Monday, September 10, 2012

Trauma Junkie and Trauma Junkie 2: Hypodermic Nightmare by Tom Hobbs

Trauma Junkie 2: Hypodermic Nightmare was released 10 September. Make sure you read Trauma Junkie first.

Trauma Junkie by Tom Hobbs

What happens when a suicidal paramedic falls in love with an ambulance chasing reporter?
Brian is going through a rough patch in his life. His wife, Amber, has divorced him and is remarrying a rich wall street hedge fund manager. His boss hates him, his partner tolerates him, and he likes to stand on the ledge ten storeys up, bottle in hand.
Four years ago his infant son passed away in his crib sending his life into a tail spin.
All he has left is saving lives, and saving them on his terms. That's not enough.
Enter Brooklyn, a fiery red headed stringer, who works the overnight selling video and stills to the New York media and she's had a long standing crush on Brian.
She's out to prove that a paramedic isn't the only one who can save a life.

An intriguing book. I read in the author's notes that it was originally written as a screenplay. That makes sense of the way the book unfolds - an action-packed love story strung onto a classic three-act film structure. But as a novel, the story also works, and I really enjoyed getting to know these vibrant characters. While some of the plot points were a tiny bit predictable, the writing is solid and the story is eminently believable. However, where this book really shines is in the vivid descriptions from the POV of Brian, the main protagonist, as he goes about his daily business of (literally) saving lives. He's an EMT in some of the grittiest parts of New York and I was gripped by his perspective, his gallows humor and his life-saving techniques. The private diaries opening up each chapter were very effective. I hope to see much more of Brian. This character has a lot to offer the world. (By VampireCowboy)

Trauma Junkie2: Hypodermic Nightmare
 by Tom Hobbs

Brian and Brooklyn have everything they could hope for, two wonderful children, and they love what they do. Life is perfect, too perfect. That’s all about to change – in the form of a junkie’s dirty hypodermic needle.
Faced with the possibility that he has just become HIV positive Brian must undergo the dreaded PEP Protocol, and for the next six weeks he is thrown into a state of limbo that forces him to re-evaluate his life. The first real test of their marriage is about to begin.

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About the Author
Tom Hobbs grew up in the National Park Service living in places like the Grand Canyon, Acadia, and Mesa Verde. After High School he joined the US Air Force where he served in Wyoming, Germany, and New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Creative Writing and Photography and went to work in film as a Director of Photography while writing screenplays on the side. He moved with his wife, Robin, and their children Rush, Ari, Chris, and Nadia from San Diego to New York City just four days before 911. After that he went to work as an EMT and later on as a Paramedic. He currently works as a freelance Social Media Marketer in Brooklyn. He writes in his spare time.
Tom's novels, The Blue Goose, Trauma Junkie, and Twilight on the Amber Cliffs are all novelized versions of the screenplays he has written by the same titles.
Tom runs the website that promotes Independent Authors.
From the author: Thank you for checking out my books. Please beware that there are graphic scenes of a medical nature in this novel as well as some rather unsavory urban language within the text. These novels were inspired by 7 years of service as a Paramedic in New York City.