18 April 2013

Stress Test by Richard L. Mabry, M.D., Book review & GIVEAWAY

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 9, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-1401687083



Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life as a surgeon in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left the hospital at 2 a.m. have no such plans—they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt’s only thought is fleeing with his life. He does escape, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he’s being charged with murder.

Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors after her last relationship. But when Matt calls, she knows she can’t walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.
Matt’s career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he’s a killer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth—and the faith to keep going—will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.

My thoughts:

In 'Stress Test' Richard L.Mabry is giving readers an intriguing thriller involving the medical world made all the most plausible because of his own experience as a physician and it is Christian writing to boot! Using layman language and resisting drowning his audience with typical medical jargon known only to professionals, his novel is a pleasurable read!

Let me start by saying this 'whodunit' is fast paced and the author will keep you guessing till the end!

On one hand we have Dr. Matt Newman who is leaving his practice for a staff membership at the Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. On his way to meet his girlfriend that same evening, Dr. Newman is kidnapped, bound, gagged and hidden in the trunk of his car. 

His kidnappers in pursuit, he makes a daring escape, unknowingly leaving his wallet and phone behind, and falls head first on the pavement, knocking himself unconscious.
Found by a passerby and recovering at a nearby hospital, he is accused of a murder: a woman's body has been found in his car trunk, his identifications nearby.

As staggering evidences piles up against him, Matt calls upon Sandra Murray's legal expertise, a defense attorney with her own personal misgivings but who might very well be the only one who believes in his innocence. 
The plot thickens as it is soon apparent Matt's life is at stake, God and Sandra the only ones he can trust!

As with any well executed story (and this one is excellent!), there is only so much you wish to reveal for fear to spoil it fore readers! Dr. Mabry instills the right dramatic touch to his plot line to make you wonder who has it in for the physician. Meanwhile as they work together to find the true killer's identity, Matt and Sandra places their faith in God's design for them.
You'll find yourself turning page after page to discover the extent of this writer's skills in no time!

5 Stars!

About the Author:

A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of four critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader's Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. 
He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. 

For more information on this author visit his website (HERE) including the opportunity to read Chapter 1 and 2 of STRESS TEST!

Landing page: 

Richard Mabry is celebrating the release of Stress Test with a Nook HD Giveaway! Enter today.

One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Nook HD
  • A $15 gift certificate to BarnesandNoble.com
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 27th. Winner will be announced on 4/29/13 at Richard's blog.

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I received this book free from LITFUSE as part of their blogger review program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 


  1. I like a good mystery! Sounds like a good book! Sweet hugs!

  2. Hi, Noelle. It sounds really interesting! I'm not entering the giveaway as I'm not Facebook or Twitter but I wish the winner all the best. Joan

    1. Dear Lass, You may also enter with email address only, look for the little envelope icon and best of luck! It is certainly worth a try!
      G' Day!

  3. Diane, it will keep you on your toes with its suspense. A very good thriller and I like the Christian plotline!


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