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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fatal Trauma

About the author:
A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of seven 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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About the book:
Fatal Trauma (Abingdon Press, May 2015)

A gunman who has nothing to lose faces a doctor who could lose it all to prove his innocence.

When Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson are held at the mercy of a dangerous gunman, the lives of every emergency room patient are at stake. At the end of the evening three men are dead. One of them is a police officer who couldn't be saved despite Mark's best efforts. The other two are members of the feared Zeta drug cartel.

Though the standoff is over, the killing is not, because when the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor.

At the height of the conflict, three questions remain: Who is the shooter? Who will the next victim be? And can Mark prove his innocence before the gun turns on him?

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My Thoughts:
I always hate to give an author anything less than a stellar review, but Fatal Trauma fell a little flat for me.  The story read for me like a second installment in a series.  The reader is dropped right in the middle of Mark's relationship with Kelly with little backstory given.  The whole time I was reading, I had questions that weren't answered about them both.
With that said, Mabry knows how to write a story with twists and turns that you don't see coming and an ending that was completely unexpected.  I just couldn't connect with the characters and some of the scenerios were a little far fetched to feel genuine.  Don't count Mabry's writing out though...I've read other novels by him. This one just isn't his very best writing in my opinion.

Fatal Trauma Richard Mabry

Happy Reading Ya'll,