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The Second Son

The Second Son by Paul W. Nielsen

The Second Son, a Global Ebook Gold Award Winner for Paranormal Fiction, is available in paperbacks and ebooks and available either online or at your local bookstore.
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Synopsis.

Dr. Jason Corey has it all — good looks, a great career, money and the love of a beautiful woman. His life would be perfect except for one thing, the young Seattle ER physician is not who he thinks he is. Unexplainable events emerge in his life sending him on a quest for the truth of who he is, but no one could imagine the nature of his being. Jason wins his battle for truth and survival, but an unseen evil force isn’t done with him. The triple twist ending leaves the reader awestruck and wondering what now? There have been countless books and TV shows about emergency medicine, but none of them reveal what The Second Son does in this mind twisting suspense novel.

Excerpt from The Second Son

Several additional people had joined the family in the quiet room, and they simultaneously focused on Jason. The weight of the responsibility he carried showed in the faces of these people. Unfortunately, Jason knew failed responsibility often resulted in a sudden change to blame. One of the drawbacks of playing God was the ultimate lack of control — a regrettable disadvantage.

He spoke to Mrs. Simon. “We placed a pacer wire into his heart, but we were unable to get his heart started. We’re going to have to stop CPR soon. There’s nothing more I can do.”

Mrs. Simon cried out, “No, I can’t lose him!” One of her sons wrapped his arms around his mother and wept.

“I’m sorry. We’ve done everything we can do.”

The feeling of blame and failure crashed down on Jason. He knew there were no magic words now.

“No, there has to be something!” the other son shouted, his voice charged with anger.

“Mrs. Simon, he’s still awake. Would you and your sons like to come in before we stop? You can say goodbye, and I think he would like to know you’re here.”

“Yes, I want to see him,” she answered. Her voice choked with tears and pain.

They entered the cardiac room, and it suddenly struck Jason how this must look to someone from the outside. Blood stained gauze, empty med syringes, and debris littered the floor. A second nurse had taken over chest compressions while a respiratory tech did respirations with the Ambu bag. The cardiac monitor still showed the pacer spikes, accentuated with a regular beep, but no cardiac complex. The C-arm stood in place over the patient like an enormous mantis, ready to attack. This must look like something from a nightmare to the family; he thought. Yet, it was so familiar to this staff and every ER staff in the country.

Mrs. Simon hurried to her husband’s side and took his hand. She bent and kissed his forehead and his eyes opened wider in recognition, then filled with tears.

“Carl, honey, it’s me.” She was sobbing uncontrollably now. “The boys are here, too.”

He looked past her and saw his sons. “We’re here, Dad,” they said in near unison, their voices filled with false bravado.

“Carl, we want you to know we love you. We’ll always love you.” She stroked his head as she spoke.

“We’ll never forget you, Dad,” one of the boys said. “We’ll take good care of mom for you.”

Mr. Simon moved his eyes to Jason as his face morphed into confusion. God, Jason thought. He doesn’t understand. For the first time, real panic was evident on his patient’s face. Jason couldn’t take much more, and he could feel the stress of the rest of the staff around him.

“Mrs. Simon, we need to go,” Jason whispered.

Her sobs increased. “I love you, Carl. I can’t . . .” She broke off, unable to continue. Both sons bent and kissed their father goodbye, then walked their grieving mother back to the quiet room — to wait.

Jason leaned over to Mr. Simon’s face and spoke softly. “Mr. Simon, we need to stop now. I’m sorry,” was all he could say. Terror replaced the tears in his patient’s eyes — a terror now matched in Jason’s entire being. He knew the feeling was going to kill him.

Jason turned to the tech doing compressions. “Come off the chest.”

Jeff followed suit and flipped the power switch on the pacer box to “off.” Jason turned to the respiratory tech at the head of the gurney. “Stop respirations.”

The room was completely silent except for the steady, high- pitched hum of the cardiac monitor where a straight line repeatedly floated across the screen. Mr. Simon’s eyes closed in death. No one cried, but Jason knew there were some on the verge of tears, as they stood looking at the body of what only seconds before had been a living human being. Someone, who just like them, got out of bed this morning with plans and feelings. Someone who had a family and a life, and never thought he would end the day in the morgue. Rooster’s words came back to him, “We get paid for what this job does to our souls.”

Out of habit, Jason reached up and gently placed his fingers on his patient’s neck over the carotid artery to confirm there was no pulse. At that moment, he identified the feeling. He remembered where and when he had first felt it and his childhood name for it. He had been close — extremely close.

“GOD!” Jason screamed, recoiling. He was thrown back by the jolt that instantaneously flashed through his body. Jeff barely caught him as he fell backward.

“You shocked me!” he yelled in reflex at Bonnie, who was standing at the defibrillator.

“The hell I did. I never touched it, Doc,” Bonnie said incredulously.
Jason forced himself to stand, bent over from the bone- throbbing pain in his arm. He tried to hold on to consciousness, but his mind started to blur. He groaned and stumbled. Jeff held him up, but he wasn’t looking at Jason any longer. All eyes in the room had shifted to the cardiac monitor still attached to the patient.

“We’ve got a complex,” Jason heard the words through the fog that was quickly wrapping itself around his brain.

“Check for a pulse.” Jason forced the words out.

Jeff reached up cautiously and placed his fingers on the patient’s carotid artery. “We’ve got a good, strong pulse,” he answered. “Helluva save, Doc,” Jeff laughed, his offbeat humor intact.

Jason stood alone, still bent over in agony and staggering, his mind blurred in pain and confusion. His vision cleared briefly, and a floodgate of memories and cognizance swept over him like a vast rolling wave, then vanished as quickly as it had appeared. The feeling was gone. He uttered a single word, “Rachel,” then fell into a silent world of darkness. The room remained quiet except for the cardiac monitor that announced his patient’s resurrection. Beep. . . Beep. . . beep. . . beep. . .

Awards & Reviews

Awards
* Amazon 5 star rating
* Global Ebook Award, Paranormal Fiction Gold Award Winner

Reviews
Awesome book! I didn't want to put it down once I started, keeps you riveted to your seat and thinking ahead to, "how is this going to play out?" and believe me its not what you expect! Can't wait for the next one! Different from "the Cambion" but if you liked that book, you just have to read this one!
—Florence Hughes

You go to the Emergency Room, YOU need immediate medical attention and that is all that matters. Imagine being on the other side of that coin. Life and death decisions need to be made in a split second, the physicians in the ER must remain cool and calm no matter what they are faced with. They have to play “God” in the eyes of the patient’s family, in control and non-hurried, even when every breath is at stake. Dr. Jason Corey is one of those doctors constantly under the gun in Seattle, but something is happening that he cannot explain, his touch is more than just healing. Is he losing his mind? Is there something special about him, something that is being kept from him?

The more he questions, the further he spirals into a world he could never have dreamed of. When the smoke clears, what will he discover? Will his “power” be useful when he needs it most or has this all been a very bad dream?

Paul W. Nielsen, an ER head physician himself, brings the world he lives in day to day to vivid and stark detail, no sugar-coating in his latest medical suspense, The Second Son. Do doctors really feel like gods? Is it possible that one may have good reason to feel that way or has he finally broken under the pressure of his choices? Paul Nielsen piles on twist after twist as his main character makes unbelievable discoveries. Fast-paced, written in a crisp and bold style, enter his world and ask yourself, would I have what it takes or would I splinter under the pressure? Is it Divine Guidance that makes the rules in the Emergency Room or could it be something more scientific?

If the mystery of the medical field, the intrigue of a story well-told and the peeling back of each layer of suspenseful twists are part of your MUST HAVES in your reading, trust me, it’s all here in The Second Son. Miracles, mysteries and unanswered questions make this a phenomenal tale.

I received this copy from Paul W. Nielsen in exchange for my honest review.
—Dii - Amazon Top 500 Reviewer Dii rated this 5 of 5 stars

A Phenomenal Read! Author, Paul Nielsen has rocked the book world again with his newest read, ‘SECOND SON’. The characters are so true to life. I found myself spellbound as I read this book. Nielsen has done a phenomenal job mixing his graphic medical knowledge within the storyline.

Many ER doctors live for the adrenaline rush as a patient’s life unfold before their very eyes. Author Nielsen has taken everyday life situations found in the ER and turned them into a medical thriller that defies reasoning. It includes heart wrenching loss and miraculous miracles and the unanswered question why. Just a note here, this is not your typical storyline or plot.

You, the reader will find yourself on the edge of your seat. Just when it is least expected you will find yourself thinking what will happen next. The author is known to throw in a twist or two that keeps the readers guessing. ER Doctor, Jason Corey has it all. Jessica Noble, the love of his life, a great home, friends and a great job. What he doesn’t know is that he would soon question his own mortality. Strange occurrences start happening and Jason finds he had no valid explanation as to why. People return to the living after being pronounced dead while others don’t. Why?

When Jessie becomes ill Jason’s father Arthur finds that Jason’s secret must come full circle with the hope that he can save her. This is when Jason hears directly from his father’s own words about the cloning research he did so many years ago. Could it really be? Will he ever look at life the same way?

You will have to read this unique story to appreciate the author’s ingenious way he blends the real world and history.
— Jacqueline M Piepenhagen - Amazon Jacuqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars

*Captivating and brilliant once again! Doctor Paul Nielsen's second novel, "The Second Son," takes you on a spine-tingling and unexpected path that will leave you shaking your head in amazement. The author's form of writing reaches out to every reader drawing them in instantly. Whether you enjoy a gripping mystery with suspense at the turn of every page, or an intense, tear-jerking romance, you are guaranteed to love this book! *
— Brooke Lee- Amazon Brooke rated it 5 of 5 stars

*We want more! purchased my copy from Amazon as soon as it was available, and finished reading it just a few days later. My husband also finished it quickly, and we agreed it was first rate! We are both fans of medical thrillers, and found The Second Son did not disappoint! The characters are richly painted, and the concept was totally unique and imaginative! I have a request of the author, Dr. Paul Nielsen....when can we read the sequel, please? *
— Mrs. B.K.- Amazon Mrs. B.K. rated it 5 of 5 stars

Excellent Read! This book is a wonderful story and I enjoyed every moment. Wow. Just wow. Every adept ED person has a sixth sense, developed out of need and practice. This book takes it that much further, along with the humanistic, self-limiting angst that we all live under. Written with enough medical jargon to ease those in the trenches, while not overwhelming to the non-medical person. Well done, Paul Nielsen, well done. Enough twists and turns for even the most curve-loving souls, with an ending that both fits, and hurts, at one and the same time. I give it a 5 star and can't wait!!!! for the next one... Will the embryo make an appearance? Will the body return?
— Sandra K. Shockey- Amazon Sandra rated it 5 of 5 stars

You go to the Emergency Room, YOU need immediate medical attention and that is all that matters. Imagine being on the other side of that coin. Life and death decisions need to be made in a split second, the physicians in the ER must remain cool and calm no matter what they are faced with. They have to play “God” in the eyes of the patient’s family, in control and non-hurried, even when every breath is at stake. Dr. Jason Corey is one of those doctors constantly under the gun in Seattle, but something is happening that he cannot explain, his touch is more than just healing. Is he losing his mind? Is there something special about him, something that is being kept from him?

The more he questions, the further he spirals into a world he could never have dreamed of. When the smoke clears, what will he discover? Will his “power” be useful when he needs it most or has this all been a very bad dream?

Paul W. Nielsen, an ER head physician himself, brings the world he lives in day to day to vivid and stark detail, no sugar-coating in his latest medical suspense, The Second Son. Do doctors really feel like gods? Is it possible that one may have good reason to feel that way or has he finally broken under the pressure of his choices? Paul Nielsen piles on twist after twist as his main character makes unbelievable discoveries. Fast-paced, written in a crisp and bold style, enter his world and ask yourself, would I have what it takes or would I splinter under the pressure? Is it Divine Guidance that makes the rules in the Emergency Room or could it be something more scientific?

If the mystery of the medical field, the intrigue of a story well-told and the peeling back of each layer of suspenseful twists are part of your MUST HAVES in your reading, trust me, it’s all here in The Second Son. Miracles, mysteries and unanswered questions make this a phenomenal tale.

I received this copy from Paul W. Nielsen in exchange for my honest review.
—Dianne's Review - GoodReads Dianne rated it 5 of 5 stars

*Just finished reading “The Second Son” and plot and characters were so lifelike. As a former ER director I can vouch that the Representation of the physicians, stresses, and working experiences are true and experienced by anyone that has worked in the ER. The adrenaline rush and substation with tobacco, alcohol, or drugs is all too common. *
—Carl Overmiller's Review - Amazon Carl rated it 5 of 5 stars

This book by Paul W. Nielsen really gives a great insight into what it is like to be an ER doctor. Not scary, like The Cambion, but full of suspense and it definitely keeps you guessing to the very end!
—Becky's Review - GoodReads Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars

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