Led by Wes Tanner and Gabe Buckner, a search and rescue team finds an Alzheimer's patient lost in 50 degree weather and rush her to Austin Grace ER arriving just as a dead baby was found in the hall bathroom by the janitor. How could the EM department not realize the birth was so imminent and get the mother seen immediately? Who was the mother and who had done the triage interview? Kate Callison had been hired as the EM department director when Sunni, the previous director, disappeared. These two events and the disappearance of Sunni started this fast moving, page turning drama. The media was claiming the mother had waited hours to be seen and therefore the EM room was to blame for the baby's death. Because Kate's team was shell shocked by the disappearance of Sunni and the police were questioning her regarding this baby's death, she felt especially vulnerable. Barrett Lyon, the hospital attorney, seemed to want to blame the nurses or Wes Tanner, the guy who had taken the baby from the janitor or prosecute the mother of the baby found dead. Why was a critical stress debriefing needed? How did Kate's nurses feel about her? Why was the lawyer asking Kate to report on who felt responsible for the baby's death? Who showed up to see Kate? What did he hope to have someday? Why had he come? How had he changed? What happened to Wes' mother? What mistake had Kate made years earlier that haunted her? What was Judith accused of doing? Where did Kate go? What did Kate find? Who did Wes and Jenna find? Why did Kate not want to see Wes? What did she finally tell him? Why did she threaten Barrett? Where else did Kate go and whom did she see? What did Wes realize is as important as faith? This truly was an extremely exciting, suspenseful novel well worth reading. It also gives you an appreciation of EM doctors and nurses.
My heart grieved for Kate Callison as I learned about her past. This book also opened my eyes to the difficulties in running a good ER - the pressure from the hospital management, the criticism from the patients waiting too long and the need to care for all patients well with reduced staffing (I actually read this book after spending a number of hours in an emergency room). But not only did I "see" the chaos in the ER, I also enjoyed learning more about search and rescue teams. And I found myself wincing as the author described Kate trying to walk after riding a horse for the first time in years - I have felt that pain, too! This book also explains the safe haven law, where mothers can give up an unwanted newborn safely, legally, and anonymously. I hope a book like this will save babies from dying from being abandoned.
It was only okay. I felt the writing and story line was disjointed. Even more so, I couldn't seem to connect with any of the characters in the book. For being the head of an emergency room, the main character, Kate was entirely too insecure. I know that it had to do with her "running from her past" but enough was enough. I found myself skipping paragraphs and wanting the story to be over in a genre of books I usually love.
Rescue Team is about all kinds of "rescue" and all kinds of "lost". Beneath the professional facades of the EMTs and the harried ER personnel are human beings with problems, worries, and hurt. They suffer from the traumas they see every day in the controlled-chaos of their work, especially any situations with bad outcomes involving children. Lauren offers prayer fellowship and peer counseling, but she is privately concerned about her mentally ill sister. Kate refuses to acknowledge her need for any help and hides behind a prickly exterior her guilt-ridden, grieving soul--sure that she is beyond any hope of redemption. Wes is haunted by childhood pain but finds satisfaction in his Search and Rescue team, his loving, supportive family, and his faith in God. Judith, the dedicated, model volunteer and Angie, the triage nurse, both hide their own desperate concerns. Yet they all do their best to put their troubled personal lives on hold to serve and to help the sick and the lost.
The book provides us with characters we care about, and the storyline has plenty of action between missing nurses, abandoned babies, and obnoxious lawyers. There is a great deal of hurt and pain in their stories, but the ending is triumphant, beautiful and immensely satisfying.