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December 27, 2013

TRAPPED by Lawrence W. Gold. M.D.


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RATED 5 LOCKS


TRAPPED
Brier Hospital Series
by
Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.
illustrated
by
Dawne Dominique


 
While medical students suspect that every headache is a brain tumor and that every chest pain is a heart attack, experienced physicians know diseases along a spectrum of horror—the ones they dread the most. Among these are cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). As the list continues, we come upon locked-in syndrome, a neurological disease where a victim is awake and alert, but cannot move or communicate due to paralysis of all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes.
(from Dr. Gold's site)
 
Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 22nd 2013
 by
 Createspace
ISBN 1493754238
 (ISBN13: 9781493754236)


OVERVIEW
(from Goodreads)
While medical students suspect that every headache is a brain tumor and that every chest pain is a heart attack, experienced physicians know diseases along a spectrum of horror-the ones they dread the most. Among these are cancer, Alzheimer's, stroke, diabetes, and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). As the list continues, we come upon locked-in syndrome, a neurological disease where a victim is awake and alert, but cannot move or communicate due to paralysis of all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes. In Trapped, a Brier Hospital Series novel by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D., the reader enters the neonatal and the adult intensive care units. Medical fiction works, not only due to its intrinsic drama, but because of the crucial ethical issues that arise, especially in intensive care. Lisa Cooke is the product of a passive mother and an abusive father. She finds her way into pediatric nursing, a world filled with men in control, especially the director of the Neonatal ICU, Mike Cooper. As Mike reminds Lisa of her father, it's no surprise that they don't get along. Ultimately, they fall in love and have a fulfilling marriage except that she's unable to have children. They try everything, but fail. When an automobile accident severely injures Mike, Lisa is devastated. Shortly afterward, she discovers that she's pregnant. Mike's injuries are life threatening, and he nearly dies on several occasions. Mike suffers from locked-in syndrome and his survival is constantly in jeopardy, as is Lisa's pregnancy. Will he/she/they survive? *

REVIEW
This is a fantastic medical thriller.  The author made this story real.  You feel that you are totally in the character's world.   The characters go through a lot of real life experiences.  The author is an M.D. so I'm sure he had a lot of real life experiences to draw on.  The characters have the same emotions and feeling we have.  Fear, Secrets, Flaws Hopes and Desires.  Just because they help to save lives doest mean that they are beyond bad things happening to them.
Dr. Michael Cooper, director of the NICU meets a nurse Lisa Cooke, who works in the neo-natal until also.  They drew a spark at once,  this wasn't a good spark though.  Lisa learns to see Mike for himself and not the one he reminds her of.  It definitely wasnt' love at first sight. They do find love.  Even working together day by day under very stressful circumstances, the passion is so intense.  Their road to romance is far from smooth.  It's full of ruts.   Mike was in a terrible accident, fighting for his life while Lisa fights to save her unborn baby.Mike has what is  called "locked up syndrome".  Michael is in a tomb in his own body, trapped, and not sure he wants to live. The author gives the reader a close up look at what medical and hospital life is all about. Then they go home and have different problems to face there. Lisa and Mike lean on each other during the bad things that are happening to them. They learn to trust each other unconditionally.  Then there are the two mothers not at all helping matters.The love story is a down to earth love between two everyday people, not all filled with glitz and glimmer. The author has done a talented job of putting medical information into the fictional book.
The author had me hooked from page one.  I couldn't put the book down.  It was so captivating.  Dr. Gold knew his facts and put them down into fiction.  Sometimes a hard feat to master and yet make it seem real instead of fiction.  I can't wait to red book 2.  If it's anything like this  one, then there's another good book from this author.  
If you like medical suspense with a little clean romance then please don't hesitate to pick up this book.  You won't be sorry unless you miss out.  This will go on my shelf as one of my TBR again. A Keeper.

I would give this book 5 LOCKS

I was given a complimentary copy of TRAPPED from the author , Lawrence W. Gold, M.D. for my personal opinion.  No other compensation was given.



AUTHOR
The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate medical training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room. I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology. I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine. My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man’s out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two ‘Circle trips’ to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second. I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose. My novels include: First, Do No Harm April 2007. No Cure for Murder August 2011, For the Love of God January 2012, Rage 2012, and Tortured Memory 2013. In the last two years, I’ve written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000). We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 15 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 8year old Yorkie who just looks like he’s on steroids.
 
   

OTHER BOOKS IN
BRIER HOSPITAL SERIES
First Do No Harm
No Cure For Murder
The Sixth Sense
Tortured memory
The Plague Within

LINKS
http://bemiown.blogspot.com

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18986567-trapped?from_search=true

http://www.shelfari.com/books/37066900/Trapped-%28Brier-Hospital-Series%29

http://lawrencewgoldmd.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Brier-Hospital-Series-Lawrence/dp/1493754238/





























































1 comment:

Dr. Gold's Medical Fiction said...

Gayle,

Can't thank you enough for your most generous review.
I'm working on my 11th novel. Hope to have it out in 3-4 months.
My blog:http://drgoldsfiction.blogspot.com/ has become more than promotional. I add medical news that I come across in my research. Subscribe if you're interested.

Larry