Thursday, November 7, 2013

Not For Profit Book Review

A prominent surgeon accused of murder and terrorism ...

A corrupt healthcare administrator hell-bent on bloody revenge...

A mysterious seductress whose secrets could free the doctor and kill thousands ...

A terrorist cell with missiles aimed at a leading hospital in America’s Bible Belt ...

Not for Profit takes you on an action-packed thrill ride that will have you questioning suspects, motives, and outcomes until the very last page.

Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Scott James is charged with murder after two bodies are found at his surgery center.

Just weeks before the start of his capital murder trial, Dr. James is approached by a beautiful woman claiming she can help him gain information that would prove his innocence.

As James hunts down the evidence that might free him, he faces a barrage of threats to his life and liberty—and makes one chilling discovery after another: Corporate corruption. A conspiracy to frame him for murder and for terrorist acts. A secret drone-control operation that takes out targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The true identity and intent of his beautiful ally. And a plot to blow up the local hospital and surrounding community.

My take on the book:

I wasn't so sure when I first started reading the book if I was going to like it or not but the more I read, the more I got into the story. It does take a little while for it to kick in but once it does, Dr. James runs with the ball and the action never lets up all the way until the end.

I wasn't too crazy about the weird Herb Waters and his wife's sex scenes, but for whatever reason, I guess they played a role in the book. The only thing that made me a little skittish was that Keyes was helping terrorists who planned on bombing a whole hospital of innocent people just to get at one person and she seemed to not have any care as long as she didn't die.

And I was very surprised that Dr. James still stayed with her and still had sex with her. That was the only thing that didn't set well with me. I know men are men and sex is everything but really? With a terrorist? I know in the end she turned out okay but during the bulk of the book, he didn't know one way or the other which way she would land. So, that was a little unnerving but maybe that was the point. Maybe they wanted us to discuss that and get the conversation going, but hopefully, next time, let's not sleep with the enemy.

There are quite a few people who get killed during this story but they don't go into too much detail so you won't have to read graphic details. I was sorry to see that they killed off the good guy detective, though along with the good cop who liked Dr. James at his practice. Sigh, I wish he could have kept at least one of them as his friend. But definitely glad he got rid of his wife!

Otherwise, it was an action packed crime/thriller book that will keep you glued to the story and finishing it to the end just so you can safely say all is well.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Glenn Shepard was raised on a farm in eastern Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia on an academic scholarship and majored in psychology. As an undergraduate, he lettered in wrestling for three years in a row.

Then, he went on to become the only person in UVA history to letter in wrestling again in his sophomore year in medical school.

After completion of med school at UVA, he went to Vanderbilt where he completed his residency in general and cardiovascular surgery. He spent two years in the Army at the Ft. Gordon Army Hospital in Augusta, Georgia and The Second Surgical Hospital in An Khe, Vietnam.

While in Vietnam, he wrote his first work of fiction, SURGE, which is on his back burner of works to dig out of the attic and publish, with major revisions, in the future.

For 28 years, he founded and directed The Peninsula Cranio-Facial deformities clinic that was staffed by volunteer medical, dental, social services, psychology, and speech pathology experts. The group treated over five hundred patients with cleft lips and palates, as well as a variety of deformities of the face and hand.

After the massive earthquake in Haiti in January, 2010, Dr. Shepard emerged from retirement and joined the Notre Dame Hospital unit in Leogane, Haiti for a 10 day rotation. His empathy for the people and their problems as well as his admiration for the contributions of time and talent from medical personnel from all over the world greatly inspired his second novel, RELIEF AID, HAITI.

NOT FOR PROFIT, Dr. Shepard's first thriller.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.