Lethal Remedy by Richard Mabry, M.D.
Dr. Sara Miles doesn’t really want to go to her self absorbed ex-husband, Dr. Jack Ingersoll for help, but if she doesn’t young Chelsea will most likely die. He is in charge of the study for a medication trial of the only treatment for Staph luciferus, an infection that makes MRSA look like childs play.
Retired physician, Dr. John Ramsey comes back to medicine following the death of his wife. He is looking for meaning in his presently meaningless existence. What he finds is legal trouble for helping a dying woman, and who knows what kind of trouble from the prick of an improperly disposed of needle.
Dr. Rip Pearson is assisting Sara’s ex in the medication trial. Actually he seems to be doing all the patient work since Dr. Ingersoll is only interested in the parts of the trial that will bring him success and fame.
When patients begin experiencing life threatening delayed reactions from the medication, neither Dr. Ingersoll or Jandra Pharmaceutical want to hear about it. Their medication has been fast-tracked for approval from the FDA and they plan on keeping it that way.
Soon Sara, John, Rip, and their colleague Mark are in a race to save not only the lives of their patients, but their own lives as well. Someone want’s them to drop the investigation and they don’t care who get’s hurt in the process.
This is the fourth book in the Prescription for Trouble Series. Each of the books in this series are easily readable as stand alone novels. The book has a gripping plot and great layering of sub-plots. The characters have depth and by the end of the book the reader feels invested in their lives. The only part that takes a bit of processing is at the beginning when all the medical personnel and conditions are being introduced. Once the reader files all that information away, the book is very difficult to put down.
Dr. Mabry’s novels get better with each new one he writes. I hope he continues to grace us with his stories for a long time to come. This book is worthy of 4.5 Stars.
I received this book for review from the publisher through the netGalley program. All opinions given are my own.
Book of Days by James L. Rubart
Imagine whole chunks of your memory disappearing. Imagine your dad died with the same symptoms. Scary, huh? Now imagine your dad died 8 years ago at age 49. Imagine yourself spiraling into this abyss when you’re only 25. Cameron Vaux doesn’t need to imagine it–he’s living it.
When Cameron’s dad died 8 years ago he warned him that this day would come. He also told him about a book of days where God records every moment of every persons life. He told Cameron that if he can find this book it may cure him. Six years later, on her deathbed after a tragic accident, his wife Jesse tells him the same thing.
Although quite agnostic, Cameron is determined to try anything that may spare him. Jesse’s foster-sister Ann, and Cameron have a cold distant relationship, but she is an investigative reporter so he contacts her for help. She reluctantly agrees, and the story takes off.
This book was hard to put down. It’s the kind of book that can make you stay up until 3AM without noticing. The characters have great depth and the settings are at times beyond description.
James Rubart is one of the best new authors to come onto the fiction scene in quite a while. His meaningful, gripping tales are the product of superb storytelling. His exciting tales contain that extra twist that makes the difference between a good book and a great book.
5 Star Worthy
Freedom’s Stand by J.M. Windle
Aid worker Amy Mallory returns from a trip stateside to find overwhelming and seemingly negative changes to the New Hope Compound. The rescued women have been put to work doing the backbreaking job of carpet-making, the area she secured to give them more living space has been turned into a business, and most troubling to Amy, several of the women have been married off to strangers.
Jamil has found peace traveling the countryside, using his medical skills as a healer and sharing the teachings of Isa Masih (Jesus Christ). When he is unknowingly filmed by a journalist and his faith is broadcast on YouTube for all the world to see, he finds himself behind bars in one of the most notorious prisons in all of Afghanistan. He is accused of apostasy, and all Afghans know the penalty for apostasy is death.
Condor Security operative Steve Wilson thought he had seen the last of Afghanistan and is busy planning an extended tropical beach vacation. When the young son of the friend who took over his assignment is diagnosed with Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant Steve insists on filling in so the family can be together at this crucial time. If only Steve could find something to do that would fill his life with purpose…
The Afghan people still live without freedom ten years after the ousting of the Taliban. Regardless of outside intervention the country seems bent on destroying and imprisoning itself from within. Is there any real hope of freedom? Of love? Can anyone make a difference?
Freedom’s Stand is the completion of the tale begun in Veiled Freedom. While it’s possible to read the story alone, you will miss the depth of the story if you try to do so. This story is both riveting any meaningful. Many times you will find yourself on the edge of your seat, and yet you will also find your heart aching for the lives and love of the Afghan people. This is an important story that tells what life is like behind the news headlines.
The author, Jeanette Windle, has done her research well, including an under the radar trip to Afghanistan. In fact, her research is so detailed that it has prompted government agencies to question whether she has seen classified information. She brings this world of to life through her understanding of what it is like to work and live as a missionary in the “Hot Zones” of the world.
This book, and actually both books in this series, are five-star quality. I would highly recommend picking up a copy of both Veiled Freedom and Freedom’s stand to add to your collection of fine literature.