Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Heart Failure by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. (Review & Giveaway)

My thoughts: The opening action of Heart Failure has lead characters, Dr. Carrie Markham and Adam Davidson, leaving a movie and suddenly they are victims of a drive-by-shooting. And then the action moves from one action shot to another. Carrie and Adam are both professionals. Carrie is a medical doctor and Adam is a paralegal.
 

The drama unfolds in the emergency room, the streets, and the buildings where they live and work involving complex individuals whose stories are revealed piece by piece as each layer of the story unfolds. It is revealed that Adam is in the Witness Protection Program and he fears that is the reason behind the danger in which they find themselves embroiled.

Author Richard Mabry, M.D. uses his knowledge and experience to write medical suspense thrillers laced with a clean romance and plenty of human interest. Gleaning from his experiences and observations, Dr. Mabry has been gifted to develop believable characters whose own experiences seem to parallel real people in real places and involved in real drama.
 

Heart Failure is Published by a Christian publishing house, Thomas Nelson, and the reader can enjoy this suspenseful and entertaining story without the author’s having resorted to the use of explicit immoral behavior and language.  Yet there is enough action to keep the reader on edge anticipating the next page turn.
 

Medical suspense is a genre that requires knowledge and skill in the medical arena and the author certainly has an abundance of such.  I share my Richard Mabry, M.D. books with my daughter-in-law who is a highly skilled nurse and she devours them highly anticipating each new release.
 

About the author: (Note: I have taken the liberty to copy the author information directly from his website because his experience just amazes me and I want my readers to get to know him just a little.)
 

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.

Education: My BA is from the University of North Texas (which was North Texas State University at the time). I graduated with an MD degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, then obtained my specialty training in otolaryngology (that’s “ear, nose, and throat” to most folks) at two major teaching hospitals in Dallas: Parkland and the VA Hospital.

Air Force: I served for almost three years as a Captain in the US Air Force at Lajes Field, in the Azores, a Portuguese possession in the middle of the North Atlantic. I’ve forgotten most of the Portuguese I learned there, but will never forget the friendships I made. Because I was involved in saving the life of a little Azorean girl whose airway was obstructed by a coin, I was written up in Stars and Stripes and received the Air Force Commendation medal. When there’s a recognition on Veteran’s Day, I’m proud to stand beside all the others who’ve served.

Religion: 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.

Medicine: During the 36 years I spent in medicine, I wrote or edited eight textbooks, authored over a hundred professional papers, and was an invited guest speaker all over the world. I held the presidency or vice-presidency of three professional societies, and was privileged to receive a number of awards and honors. But if you asked my greatest reward in medicine , it would be in seeing patients get better under my care.

Hobbies:  Primarily 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.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN! - GIVEAWAY TIME:  Dr. Mabry has reserved a copy for one of Chat With Vera's readers. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below - some of the entries may be done DAILY so you get more opportunities to win. Begins January 14 & ENDS February 5 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open only to contiguous USA.

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DISCLOSURE: I received my copy by winning a contest and am happy to share a review with my readers. The author will mail a copy of Heart Failure to the winner. You may purchase a copy HERE.

24 comments:

  1. Vera, Thanks for your nice words, about Heart Failure and about me. I hope your readers enjoy the book, and look forward to giving away one copy to a reader.

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  2. Just about any time spent reading is a joyful moment.

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  3. Lethal Enemy is a book that I would also like to read.
    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I would love to read Diagnosis: Death.

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  5. The antics of my kids is amazing and joyful. At least today it has been

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  6. Stress Test is another one I would like to read

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  7. Quote of the day…

    Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. – Marianne Williamson

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  8. My latest joyful moment....I have sooo many. How about last week? We had 3 days off of school due to the REALLY cold weather here in Green Bay, with wind chills in the neg. 40s. I love my students....but I love spending time with my own kids on snow days! Today we had early release due to blowing snow and possible 8 inches of the white stuff. Gotta love Wisconsin??? Spent the afternoon taking down the Christmas tree. (I know, a little late....I love the season! It's so joyful!)

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  9. Diagnosis Death sounds really good. Heart Failure sounds even better! I can't wait to dig into his book, Stress Test.

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  10. One joyful moment for me was when my 2 year old grandson didn't want me to leave.

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  11. I would like to read Lethal Remedy and the others too

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  12. Stress Test sounds like an exciting book to read.

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  13. Thanks to everyone. Wish I could provide a copy of each of my books (Heart Failure is the 6th published novel of medical suspense) as a prize.
    For those with E-readers, most online booksellers are currently offering two Prescription For Trouble bundles, with which you can get two of my earlier books for less than the list price of one. Might want to check it out.

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  14. I'd love to read this medical thriller!

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  15. Hi, Vera and Dr. Mabry. I'd be thrilled to read "Lethal Remedy" in addition to "Heart Failure." Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the contest.

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  16. Sounds like a great book. I would love a chance to win. Just the kind of book I love to read.

    clSwalwell@gmail.com

    in Him,

    Cheri :)

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  17. My joyful moment was finding out (to my surprise and shock) that I was pregnant with my son after my husband and I had been trying for 3-1/2 years. :)

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  18. Stress Test sounds like it would be good. Would like to try that one also. :)

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  19. A joyful moment for me was learning that my cousin was going to have a baby! :)

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  20. When I get to read it is always a joyful moment.

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  21. Vera, As the contest winds down, I want to thank you and all the readers who've entered the contest. Blessings, all.

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