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THE ORGAN TAKERS: A Novel of Surgical Suspense ~Richard Van Anderson

“”Richard Van Anderson’s experience as a surgeon at the UW Medical Center gives him the ability to write a convincing debut thriller. The Organ Takers focuses on the moral failings and sociopathic behavior of corrupted medical practitioners. The verdict: Read if you like surgery and a standard thriller, but do not expect to trust your doctor after reading this.” –The Daily at the University of Washington”

THE ORGAN TAKERS was a very interesting read and I could not put the PDF/ Kindle book down.  I read the book in the hospital while undergoing a series of tests. I was glad my copy was in my Kindle (as the cover and the title might have worried the others in the waiting area) and I would not recommend one read this thriller in the hospital – the surgery details were very intense and I was worried about what my medical team was not telling me.  I think it raised my blood pressure a point or two.

There is a very exciting part to the story in that several surgeons have figured out how to grow cloned organs for transplant patients.  Now that was exciting to think about, how they were going about the research was terrible and their lab’s fundraising techniques were horrendous.  So many lost everything, and others were driven to the limit of their capacity.  The greed factor certainly destroyed the happy factors of life.    It was a fast read, and I learned a number of things I did not know or understand before.  Although I would not have picked this book, I was very pleased to be asked to review this book and I contemplated the ethical implications  and what corrupts some folks and not others. Fascinating.

Larissa Ackerman | Claire McKinneyPR, LLC
41 Main Street Suite B, Chester, NJ 07930

Larissa sent me a PDF copy of this book which I translated to my KINDLE FIRE and I was able to read the book early.  This was a bonus to have my copy ahead of the schedule so that I could squeeze it into the schedule when I had more time to read. Writing is intelligent and the author’s surgical skill plays out well in his story telling.  My only problem was I could not underline or book mark pages on the translation and I have become a bit lazy in my note taking – get out those 3×5 cards !

I highly recommend this suspenseful book to those who love medical reads and good writing.  If you have a queasy stomach about surgeries and medical ethics, I would probably not put it on the list.  The writing is very top notch and will not leave scar tissue and side effects for years to come.

About Richard Van Anderson from the book cover:

“Richard Van Anderson is a former heart surgeon turned fiction writer.  His surgery training took him from the ‘knife and gun club’ of LSU Medical center in Shreveport, Louisiana, to the famed Bellevue Hospital in Midtown Manhattan.  His education as a writer includes an MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College in Boston, Massachusetts.  He currently lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two sons.

Website: www.rvananderson.com

“And finally, the best way for a book to find its audience has always been, and still is, word of mouth recommendations.  So, if you liked the story, please consider telling others about it, either person to person, using social media, or (and this is the most effective way) posting online reviews at your favorite review site.  Thank you.”


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8 Responses to “THE ORGAN TAKERS: A Novel of Surgical Suspense ~Richard Van Anderson”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — And while I probably won’t be reading this book (don’t want to have the bajeebers scared out of me), it sounds like it would be amazing at getting the job done!

    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie It was scary and excellent Wow

  2. Richard Van Anderson Says:

    Hi Patricia. Thank you for taking the time to read and review my novel. Your effort and kind words are very much appreciated.


    patricia Reply:

    Richard Van Anderson

    I enjoyed your book very much and am looking forward to your next offering

    Thanks for sharing it with me.
    Welcome to Seattle

  3. Sara Says:


    I liked this review. I actually enjoy medical thrillers. I used to read Robin Cook, but haven’t for a long time. I might check this book out, but definitely not before I go to doctor or have any tests done.

    As I tend to absorb information in books I read, I can’t imagine reading this kind of book while you’re were in the hospital getting tests done. You’re braver than me:~)

    I hope all was well with you!
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    Patricia Reply:

    It was quite the read

    It kept me occupied during 9 hours waiting for tests and results. I am still healing from my January 2014 fall: long recovery and still quite a way to proceed towards healing.

    At 5 I loved the boo-boo strips after a fall Now at my age, I am still hoping for a whole day of pain relief – this book helped!
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  4. Deborah Barker Says:

    I will have a think before reading this one Patricia. Your description is so good, I might leave it for the time being! Hope your surgery went well :-)

    Patricia Reply:

    The Docs have added 16 Physical Therapy sessions to my list and visit to a Neurologist before the small surgery might be done. My benign essential tremor in my right arm is getting out of control – soup is not fun!

    I might need another book like this to hold my attention for such a long period of time!!!

    It was good and an interesting ethical look
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