other paramedics on this earth who ARE brave and resilient enough.

It is the likes of yourselves along with Doctors, Nurses etc who should be paid the wages that our premiership footballers receive......
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