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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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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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Critical Decision

A woman returns home at lunch time to let her dog out.As she leaves a package is delivered.Her life won't be the same after she opens it. I liked this story.There was a lot of re explaining things,like we are in elementary school.Bill Nevitt was a fine narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Thrilling Thriller

I was given this free review copy audio-book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Critical Decision by Richard Mabry and narrated by Bill Nevitt. Another book I wouldn’t have found if not for Bill Nevitt. This was a very good storyline that kept me interested throughout the book. I liked all the characters and thought that they were well developed with personalities that stayed consistent through the story. Bill’s narration was superlative and make the story come alive in my mind. I recommend this as an enjoyable thriller.

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Critical Decision

What would you do if you had to allow someone to die in order to save someone you love? Dr. Kathy Hoover faces such a decision when a mysterious package arrives on her doorstep. Inside is a cell phone and when it rings, her life is changed.

Without giving away too much of the story, Kathy and her husband, Darren, are drawn into a conspiracy that involves a former Vice President and a group of men who will stop at nothing to get what they want. There are plenty of twists to the story before the resolution at the end.

As a medical professional, I always enjoy Dr. Mabry's books. He has a way of intertwining medical information/actions with intrigue and mystery. This book is entertaining and a good way to spend a few hours in reading enjoyment. Dr. Mabry also adds in just enough of a faith-based element without being preachy to make this book unique. It is refreshing to read/listen to a book without cursing and gratuitous sex.

The narrator, Bill Nevitt, does his usual excellent job in pacing and voices and his performance added a lot to the book. I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version of this book by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

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Another winner!

mystery, extortion, suspense, medical, thriller

This retired nurse/mystery geek really loves Mabry's books, and this is one of the best. Among other things it demonstrates the logic disconnect that happens to anyone under severe emotional stress. The suspense is well drawn out.
Bill Nevitt always does an excellent job of getting inside the character's head and bringing those emotions alive.
I won this audio in a giveaway! Yay me!

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Decisions

Critical Decisions by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. pulled me in from the very beginning. I loved the premise of this book and the "what if's". The storyline moved along well and I enjoyed the dual POV's. Bill Nevitt was great performing this book. He added the right emotions to the story.

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Falls Apart Halfway Through

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own.

This book starts out with a bang, which draws you in and makes you want more. Unfortunately, about halfway through, it peters out. The actions of the two main characters in the second half of the book - given the conclusion - seemed like a complete waste of time and did not make any sense.

The narrator, Bill Nevitt, did a good job overall.

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A good read/listen

I loved the premise of the book. I could listen to it fairly fast as I understood the scenario of a doctor's life. A kidnapped husband with the kidnapper waning the wife to kill one of her patients was the biggest dilemma.
The pace was fast with dual POV with suspense in the scenes. The narration was good though I would have loved a female narrator.
Overall, a good read/listen.

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Some suspense and tough decisions

For me, this just wasn't the most exciting book. It started out good but then I started getting bored with it. The narration felt off to me as well. So many times his tone just didn't fit the situations as well as it should have. This story seemed to drag, some of it seemed pointless and I kept wondering why she didn't call the FBI. It seemed like a "no brainer" to me. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Good action thriller

Dr. Kathy Hoover’s husband is kidnapped and is told that to get him back, she must murder one of her patients.

The story is told from the perspectives of the husband and wife, feeding you bits of information as the plot unravels. The tension and suspense was built up cleverly during the story and kept me on the edge of my seat while listening.

The narration was brilliant with variations in voices and tempo to keep the scenes intriguing and arouse the relevant emotions in the listener.

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I have provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • Frieda
  • 08-04-20

That was wild.

I had no idea what type of story this was when I started it and was wild. Very good twists.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 07-31-20

Fun, quaint

It was fun, quaint. The Hoovers get caught up in this kidnapping & attempted murder. The main plot was fine, though a little predictable. I liked that the story was always moving forward. There were no boring parts, no slumps.

Kathy is the only woman who makes a difference in the plot. There are at least 2 other ladies with small roles, but they do have names and lines. Still, there was room in this cast of characters for a few more ladies, ones who actually matter to the plot. Sometimes Kathy is over emotional and lacking wits, and sometimes she’s doing OK at coping and making decisions. She never really shined and often took direction from her husband, Darren. In fact, sometimes Darren actually commands her. He was a bit overbearing at times.

Even though Darren is the one who was kidnapped, he is really, really calm about it. So calm, that it seemed odd, like Darren wasn’t fully fleshed out as a character. He has little to no emotions through out this whole story. Those few times he does show emotion is when he’s short tempered with his wife. As a main character, I didn’t get attached to him.

There’s an underlying Christian theme too. At first, it comes off a little strong. Like Kathy is at her wits end (which happened frequently and too easily) so she hands it all over to God. It’s a weak plot device, showing a lack of creativity. The middle of the story puts the Christian theme in the backseat so we can just focus on the mystery (yay!) but then comes back to the forefront near the end. Still, it is written in as part of the personalities of the main characters. Not my cup of tea but not a deal breaker either.

The story does have a small twist near the end, which made the story worth the read. I liked how Kelton, the ultimate target, turns the tables. Over all, 3/5 stars.

The Narration: Bill Nevitt has a great voice for Darren and I liked his voice for the secret service body guard. Sometimes his voices for Darren and Kelton blended together and sometimes they were distinct. While Nevitt’s voice for Kathy was feminine, it was sometimes a little bit cartoony, especially when Kathy is emotional. He has a great little old lady voice for the neighbor who babysits Hoovers’s dog. The kidnappers use an electronically-modified voice for the phone calls and Nevitt’s voice for this didn’t sound electronically modified at all. The pacing was good and there were no tech issues with the recording. 4/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book. My opinions are 100% my own.

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  • Bethany Gordon
  • 07-24-20

Fast paced

A fast paced thriller from beginning to end. When Kathy Hoover finds a package on her doorstep it alters her life. Told from the point of view of the husband and wife, with a set of shady characters, just when you thought if might be over, came the next surprise. Whilst trying to maintain her ordinary life Kathy has to juggle with the demands of the kidnappers. Can she help free her husband, what about the demands the kidnappers are making, can she go through it. These are the issues she has to face, whilst her husband tries to outwit his captors.

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  • carol pearce
  • 07-20-20

An interesting plot

Overall an enjoyable read, the plot was interesting & the medical background added an extra dimension. Unfortunately it was spoiled by the narration which I didn’t like at all.

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  • Doc
  • 07-11-20

I loved it!

This is my second Richard L Mabry MD book. I have also read and enjoyed 'Emergency Case'.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one as I really like stories where characters have a dilemma to cope with really early on in the book. I liked the fact that we have both sides of the narrative too so we know the thoughts and feelings of the husband and his wife.

The narrator Bill Nevitt was brilliant. I always know I'm in for a treat when I see that he is reading a book! The story flows well and he makes it such fun.

I will definitely be checking out more of Richard's books in the future.

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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 07-09-20

An intriguing tale

When Cathy finds an unexpected package on the door step her life changes. Her husband Darren has been kidnapped and to get him back alive she must give medication to one of her patients which may kill him. She has no choice but to go through with it, or does she? An intriguing tale beautifully narrated by Bill Nevitt.

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  • Carol B
  • 07-08-20

Medical Drama

New author to me and worth a listen, the story is about 2 Dr's Kathy (a medical doctor) Daniel (hoping to be a professor of a University) Kathy thinks he is on his way home from a conference but a ring at the door and when opened to find a box with a mobile phone in it and on ringing the voice tells her, that her husband has been kidnapped. Is it a prank? Kathy soon finds out that it isn't and the reason behind it is to give a former Vice President when he comes in for him yearly medical some pills that would eventually kill him of a heart attack, Kathy a doctor knows it against the grain they are supposed to save lives but Kellon Rush senses something is amiss and she admits to what's going on, and agrees to take the pills away with him, all the while Kathy is desperate to know what of her husband. Her husband is always looking for ways to escape now will he manage it?. The ex-President seems to have gone missing so what became of Kellon Rush and whose voice is behind the burner mobile phone?. A good story well written and the narrator Bill Nevitt done a good job, only 1 bugbear was it took a bit of time to get used to the instant change over from Kathy to Daniel I felt it was a bit abrupt. It has suspense and a tense listen and it's good to know that with medical stories that the author Richard L Marbry is a retired MD, so he should get it right.

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  • Lindsay
  • 06-26-20

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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  • Julie
  • 06-24-20

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.