Best Review of The Sacrament of the Goddess so far – a “page turner” for summer 2014


I have been sending out copies of the book to gather pre-publication reviews. The date approaches – May 1st.

Here is the best of the early reviews, from Goodreads

 

Justin Acklin rated it 5 of 5 stars

I read a pre-release manuscript of this delightful genre-spanning title. First a little background. The author is an RN/Nursing Teacher who goes to Nepal regularly to teach nursing. He has written a non-fiction book of his adventures called “The Hospital at the End of the World,” a fantastic book itself. As such he has experienced extensive immersion in the Nepali medical field as well as the culture of the country
I read a pre-release manuscript of this delightful genre-spanning title. First a little background. The author is an RN/Nursing Teacher who goes to Nepal regularly to teach nursing. He has written a non-fiction book of his adventures called “The Hospital at the End of the World,” a fantastic book itself. As such he has experienced extensive immersion in the Nepali medical field as well as the culture of the country.

This is all reflected in “The Sacrament of the Goddess”. However, unlike his previous work, this is historical fiction – but even to say that is pigeon-holing it. On its surface it is the story of a young medical resident going abroad to practice medicine in a third-world country. This description doesn’t do it justice; there are multiple layers to the plotline, each of which could almost be placed it into their own genre. It has technically accurate medical and surgical descriptions and events. The history is thoroughly researched as evidenced by the way the main characters become inadvertently embroiled in Nepal’s recent Maoist civil war. The battle scenes are based on actual battles and described in thorough and accurate detail, so much so this particular plotline could almost be war history, not historical fiction. There are moments of intense action and drama where I literally couldn’t put the manuscript down for page after page. And it’s also a romance, complete with erotic scenes. These are beautifully written, and normally I detest romantic/erotic writing, but it’s written so tastefully that I was enraptured. The standard love-lost-found trope weaves the common thread through it all, but is done with such subtle elegance and finesse that it does not feel at all clichéd.The characters are intriguingly developed and we think we understand what motivates them – but more and more is revealed as the plot becomes more complex, and we discover there are deep undercurrents that the protagonist is not aware of until some surprising twists near the end.

This book is so well crafted, researched, and based on real experiences that it’s one of those books where you finish it and realize that the entire story could actually have taken place – that this *could* be non-fiction. I was left very satisfied and eagerly anticipating where this talented author will focus his attentions next.

 

The book is available on Amazon.

Naturally I am flattered.

About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

Experienced nursing educator and problem-solver. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add it with fifteen more devoted to adult critical care. In Nepal, I started teaching critical care skills in 2011. I figure out what they need to know in a Nepali practice setting. Then I teach it in a culturally appropriate way so that the boots-on-the-ground people will use it. I travel outside of Kathmandu Valley as well. When the recent violence happened, I knew the cities - I had trained people in those locations. One theme of my work has been collective culture and how it manifests itself in anger. Because this was a problem I incorporated elements of "situational awareness" training from the beginning, in 2011. Global Health Nursing is not all sweetness and light; not solely milk & honey and happy moms and babies.
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