Book Review - Deadly Passage - Lawrence W. Gold, M.D.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Lawrence W. Gold, M.D. has done it again. This is the third book he has written that I have read; this one is every bit as good as the other two! Dr. Gold used his medical knowledge and his knowledge of sailing to bring us one of the most thrilling high seas adventure stories I personally have ever read. It starts out normally enough--a family, the Reiss family (Andy, Jesse, Rachel and their Dog) has been sailing around for about five years and have finally decided that maybe it is time to go live on dry land again. They set sail towards the Florida coast. Meanwhile 2 homegrown American terrorists are plotting to avenge their father's death--with the help of a Middle Eastern country. And a scientist in one of the Middle Eastern countries is out to avenge the death of his son.

As they are sailing they notice a boat adrift in the open ocean. Andy boards her and rescues two teen age Americans who are very close to death. Andy leaves a note on the boat and ultimately calls the US Coast Guard to let them know. Being a doctor (and his wife a nurse)-they revive the two young people only to discover that they have helped 2 terrorists. (ALWAYS listen to your dog-they really do know people best!). The doctor, who is also an infectious disease specialist realizes that the 2 young people have small pox, a disease that everyone thought had been erased from the face of the earth.

Meanwhile, back on dry land, both the Cubans and the Americans are trying to figure out what is going on and of course blaming each other and attempting not to let the other country know so as avert confrontation between the two countries. The political intrigue is totally believable (at least to me) and will have you shaking your head in wonder.

Then the worst happens--Hurricane Agnes--and I sometimes wondered as I read whether the boat would ever make it to land--thankfully, no help from politicos--it did. The Reiss' were put into isolation and a cure was sought.

The ending of this book still has me shivering and honestly slightly frightened--no I'm not giving this away--I will say that you should definitely read this book-I read it from cover to cover in one sitting!!

About the Book: (from the back of the book)

Danger at sea is not new to the Reiss family, and while the sea can be unpredictable, nobody could have foreseen what they'd face trying to get home.

After five years at sea, Andy, Jesse, and twelve year old Rachel decide to head back to Florida. While they've handled most of what nature could throw at them, now, they face the unexpected.

Off the coast of Cuba, they come upon a battered sailboat adrift. The two young Americans abaord, Ryan, and Nicole are near death. Andy, a physician and Jesse, a nurse, revive them only to discover that they've rescued two homegrown terrorists intent on infecting Miami with a deadly virus.

While Andy and his family struggle to get home, they now face multiple obstacles: the terrorists, the disease, the Cuban Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, The Department of Homeland Security, the Oval Office, and Hurricane Agnes.

Deadly Passage reveals senseless terrorism for what it is. We experience nature's violence, cringe at mindless political intrigue, and celebrate a family's courage, and pray for them as they face impossible odds. The denouement is unexpected and chilling.

This book can be purchased at Amazon

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About the Author: (from the back of the book)

Dr. Gold practiced internal medicine and nephrology (diseases of the kidney) in Berkeley, California for twenty-three years. He was an active participant in the hospital’s quality assurance program. Dr. Gold served as chief of the department of internal medical and family practice.

After retiring, Dr. Gold set sail with his wife, Doris and their cat, Funina. They cruised Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean on a Sparkman and Sparkman cutter. They sold the sailboat and cruised Florida, the Bahamas, the United States East Coast and Canada on a Nordic Tug.

They are back on land in spectacular Grass Valley, California.

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Pam said...

This one sounds like a thrilling read. I have to admit I am intrigued to know what the ending is!

Pam said...

Me too! I love ending like that. Sounds good.

Becca said...

I too and dying to check out the ending! It sounds like an awesome book!

becca said...

sounds interesting adding to reading list

Melinda Dunne said...

This sounds like a very intense book. I imagine it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I love the concept of saving others only to find out they are terrorist. That is a twisted plot for sure.

Corinne Schmitt said...

Sounds like I will have to start this one in the morning after my coffee since I'll need to be alert to keep up with all the twists and turns!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Haven't read any stories that he wrote but would love to. I love stories like this one as it makes my heart race when the situation is very intense lol.

April M. said...

i love a good thrilling book. would love to read his books.:)

Kelly R said...

This sounds like a really good book. I will have to check it out.

Shannon Marie Baker said...

Very interesting. I think I would have called the coast guard for help and just waited near their boat. I never give strangers a ride and wouldn't even on a boat. You never what kind of people you'll pick up!

Hobbies on a Budget said...

What a chilling teaser! This definite;y looks like it should be made into a movie too!

Cyndie said...

this kind of thriller always peaks my interest

Jennifer Williams said...

That sounds like one that would be hard to put down. I had heard good things about this authors books before from my husband but the way he described them made them sound like they were not for me. This one sounds pretty good.

Patricia Woolverton said...

Oh wow this book does sound really good! I am dying to know what happens at the end.

Lexie Lane said...

I know a few people who would like this. It's funny but my dad who fishes a lot and my friends who sail a lot, say there are hardly any medical professionals on the boat. My cousin, who's a nurse, had to put stitches on a guy at one time because they were 3 hours away from land. This book sounds really good.

nova hedges said...

Very intriguing story, i like the action and mysteries. This i bet would be a great novel to read.

April M. said...

I have never heard of this good doctor's book. will be checking his books soon.

Healy Harpster said...

This is something different that I would like to read.

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