Recently, I won a #freedownload of a second book in a series while participating in a book release event. The author was kind enough to also give me the first book when he discovered I had not read it. And that was how I fell head-over-heels in love with The Reaper Series by Jerrid Edgington.
Now, I know many of you are thinking that, from the title of this series and the fact that I love all things spooky, Edgington must write in the #horror or #paranormal genres. Nope! His books are actually nail-biting #dramas with #medicalsuspense and tons of thrills, twists, and unexpected turns to throw you off balance. Not my usual cup of tea, but the fact that the author used his personal experience and knowledge as a paramedic made for a very gripping read.
After a life altering accident that nearly leaves Jacob Myers paralyzed, he feels his life is meant for something greater than the boring grind of an office job. Through his recovery process he comes to a decision to become an EMT.
In the fast paced world of emergency services, Jacob makes one mistake after another. Is the stress of holding other lives in his hands just too much for him?
Things go terribly wrong when a former patient stalks him and accuses him of sexual assault.
Will Jacob clear his name and rid his life of this mentally unbalanced woman or will he be trapped and imprisoned for something he didn’t do?
Here is my review for the first book, Racing the Reaper:
I received a free copy of this book from the author after winning a copy of the second book in this series at a book release event. Honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy it – not because the author is one I’ve read before or from word-of-mouth, but because I normally don’t read dramas or medical thrillers. After finishing the book, I still can’t say I’ll buy more books in those genres, but I WILL read more of Edgington’s books. Yes, I am hooked.
What I liked:
1. The Characters: They are authentic. None of that working-class hero crap. The author paints his characters with a plain brush. They are honest, genuine, and flawed, but they care.
2. The Medical Calls: You can tell Edgington knows his stuff just by the vocabulary used but the action and heart-pounding descriptions are what drew me in. Like the main character, my pulse raced and I felt like I was right there in the middle of each call, waiting to don a pair of gloves and check some vital signs. Talk about a thrill ride!
3. The Plot: This is the ultimate story of not giving up on one’s dreams. Jacob, the main character, is thrown for every single loop there is and yet, each time, he gets back up and dusts himself off, ready to climb up on the horse again. There were times when I wanted to shake him for being so careless or jumping to conclusions but I couldn’t help but cheer him on.
What I Didn’t Like:
I did find a few editing issues in the book but do not hold them against the author. He is not an editor and is signed with a publishing company that provides the editing he receives. I’ve noticed editing mistakes seemed to be common-place with this particular company from the books I’ve read signed with them. I did mention some of the mistakes I found to the author and he thanked me for pointing them out.
I read this book in one day. I had a hard time putting it down and I can’t wait to read the second, which I plan to start right after I post this review! So happy to read a book that held my attention until the very end. Well done, Mr. Edgington!
After being stalked by Becca in Racing the Reaper book one, paramedic, Jacob Myers moves to Idaho to find Bridgett and start a new life. Things go drastically wrong for Jacob from the moment he steps off the plane. Bridgett’s in a relationship with a handsome young doctor, someone wants to ruin Jacob’s career, and then the threats to his life begin. Can Jacob survive long enough to unravel the tangled web of deceit?
Resuscitation, book two in the Racing the Reaper thriller series lives up to the fast paced style the author set in book one. Hold on tight for the ride of your life.
Here is my review for Resuscitation, book two in The Reaper series:
Holy crap! Will Jacob ever get out from up under the dark cloud that has apparently followed him from one state to another? The hits just keep coming (literally), and the second book in Edgington’s The Reaper series will leave you breathless.
What I Liked:
1. The Characters: From the good guys to the ones you want to run over with a car, these characters are well-written and different. I really love James in this book. He is caring and a good friend. He brings balance to a cast that is a mixed bag of likes and dislikes. I must say that I wasn’t too crazy with the protagonist in this book, especially where his father was concerned. I hope he pulls his head out of a certain orifice before it’s too late.
2. The Plot: In the first book, Racing the Reaper, we have a psychotic leech who is bound and determined to lay claim on the protagonist, and goes to outlandish lengths to try and make this happen. In Resuscitation, there is a controlling doctor and a disgruntled husband of a patient and both seem to want nothing more than to place a toe-tag on Jacob. The only question is which one will get to him first? Very intense!
3. The Medical Calls: Once again, Edgington easily drew me in with the action of the medical calls. They were gritty, fast-paced, and made me want to scream at times. The book actually starts off on one such call and I just knew I would have a heart attack before it was over with. I honestly never knew what paramedics, EMT’s, and fire fighters go through on a daily basis. I will never take them for granted and have a new-found respect for them and what they do to save lives.
What I Didn’t Like:
As with the first book in this series, I found some editing issues that, in my opinion, should have been caught by the editor of the publishing company the author is signed with. However, I don’t hold these against the author. I think he did a wonderful job writing the story.
The only problem I have now is waiting until book three is released! Is it fall yet???
I gave both of these books 5-stars. You really should read them so I am including the Amazon links for both.
I’ve done my part, now it is up to you to click on the links above and grab these excellent books for yourself. Get to clicking!