Daily Archives: October 16, 2009

Review: Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell

Beat the Reaper: A Novel My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Woo hoo!

Beat the Reaper was funny, exciting, entertaining, funny, thought provoking, and did I mention funny?

There were two parallel storylines. In the “now”, Peter is an intern at a highly understaffed hospital, dealing with emergencies, every day craziness, and someone who wants him dead.  In the “past”, we get his rather exciting background, how he got mixed up with the mafia, and why they now want him dead.

The humor isn’t for everyone.  It tends toward the crude and disrespectful (to everyone and everything).  I still enjoyed it, and I tend to be sensitive.  It seemed appropriate to the situations, I think, rather than gratuitous.

I was icked out by the medical details at a couple of points.  Mostly I could skip over them, no big deal, but one scene near the end was important.  Still, yuck!

I have no idea how realistic the scenes regarding the life of an intern are.  I have no idea how realistic the medical aspects are.  I have even less idea how accurate the portrayal of the mob is.  I suspect that it pretty much is true but exaggerated.  I didn’t really care. At least, I don’t care as long as I stay away from that hospital.

This book was a fast, funny roller coaster, and I really enjoyed it.

If you think you might enjoy this one as well, I’m hosting a giveaway for Beat the Reaper until 10/22.

Thank you to Hachette Books for providing me with Beat the Reaper to review.


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