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The Station Hardcover – 29 Sep 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465346155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465346155
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,057,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Station is the first novel by Stuart Gray, a London Ambulance Service paramedic and author of the blog Paramedic's diary ([...]) as well as several books on the Ambulance service.

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.

JR
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OMG not what I thought it was but unable to put it down. I have read some of his other books and this too is funny serious and engaging but OMG definitely not what I expected, I suggest you need chocolate, a box of tissues and your favourite drink beside you to read this. As I read I made assumptions about what was going to happen, all of them were WRONG what a cliff hanger. BRILLIANT BOOK THANK YOU STUART
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Misleading title but full of eventful stories, the first part was just like a day in the life of and it set the tone of the book and I think it should have kept to day to day incidents rather than the dramatic turn of events at the end which could have had s bok to itself.
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After reading his other books I was expecting good things but felt this lacked the ambulance side and more inot the poeple behind the unifrom in a long winded way. I got confused from jumping from one person to the next. However the ending story was great but felt he rushed it and would of liked it to be expanded on
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The level at which some if the scenes were described were so detailed it made you feel as though you were there. Very emotive and well written. Unfortunately there were a several typos which detracted from the story slightly, but overall it was an excellent read. Recommended.
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There were some bits which I found to be overall irrelevant, but it was a readable book with a (slightly sick) twist towards the end. I prefer his real-life books but it's a good attempt at fiction writing.
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I started out groaning and rolling my eyeballs at the beginning of this book - it's very heavy on descriptions, and everyone is slim, beautiful and funny. However, get past that bit and the book is very good - some entertaining stories, and the ending is gripping (if brutal - but from my limited knowledge probably accurate - slightly chilling thought really). I wanted to see more resolution for some of the characters, how they coped, also more of the immediate aftermath, but then maybe that would make too gruesome reading for people. I felt a bit as if the whole book had built to a climax, and then stopped about two chapters short, on the grounds that to give more detail would be too harrowing....
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!!!
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Awful book I didn't even want to give it one star ! I found it crass badly written and I'm not sure what the author was trying to portray. In fact his colleagues should be pursuing him for liable. It does nothing for his profession merely makes them out to be a bunch of crude cynical and unprofessional group of people . Stick to your day job I just hope your skill at that exceeds your inability to write pseudo fiction .
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