Friday, October 16, 2015

Miracle Drug by Dr. Richard L. Mabry

Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug---it will take a miracle.

The infection wasn't supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn't. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why---his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.

As if treating the President of the United States isn't stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation's eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.

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About the author:
Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes "medical suspense with heart." His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers' debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and Romantic Times' Reader's Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. "Miracle Drug" is his ninth published novel. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

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Miracle Drug by Dr. Mabry was an interesting medical suspense novel, though certainly not my favorite of his works. I have read several of his novels, but I felt that this was not his strongest work. The plot line had great promise, and I liked the opening chapters as the situation was laid out and the race was on to find a cure. However, the climax occurred way too early in the book, and I was left struggling to stay interested in a book where the crisis was over and all that was left was to figure out who was behind it. I did enjoy many aspects of the plot, such as the intrigue and the politics and work behind the development and production of new drugs. I just felt that the entire story could have been put together in a more streamlined fashion that was easier to read and to enjoy. I thought the writing style of this novel was not up to Dr. Mabry's writing in his other novels, and I found several grammar errors also. I think the jerkiness and short nature of the sentences also hindered me from really enjoying this novel as much as I did his other books. 

The characters of this novel were very two-dimensional and had little development throughout the novel. None of their reactions and changes in character were very realistic, and I finished the book feeling like I still did not know anything about the main characters. I could not connect to the characters, and I had trouble identfying with anything they experienced. Overall, I thought the plot line and suspense of Miracle Drug had promise, but the character development and writing style hindered me from truly enjoying this novel. I would recommend Dr. Mabry's older novels before I would this one. 

I received this novel for free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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