Beat The Reaper Josh Bazell Beat The Reaper The Doctor will see you now Meet Peter Brown a young Manhattan ER Doctor who has a past he d prefer to stay hidden When a figure from the old days emerges it looks increasingly unlikely that his secr
  • Title: Beat The Reaper
  • Author: Josh Bazell
  • ISBN: 9780099527527
  • Page: 496
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Beat The Reaper Josh BazellThe Doctor will see you now.Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan ER Doctor who has a past he d prefer to stay hidden When a figure from the old days emerges it looks increasingly unlikely that his secret will stay intact Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, is given three months to live, and it s clear to Peter that the clock is ticking for both of them He must doThe Doctor will see you now.Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan ER Doctor who has a past he d prefer to stay hidden When a figure from the old days emerges it looks increasingly unlikely that his secret will stay intact Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, is given three months to live, and it s clear to Peter that the clock is ticking for both of them He must do whatever it takes to keep him and his patient alive.It s time to beat the reaper.
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  1. Anybody who thinks the U.S doesn t need health care reform should read this book Since the author was a medical intern and the details about patient care seem horribly realistic, I think I d rather read a Surgery For Dummies book and attempt my own future operations with a bottle of Jack Daniels, a carpet knife, duct tape and some rusty pliers rather than risk being admitted to a hospital after reading this.Peter Brown is a harried resident trying to get through another miserable day at a large [...]

  2. Onvan Beat the Reaper Peter Brown 1 Nevisande Josh Bazell ISBN 316032220 ISBN13 9780316032223 Dar 310 Safhe Saal e Chap 2008

  3. Hey fuckhead,Yep, you, the one with the track marks running down both arms trying to slide off into oblivion, with the tilted head and the faraway expression, staring at the sun like it s some four headed monster ready to steal your dreams, twitching for your next fix like some random dog left out in the rain too long, with a stutter stepping walk and attitude, veering off from the rest of the universe like a bad dream you might want to sit this one out, otherwise you might have than just a fog [...]

  4. Utterly ridiculous, gratuitously violent, highly improbable, totally engrossing, lightening paced Why don t people write like this

  5. An outrageous novel that got me laughing a lot in between painfully gruesome situations, a plot worthy of comic books, and occasional absurdly implausible sex scenes A young intern of Polish Jewish background, Peter Brown, tries to save patients from gross incompetence at the worst hospital in Manhattan while popping drugs to keep awake It turns out he is former mob hit man in Witness Protection, and his cover is in danger of being blown Much of the tale corresponds to reflecting back on his unu [...]

  6. I m a Charlie Huston honk There, I admitted it Like the first step out of twelve, I recognize my problem And I feel unburdened Free almost I m a Huston holic A junkie for Charlie s magical mushroom prose And like every good Huston holic, I m always searching for writers with a similar style Writers that ll grab me by the throat, worrying me like a dog.Enter Josh Bazell A combination of Huston and Chuck Palahniuk, Bazell stuns with his debut novel Beat the Reaper, a brutal and humorous medical cr [...]

  7. This book is A MAY ZING Straight up Please read this.It s hilarious and wildly disturbing all at the same time Bazell is like the Chuck Palahniuk for sane people.This will just be easier if I quote Ron Charles Beat the Reaper is a hypochondriac s nightmare but a reader s dream Josh Bazell concocted this comic thriller while working as a medical resident at the University of California, San Francisco, and if anything he describes here is true, we should all become Christian Scientists I want to t [...]

  8. When I started reading this, I had the vague expectation that it was going to be some sort of urban fantasy It wasn t But that didn t keep me absolutely loving it It s funny, clever, fast moving, irreverent, and horrifying in turns I highly recommend it Unless you re a hypochondriac If you are, you should avoid it like the plague heh.

  9. 3 stars Note Posting again since apparently not received via e mail updates A while ago I mentioned in a review commentary that I was due for some light reading, some brain candy After some back and forth discussion, Beat the Reaper won out over a couple of other suggestions As it turns out, it s not a book I would ordinarily pick up, and if I had, after skimming the first few pages, I might have put it down once I saw that this author was hell bent on inserting a lot of profanity and violent be [...]

  10. I finally received a copy of this book 5 weeks after the Pulp Fiction group chose it as their monthly read Go AusPost But it was an ugly copy that felt like it had been photocopied, including a glossy print for the flimsy cover Must do better work at publishing actual books people.About two thirds of the way through my interest was waning and I decided to check out the 1 Star reviews to see if others were having the same problem I was having with it the flashbacks were slow and largely uninteres [...]

  11. I just finished BEAT THE REAPER by Josh Bazell simply put it is one of the greatest comic crime thrillers I have ever read I am talking the Immortal El Leonard Carl Hiaasen territory Bazell wrote this his first novel while completing his residency at a hospital he is now a full doctor I believe I am still shocked at how perfect this book was it had everything even hilarious footnotes a la Terry Pratchett and a main character who is so endearing and lifelike that you cant help but love him even t [...]

  12. This is one of the most unique and entertaining novels I ve read in a long time At the age of fourteen, Pietro Brwna is orphaned for a second time when someone murders the grandparents who had raised him for much of his life In school, Pietro befriends the son of a mob lawyer, Davide Locano, and the Locanos become his new surrogate family But Pietro is determined to hunt down and kill the cretins who murdered his grandparents With Locano s assistance, he identifies the killers and dispatches the [...]

  13. lately my book reviewing reminds me of that old snl skit where the guy reviews porn interested, interested, really interested, then i lost all interest i don t know if it s me or not this book started off with a bang the tone of the narrator was a little obnoxious although isn t that a requirement for crime fiction and why is that it s tired but that aside, the writer is entertaining and informative truly some of the greatest hospital anecdotes i ve ever read you almost wish he would write nonfi [...]

  14. Well,the style of this book is to be edgey I have no problem with that in general when it works for the story, but this was just angry to be angry I didn t see the point I hated every character in the book, the author didn t see any reason to make anyone of them likable I couldn t take it any so I stopped it uuhhggg.

  15. Wow what a book I only picked this one up for the Pulp Fiction book club and I never even looked at what it was about Boy was I in for a surprise.I started it tentatively as it kicks off with a doctor who seems rather handy in a fight and knows things a normal doctor wouldn t From there it just ramps up and up and up Part medical comedy, part gangster action this book floored me and I love every second of it It feels like someone crossed Scrubs with The Sopranos And it was smart All the procedur [...]

  16. Peter Brown is not your normal Manhattan ER doctor When it comes to skeletons in the closest, he has tons One of those skeletons he forced him to enter into the Witness Protection Program Peter has been fighting with his demons for years Peter was ready to start his day out like any other morning with a walk in the park but there he gets mugged, than he receives an invite by a sexy pharmaceutical nurse for some TLC, and finally as if Peter s day couldn t get any worse, he new patient has tie ins [...]

  17. ok, here s the thing at first i didn t think i was going to like this book that much it seems a bit pretentious, especially the opening few paragraphs its obvious they were meant to grab you and throw you into a world and it works, only maybe you re not so sure its a world you care to explore but here s the thing i just kept reading and reading it was engaging enough to keep me up all night just to see where things were going to go its a bit like an episode of er with flashbacks to the sopranos [...]

  18. I was recommended this book last year, and while it looks interesting, I kept putting this book off I m not sure why I did, as this book was so much fun to read Think mob book in the style of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch meets Scrubs but with a much darker sense of humour Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell tells the story of Peter Brown, an intern for Manhattan s worst hospital Dr Brown is in the Federal Witness Protection Program having previously been a mob hitman named Pietro Brwn [...]

  19. Great mix of medical thriller and mob revenge tale Main character is a foul mouthed and very funny former hit man who s hiding out as a doctor in a run down hospital If his former boss mentor finds him, it means he s probably dead I was hooked immediately and especially liked his hilarious and ironic footnotes.

  20. I rarely if ever do this, but I m doing it now I loved this book It is a great book It is funny, savage, shocking, smart, and a great read Go forth Obtain it Bathe in the madness Giggle into your tea Look with suspicion upon doctors Gasp in horror Be Bazelled.

  21. Beat The Reaper is pure modern noir The dialogue is bold and stylish with hints of Raymond Chandler , the characters are simultaneously over the top while still having those nuanced touches of humanity that makes you believe in them anyway, and the pace is relentless It s an incredibly well written book that I devoured in just a few days.The story centres around an ex hitman who winds up in witness protection, goes to med school, and becomes a resident at a hospital so vile you start to wonder w [...]

  22. Josh Bazell is a rare writer in a way that he graduated with a B.A in English Literature yet gave up its PhD program to earn Doctor of Medicine He is now a medical resident in San Francisco, probably spending his time doing remedial procedures doctors do with a nice story to boot It was a huge surprise for me then to find a first print copy of his debut novel Beat the Ripper stuffed casually inside the bargain bin for all to see Set in a ramshackle New York hospital, it tells the story of Peter [...]

  23. I like that this is tagged Adult over there in the genres list That is accurate All of the athletic oral sex and hospital patient genitalia descriptions started to feel a little out of place after a while, since this book has plenty of other things going on although one of those patient s genitalia actually solves a medical mystery, so I supposed that s justified Regardless, Dr Josh Bazell s hospital book meets Goodfellas gives a swift temple punch to all those generic medical thrillers you see [...]

  24. So I m on my way to work and I stop to watch a pigeon fight a rat in the snow, and some fuckhead tries to mug me The first line has sucked me right in 5 18 12Finished this book last night It is one of the best things I have read this year Frenetic pace, dark odd humour, surgeons doctors, Mafia, a reforming hitman, and a fabulous gross out at the end It absolutely rocks I absolutely loved this shit I almost feel empowered by reading it I may need to socialize outside of my head oftenbut where s [...]

  25. A due terzi della lettura mollo platealmente il libro, nonostante le mie tendenze da lettrice martire che deve arrivare all ultima pagina anche della cagata pi cagata del secolo, solo per la inutile soddisfazione di poter dire di averlo letto effettivamente Il bello che non neanche na merda da leggere con la mascherina in viso, un libro oggettivamente valido, o almeno non malvagio, che semplicemente la combinazione vincente per farmi dire non proprio il mio genere Vedi di non morire infatti la s [...]

  26. I wish I was stuck in an airport with Josh Bazell s Beat the Reaper, but as I wasn t flying anywhere this week I took advantage of my nine year old s baseball tryouts and knocked out the last third of this sucker in one sitting The novel blends weird medical facts, a hit man in witness protection, and a narrator quickly running out of time before mafia thugs descend on the hospital in which he s hiding Beat the Reaper would make a cross country flight feel like a commercial break it s not too in [...]

  27. In my view this is a crossing of three of my favorite novels, Everything Is Illuminated, The Godfather and The House of God The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital, compound by Tarantino s screenplay writer In other words a hard boiled mafia story set in a modern American hospital with a backstory set in an East European schtetl during Hitler s war Since Tarantino has his fingers in the game you have to read very carefully The speed of the writing is contagious and if you don [...]

  28. This is the 1 pick on the IndieNext List for January 2009, which is why it caught my attention that and the obnoxiously bright cover it has The best description I can come up with for this book is if the series The Sopranos and the series Scrubs had a child, and made Quentin Tarantino and Amy Sedaris it s godparents, this would be the baby The main character is a former Mob hitman who is in the witness protection program, finishing up his medical training his way of making up for all the people [...]

  29. A killer turned healer, sounds like a good thing This book pushes these extremes to the limits of credulity And when it appears that the story has gone as far as it can go, the reader is presented with an ending that only a medical student with too much time on their hands could have dreamed up This book has to be close to the ultimate in the medical thriller genre The narration of this story is told through the first person voice of a former hired killer who is now a physician working in an inn [...]

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