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Critical Decision

Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
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It began with an innocent-appearing package on her front porch.

The box contained a cell phone, which rang as soon as she opened the package. A voice that called Dr. Kathy Hoover by name said that her husband had been kidnapped. To get him back, she would have to poison one of her patients. 

At first, she didn’t believe that her husband had been taken from the conference he was attending, but soon she discovered that the kidnappers really had Darren. If she wanted to see him again, she had to give medication that would murder Kelton Rush, former Vice-President. What was she to do? How would she handle this critical decision?

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical mysteries with heart.” In addition to his medical books, he is the author of one nonfiction book, six novellas, and 13 published novels. His novels have been finalists for the Carol Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Selah Award, and others.

He and his wife live in north Texas. In addition to regular efforts (thus far unsuccessful) to improve his golf game, he spends much of his time trying to convince his family that sitting at his desk staring into space does indeed represent work.

©2020 Richard L. Mabry (P)2020 Richard L. Mabry

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Never a disappointment

Another great book from Richard Mabry. The story always feels very authentic and I love the obvious medical expertise in the way he writes about the doctors experiences. Also I’m biased as Bill Nevitt is one of my favourite narrators and his tone on audiobooks I just love so this who audio did not disappoint.

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No need to decide if you want to listen just do

I enjoyed this story. It was a very different story and really made you think how one act can change lives so easily. The story was well crafted to build the tension and keep you in suspense as to what the out come would be. The story is told from two perspectives, by the husband and wife, while one tries to stay alive the other one tries to save his life, this works really well for the story because it kept you informed of what was happening with the kidnappers and what they were thinking. I did wonder if it wasn't safe to go home, why would going to work be any safer? Other than that, it is a good mystery as you try to work out who wants the ex vice president dead.
Dr Kathy Hoover comes home from a long day at work to find a package on her door step. By opening the box she sets in motion a game of cat and mouse, to keep her husband alive she must swop some tablets for patient and give him the ones they are going provide. As a Doctor Kathy to took an oath to do no harm, if she does what they say is she sentencing a man to death? But if she doesn't is she sentencing her own husband? Then she finds out the patient is the former vice president. What should she do? Other than hope her husband can find away to escape. With time running out she might just have to break the client confidentiality act and tell someone but who to trust?
The narrator did another excellent job with the narrating by giving the characters there own voices and bringing the story to life with tension and suspense.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 18-05-20

Great Story Of ‘What If”

Superb narration brought the tension out in this story
Once again the author has given us an unusual opening, ‘What If ‘ how would a person react. A package with only her name, was her first step into this nightmare, and a cat and mouse game of who would live and who would die. They did not ask to join this game, they were an ordinary couple and the story shows the love they have for one another. Intriguing, page turner once again, the plot is superb, the characters well define. Their steps they took was well layed out for us to follow.
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  • Susan Patterson
  • 02-07-20

Twists and turns!

Kidnapping and intrigue held my attention throughout.

Bill Nevitt did a great job narrating.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-07-20

A fast paced, Christian action novel.

This is definitely a book that keeps your attention.
I really like the Christian element, and was able to relate to it.

Spoiler Alert:
When Dr Hoover confesses to Kelton about the plot, his reaction didn’t really seem real. Presidents and Vice Presidents (of the USA) face death threats quite a lot and from what I’ve seen and read in newspapers, their reaction would have been take Dr Hoover into custody for attempted murder. Apart from that, everything else flowed quite well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-20

who done it

Thoroughly enjoyed the story, kept me guessing, and was well written
Well narrated by Bill Nevitt

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 02-07-20

Mind boggling attitude, kill off opposition!

This is one of those dramas that "would only happen in the movies".
However, our author and narrator brings this saga to life. The characters are believable, the plot is plausible, but there is still too many working parts involved.
There is always that question of why the victims don't get the authorities involved? Intriguing tale, that have you wondering what you would do.

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  • L.Long0112
  • 29-06-20

Started off great!

I was excited about this book and this author. The story started off great but then went downhill towards the end. The ending was a bit underwhelming and I expected a different outcome. Since I work in the medical field, I do like the author's writing style and it's better since he's a retired doctor. I'll give his other books a try.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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  • Clau
  • 29-06-20

Critical Decision indeed

Okay, this was entertaining, and if what you are looking for is a book that will keep you amused, this will do that. But if you are looking for a tight plot... well... not so much.

The plot has many, many holes, the characters keep making decisions that make no sense even when they are, in theory, highly intelligent people and the whole thing takes a hysterical turn when auto-destructing phones show up. No, seriously, auto-destructing phones!

So, if you just want some inconsequential fun, go ahead, this will fill that expectative.

Bill Nevitt narration, though, is excellent. As always :)