The Station Hardcover – 29 Sep 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The book follows the events occurring over the course of a shift in central London. Challenges range from the mundane to the extreme and many are evidently drawn from the author's experience.
The plot, rather than following one or two central characters, offers snippets of commentary on the lives of many ambulance service personnel and patients. Although this can, at times, make it a bit difficult to keep track of who's who and their relation to others in the story; I think it accurately reflects the experience of those that work in front-line emergency services and the fleeting interactions they have with those they help. I also liked the fact that plots were rarely taken to their full conclusion again reflecting the experience of ambulance service personnel who rarely get to find out what happened to their patient.
Stuart writes well on his blog, in his non-fiction works and now in this novel. He is a naturally gifted story teller who can relate just the right level of detail to keep the reader's interest without them becoming bogged-down. The tone of the book is, in my opinion, perfect. Gray explains complex jargon and ambulance slang clearly and without being over simplistic, much in the way I would imagine one does to a new member of the service. The result is that he draws the reader into his world and makes them feel part of it. To complete the experience, Gray clearly and articulately describes the complex feelings generated by haaving to witness some of the best and some of the worst things humanity has to offer.
I have recommended this book to friends and family. I would not hesitate to do so for anyone reading this post whether you want an insight of life in the emergency services or simply a damn good read.
Generally a good read, and I'd like to see another book from the author, who I think generally writes well, and clearly has experiences most of us do not!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book ,sorry when I came to the last page. Read two of Stuart's books in four days. Even though this was fiction it was so realistic, more so I think as I know some of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent novel. Couldn't put it down, especially when it got more shocking towards the end. Learned a lot about paramedics.Published 3 months ago by Sandra F Stevens
Not what I was expecting and in some parts boring. Found it hard to keep track on the people and this spoilt it for me. Otherwise a pretty enjoyable read.Published 15 months ago by sweetjoy
A good read, but perhaps a little too long. The explosive ending could certainly been a book in its own right.Published 19 months ago by Squirrel
Stuart Gray has created a great story, built on his time in the ambulance service, and immediately recognisable to those who are in that field. Read morePublished on 18 May 2014 by Nath
A great read, was enthralled right to the ending, but wow what an ending, I certainly didn't expected that endingPublished on 30 Mar. 2014 by lisa vann
The book was fantastic, could not put it down, it was a great insight into what they had to put up with, and how they related to each other when working.Published on 17 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Do not read the review by SIan as it completely gives a major part of the plot away. I'll probably still read the book but I know what happens at the end now.Published on 22 Nov. 2013 by C. Rayner