When Dr. Ben Lambert dies of an apparent heart attack, Dr.
Josh Pearson is named the next personal physician to the
former President of the United States, David Madison. Dr.
Lambert and Madison were on a trip to Columbia
when the heart attack occurred. David and a nurse, Rachel
Moore, return to the United States with Lambert's body, but the
body is stolen at the airport when the wrong person picks
A couple of days later, David and Rachel come down with what
appears to be diphtheria, but is actually a combination of
diphtheria plus a deadly bacterium known as bacillus
decimus. The only medicine that will cure them is an
experimental drug called Robinoxine, also known as RP-78.
Josh is treating David while a colleague is
responsible for Rachel. Josh has a conflict of interest; he
and Rachel have been dating for about a year and things are
getting serious. But not enough of this experimental
drug is available for both patients, not even enough for a
full course of treatment for one.
Can Josh find enough of this miracle drug to keep David
and Rachel alive, or is politics trumping medicine? Did Dr.
Lambert really have a heart attack, or was it just made to
look like one? Is this attack on former President Madison
accidental or was this planned, and if so, by whom?
MIRACLE DRUG is an inspirational medical thriller that gets
better with each turn of the page. It is riveting and fast-
paced and will hold you spellbound. Dr. Richard Mabry
certainly has the medical background and expertise to write
such a detailed story, but also a gift of imagination for the
way he presents this suspenseful tale. All of the
characters are strong and believable, and there are many of
them. It's hard to say who the main characters are because
several play a major part in weaving the
storyline together. Dr. Mabry shows us a tender side to
some of the characters with their strong faith in God to
see them through this horrendous affair. Some of the
characters grow their faith as they work through their
difficulties. If you're a fan of this genre, do not miss
The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The
treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t.
Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why—his patients, including
the former President of the United States, have been dosed
with a different strain of the original virus, one that is
universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment
with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might
already have discarded its supply.
As if treating the President of the United States isn’t
stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when
Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls
ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a
miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the
woman who holds his heart.
Tears formed in Rachel Moore’s eyes as she stood on the
tarmac of El Dorado airport in Bogotá, Colombia, watching
the special metal coffin holding the earthly remains of
Dr. Ben Lambert disappear into the cargo hold of the
private jet. Dr. Lambert, I’m so sorry. I wish I could
have done more.
An older man, the silver waves of his hair blowing
slightly in the wind, stood beside her. As though he
could read her thoughts, he said, “Don’t beat yourself
up, Rachel. No one could have predicted this. And you and
the others did everything humanly possible. Ben was
probably already dead when you found him.” Then David W.
Madison, immediate past President of the United States,
put his arm gently around her shoulders and hugged her.
“I guess I know that,” she said. “But no one expected it.
I mean, we all had physicals along with our immunizations
before leaving, and he told me he was in tip-top shape
for a man of over sixty. Then, when we were eating lunch
at the church, he was in the bathroom...”
“I know. It’s a shock. Ben Lambert was an old friend. We
grew up together. And now he’s gone.” Madison took his
arm away and looked down at the nurse. “You know you
don’t have to be the one to accompany his body back to
Dallas. One of the other members of the party could do
“No, I think I need this to achieve some closure. You’ll
be coming back in a couple more days, and if there’s a
medical problem after I leave, you still have Dr. Dietz
and Linda Gaston.”
The door to the cargo hold closed with a thud, and Rachel
shivered despite the tropic heat. She lifted her carry-on
bag and started to turn away, but Madison stopped her.
“Ben must have sensed something like this might happen,
because before we left he spoke to me about another
physician he thought should take care of me if he
couldn’t.” Madison hesitated. “I think you know him.
Matter of fact, I imagine he’s the one meeting you at the
airport after you land.”
“You mean Josh?”
“When you see him, please tell Dr. Pearson I need to see
him as soon as I return.”