The Euthanist: Alex Dolan
You have just been given a diagnosis that is a death sentence. Some illnesses have no cure and therefore the end result is death. Others might be forestalling with treatments and yet some might be too painful to endure. There are many who opt out of life and decide that they cannot deal with what lies ahead. They might decide to enlist the aid of a doctor or euthanist to assist in what some call a physician-assisted suicide or doctor-assisted dying suicide or mercy killing. This type of death means to take the person’s life by their consent and it is a deliberate action with the intent to end their pain. But, what happens when the person is in a coma and cannot speak for themselves and someone wants to end their suffering? What happens if this person would rather fight for life and has no voice? This type of death is against the law in many countries. Believe it or not within the USA and UK this type of death will give the person assisting 14 years in prison even though it is subtitled voluntary euthanasia.
Kali chose to help those she felt were in deed find their peace in death. But, what she did not expect was to get caught. Seeing a man named Leland for several weeks and learning about him from what she thought were his medical records little did she suspect that when the time came to end his life she would be on the receiving end of something that she would never forget. Just as she was about to inject the patient the patient clamped down on her and the positions were reversed. Kali the goddess of death was now handcuffed to a filthy bed and made prisoner. Told that he was a cop and showing her a badge that could have been fake he hoped to get her to confess. But, Kali is smart, resourceful and not easily fooled and as far a confession it was a long way off before she would give in. Just who is Leland? What exactly does he want with Kali and why didn’t he arrest her and call in back up you just won’t believe? Chained to a bed and not able to move her captor made sure she suffered many indignities before giving her an ultimatum she could not refuse. Why not do what you do best and take the life of someone that I have chosen? Why not read over the information, use the syringe he provided and kill someone by the name of Helena Mumm and make her passage to the other world easier. But, when Kali realizes that he was able to invade her past, get hold of her accounts and learns where she lives, she has no choice but to go along with what he wants. Meeting the woman she realizes right away that something is wrong and instead of providing her with the fatal shot she gives her some pills to relax, fall asleep and then what happens allows readers to get into the mind of Kali and learn more about her job as a firefighter and the organization and people that hire her out for mercy killings. Jeffrey Hunt is the man that runs this organization with the help of a man named Morton and a lawyer they
Kali justifies in her own mind that what she is doing is not premeditated murder but helping someone to die with dignity. Leland Moon is the man who takes her captive and their story begins with his ultimatum but it’s far from over when she finally finds her way to Jeff Hunt, meets with a victim of abuse related to Helen Mumm and her brother Walter who took this young girl or child at the time named Cindy and not only tortured her and her siblings but buried her sister alive hoping to teach them all a lesson. This novel brings to light the issue of Euthanasia and whether it should be legalized but just how different is it from when someone pulls the life support in a hospital when the doctors deem their diagnosis as hopeless?
Kali is strong, smart and yet fails in many respects as the mistakes she makes, the disguises she employs are often detected by those she meets plus being able to avoid arrest for so long. When she winds up at Jeffrey Hunt’s house it does not dawn on her that she is putting his 2 daughters in danger and when forced to leave and give up her worldly possessions including her clothes, cell phone and credit cards just how will she survive and will Leland find her and inflict the threats he made before escaping him? When Kali winds up alone and then gets lured into a trap she winds up face to face with Leland, his wife and son Veda who was kidnapped by Helena and Walter. The truth about her past is revealed and we learn about the fire that killed her mother, her stepfather’s cruelty and the reason she is so alone. Although she is close to Jeffery Hunt the kind of warmth she needs and emotional attachment is not there. But, when face to face with Leland, FBI, his wife a lawyer and his son, Veda she is given another choice to wipe the criminal slate clean. Is killing someone who is terminal wrong? Is killing someone that is evil and deserves to die right? Is involuntary Euthanasia right? Revenge is at the heart of this novel as the reason why Leland wanted Helena dead is because of what she and Walter did to Veda. Living a life sheltered and yet cleverly manipulating Kali, Leland’s second trade is quite unique. Saying he would come with Kali to see a client and she would have to learn more about his work. Do you think that’s a fair trade? There are many moral issues that come into play within this complex novel as author Alex Dolan allows readers to hear the innermost thoughts of Kali as she quantifies her actions, relates to Leland and expresses her opinion and hopes that he doesn’t kill her and makes readers pause for thought as you have to decide if what she is doing is justified or not? Is torturing okay? Is inflicting pain on someone that is not guilty to get information right? An EMT who does assisted suicides on the side! Meets with clients, talks over their issues, explains the process and then makes sure they agree or want to die. Revenge is just the tip of the iceberg as Leland blackmails her, uses her past and plays at her weaknesses to force her to get even with the people who kidnapped his son? Does Helena deserve to die?
Creating Walter and Helena was masterful as we hear both of their voices when interacting with Kali, justifying their actions and trying to compel readers to understand their motives for stealing and kidnapping children. But, they did not embrace their role as parents. They used it to take out their own frustrations and shortcomings by abusing the very thing they wanted most in life: A child!
Kali and Leland come to an unusual understanding as she agrees to take on something that would ordinarily be the usual to her but not in this case. Leland wants revenge he can taste it and only Kali can bring him the closure he feels he deserves by ridding the world of the reason his son is so ill and disturbed. But, who is right or who is wrong in this case? Kali and her role as a euthanist or Leland and his role as an FBI agent along with 2 fellow agents breaking hard fast rules and laws asking Kali to do exactly what he threatened to incarcerate her for in order to gain her freedom? Moral issues and moral values are at the heart of this novel and you the reader when you read the final ending, seeing the final fate of those involved and learn what happened to the children that were stolen will have to decide: Is Kali Guilty of: Murder or Compassion? You the reader have a hard choice to make but not before you read The Euthanist!
The ending is quite compelling the final fate of those involved will surprise readers as Kali realizes that her choices in life might change, Teemer and Leland need to face realities, Veda comes face to face with his fears and the outcome will change many lives but the end result will leave readers wondering: What’s next for Kali? Who lives, who dies? What is the true definition of revenge and was it achieved? The Euthanist: Dealing with a topic that is quite controversial but the author presents it in a way that will help readers understand both sides of the coin and you will have to decide if Euthanasia whether voluntary, involuntary, passive or active is murder or freedom from pain!
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