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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Now this is the way to write a medical fiction thriller…one you can’t put down and one that isn’t overloaded with medical jargon for those readers who aren’t members of the medical profession. Since the author, Frank J. Edwards, practices emergency medicine, it’s comfortable reading Reap, knowing that the medical emergencies depicted are realistic. Now, when Edwards infuses his medical expertise into a plot centered around a ground-breaking and history-making medical breakthrough…which is being pushed by a powerful secret organization focused on the huge financial gains to be made and, simultaneously, is opposed by a fanatical religious group…innocent people start disappearing.
Dr. Jack Forester, head of the emergency department, and his former investigative reporter wife, Zellie, find themselves and their young infant caught in the middle of two destructive conspiracies. While police and the FBI search for the terrorist behind a fatal bomb blast in the hospital, Zellie, trying to find out what happened to a good friend’s lover, unwittingly becomes the target of both the religious bombing fanatic and Reap, the secret organization. At a pace that never slows down once, the plot and sub-plots intertwine, and readers scrounge for clues to the identities and motivations of the real perps. Jack Forester desperately tries to locate both his kidnapped wife and baby. Bodies fall. Another bomb is successfully planted, and readers flip pages racing to that last page to solve the many riddles behind Reap.
It’s utterly satisfying to read a well-thought out and well-executed medical fiction thriller like Reap. Don’t be surprised if, after doing so, you decide to see what else Frank J. Edwards has written. There are several books, but the one preceding this one, and also centered on Dr. Jack Forester and Zellie is Final Mercy, which received rave reviews from both Kirkus and Readers Favorite. You might want to add both of these fine books to your summer reading list.