Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fatal Trauma by Richard Mabry, M.D. (Review)

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; 1 edition (May 19, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630881160

  • It began with Dr. Mark Baker facing a gunman who had nothing to lose. It could end with him behind bars.

     In the Emergency Room, Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson stand at the mercy of a gunman who declares, "If he dies, everyone here dies." At the end of the evening three men lie dead. One of them is a police officer Mark and a surgeon, Dr. Anna King, couldn't save. The other two are members of the feared Zeta drug cartel, and their threat of revenge puts the lives of Mark, Kelly, and others at risk.

     It isn't long before the shootings begin, and Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. Because of Kelly's growing love for Mark, she is hurt when he turns to his high school sweetheart, now an attorney, for help.

     Who is the shooter? And can Mark find out before he becomes the next victim?

    My Review:

    I did not enjoy reading this book as much as previous books by this author. For some odd reason I did not connect with the characters. They felt flat and underdeveloped. The book plot itself was good. The premise was interesting. The faith element was there. The romance was just okay. I did not feel it. The suspense/mystery part was okay. It did not hold my attention all the way through like his books normally do. I did appreciate the twist at the end. The conclusion did tie the book up perfectly. I really do like this author's works. I suggest a new reader start with the Prescription for Trouble series. It is one of my favorites for the genre.

    I'm a retired physician, who got into non-medical writing after the death of my first wife with my book, THE TENDER SCAR: LIFE AFTER THE DEATH OF A SPOUSE. I'm gratified that it continues to help those who have lost a loved one.

    From that point, I moved into writing fiction. Thus far I've had seven novels of medical suspense published: CODE BLUE, MEDICAL ERROR, DIAGNOSIS DEATH, and LETHAL REMEDY were the first four. The second and third books listed were named finalists for the ACFW Carol Award and Romantic Times' Best Inspirational Novel respectively, and LETHAL REMEDY won the Selah Award.

    Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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