Saturday, April 13, 2013

Stress Test by Dr. Richard Mabry

Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life as a surgeon in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left the hospital at 2 a.m. have no such plans—they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt’s only thought is fleeing with his life. He does escape, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he’s being charged with murder.
Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors after her last relationship. But when Matt calls, she knows she can’t walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.
Matt’s career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he’s a killer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth—and the faith to keep going—will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.

Ever since 2010 when Dr. Mabry released his first novel in the “Prescription for Trouble” series, I have waited patiently for each title to make its way to the bookstore so that I could read the newest novel all in one day.  At the end of the series, I was saddened, not sure what I was going to be reading next.  And then, “Stress Test” was released.  Nothing like a 5 hour car ride to put a dent in any great novel.

Dr. Matt Newman has finally taken the step to close one door in his medical profession and open a new one in the local teaching hospital.  His future plans include a more relaxed working routine and more time with his fiancĂ©.  That is, until he is kidnapped from the hospital parking garage.  Keeping his wits about him, he is able to escape from his kidnappers.  Unfortunately, he ends up waking up in the very same hospital he’s set to begin work in.  Due to a head injury during the kidnapping, when he is brought into the hospital, no one knows who he is.  It doesn’t take long, though, for the police to track him down as his identification was found with a dead woman’s body.  Without being able to present good evidence of what happened to him during the kidnapping, Matt is forced to hire Sandra Murray to help him defend his case.  After turning to his fiancĂ©, he finds that she is trying to distance herself from Matt and his troubles due to her job in the District Attorney’s office.  Matt and Sandra follow down every lead they can find in order to prove his innocence.  Who would want to kidnap Matt and for what reason?  Will Matt get to keep his job or will he be fired before he even starts due to his role in the murder?  Do they find the evidence they need to prove Matt didn’t commit this murder or will the District Attorney put him away for a long time?  Get in your car, drive to your local bookstore and BUY THE BOOK!

From the moment that Matt is kidnapped, this book takes you on an adrenaline-laced ride.  Dr. Mabry has put together another great story that blends a subtle medical thriller with an intense whodunit.  His interactions that he creates between the characters make them come alive.  He is not only impressive with all of his medical knowledge and know-how, but he also shows how he can weave a storyline through all of the chaos that is created.  His storytelling is so genuine and smooth, to the point that I hate when I finally read the last word of the novel.

Is this a "guy's book"?  With the main character being a strong male, this is definitely a story that any man would enjoy reading.  Dr. Mabry does has a touch of romance, but not enough to keep this from being read and enjoyed by any man.  There’s a kidnapping, an escape, an ambush and more.  Who wouldn’t want to read a story like that?

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author:

In addition to the practice of medicine, my past includes a stint overseas in the US Air Force, several periods as an interim music minister, and an all-too-brief experience as a semi-pro baseball player. In other words, there’s more to me than “M.D.” covers. Let me share a little about myself.   I’ve been a Christian for six decades. For almost forty years, I was a Deacon in the Baptist church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and singing in the choir. After a recent move across the city, I’m proud to be a member of the Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where I get to hear Dr. Chuck Swindoll preach regularly.  As for hobbies, I Primarily enjoy golfing, usually once a week with the same golf partner for the past ten years or so. We don’t keep score (heresy to purists, I suppose) and we enjoy the fellowship. I’m also a voracious reader, mainly fiction, although I do read non-fiction books.

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