Paramedic to the Prince

Drive by shootings, drug overdoses, and multi car accidents as a paramedic, he thought he had seen it all, until he answered a small job advertisement that changed his life forever Welcome to the mysterious world of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the most fundamentalist Islamic countries on the globe Working as a paramedic at the only Level One trauma center in theDrive by shootings, drug overdoses, and multi car accidents as a paramedic, he thought he had seen it all, until he answered a small job advertisement that changed his life forever Welcome to the mysterious world of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of the most fundamentalist Islamic countries on the globe Working as a paramedic at the only Level One trauma center in the Middle East, he found his skills and knowledge tested to the limit on a daily basis Later recruited to the medical team of Crown Prince Abdullah Ibin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the now reigning King of Saudi Arabia, he was drawn into a world of palaces and princes, limousines and Learjets His adventure had only begun This is a riveting, factual account of an American paramedic s extraordinary experience inside a country seldom seen by the outside world This book is a must read.
Paramedic to the Prince Drive by shootings drug overdoses and multi car accidents as a paramedic he thought he had seen it all until he answered a small job advertisement that changed his life forever Welcome to the myst

  • Title: Paramedic to the Prince
  • Author: Patrick (Tom) Notestine
  • ISBN: 9781424158966
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Paramedic to the Prince”

    1. Firstly the Saudi Royals aren't like other Royal Families. Given that Ibn Saud, the founder of the modern house of Saud, had 45 sons (no one knows how many daughters as females are irrelevant) that would make the Royals a huge clan to start with. Since the men can have four wives each (at a time, divorcing them as and when someone more appealing comes along) the breeding capacity is vast. The latest figure I read was that there are around 15,000 royals of which 2,000 are multi-millionaires and h [...]

    2. An interesting story of a fascinating country, its people and customs. Unevenly told and with a touch of arrogant superiority at times. There's a lot of talk of the riches one can amass as an expat (tax free income, many gratuities, free lodging, etc). As a reader, I got the impression that as time went on, the author himself became a bit spoiled and entitled but throughout his experience he's a man of integrity and hard work who respects the people and their customs, while loving their country [...]

    3. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's obvious from the writing style that it's actually written by the paramedic, versus a ghost writer, and I liked that about it. The writing style is that of a guy sitting around telling stories. It hops all over the place in no particular order and uses phrases like "it was a zillion degrees," but I think that made me like the book that much more. It's an easy and light read, with only a few sentences here and there about horrible things (the way women and anim [...]

    4. Really nice to have a book that doesn't pontificate or dispense viewpoints and simply lets us judge for ourselves. A fascinating (and somewhat disturbing) POV of Saudi Arabia.

    5. Readers wanting a crash course in expat life in Saudi Arabia will find this book helpful. Though lacking in structure, the book's humorous anecdotes kept me interested, especially the author's accidental visit to Mecca and his stories of working in various Saudi Arabian hospitals. His personal experiences during the time he served as medic to the Crown Prince are intriguing. Not many people can say they’ve joined world leaders as they convened on yachts and stayed at various palatial estates. [...]

    6. I loved this and hated this all at the same time. I read it on the Kindle, and the editing was absolutely horrible. Not just your usual error, either--whole syntax errors. That's enough to drive me nutst I know so very little about this subject, and the author's experience is so unique--privy to the life of a prince in Saudi Arabia--even getting to see Mecca and the Kabala as a non-Muslim.Yet I couldn't help but get hung up on the author's voice, which really came through loud and clear--I think [...]

    7. I'm not quite halfway through and it's starting to get boring. It was intriguing at first, but now it's getting pretty slow. And the grammatical errors are rampant! I think Notestine has an interesting story to tell, but he needs a better editor!

    8. Fascinating look into paramedic practices in Saudi Arabia and frustrations it brought to an American trained paramedic. Interesting look into the life of the Saudi royal family. The book suffered from poor grammar here and there; the kindle edition desperately needs a good editor.

    9. Sometimes you come across a book online (in this case while looking up books similar to In the Land of Invisible Women, although I was hoping for better writing) and it looks really interesting. A great cover -- in this case the blue one -- and a story about a culture you're curious about.Sometimes it is easy to find a copy of that book, so your curiosity is quickly sated. Sometimes you can't find a copy anywhere -- neither of the library systems in your town have it; it's not available on the b [...]

    10. The ability to self-publish books has certainly increased reader's exposure to previously undiscovered fields of work and play, but without the critical eye of a well-meaning editor some texts become painful, and Paramedic To The Prince is one such book. It is an unstructured, one-dimensional, chronologically challenged account of an American paramedic's decade long life in Saudi Arabia. I really wanted to like this book but was defeated by tortuous syntax, grammar and the random paragraphs. The [...]

    11. I don't even know how rate this book. If I were to rate it on writing style, spelling, editing, and typos, it would get one star, if that. If I were to rate it on interesting stories and learning more about Saudi Arabia, it would get a 4. The first part of the book about his life as a paramedic in a hospital in Saudi and later to the prince is fascinating. The latter half of the book where he just rambles his opinions about Saudi life in general is less so. I think a good editor good have taken [...]

    12. I had a hard time putting this one down. The Saudi culture isry different from ours. Reading this book was like coming upon a bad car accident - you know you should look away but just can't.The author tells many fascinating anecdotes but I was wishing his editor had tightened up the writing. The stories jumped around a bit and at times it wasn't clear which person he was speaking of.I'm hoping to find out what Mr. Notestine has done since leaving Saudi - did he become a lawyer? How does he feel [...]

    13. This was a fascinating perspective on daily life in Saudi Arabia for a paramedic who worked there for nearly a decade, both in a hospital and on the staff of Crown Prince Abdullah, both before and after September 11. the author notes that he has a love-hate relationship with the country and spent most of his time in an emergency room, but it was still a fascinating perspective and an engaging, quick read.

    14. I always say this is one of the best books I've ever read. It taught me so much about Saudi Arabia. I'm going to read it a second time because it was so good!

    15. A gripping storyOne that I could well connect, as I palso went through many of the same experiences in Saudi Arabia during the 1970 -1980 era. I went back in the 90s and it was so different. The whole relationship seemed changing toward Americans and it appears to have continued to worsen. I still remember fondly of relationships, cultures and geographic aspects that were unique.

    16. Witty, informative with frightening ending.I enjoy a book so much when author has a good writing style and gets a firm grip on the reader from the beginning. After terrorist strikes within Saudi Arabia went from bad to worse, I would have liked more details on how he got out of the country and more about his wife.

    17. The book was great observation of an American who lived in KSA for multiple times. Here are some of my remarks about it.In p. 15 there is was 20% of the national guard personnel went AWOL!! during 1st gulf War. I don't believe that rumor is true, and it doesn't make sense, if it was right everyone in Saudi would know some stories regards that incident. The yacht voyage stories and the prince later (king) guards behaviors was something I was shocked to learn about, also the story of Saddam's Yach [...]

    18. I read this book on my Kindle initially thinking it wouldn't be great as it was pretty cheap however that couldn't have been further from the truth. There isn't a story or a plot as such as it's a non-fictional book; the story of a man who takes off from the States and lands himself in a completely different world in Saudi Arabia. I found some of the things Notestine wrote about to be really fascinating about the lifestyle connected with the wealthy people in Saudi (whether or not I should take [...]

    19. An engaging assortment of stories. The book lacked a direction, although each chapter seemed to revolve around a particular theme. Stories are interspersed among each other, sometimes quite randomly and without setup.Paramedic to the Prince is a decent idea of a story. However, it doesn't have the clarity and depth to really bring it to the next level. If the book was a work of fiction, using a paramedic in Saudi Arabia during this time period, it would be very intriguing. In a fictional account [...]

    20. The author leaves his EMT duties in the US to go to the Middle East (prior to 9/11). He finds that in Saudi hospitals ER units, the EMTs have much more responsibility: performing triage, making treatment decisions, etc. Because of the culture, many decisions are not made, but left to Allah to determine if the person should live or die. Because of this, however, Tom gains much valuable experience as well as the trust and respect of the staff. He is given the opportunity to work at the Palace, as [...]

    21. This book is not really well-written, but if you can get past that and read for the content, this book provides the unique experience of the author--an intriguing look at his life as a paramedic at a hospital and then to a Saudi prince.While I do not agree with some of his opinions regarding paramedic practices in Saudi Arabia, I was fascinated by his account of life as a member of a Saudi prince's medical team. Honestly, in the 9 years that I've lived in Saudi Arabia, I've never met any member [...]

    22. I bought this book from because it's not available in the Philippines. It took me over a month to receive the copy, but it didn't disappoint me. I was hooked. can't put the book down. I wanted to finish it and I did finally!Reading the book has made me realize how lucky I am to be Filipino, even though they consider us as third class citizens. That even though they say the Philippine government is corrupt, there are far more worst corrupt countries that we didn't know of; and being born female [...]

    23. This was an illuminating look into Saudi Arabia through the eyes of an American contract employee working as a paramedic in the desert country. The book reads like the author is talking to you. The grammar isn't perfect, but it's not so bad that it detracts from the book. I was surprised by how interested I was in learning about the paramedic field; definitely not a job for the feint of heart. And yes, I was aware of women's lack of freedoms (at least from a Western perspective), but I was still [...]

    24. I read this book after reading three other newer books set in Saudi Arabia, one non-fiction and two fiction. The fiction books were slow-paced mysteries written in the past few years by Zoe Ferraris, who was married to a Saudi and lived 12 years in Saudi Arabia. The other was In the Land of Invisible Woman, the story of a Pakistani-British woman doctor who worked in KSA for several years. These three books gave me a good background into KSA in the past 15 years, so I had a good basis for reading [...]

    25. Saudi Arabia has always been a mysterious land, probably for me. The bedouin culture, hospitality etc. has always been an interesting aspect of their society. I got more interested in knowing about the middle east from the last book i read by Mailha Masood. Tom has kept the book interesting, describing his tenure in the National Guard hospital, the palace and now King Faisal hospital.From what i had read in the reviews that there as parts where the reader could be shaken, with the incidents of b [...]

    26. An American paramedic goes to Saudi Arabia to earn some tax-free money and experience this incredibly different culture. An insider's look at Saudi culture. Notestine is very blunt when stating facts about Saudi customs and extremism. However, I never felt like he was judging the country or it's people. He certainly didn't agree with many of their beliefs, but he didn't put them down for it. He approached touchy subjects about the treatment of women and Americans as "just the way it is". Written [...]

    27. Very very interesting book. Tom is a paramedic in the U.S. but goes to Saudi Arabia for a decade.He works in several hospitals there, and also in the Palace for the Prince which were really someinteresting stories. I found myself reading alot of this book out loud to my husband. Tom started hiswork before 9-11 and remained there for some time after. He arrived there as a paramedic and quicklyfound out he would be doing doctors work immediately.ny interesting situations and a good insight on how [...]

    28. It was just about the right temperature for turning grapes into sultanas, until finally the aircon kicked in.They kill 90 sheep a day to feed everybody at a desert camp; it has to be done halal, so there are butchers on site.In both cases, these people think that their mess will be cleared by invisible hands. All their lives, their dirt has been swept up by an immigrant worker.It is a repressive, unhappy way of looking at life, which can easily make the bravest woman feel ashamed of her own exis [...]

    29. Poorly written!It could've been a very interesting read but it's been written extremely poorly. Grammatical errors and abrupt beginnings and endings made it so difficult for me to finish reading this book. The narrative suddenly changes to the present tense in the last fourth of the book. No continuity whatsoever. Awful editing and proofreading to boot! I would not recommend this book.

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