Book Review: Fatal Trauma

3 Jun

UnknownThe gunman had nothing to lose, and therefore, the lives of everyone in the emergency room were at risk. Dr. Mark Baker and nurse Kelly Atkinson were on duty during the standoff, but despite their efforts, at the end of the evening, three men were dead—one police officer and two members of the feared Zeta drug cartel. But the killing is not over, because when the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Mark’s life continues to be in danger, but to make matters worse he finds he is under suspicion as a killer! He turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, while Kelly helplessly looks on, hiding her feelings for the good doctor. The characters in Fatal Trauma face life and death situations that cause them to question their faith, their priorities, and the meaning of their lives, while learning that God can use everyone— even people who’ve failed—because doesn’t that include all of us?


MabrypubphotoDr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the author of five published novels of medical suspense. His books have been finalists in competitions including ACFW’s Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year, and have won the Selah Award from the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Richard’s non-fiction book, The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse (Kregel Publishers), has ministered to multiple thousands of grieving individuals. His meditations and short pieces have appeared in The Upper Room, In Touch, and several other periodicals.

When Richard is not writing, he spends his time reading, working fruitlessly to improve his golf game, and defending his title as the world’s best Granddad. He and his wife live in north Texas and are active members of Stonebriar Community Church, pastored by Dr. Chuck Swindoll.


My Impressions:

If you are in need of an adrenaline-laced romantic suspense novel for your summer reading pleasure, then look no further than Richard Mabry’s Fatal Trauma. Filled with twists and turns against the backdrop of a busy ER, this novel has it all — great characters, sweet romance and a strong faith message. This is a recommended read!

Mark Baker hasn’t had time for God since his high school days. The rigors of college and medical school and the demands of a career as an emergency room doctor have left him little time for anything beyond getting from one day to the next. Even his relationships consist of superficial events. But when he comes face to face with his own life and death, Mark decides he needs some time for reflection. Unfortunately, his encounter with a gunman is just the beginning of his troubles.

Although Fatal Trauma plunges its characters into danger and stress most of us don’t encounter, it does present true to life emotions and reactions. A life-altering event causes main characters Mark and Kelly to examine and reevaluate what is important in their lives. They learn that even when we are not seeking God, He is there waiting to enter into our lives. The suspense takes off from the opening scene and never lets up throughout the book. I came to suspect EVERYBODY, even the preacher! People are definitely not what they seem and Mabry kept this reader on her toes. I especially liked that superficial judgements of characters often proved very wrong.

Fatal Trauma will certaintly take you away and is a perfect vacation or staycation read.


Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to the author and Abingdon for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


2 Responses to “Book Review: Fatal Trauma”

  1. Richard Mabry June 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    Thanks so much for the great review. I’m glad you enjoyed Fatal Trauma, and I hope the readers of your blog will, as well.


    • rbclibrary June 3, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

      Always enjoy your books! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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