Just when Dr. Matt Newman’s life seems to be on an upward trend, everything changes for him in the course of one late night. Kidnapped, severely injured, and barely escaping with his life, Matt wakes up in ICU only to learn that he is suspected of a murder he didn’t commit and no one in law enforcement wants to believe his story. He turns to attorney Sandra Murray for legal assistance and together they work to prove his innocence only to find themselves hindered at every turn and the stakes growing higher by the day. Matt begins to wonder if he will ever get his life back.

“Stress Test” is a novel that has something for almost every reader. Featuring Dr.  Matt Newman, the narrative contains numerous hospital scenes, particularly in the E.R. and surgery – enough to please fans of medical novels. Matt’s legal problems bring in the other primary character, lawyer Sandra Murray whose legal expertise should please lovers of legal fiction. Add plenty of drama, action, danger, and suspense and yet another group of readers should be happy. Then there is the promise of romance that rounds out the story so that most every reader preference is covered.

I have read most if not all of Dr. Mabry’s previous novels and enjoyed each of them. Each one seems to be better than the last but that could be because it happens to be the one I am reading at the moment. “Stress Test” opened my eyes to how quickly a person’s life can be snatched out of his control and how important it is to depend on God in all circumstances. I would enthusiastically recommend “Stress Test” as well as every one of Dr. Mabry’s other books.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.

Stress TestThey may not have enough evidence to convict him, but they have enough to ruin his life.

Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left his last shift in the ER have no such plans—they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt’s only thought is escape. He does so, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he’s being charged with murder.

Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors. But when Matt calls, she knows she can’t walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.

Matt’s career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he’s a murderer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth—and the faith to keep going—will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.

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Richard Mabry, M.D.A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of four critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.



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