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Silent Fear: A Medical Mystery (A Doctor Danny Tilson Novel) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 11, 2014
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"Silent Fear is billed as a medical mystery and holds an important characteristic separating it from many competitors in the genre: its author is a physician herself, so the medical facts, setting and background are not only believable but are solidly grounded in reality. ... Even seasoned medical thriller readers won't know exactly where the plot is heading. (Silent Fear is) medical mystery or thriller writing at its best."
D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Silent Fear is an engaging work of medical fiction ... it's very successful as a medical mystery for the hospital and the CDC to solve ... this (is) an enjoyable read."
The San Francisco Book Review
Silent Fear's "plot has much to commend ... an interesting medical 'drama' novel."
Word Press Review
"(Silent Fear's) story is expertly told with very credible medical descriptions of (a) devastating epidemic. Characters believably come alive and intrigue deepens with difficulty in finding a cure."
Saleem Seyal, M.D., Reviewer
Louisville Medicine Magazine April 2014 issue
About the Author
A physician, speaker, and former chemist, Barbara Ebel's writing draws heavily from her experience as an anesthesiologist, her dealings with family court, and her interactions with people and places from around the world.
Since Ebel writes credible medicine into the background of her novels and her O.R. scenes shine, it's no wonder the first in her Dr. Danny Tilson Novels, Operation Neurosurgeon, was the top finalist for best selling medical mystery books in 2012. (Best Selling Books' blog announced on PR Buzz Press Release Wire, Chicago, IL). The ranking derives its roster of bestsellers from sources such as Amazon and Goodreads and uses readers' ratings, reviews and title sales for a blended score that creates each book's final rank. Collateral Circulation: a Medical Mystery was also the 2015 Finalist for medical thrillers from The National Indie Excellence Awards.
In addition to her adult writing, she has illustrated and penned a children's book series called Chester the Chesapeake. The books developed during her philanthropic visits with her therapy dog, Chester. The dog books continue to inspire adults and children alike. Along with her husband and four pets, "Doctor Barbara" lives in a wildlife corridor in middle Tennessee.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book develops showing the advance in the epidemics and the research, and his personal life.
It is a well rounded story, with likable characters (and a couple absolutely disgusting), well built suspense, and interesting resolution.
The author is a medical doctor with experience in hospitals, and this shows in the book. The positioning in place and time is very well created.
Overall, a griping medical thriller with a bug that is real, a problem that could occur, and a resolution you will have to read by yourself.
First off, this kind of fiction really gives me the willies. The disease culprits are real and the outcome, frightening beyond belief. It makes me applaud the medical community for their efforts to combat disease and infection through hard work, dedication and the underlying fear of contracting the disease themselves. Bravo!
POSITIVES- This doctor proves herself to be a very good author. The editing is spot on and her expertize in the medical field- how doctors view their patients- how their private lives and commitments must sometimes take a back burner, and how fear (whether for themselves or their patients) must be dealt with every day- shines through the plot-line. Great job at ratcheting up the tension!
NEGATIVES- My only beef with this story is that there were actually TWO stories going on at once. Dr. Tilson's infant daughter is being abused and Dr Danny must stop everything to deal with this issue, as well as try to save the world from disaster. Not to say that life doesn't march along while doctors are busy trying to stop a pandemic, but it felt like each story had huge weight and deserved a whole book rather than both important issues sharing space within the story ark.
Also, there was such a sinister undertone to the plot-line, I started viewing almost EVERYONE with suspicion--- a new doc that was hired- even the beloved new brother-in-law. I'm not sure if this was intentional, but it certainly cast a murky atmosphere through-out the already dark principal story. (Perhaps these characters are being introduced as follow-ups in this series?)
All in all, however, a very good medical thriller that's guaranteed to keep you up at night! 5 Stars!
Equally enthralling are Danny's efforts to put his life back together after making a mess of it in book one. His good friend Casey, who is also a hunk in a paramedic's uniform, stands by him while he deals with the troublemaker who led him astray. And let me tell you, she is something else. Never have I yearned to strangle a fictional character as much as I do her! Conniving, cold-hearted, self-centered . . . you get the picture. I enjoyed seeing her get a little payback, but I'm sure she will cause more trouble in the next book.
I didn't have so much sympathy for Danny this time, as he should have reported Julia's injuries to the authorities himself rather just to his lawyer. I would have expected that Rachel would have been censured by the police and courts. However, Dakota was undoubtedly the hero of the piece and as I always love to see an animal in pride of place that made it satisfactory.
The wedding was good, but one thing I think was missing in this was getting to know Sara. I know this is primarily Danny's story, but Sara seems to be remarkably passive in her acceptance of Danny's re-emergence into her life. Apart from the backstory in Book 1, there is little Sara's reactions to Danny's bad behaviour.
Overall, I liked the story - I had several hours to fill with my injured tootsie held higher than my head - so finished it and am now into the third in the series. Reporting back tomorrow!
Dr. Tilson was exposed but did not become ill until he realized that his wonderful dog, Dakota, saved the day.
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I am now on to book 3 now!