Monday, May 5, 2014

Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

Critical Condition, Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

About the book: Dr. Frasier couldn't save the gunshot victim on her front lawn. Now she's fighting for her own life.
It began as a quiet dinner party honoring Dr. Shannon Frasier's colleague, but became a nightmare when a man was shot on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar episode a decade ago. Then a midnight call from her sister, Megan, causes Shannon to fear that her sister is on drugs again.
Her "almost-fiancé" Dr. Mark Gilbert's support only adds to Shannon's feelings of guilt, since she can't bring herself to fully commit to him. She turns for help to her pastor-father, only to learn that he's just been diagnosed with leukemia. Shannon thought it couldn't get any worse. Then the late-night, threatening phone calls begin, the rough voice asking, "What did he say before he died?"
With everything around her in a critical state, simply staying alive will require all the resources and focus Shannon has.

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About the Author: A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of four critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader's Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

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MY REACTION: Richard Mabry, MD combines the pace of a crime thriller and the equally stressful world of medicine with a well crafted, complex personal story of Dr. Shannon Frasier.  All three worlds collide the evening Shannon finds a victim of a fatal gun shot wound on her lawn.  Despite all her medical training, she cannot save him, and the flashbacks to a eerily similar event a decade has her again questioning her life as a physician. Within hours, she receives a phone call from her sister, begging for yet another personal rescue.  Could her sister's newest trouble have something to do with the stranger on Shannon's lawn?  

I enjoy medical suspense books, why I am not sure.  Perhaps it is because I know so little about medicine and so I am a more forgiving reader of that subject.  I recommend Richard L. Mabry's books if you like that genre or want to give it a try.  Shannon's boyfriend (almost fiancee) lends a realistic, solid component to this novel, and yet his role is quiet, almost fading into the background.  Only when you think about him do you see his importance.  I leave it for you to discover if Shannon feels the same way.

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse and Thomas Nelson publishing for my honest review.  I want to thank them and Dr. Mabry for the opportunity to read this novel.

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