In this medical thriller, Paramedic Jim Stockbridge responds to an EMS call in the ghetto and finds his best friend brutally stabbed and shot. Consumed with rage he hunts down Sid Drake’s killers and renders his own form of justice. But he soon finds himself lost, tangling with his own demons, and a vicious street gang and its ruthless warlord, William “J-Rock” Jackson. So begins a long, dark journey that pushes Jim deep into his own personal world of bitterness and revenge, and ultimately to the brink of disaster. Haunting nightmares ensue. Endless nights. A brutal biker gang tries to have him killed and an angry detective wants him behind bars. His girlfriend leaves him, J-Rock is out for blood, and suddenly his entire world seems to be falling apart. Jim Stockbridge becomes a man truly tested by fire. He set out to seek revenge, but found something totally unexpected–forgiveness.
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I am a paramedic, an educator, a family man, and an adventurer. I love life, and live to go fast. I used to race motorcycles, now I ride a mountain bike. I have sailed since I was nine, taken a million pictures, studied many topics, and bandaged a lot of people. I write about what I know. So if my stories are gritty, a little fast, colorful and full of adventure, it’s because I’ve been there, on the water, in the woods, and on the street, with dying people in my arms, and that has left a deep impression on my heart.But at the end of the day, I’m just a paramedic with a lot of stories to tell. Answering the Call is a collection of short stories written as devotionals to encourage my 1st responder friends. Tested By Fire is a novel based on the streets–a gritty, action tale. Its sequel, Paramedic Killer is completed and ready to go. Here’s a short excerpt:He made his decision. He would die trying, but there was no way he was going to stand back and watch an innocent child burn to death.He pulled free of his supervisor’s grip and rushed the burning vehicle, but before he could take three steps his world erupted in a flash of orange light. Searing flames rolled over his head flinging him backwards to the ground. He felt a blast of heat, the wind sucked from his lungs. A huge fireball rolled toward the sky and then dissipated quickly to hard roaring flames. The van became a raging inferno, popping and hissing and cooking all inside.Jim Stockbridge could only stare at the terrible fiery wreck. He wanted to cry, to shake his fist and shout at the unleashed horror unfolding before his eyes, but he was a trained professional, and he had work to do.Three bodies lay on the pavement beside him. Two were on fire…(From Paramedic Killer, A Medic-7 Novel … Coming soon, Lord willing: Street Survivor, A Medic-7 Novel)____________*A personal note about my novel, Tested By Fire: A reader has complained that I use the Lord’s name in vain. Nothing could be further from the truth. I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all of my heart, and I would never use His name in vain. If one of the main characters cries out, “Jesus!” it’s because it’s what I do…I call on Him often, in times of trouble, and in times of praise. Jim Stockbridge is not a perfect man, but he is forgiven.