Book Review-Hybrid (Briar Hospital)-Lawrence W. Gold, MD | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Hybrid (Briar Hospital)-Lawrence W. Gold, MD

Monday, April 28, 2014


I just got back from doing a bit of research. Although this is a novel it is definitely based on current scientific knowledge! Briar Hospital does not figure into this book very much except at the beginning when frozen sperm from their lab was switched--4 or 5 vials of it! The switch went unnoticed.

Denise & Gabe tried to have children for a long time but nothing took. They finally decided to have Gabe's frozen sperm which was at the Briar Hospital Lab fertilize one of Denise's eggs. It worked and they were ecstatic. They were both highly intelligent and knew that their offspring-a son-would be as well. However--Zack was beyond intelligent and Denise and Gabe did everything in their power to shield him--he was that different!

Denise was part Basque and had lost most of her family to the unrest between the Spanish and the Basques. Out of this turmoil came a man whose family had been brutally murdered by the Spanish. He had managed to get political asylum in the US and opened a school for the study of the Basque culture. Zack ends up attending this school and what happens will sicken and possibly frighten you.

The ending made me smile--I was adopted and I can certainly relate when Zack said to Gabe “You’re my father, and you will always be my father. I love you.”

Another 5 Star for Dr. Gold!!

If you are interested in this topic here is a website you can go to and I'm sure if you go to Dr. Gold's Fiction and Medical News Site and ask (link below) - he will be able to explain it!! I also browsed several other sites----

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Denise Berg, a professor of psychology, and her molecular biologist husband, Gabe, expected an intelligent child. When Denise gave birth to Zack, they were thrilled. They were not surprised to find that Zack had physical and mental gifts, but were astounded by their magnitude. By every parameter, Zack was extraordinarily gifted and they took pride in their genes and in their good fortune.

What they didn’t know was that Zack’s gifts were the result of more than good luck and Berg family genes, but depended on genetic material from an unusual source. Zack’s abilities would ultimately attract others with less than benign interests.

Read a chapter or two here


Purchase the book here

About the Author: (from author's website)


I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, my family ascended to the Island. After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago. The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate medical training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room. I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology. I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU, and served as Chief of Internal Medicine and Family Practice. For many years, I was an active member of the quality assurance committee. Circumstances permitted my wife, Dorlis, and me to retire in October 1995. Before fate could intervene, we tossed off the dock lines, and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man’s out; we bought a Nordic Tug trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, and the entire East Coast and completed two ‘circle trips’ to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second. I’ve written eight novels, five in he Brier Hospital Series, and one non-fiction book, I Love My Doctor, But…, a lighthearted look at the patient/doctor relationship. I recently published my ninth novel, A Simple Cure, about the search for the cure of the most deadly skin cancer, malignant melanoma. I write primarily to entertain, but I can’t help but pass on to readers observations and beliefs culled from years of practice, and yes, my biases, too. I strive for realism in portraying the medical scene which is gripping enough without melodrama or gimmicks. With even a minor degree of success in writing novels, comes responsibility to readers. I attempt to produce honest material that reflects my beliefs. Exposing these beliefs to the public through my writing requires courage, stupidity, or both. My fans have been generous, and although nobody enjoys criticism, I’ve learned much from that, too. The novel that expresses most clearly my candor, and my bias, is For the Love of God. The novel reflects my attitudes toward those who are willing to sacrifice the lives of their children for their personal religious beliefs.

We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 15 1/2 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, an 8 year old Yorkie who just looks like he’s on steroids.

Author's Website
Dr. Gold's Fiction and Medical News (this is very interesting)
Facebook
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33 comments :

Danielle Royalegacy said...

This sounds like a very interesting read. I just love a good book with a different twist.

Masshole Mommy said...

I think this is a book that I would really enjoy reading. I think my husband would like it, too, and that is great because we rarely agree on books LOL.

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

I'm not much into sci-fi, but my brother is. Bet he'll like this book. :)

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

What an interesting concept for a book! SiFi is not really my cup of tea-yet this sounds good!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

This sounds like a book I would very much enjoy. I haven't been reading a lot of books lately. I need to make time to read more.

MikiHope said...

Just going to say something here--this is not a Sci-fi! It is a medical mystery based on fact!!

Dan from Platter Talk said...

Sounds like a great story, and as an adoptee your perspective is indeed relevant. I've heard Basque country is beautiul, my son played soccer there a couple of summers ago and I have always regrettet not joining him. Great review here!

Jessica said...

Sounds like the overall storyline is that a father is who has loved and raised you,not who provided the sperm.

Becky @ The Cookie Rookie said...

i love your book reviews! i look forward to reading more. thanks for the great content!

Jenna Em said...

What an interesting premise of the book. Every so often you hear something like this happening.

bxcrochet said...

That looks like a really great read. I love the cover too.

Michelle F.

savannah said...

I've never read a book like this before, but after reading your review I have to know what happens when he goes to that school!!!

mail4rosey said...

I love when a child or parent embraces one another, no matter how they are 'related.' Thank you for the book share.

Diane Estrella said...

A beautiful sounding story. Love that ending too. Love is a decision not a gene pool. :)

Heather Jones said...

Wow what a story! Interested in seeing what Zach does for his school. I may have to read this!

Jamie F said...

I would love to read this book! Sounds like it would be right up my alley!

theroadtodomestication.com said...

Considering that we are struggling with some infertility issues right now, this might not be the BEST read for me :) Maybe in the future, though!

Sheila said...

What a beautiful story very heart warming. it can relate to the reality. definitely a good read. Thanks for sharing

Kung Phoo said...

Sounds like a really great book with a happy ending. I will pass this onto my wife, she loves books like this.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I love to read, I only wish I had more time to do it.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

This definitely sounds like an interesting book - I'll have to keep an eye out for it as I want to know what happens :) x

Ashley R said...

For some reason I'm drawn to books that involve fertility treatments and mishaps. lol This one sounds great!

BlogWithMom said...

Sounds like one that belongs in my book arsenal - thanks Michele!

Lexie Lane said...

Oooh! This sounds very intriguing! I love books that involve a little science and critical thinking and of course drama which this book definitely has all 3!

Felicia Franceschelli said...

Thanks for another great book review! My list is getting longer and longer! Thank goodness my Kindle can hold thousands of books!

Maddi'sMommy said...

What an interesting story. I'm curious as to what happens at the school and ultimately where Zack ends up.

Melissa TheCouponChronicles said...

Sounds a bit mysterious, and right up my alley! I love a good book!

Liz Mays said...

There's a lot going on beneath the surface here. Sounds great!

Jennifer said...

This sounds fascinating! And I love that the author went to Adelphi - both of my parents got their Masters degrees there!

JT and Amanda said...

This sounds like a good book. Thanks for sharing!

Coralie with Utah Coupon Deals said...

This book sounds really good. I love mystery books and it sounds like it has a few twists to it. Thanks for the great review - I will have to check this out!

Joanna Sormunen said...

Sounds like a very interesting book!

Chubskulit Rose said...

I learned something new about you reading this post.

 
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