October 22, 2017 - Deb Shinder on Amazon.com - 5-STARS! - A series that keeps you coming back for the next book "I read this entire series and it kept my interest and really hit home since my husband spent many, many years in training to become an M.D., and gave up practicing medicine because of the trend at the time -- which has picked up full speed since -- to take control of the physician/patient relationship away from the two parties involved and put it in the hands of corporate and government interests.
Back then, it was the HMOs; today is the ACA, but in both cases, it's driving the best doctors either out of the profession or, in the case of the books' protagonist, Jack, out of the country to practice medicine elsewhere. The books tell the story of what has gone so horribly wrong with the U.S. healthcare system -- but they do it without being preachy. Because that backstory is wrapped up in the story of a family, one that we come to care about very much, as Jack's son David follows him into medicine in general and heart surgery in particular.
The early books are not as polished as you might wish in terms of the writing. Even though, as a very OCD writer/English major/grammar nazi it's not easy for me to do, I overlooked that because the story itself pulled me in so thoroughly. The publishing industry today doesn't employ the dev eds and copy eds and proofreaders it once did, and it's not unusual to see major grammatical or word usage errors even from some of the top best-selling novelists so like it or not, we readers can't afford to be as rigid about such things as we used to be. And the writing gets better as the series goes on.
Besides, I'd prefer to read a compelling story, told from the heart, that grabs me and elicits a response on both the logical and emotional levels, over a technically perfect but uninspiring story any day. This book and the ones that follow are of the first sort."
September 12, 2014 - RWG on Amazon - 5 Stars! - A must read for doctors, patients, and politicians "Loved this book--well written. If you want to know what the life of a surgeon is like--including the stress in the OR, this book tells the story well. If you want to find out what's really going on in the medical "system", read this book. He accurately portrays the commercial-political dragons burning down the profession of patient care driven by expensive profiteering corporations and pandering political malpractice." RW Geist, MD.
August 7, 2014 - Suz on asurgeonsheart.com - 5 Stars! "As a physician it is obvious Dr. Sewell knows first hand how government takeover has turned healthcare from a personal service into a massive industry. In The Conflict - Compassionate physician, Jack Roberts, tries to take on "the system"….which keeps the reader turning the pages as fast as they can read. Book Three…..I'm ready!!!"
July 19, 2014 - Judy Poarch on Amazon.com - 5 Stars! - and what's worse, they don't care. "The Conflict is suspenseful from beginning to end as we continue reading about Jack Roberts and his family. Add mystery and criminal elements and the reader is filled with intrigue and apprehension as the story continues to develop. The end of Ch. 3 sums up how concerned the American people are about healthcare. "Most people don't have a clue about what is going on....and what's worse, they don't care." The vivid descriptions make the reader feel he/she is part of the story whether it is watching a sunset or eating a delicious meal or hanging a picture. You will feel the sensitivity a husband feels for his wife as you cry and laugh with them as they make decisions and face life head on. This story seems so real especially in today's society where there are evil persons trying to persuade and mislead others for their own well-being. I'm waiting for book 3!!"
May 29, 2014 - Debra Lyn Miller on Amazon.com - 5 Stars! - Another good book by Dr. Sewell! "The storyline could have come off the front page of today's newspaper. Not only was the book entertaining, I also learned a few things about the healthcare changes we are facing. I consider this an easy read because once I started the book, I didn't want to put it down. Looking forward to the next one!"
February 3, 2015 - Becki Didriksen on Kindle - 5 Stars! - I love his thoughts on today's health care industry and government ... "Dr. Sewell writes from the heart and from experience. Very well told. I love his thoughts on today's health care industry and government interference. I'm so looking forward the the next books."
July 31, 2014 - Jo Searles, RNC, BSN, Realtor on asurgeonsheart.com - 5 Stars! - Terrific Read "Dr.Sewell interweaves strong surgical and clinical background into a story of passion for patients, family and country. This wonderfully and creatively written series is a must read for those who desire a view of how healthcare changes in the United States are effecting everyone, both the care giver and the care receiver. True insight from the trenches."
July 31, 2014 - Lyn Lee on Amazon.com - 5 Stars! "A most informational and entertaining book. I feel like I know the characters personally after having read Dr. Sewell's first 2 books. The description of the locations---the sunsets, the operating rooms, etc.--- is so detailed I felt like I was right there. That, to me, is what I judge a book by---- I feel like I am on the outside realm of the story, looking in. Anxiously awaiting "The Crisis" and later "The Choice." Thank you, Dr. Sewell, for wonderful and "safe" reading material."
June 6, 2014 - Ayn Fan on Amazon.com - 5 Stars! - Healthcare in the U.S. headed over the cliff? "A Surgeon's Heart: The Conflict is the second in Dr. Sewell's series that is intended to enlighten the reader as to the looming disaster that is socialized medicine. This book picks up where A Surgeon's Heart: The Calling left off. The story is compelling, showing conflict between doctor and hospital administration, and doctor and government bureaucracy, all to the detriment of the doctor-patient relationship. This is a very accurate and compelling portrayal of what is happening to medical care in the United States, and will educate the reader as to some of the ins and outs of navigating the very complicated 'obamacare' law. Physicians are being told how to practice based on "bottom line" and metrics, most of which are meaningless. Dr. Sewell explains this elegantly through a very interesting portrayal of surgeon Jack Roberts. I highly recommend reading the series."
April 21, 2015 - Mary S. on Amazon.com - 5-STARS - "I have read the first two volumes and can't wait to get started on "The Crisis"" (#3). Dr. Sewell's writing style complements his fascinating story line. This is a "must read" for anyone in the medical profession. It brought back all the good (and some of the "not so good") memories of training as a surgeon. It is packed with excitement, a heavy concentration into politics and even some of the romance of our profession. Anyone who has had professional or personal exposure to the medical profession will enjoy Dr. Sewell's books. I will be back with you when I finish the rest of the story!"