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Death's Pale Flag


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A fast-paced psychological thriller about a neurosurgeon's delicate work while balancing his fragile mental health.

Ryan is a successful neurosurgeon. He's not arrogant. There's no God complex. The patients in an accident always get his full attention. But his focus is overdue on his children. When Death's Pale Flag begins he's rushing off to another emergency. His kids Ava, Riley, and Erin are looking forward to pumpkin carving. His wife Kelly is patient and reminds him of family obligations.

Young Olivia's brain is hemorrhaging, but Ryan and his team remain calm. They are trying to get things under control. There's already one dead kid this week. They get the bleeding stopped. He's a pillar of strength.

Ryan drives home. As he sits in this driveway, something moves on the side of the porch. He catches a glimpse of a woman, but she disappears before he can be sure. He grabs a flashlight to investigate, no one is hidden. Ryan continues to look in every hiding spot. The doctor thinks it's sleep deprivation. It gets worse because it turns into a habit of seeing things. Things resurrected from the hellscapes. He's about to go to psychological war with the supernatural.

I enjoy a good psychological thriller. I love the mystery of exploring a solution to an impossible problem. What's harder to navigate than ghosts, marriage, and sanity?

I was fully engaged. Gary Simonds messed with my head, to the point that I'm now a fan. There's quite a lot of graphic descriptions of medical terms, but I didn't mind. It was an easy-to-understand conversational tone. I haven't been this excited about a book this winter.

Death's Pale Flag checked all the boxes - haunting, compelling, and engaging. It gets under the skin of its sympathetic hero Ryan Brennan. The author offers the psychology of being a surgeon; a human being.

Readers who are ready to jump into a unique ghost story can find a memorable one here. This supernatural psychological thriller is full of eerie surprises.

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I am a reader of a few genres but I have a particular fondness for the psychological thriller. I am comfortable reading about dark topics. I usually find my next read from random online discoveries. I usually rotate between reading a few books.


About the author

Gary is a neurosurgeon and college/medical school professor who has written three non-fiction books on burnout. He routinely gives talks on neuroscience, medical ethics, medical humanism, medical socioeconomics, and burnout. He lives in beautiful Black Mountain, NC. view profile

Published on May 02, 2023

Published by BQB Publishing

100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Psychological Thriller

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