[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] Final Mercy by Frank J. Edwards

Posted 16 February, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

About the Book:
Dr. Jack Forester, director of the New Canterbury University Hospital emergency department, is about to win an ongoing battle to modernize the ED when he’s stymied by the power-hungry dean, Bryson Witner.  Then someone tries to murder Jack’s mentor and the former dean, setting it up to look like suicide.

Bit by bit, Jack uncovers facts that suggest several other recent tragic accidents may not have been in the least accidental.  The deeper he digs, the closer danger creeps, and the phrase “life or death” begins to take on a new and very personal meaning.

About the Author:
Frank J. Edwards was born in Rochester New York.  In 1968 he entered the US Army and served a tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot.  He received a BA with honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill then attended medical school at the University of Rochester, graduating with an MD in 1979.  In 1989 he received an MFA in writing from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.  After practicing for a decade in North Carolina, he returned to the Rochester, area in 1990 where he remains in active practice.

He has published a number of poems and short stories in literary magazines including Carolina Quarterly and The Virginia Quarterly Review, along with numerous medical articles.  In 1988, Henry Holt published his first non-fiction book, Medical Malpractice: Solving the Crisis. His second non-fiction book, The M & M Files: Morbidity and Mortality Rounds in Emergency Medicine was published by Hanley & Belfus in 2002 and has become a standard text in emergency medicine.
For the past thirteen years he has taught creative writing seminars to medical students at the U of R.   In 2004, the University of Rochester Press published his collection of poems and short stories, It’ll Ease the Pain.
Final Mercy is his first novel.   He is married to a former emergency nurse from Canada and lives with his family on Lake Ontario near Rochester.
You can visit his website at www.frankjedwards.com.

My Review:
When I heard about this medical thriller, I jumped at the chance to review. Being a former CNA and Med Tech and a current Pharmacy Technician, I love everything about the medical field. However, upon sitting down to read this novel, I wasn’t as pleased as I thought I would have been. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I was hooked on this novel by a truly talented new author, however, it wasn’t what I was expected. It was a book that was a bit of drag for me-in other words, there were a few places that just went on and on and I didn’t think that the next bit of “thrilling suspense” would ever happen.

That being said, if you love medical TV dramas and such, please get a copy of this book. Just because I find it a bit slow, doesn’t mean that you or others will not find it that way. It will hook you until the final page, as you get so engrossed in the story that you just have to know what happens next. Dr. Jack Forester was a character that felt so real to me and came to life as I read this novel. He really was wonderfully created for the part he played in this story of thrills and suspense.

Be warned though. While this is a 3 star book in my opinion, if you have problems with the use of the F-bomb, then this is not the book for you, because there are lots of instances where Edwards does use that word. So, I encourage you to form your own opinion of this novel and grab a copy today. It is worth the read if you love this style of book and can over look the slower parts. Kudos to Frank Edwards for putting forth his talent in a debut novel!

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*This book was provided for review by PumpUpYourBook!*

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