Thursday, May 8, 2014

Critical Condition by 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-fianc√©" 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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Margie's Comments: "Doc" Mabry has another winner in Critical Condition. Every book I read authored by Richard Mabry is better than the one before. His characters are so real, I feel like I'm going to see them the next time I'm at a hospital. But not only are they real in their personalities, their struggles, their spiritual walk, they deal with real-life situations. This is the first book I've ever read that has a character diagnosed with the same cancer as my mother had—I relived the memory of getting that phone call from her telling me of her diagnosis and treatment through Shannon's experience. I am not trained in the medical field, but my mother was an R.N. and freely shared her knowledge and all the complications that could arise. With that one event in the book, I completely bonded with Shannon and Megan, and I longed to call them up and reassure them they would make it through this one difficult situation. I also appreciate the strong spiritual thread throughout the story, part of each character's makeup. Very well done without beating the reader over the head. Critical Condition is a medical thriller that will sit at the top of my list for a long time to come. I highly recommend it.

1 comment:

Richard Mabry said...

Margie, thanks so much for your review. Glad you enjoyed Critical Condition, and I hope your blog readers will, as well.