Blog Tour & Review – The Doctor of Aleppo




The Doctor of Aleppo

by Dan Mayland

Publish Date August 11, 2020

by Blackstone Publishing



About the book

In the ancient Silk Road city of Aleppo, a young American woman is sucked into the Syrian civil war engulfing the city. Relentlessly pursued by a Javert-like secret police officer, her only refuge is the rebel hospital run by a renowned surgeon.

In The Doctor of Aleppo, Dan Mayland, author of the bestselling Mark Sava spy novel series, pairs a thriller writer’s sensibilities with a gripping account of good people cruelly trapped in somebody else’s war.






“In The Doctor of Aleppo, Dan Mayland lends a human face and a compelling story to a tragedy too large and complicated for most of us to understand. A harrowing and unforgettable read.” —Dana Haynes, author of St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking


“”Dan Mayland’s The Doctor of Aleppo grips you from the start. His keen storytelling lends insight into war and its brutality through this tale of hope and redemption.” —Judy A. Bernstein, author of Disturbed in Their Nests


”Dan Mayland’s The Doctor of Aleppo turns an unflinching gaze on the reality of modern warfare, fought in neighborhoods rather than a battlefield, where today’s ally is tomorrow’s enemy, and people struggle against all odds to maintain their humanity. A thriller that breaks your heart as it rockets toward its stunning conclusion.” —Gwen Florio, author of Silent Hearts



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My thoughts

Expect the unexpected with this one. What I thought was going to be a considerably weighty read turned out to be so much more. Prepare yourself for an evening of captivating reading that will consume the rest of your day, and night, because you are about to get hooked.

THE DOCTOR OF ALEPPO is my first read by author Dan Mayland, and though I hear he writes a pretty good spy novel, I was not expecting a historical war fiction saga quite as brilliant as this. Based on the true events that occurred in Aleppo between 2012 and 2016 THE DOCTOR OF ALEPPO is a fictional story that follows characters Dr. Sami Hassan, a Syrian surgeon and Hannah, an American aid worker and activist. They meet at the beginning of the novel and continue to come across each other though a gut wrenching journey to save victims of the war.

This fictional story is based on real life interviews that Mayland conducted in Aleppo, and gives a true inside look at what went on in Aleppo and what the residents endured. Although the characters and story line are completely fictional, the historical background is extremely educational and gives the reader a better understanding of the war in Aleppo. The book itself is an excellent drama that pulls you in immediately and moves at such a fast pace it reads like a thriller, giving you that ‘edge of your seat- gripping’ feel. This is exactly what I was NOT expecting, and although it is a 450 page emotional read, you will not want to put it down until you reach the end. This is a very powerful book that makes your heart heavy and will resonate with you long after you finish. A brilliant piece of work that everyone needs to read.

I highly recommend this novel.  I feel it will become a fast favorite amongst critics and a necessary read in the literary world.

I just would like to thank Dan Mayland, TLC Book Tours and Blackstone Publishing for the gifted copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.


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About the Author

Dan Mayland is an author and professional geopolitical forecaster, helping nonprofit, private, and government organizations navigate a changing world. His Mark Sava spy series and his latest novel, The Doctor of Aleppo, were informed by his experiences in the Caspian region and Middle East. Raised in New Jersey, Mayland now lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children, in an old stone farmhouse he and his wife have restored.

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