ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shawn has served for over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in northern Nevada. From fire engines and ambulances to tillered ladder trucks and helicopters, Shawn’s work environment has always been dynamic. The line of duty has carried him to a variety of locale, from high-rise fires in the city to the burning heavy timber of the eastern Sierras.
Shawn attended Point Loma Nazarene University as a Theology undergrad before shifting direction to acquire an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology as well as Paramedic licensure through Truckee Meadows Community College.
Shawn currently lives in Reno, Nevada, just outside of Lake Tahoe. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, three children and yellow Labrador.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Chase the Angel of Death and You Might Catch Him
Jonathan Trestle is a paramedic who's spent the week a few steps behind the angel of death. When he responds to a call about a man sprawled on a downtown sidewalk, Trestle isn't about to lose another victim. CPR revives the man long enough for him to hand Trestle a crumpled piece of paper and say, "Give this to Martin," before being taken to the hospital.
The note is a series of dashes and haphazard scribbles. Trestle tries to follow up with the patient later, but at the ICU he learns the man awoke, pulled out his IVs, and vanished, leaving only a single key behind. With the simple decision to honor a dying man's last wish, Jonathan tracks the key to a nearby motel where he finds the man again--this time not just dead but murdered. Unwilling to just let it drop, Jonathan is plunged into a mystery that soon threatens not only his dreams for the future but maybe even his life. He must race for the truth before the Angel of Death comes calling for him.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Tomorrow We Die, go to HERE.
Shawn Grady was named the "Most Promising New Writer" at the 2008 Mount Hermon Writers Conference and I can understand why. He tells a good story with likable characters. Unfortunately, the plot wasn't as compelling as I wanted it to be. I liked "Tomorrow We Die", but I didn't love it. I felt that the main character, John Trestle was a really good protagonist, but the mystery lacked focus. At first I thought it was an "angel of death" story in a literal sense and was kind of disappointed when he, the angel, didn't show up in the flesh (so to speak). It had a little bit of everything, a lot of EMT technichal stuff which was interesting, but didn't seem tightly connected to the story line and I found myself questioning its relevance to the whole story.
On the whole, it was an enjoyable book and I look forward to reading more by this author.