I'm a big fan of Richard Mabry's medical suspense books. This last offering in the Prescription for Trouble Series and it doesn't disappoint. The story is set on the familiar Southwestern Medical Center campus in Texas as in prior books.
Sara Miles has a young teenage patient who will die if she doesn't receive a new experimental drug. This drug is the only one that has been effective against a certain strain of bacteria. The only problem is her ex-husband is the doctor in charge of the experimental drug study and she must contact him to get the drug. They didn't divorce on the friendliest terms after the death of their infant son. But Sara puts the interest of her patient first, as all doctors should, and makes the call. Her patient is admitted to the study, receives the drug and soon afterward is improving and eventually sent home. However, about a month later, the same teenager presents with paralysis. Soon it is discovered some of the other patients who had received the experimental drug also are beginning to present with a variety of serious health problems. Could these various ailments be related to this one experimental drug?
Sara and another infectious disease doctor, who works for her ex-husband, begin to try and find out what is going on with their patients. Soon two other doctors and a lawyer who practices medicine also join the search. At every turn, they meet a roadblock and are unable to find out any information. According to Sara's ex-husband, Dr. Ingersoll, there are no adverse effects and his drug is 100% effective in curing this particular bacteria strain. The company sponsoring the drug also refuses to give out any information as the drug hasn't met FDA approval and is experimental. Is there more going on at the drug company than they are willing to admit? Sara and her group's questions arouse someone's anger and attempts are made on some members of the group's lives. How far will the group go before their fear causes them to stop searching? Can they find out what causes the drug to react so within certain peoples' systems? Is Dr. Ingersoll involved in the cover-up?
As with all his stories, Richard Mabry draws his readers in from the get-go and never lets them go. The pages will turn quickly as readers speed toward the conclusion. There were some surprises and twists in the plot that kept me on my toes. This is a well-written, interesting and exciting series that I highly recommend. I'm looking forward to Richard's next book due to be released in the fall of 2013. Don't miss out on exciting afternoon of reading these intriguing and suspenseful stories!
This was an attention grabber right from the start. The characters kept you guessing as to who was really behind this cover up & their race to find how to fix it. I enjoyed this series immensely, however each book is a great stand alone product too.
What happens when the race to stop a lethal bacteria becomes a race to stop a killer vaccine?
Dr. Richard Mabry's book, Lethal Remedy, is a suspense that includes high-level managerial participants, with one anonymous snitch. A vaccine, Jandramyacin, is claimed to be the miracle cure for Staph luciferus, a world-wide epidemic that has killed hundreds around the world. This book has been my favorite so far based on the number of scenarios, the conflicting participants, and how quickly the circumstances change. It's fast-paced and multi-leveled from the first page to the last.
Richard shows how money, greed, and status can become center stage instead of healing people, and that some people are willing to kill to get it all! Secrets, mysterious testing, and missing data are the impetus of distrust between some of the doctors and the pharmaceutical companies. As the international convention is convening, will the crucial missing methodology puzzle piece that creates the intensity of the lethal side effects data be exposed?
The story makes one wonder how much of this goes on today in the medical world. Can we trust the drug companies and their employees? How about our own doctor? Is he/she really looking out for our best interests, or are money, power and prestige driving the use of certain medications? Find out at the end what the author's experience has been.
The gentle romance took some of the intensity off the situation, and I was surprised with the outcome of the relationships!
The faith of several of the characters made a huge impact on the end results. I was surprised with who was willing to put prayer to the test.
Special thanks to Julie Dowd (Abingdon Press) for sending me a review copy. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
Ok, so this new drug can cure a deadly staph infection, one even worse than MRSA, and it is perfectly safe, no side effects, just all good stuff? That should throw a red flag right there! Yet Jandra Pharmaceutical was using Dr. Ingersol to convince Doctors and patients that this experimental drug is the wonder drug of all times. But someone somewhere is not telling all, and Dr. Rip Pearson is determined to find some answers. As I was reading the book I had to wonder if things like this happen today. The way people are always trying to get ahead and make the big money, you have to wonder. Is it all about the patient or all about the money?
Being a huge fan of Dr. Mabry's books, I was anxious to read this forth book in the Prescription for Trouble Series. Though Lethal Remedy was a lighter read than the other three books, I was still glued to the pages until the last word! Again, he created a cast of characters that were unique and played their part so well to make the book a fast-paced, easy read enjoyable thriller. Throughout the book was the big question of whodoneit. And Dr. Ingersol's character was very well written but he was a jerk! It sure wouldn't do for him to be my Doctor! And the way it all ended was interesting, and good old doc Ingersol wasn't as great as he wanted people to believe he was. But you need to read the book to find out all about that! And I can't leave out the way the author writes the faith of his characters into the story, not so it jumps out of the book at you, but so we can see Christ in the lives of the characters. I appreciate the way God is using Dr Mabry to spread the gospel to a group of people that may not hear it otherwise.
I'm glad Abingdon Press and Dr Mabry decided to add a fourth book to this series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lethal Remedy and highly recommend it to anyone who likes medical fiction, thrillers, mystery and just a good book to read!
I rec'd this book from the publisher Harvest House through F.I.R.S.T. WildCard Tours. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.