What looms ahead as Karen Puno and her Labrador Retriever flee a barrier island? As Hurricane Ivan roars towards them, a policeman is about to make a horrible mistake.
Around the central tragedy of the ensuing car crash, there is despair and hope, loss and recovery, guilt and romance; and a world of characters who spring to life. It is through Karen's organ donation that a woman with liver disease may be given a second chance.
But what happens when a feisty female pilot aborts the transplant team's flight? And what outcome befalls the hurricane-battered dog who escapes the crushed metal pile into the blowing sand and gusty wind?
Hurricane Ivan roars towards Pensacola while Karen Puno packs and scrambles to evacuate. She drives off the island in the blowing sand and gusty wind. Here, we join her dog, Putt-Putt’s point of view in this excerpt:
His body leaned forward against the back seats and then he huddled in the left corner as the car descended the bridge. At that moment it wasn’t the weather that created a thunderous explosion and pitched their vehicle leftward off the road and into a pole, but another car, whose front end made ripped canned dog food out of the right side of Karen’s car. The sensory experience overwhelmed him and he peed and he cried and he scampered over piles of boxes and bags inside the car. His back leg didn’t work right, and when he got close to Karen, her head was jammed between the car door and head rest.
He sniffed; she didn’t move. She didn’t acknowledge him, nor could he arouse her. If she awoke, she might be angry he wet the car. No, that would be okay, because what had happened, he sensed, was frightfully wrong.
Voices and sirens now howled in the wind. The metal crunched on the door Karen laid against and from the back window came a blast of air as someone accessed the hatchback window and door. A uniformed man crawled in, shouting. “Ma’am, talk to me!”
Highly recommended by the Midwest Book Review
“It's hurricane season and Hurricane Ivan is bearing down on Karen Puno as she scrambles to flee to safety with her Labrador Retriever. But that's only the beginning of her troubles. Then there is the problem of harvesting organs for transplant and a cascading medical crisis, two teenagers discovering love amidst a hurricane's destructive course, and the fate of a battered dog almost crushed by the hurricane's debris.
A unique work of fiction by a master storyteller, "Outcome" is a deftly written novel that will engage the reader's total attention from beginning to end, making it highly recommended.”
Reviewer, The Midwest Book Review, November 2011
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Review of 'Outcome' by Barbara Ebel
Hi, I have just finished reading 'Outcome' by Barbara Ebel. I did enjoy this book but I do have to say it is written, seemingly by a doctor and it does involve a transplant operation. While it is certainly not a squeamish book, it is full of medical terms and detail that I now feel qualified to do a liver transplant. At times I found it hard to read but I am glad I did as I enjoyed it. It is a very well written book and Barbara Ebel certainly seems to know what she is saying.
It is a very simple story about the family of a woman who is killed in a hurricane, and the family of the recipient of her liver. I won't go into it too much but I do feel a lot of it does stretch the imagination, not with the medical side, but it is set in America so who knows, it could happen. If you are medically minded in any way you would probably enjoy this book.
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Review by: Sandy Wolters on Sep. 16, 2011 :
Beautiful story of the ultimate gift
I really enjoyed this book. There were several story lines that came together beautifully. This story is a testament to organ donation and the lives it can touch. From those who have lost a loved one, to those that are given the miracle of life through that devastating loss.
I really liked the characters, except one that shall remain nameless, as well as the intensity of the situations they find themselves in. The technical scenes in this book were written so brilliantly, that I would not be surprised to learn that the author, Dr. Barbara Ebel, was a trained pilot as well as an anesthesiologist. I came to really care about the characters in this book. and feel with them as well as for them. Okay. I'll admit it. I cried.
This book has something for everyone in it, even dog lovers. I'm not going to tell you anything about Whiskey/Putt-Putt/Sandy. I want this very touching part of the book to unfold for you as it did for me.
If you get a chance to pick up a novel, I recommend this book, Outcome, A Novel, by (Dr) Barbara Ebel. You will not be disappointed. (reviewed within a month of purchase)