Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Not for Profit by Glenn Shepard MD #bookreview #amreading

I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My dear Abites I have a confession to make. I am guilty of a grievous sin. When Glenn Shepard approached me and asked me to read this fiction novel, I did not investigate it fully. 

He told me it was "a new medical thriller about a surgeon who gets framed for murder, and who has to vindicate himself in order to halt a deadly terrorist plot. If you like compelling, action-filled thrillers, then I think you will love this book" and I accepted it solely based on that description. I really should have gone a step further and read the blurb.

Not for Profit is everything that Glenn said it would be, but it is also more. 

The blurb does better justice to this very complicated and action-packed story. There is terrorism, many murders, lots of bad guys and you are never quite sure who to trust. It is very well written and the plot is complex, yet believable. (There is some pretty graphic violence and a bit of graphic sex - just a disclaimer in case that kind of thing bothers you.)

The problem is, I don't really like stories about covert military ops, terrorist cells, espionage and the whole shabang. I do love murder mysteries and there was certainly a lot of murder and quite a bit of mystery. If this type of story were my thing I would be screaming this book's praise, because it really is good. 

But this book is not really my thing, and while I can appreciate the book's potential for greatness I can't say I loved it. If you love action packed stories of terrorism, espionage, AND you kind of like orchids (did I not mention the orchids?), you really WILL love Not for Profit. I liked it. I just didn't love it.

Do you ever feel that way? Like you've read a really good book, but it just wasn't quite your thing? If you do, tell me about it.

Book Blurb:
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.

About the author:
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, follows plastic surgeon Dr. Scott James as he tries to clear his name of two murders of which he's been falsely accused. 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.