North Korea continues to taunt the United States by detonating nuclear weapons and launching long-range missiles across the Pacific. This threat is suddenly overshadowed by the destruction of the US fleet as it sails through the Straits of Hormuz and into the Persian Gulf. As the crisis escalates, little attention is paid to several blue, bloated, and grossly disfigured Asian sailors who wash ashore in Galveston, Texas. Meanwhile, the North Korean cargo ship, Il-sung , is able to slip into Whiskey Bay, Louisiana, unnoticed, where she offloads her cargo: highly radioactive weapons of mass destruction.
As more Asian sailors become deathly ill from the many weeks spent at sea in close proximity to their lethal cargo, they are transferred to a small hospital in Carencrow, Louisiana, for treatment. Dr. Rex Bent, an emergency room physician, immediately becomes suspicious and notifies the proper authorities. With their coup de grâce in jeopardy the extremists realize that Dr. Bentand his wife and confidante, Sharonmust be eliminated without raising suspicion. Pursued and hounded like traitors who had betrayed their country, the Bents are in a race against time, determined to discover the significance of Crisis: Blue .
About the Author
With experience in emergency medicine, nuclear power and with the military, as well as his travels throughout the world, author J. A. Davis offers frightening, real-world perspectives in his writing, bringing scenarios alive with realism. This is his first novel.
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Crisis: Blue, the debut novel of author John A. Davis, is simultaneously a medical thriller and a spy thriller with a thought-provoking view of potential attacks on the U.S. by joint efforts of North Korea and Iran. If you believe rogue nations are not plotting against the U.S., this book is a must read. The story opens with the Iranians bombing a fleet of American ships in the Straits of Hormuz, killing over 1,000 U.S. soldiers. Next, the bodies of Asian sailors with a blue tinge on their skin wash up onto the beach in Galveston, Texas, and very ill sailors with the same blue tinge present to the Emergency Department at the for-profit hospital in a small Louisiana town where they later die. Many writers express their social and political views through the dialogue of their characters, and Davis is one. While the book could easily be seen by some as an ultra-conservative essay on current political issues, including decreased defense spending, a "border fence" and the media, Davis makes many bipartisan points as well. Additionally, the antagonists are shown to be the evil people they are rather than the religious zealots they claim to be. Davis makes an extremely good point on the dangers and abuses of for-profit hospitals which have been known to put profits and stockholders' interests ahead of patient care. The hospital's owner, GeeHad Bin Sad (note the play on the word "jihad") threatens to fire anyone who won't refuse uninsured patients in the ER, even though the medical staff could lose their licenses by doing so. He subtly works into the dialogue comments about tobacco use and employees "countless cigarette breaks" along with several mentions of uninsured patients who cannot pay their bills. Kudos to Davis for making the American president a woman. The main character, Dr. Rex Bent is determined to find the cause of death of those Asian sailors in Galveston and in his hospital. He contacts the CDC and NSA, which eventually brings them to his small Louisiana town. For this, the colluding North Koreans and Iranians decide he and his wife must die. Early on I suspected that this was the author's first novel, and a peek at his online presence confirmed that. After only a few chapters, however, the writing tightened up, and the story became more intriguing and moved more quickly. That's when I reached the point where I couldn't put the book down. I was stunned when the book suddenly ended right in the middle of the action. Still, I am anxious to find out what happens next, and am eagerly awaiting the publication of the next book in this series Crisis: Black. Do I recommend this book? Yes. It highlights problems for our country that deserve serious and thoughtful attention. The fact that those issues are presented as fiction may actually open the eyes of some folks. Davis mentioned Whiskey Bay as the hiding place of one of the North Korean cargo ships, so I had hopes that he would include comments on the effects of climate change and oil spills on our southern coastline. That was not mentioned. What Made This Book Reviewer Grumpy? The book is littered with split-infinitives. We all use them in conversational English, but written English is different. Grammatical errors are often used in the dialogue of a character who is portrayed as being not well-educated. However, for the narrator of the storyline to use them is not a good thing. While I never like abrupt endings, I especially didn't like this one. The next line after the endi
CRISIS BLUE is a riveting thriller on terrorism...a real threat to us all today. A page-turner, filled with action and suspense. I was captivated by the story and the protagonist, Dr. Rex Bent. I look forward to a sequel. I highly recommend this novel!