Paul Michael Buck

Genres
  • Fiction & Literature
  • Health & Medicine
  • Thrillers

Paul Michael Buck

Paul Michael Buck is the writer in me. I'm a doctor; Family Practice and Cardiac Rehab. I've written a Health Book and "His Good Friends" is my first work of fiction, a thriller. The chief character in the book was inspired by a good friend of mine, the late novelist Leonard Bishop.
I've marched with Dr. KIng, protested two wars in Washington D.C., and have served as Executive Director of my state's healing arts board. My wife recently had a double lung transplant and I spend a good  ...See more >


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"Pope is no seasoned Cold War agent or hard-boiled detective; he's a curmudgeon who frequently needs to go to the bathroom. Anything having to do with a computer needs to be explained to him. The novelty of seeing him interact with the modern world lends him an amiable air... A breezy, unpolished thriller with a digestible plot and a likable protagonist."

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Hometown Herington, Kansas

Favorite author Joseph Heller

Favorite book The Ginger Man

Day job Physician

Favorite line from a book "Don't give me any of that Latin bullshit, I've got a resurrection going here."

Favorite word benign

Unexpected skill or talent learning languages

Passion in life Writing


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

THRILLERS
Pub Date:
Page count: 174pp

A struggling writer gets caught up in crime in this New York City–based thriller from debut author Buck.

Esteemed, aging novelist Norman Pope suffers from the emotional weight of two past marriages, nagging prostate problems, persistent bunions and, perhaps most devastatingly of all, writer’s block. Unable to get any of his old writing juices flowing, Pope counsels a group of would-be writers in what is collectively called the Novel Club. When a well-liked member of the group goes missing, a search begins that ultimately entails murder, corporate crime and Pope becoming a wanted man. With no one but his club members and an old poet friend available to help him, he winds his way through the city as he’s simultaneously pursued by powerful bad guys and the NYPD. Pope is no seasoned Cold War agent or hard-boiled detective; he’s a curmudgeon who frequently needs to go to the bathroom. Anything having to do with a computer needs to be explained to him. The novelty of seeing him interact with the modern world lends him an amiable air, even if his story needs a solid edit. The book suffers from a peppering of typos that can halt otherwise tense moments. When one character remarks about the importance of a key being where he needs it to be, he says: “That key had better there.” Frequent scenes involving food and coffee-drinking don’t add much to the storyline, although the swift plotting is enjoyably paced. The last chapter ties everything together perhaps a little bit too tightly, but watching Pope adapt to the world around him holds its own reward.

A breezy, unpolished thriller with a digestible plot and a likable protagonist.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

A MODERN CANDIDE (Unpublished)
Literature

If the 18th. century philosopher Voltaire came back, he'd just might view our 21st. century world through the eyes of Kent Mullins, a poisoned young man desperately searching for the antidote that would save his life. Kent's race with death blends non-stop action with a collection of some of the most interesting and picaresque characters you'll ever meet: a cellblock of psychopathic killers, a lovesick psychiatrist, an animal-loving Jesus, a self-indulgent TV diva, a Dolly Parton impersonator, a fanatic religious leader bent on using a supercomputer to conquer the world, and more. Unique in style and scope, the novel assails hypocrisy and cruelty with the sharp barbs of satire and humor. Hang on, this adventurous ride is wild and bumpy.
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LIVE THIN, LIVE LONG
Non fiction Health

A doctor's guide for losing weight, keeping it off, staying healthy and living longer.

Published:
ISBN: 0-97624-713-5
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THE REMSKY PORTRAIT (Unpublished)
Thriller

Pete Barnes a successful art thief with a knack for forging masterpieces gives up the life of crime to paint his own masterpieces. Settling in Switzerland, Pete falls in love with the beautiful Carly Sims, who eerily reminds of his first love Jenny who died of meningitis. Pete is thrust back into the world of crime when Carly is kidnapped. To get Carly back, Pete must steal the Remsky Portrait, a hi-tech work of art, from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The planned exchange of Carly for the portrait goes awry when the Russian Mafia interferes, and Pete and Carly find themselves on the run from kidnappers and the Russians. The stakes elevate considerably when an unknown entity marks Pete and Carly for assassination. Surviving several close encounters while chased across two continents, Pete discovers that Carly is not who he through she was, that love is not easy and that the Remsky Portrait is anything but a work of art.
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