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Mike Silvers, a busy neurosurgeon with more than his share of clinical triumphs, is haunted by those patients he couldn’t cure.
Erin Gustino, the youngest daughter of a wealthy and influential family, suffers an awful brain injury. Mike saves her life. But healing from her physical wound is a walk in the park compared to recovering from her psychological trauma. Erin’s desperate parents turn to Jane, the child’s favorite teacher, for help.
Jane McCorvey, twenty-something and full of life, takes Erin under her wing. She’d been told that she’d never have kids of her own. Jane's world comes crashing down, when, after a seizure, Mike diagnoses her with brain cancer. At the same time, she discovers she is three months pregnant. Mike insists her best chance for long-term survival is to terminate the pregnancy.
“It’s an extraordinary conundrum that Arginteanu delicately portrays … Philosophically rich … Arginteanu brings to life a moving story that tackles profound questions. It’s an engrossing tale that’s intellectually provocative and emotionally affecting.” --Kirkus Reviews
“A complex tapestry of lives intersecting in the wake of tragedy and ambition… a profound meditation on the essence of what truly matters in life… Jane's journey culminates in a poignant decision, reflecting the novel's exploration of sacrifice, love, and the paths we choose. Each character is portrayed with striking realism… showcasing Arginteanu's insightful writing and adding depth and authenticity to the narrative… reflects life's unpredictable journey and the unexpected ways people can become integral to our stories… This thoughtfully crafted tale resonates with truth and emotion, a testament to the intricate and often surprising nature of human connections.” --Literary Titan
“A found family faces a bevy of moral and interpersonal dilemmas in the thoughtful novel of Paint and Pancakes. [The characters’] differing approaches to the world … illuminate the far-reaching, communal effects of brain injury and disease. This sense of a widespread connection and dysfunction that is undergirded by medical trauma … leads to [the characters’] coalescing into one big found family unit for support.” --Foreword Clarion Reviews.
In addition to being an author, Dr. Arginteanu is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai in New York City and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology (Neuroscience) at Florida International University
#1 New Release in Neuropsychology on Kindle
They say that you only use 10 % of your brain. While that’s not even in the right ballpark, it is accurate to say that your brain has massive untapped potential. The Mind Unlocked: Neurological, Nutritional and Behavioral Paths to Free Your Brain’s Potential will reveal how the latest neurobiological research on such things as nutrition, sleep and exercise can keep the magnificent machine inside your skull humming along like a Ferrari.
Decades of neurosurgical experience have convinced me there’s more going on inside your brain than can be explained by a bunch of electrochemical signals buzzing around unfathomably complex neural circuits. Your mind is more than a gelatinous, three-pound, biologic machine, it’s a fountain of consciousness. The Mind Unlocked describes a combination of ancient observations, mental hacks and the latest neuro-tech advances to propel past physical and mental obstacles and achieve your full cerebral potential.
And then, The Mind Unlocked will peer into the future for a glimpse of the designer mind, which may be the Holy Grail. Once the domain of science fiction, mechanically or chemically altering the Divine handiwork may be within our reach. A legion of Dr. Frankensteins are popping up with promises to deliver superhuman mental abilities. But no tree’s branches can reach heaven without roots that cling to hell. In The Mind Unlocked you’ll glimpse a vision (perhaps dystopian) of augmented human consciousness.
Decades of neurosurgical practice and years of teaching equipped me to conceive this book. It distills my experiences and the experiences of the patients I’ve treated, along with the science to back it all up, to make for a fascinating and enlightening read.
2023 Firebird Book Awards winner in three categories (Paranormal, Horror and Thriller)
2023 Kirkus Reviews "Indies Worth Discovering"
Azazel’s Public House is a dive bar in Staten Island, the New York City borough best known for its mountainous garbage dump, and it's run by Pete, who happens to be a lot more than just the manager.
Pete’s ever-seeking spirit gallops on the foul stench that wafts from the Dump and torments the good people of Staten Island. But Pete's had his fill of outer-borough provincial life and is gunning for a promotion. To land the new gig, he’s got to impress the man downstairs. He needs a couple of big scores and lucky for him, Staten Island is oozing with potential for evil.
Carl and Anthony, two teenage buddies who share a bond that goes deeper than friendship, deeper even than blood, may be just the ticket. Pete descends upon them in a desolate lot. He orchestrates a depraved act of violence and betrayal, which sends him cruising towards his promotion.
The only person standing in Pete's way is a skinny teenage misfit named Gina, who Pete laughs off as a pushover. But when Gina and Pete collide, all hell’s going to really break loose.
Arginteanu’s prose throughout is vivid and colorful, and he keeps his narrative bubbling with interest by filling it with a large cast of well-defined characters… The author does a remarkably skillful job at mixing casual brutalities of life with the uplifting qualities of existence that stubbornly persist… A grim but thoroughly enjoyable tale set amid urban horrors. --Kirkus Reviews
I've read books about demons living in the bowels of churches, cemetery graves, and the attics of old, crusty homes. But this is the first book I’ve read about a demon running a local bar… What I liked most about this book was Dr. Arginteanu’s creation of vivid characters… believable individuals participating in an unbelievable series of events… Azazel’s Public House is peppered with enough humor to have made me laugh out loud… But this is no comedy… Pete is a nasty piece of work, and he does his best to tempt his unwary prey into a life of evil… Dr. Arginteanu captures the essence of the Staten Island neighborhood during the 1980s. --Online Book Club
Arginteanu is an adept storyteller who aptly describes life in Staten Island in the 1980s and skillfully sucks readers into this dark drama. The characters are believable and multidimensional, but not necessarily likable… the story keeps readers turning the pages. Those looking for an atmospheric horror tale set in the 1980s will find the plot engrossing. --BlueInk Reviews
Azazel ’s Public House is a truly original read which plays with the notions of good and evil, the negative psychic influence of others on our minds, and the personal responsibility we have to fight for good… Arginteanu uses vibrant and immersive language to draw readers into the story… For fans of occult fiction, this book is for you. -- Book Excellence
A top 100 Amazon Kindle in 3 Categories (90-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Murder and 90 Minute Literature and Fiction)
When a deadly drug floods the streets of Staten Island, one of Felix’s patients falls victim. The only woman with the skills to design a drug like that had sworn she’d given up the life. Felix needs to know for sure. The trail to find her runs through a New York where taverns vanish, shoe salesmen ignore what you want and give you what you need, nightclubs take only bullion and refrigerator doors open into other worlds.
A story at the intersection of a murder most foul, a drug dealer grappling with quantum entanglement and a neurosurgeon who thinks he’s Sherlock Holmes. Throw in an angry girlfriend and a genius scientist who disco dances in stiletto heels and you’re in for a wild ride.
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