The Syrian Heart
By Les Rowley
The Syrian Heart is a book that I came across one day on social media. I had a gut feeling it was going to be a fascinating read, and I wasn’t wrong, when I made a comment about it. Les Rowley kindly then sent me a review e-copy after asking if I would like to review it, which of course I accepted. Discover more in the blurb and my review of this thought-provoking and revealing book.
Wealthy philanthropist needs a heart transplant but with his rare blood type, he knows the wait will be long. When his search finds a match there is one problem – the donor is a migrant from Syria and she’s still alive. AA Roxan must dupe the NHS into bringing the heart to the UK and use his family and friends to commit the biggest sin in order to save a more worthy life. Is his life worth more than that of a poor migrant woman? Can money gloss over the ethics of the NHS? AA Roxan is not a man to be stopped and his villainous past pushing everyone to the edge of illegality and death. The is set in London.
James Roxan is a rich philanthropist, whilst Dr. Catherine Morgan is his chief medical officer, who readers meet in a chauffeur-driven car on the way to NHS hospital – St. Thomas in London for an event, a bit of a tour and to persuade them to take on a new Organ Care System (OCS). Readers also get to know Dr. Hain.
The book takes readers into the world of rare blood types, hospitals, foundations, philanthropy. It’s all interesting and written in a compelling way. It all sounds good at the beginning, but then the atmosphere of the book changes, becoming frostier between Dr. Hain and James. The book also notches up in becoming even more compelling, and more truth about James Roxan and his heart health is revealed too, which makes James even more determined to do whatever it takes for a transplant, no matter what the cost and no matter what lengths of travelling for a blood match there needs to be, and to entice people onto a programme, studying rare blood, but with an expectation money can buy anything… Bit by bit, crimes and questionable ethics are revealed. It’s affecting and emotional at times. This is a good thing that the heart isn’t stone cold.
The book questions, challenges and the deeper you get in, the more compelling it becomes in its originality and depth. It is perhaps not the fastest paced book, but it most certainly grips from the start and grips even more, with a strong desire to know what happens next as it twists and turns in unexpected ways.