Do No Evil

Do No Evil


Fiction - Social Issues
338 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2016
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Author Biography

My family fled the Netherlands shortly after the Nazi invasion. During that time, most countries did not accept refugees, and we passed through half a dozen countries before settling in Curacao and later in Aruba. We immigrated to the United States in 1952. I have lived and worked on four different continents.

I am a graduate of Washington & Lee University and the NYU School of Law.

After law school I joined a law firm in New York City. At Washington and Lee I had enrolled in the R.O.T.C program and was called to active duty in 1964. I served in the US Army in Germany, retiring as a captain after my tour of duty. The Secretary of the Army awarded me The Army Commendation Medal for my service. I took an overseas discharge and lived and worked in the Netherlands for many years. On returning to the United States, I joined the US subsidiary of a Chinese company. I am retired now and live in Michigan with my wife, Jan. I have two daughters, five wonderful grandchildren, and two great sons-in-law. Since retiring, I have published three novels and have just finished a fourth. I plan to write one or two books per year. At present I am half way into my fifth book, We All Need An Angel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Do No Evil by Harold J. Fischel is a riveting, mind-blowing story that is both convincing and incredible, well-written and utterly captivating. After his parents’ divorce, all Jason Housten wants is to succeed in his career, and this could mean bad news for the women who fall for him. A woman Jason rescued from a plane, hijacked by terrorists, begins to dream of a life with him. There is his high school sweetheart, Catherine, who’s dying for him as well. But the meeting with Kristy and her eventual love declaration will change everything. Is Jason up for the challenge?

The opening is captivating, uttering engaging, and the reader is immediately drawn in. There is a pounding at the door. Then Jason rushing out to meet Catherine in a very bad shape, telling him that her step-father was about to rape her. The reader already gets interested and wants to know what happened and what would happen next. The writing is flawless, crisp and tight, laced with vivid descriptions will undoubtedly absorb all the reader’s attention. There are very interesting and compelling dialogues, created to read naturally and to offer insights into characterization while moving the plot forward. The plot is the work of a master storyteller, with twists and surprises carefully spread over the entire story. For instance, it’s unthinkable that Jason can look at another woman after the way he is with Catherine. The conflict plays a powerful role in propelling the plot forward and it enhances the dynamics of this fast-paced story. Harold J. Fischel’s Do No Evil is a story laced with symbolism that will entertain readers greatly.

Sefina Hawke

"Hear no evil . . . See no evil . . . Speak no evil . . .” Now there's one more evil to avoid. Do No Evil by Harold J. Fischel is a realistic fiction novel with a genre mix of romance, action, and adventure that will appeal mostly to older teenagers and adults with an interest in action adventure and romance stories. The story follows Jason Housten, a young man raised by his mother, with a millionaire for a father. Jason is driven by his career without concern for the numerous broken hearts he leaves in his wake due to his lack of commitment. This all changes when Jason's flight is hijacked by his neighbor's daughter, Ibby. Jason manages to rescue both Ibby and other females from sexual slavery. This climax forces Jason to choose between the women he currently knows/is seeing.

Do No Evil really surprised me with how it seamlessly included so many different elements together in a way that made for an amazing read. While I enjoyed all of Do No Evil, my favorite part was the beginning when Jason and his mother help Catherine after she flees from her step father, who she at first thought was just supporting her after her mother’s death, but instead was trying to get her drunk in order to force her into sex. Do No Evil is a well written novel with a good plot, romantic developments, character growth, and a well-crafted plot without any holes.

Rabia Tanveer

"Hear no evil . . . See no evil . . . Speak no evil . . . " Now there's one more evil to avoid. Do No Evil by Harold J. Fischel is the perfect example of what happens when you are careless of others' feelings. Some of your innocent decisions can ruin someone’s life too. The story follows Jason Housten, who lived with his mother after his parents got divorced. He is a brilliant man, just like his father. But there is one thing; he leaves a trail of broken hearts behind him. He loves women and then he leaves them. His high school sweetheart is still in love with him. Catherine supports him because she loves him and he does not care for that.

When his neighbor’s daughter, Ibby, is brainwashed to hijack a plane he just happens to be on, Jason had no idea that this single event would be a catalyst for a chain of events that will change his life. He helps Ibby understand the truth and now the poor girl is in love with him. Kristy, the woman he sees casually, has feelings for him and when she tells him this, he is finally forced to recognize what he must do now. He needs to make a choice, but who will he choose?

This is a good novel. I loved the characterization and development of the characters. Jason is a very hard character to like. He was a relatively good man, but some of his attributes just grated and this is the reason why I liked him so much. He is a well-rounded character, he is very human and that makes him relatable. I liked reading his responses because they were real and what most of us would have come up with. This really is a good read and deserves all the praise it can get.