Islands of the Gulf Volume 1, the Journey

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Once, he was Herbert West, superlative surgeon and revivifier of the dead. Now he's lost his reputation, his country and his name. Rebuilding his life as a country doctor on Bellefleur Island, he struggles with doubts, emotional entanglements and terrible memories of the Great War. Above all, he must forge a new relationship with his old adversary – death – and negotiate with a new one – love. More
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About Audrey Driscoll

Three quarters of the way through a career as a cataloguing librarian, Audrey Driscoll discovered she is actually a writer. Since the turn of the millennium, she has written and published several novels and a short story collection. She gardens, juggles words, and communes with fictitious characters in Victoria, British Columbia.

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About the Series: Herbert West
Four novels, in which Herbert West, a scientist obsessed with reversing death, is transformed into a physician of last resort. From ancient Arkham to the agony of the Great War, from Acadie to the islands of the West Coast, a brilliant but amoral physician is subjected to travails and entanglements, to become a source of healing -- and of peril.

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Reviews of Islands of the Gulf Volume 1, the Journey by Audrey Driscoll

Glenn Vanstrum reviewed on April 17, 2013

Islands of the Gulf-Part I slipped down like fine sherry, as did the first book in the quartet.

Herbert West self-metamorphosizes into a new persona, Francis Dexter, one who now eschews revivification and has morals. It's all very fascinating, and Driscoll, a superb writer, takes you on a fine series of adventures at sea and to the Pacific Northwest with her stellar prose and pitch-perfect tone. That I've sailed in and around Desolation Sound and Victoria Island only made things better.

The characters of Andre Boudreau and Margaret Bellgarde are perfect foils for our deranged hero. The author paints them well, bringing them to life as they respond to the strangeness around them.

As a physician myself, there's something paradoxically attractive about these novels of a rogue doctor. I love 'em. Beware, though, reader, there's more than a bit of Patricia Highsmith in Ms. Driscoll, and her heroes--like the Talented Mr. Ripley-- have a dark side. Of course, this adds to the fun.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
ReadersEbooks reviewed on Dec. 12, 2012

The books that Audrey Driscoll crafts need no plot – they are excellent reading simply for the wonderful flow of her words, and the use of the language in which she is so skilled. The storyline adds to the enjoyment, with considerable imagination and a constant development, wrapping the reader into the lives of the characters. This book is a worthy successor to Audrey’s earlier book, ‘The Friendship of Mortals’.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase) Young reviewed on July 28, 2012

Bias alert: the author is a longtime friend. However, if I was only reading her trilogy out of duty, I wouldn't bother to write a review. I was enthralled by this book, as I was by the first book in the trilogy. And this is not my normal leisure reading genre, which just underlines how well these books are written. The characters are compelling and the plot is a page-turner!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

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