Saturday, June 20, 2015

“Fatal Trauma” by Richard Mabry

Fatal Trauma 
by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.    
Medical Fiction
Abingdon Press  

Hang on to your seats! Richard Mabry's latest medical thriller , Fatal Trauma, will have you reading long into the night!

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?

 Meet 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.

Find Richard online: website   
Here is my review of this suspenseful read:
 First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Richard Mabry and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Fatal Trauma" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Fatal Trauma” by Richard Mabry is not my favorite Mabry novel.  First, let me address what I enjoyed about the book:  It is circumstantially suspenseful, and I always learn about the medical profession and terminology when I read Mabry’s work.  I loved the thread of faith that was prominent throughout the novel that encouraged me that God uses imperfect people and He is a God of second chances.  What I didn’t care for were the characters.  They often seemed mechanical and detracted from a well-crafted plot.  The dialogue seemed forced in many instances.  The “love triangle” felt manufactured.

All that said, I would still recommend this book.  Overall, I enjoyed it.  And I encountered a valuable concept that I apparently haven’t learned, yet: we all make mistakes, but God offers grace and forgiveness.  If we are to look like Jesus, we must offer grace and forgiveness to those who wrong us.  Honestly, this lesson made the book a “must read” in my opinion.  Thank you, Dr. Mabry.

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