First Line Friday — Guarded Prognosis

20 Jul

Happy Friday everyone! I am featuring on of my favorite authors today — Richard Mabry, M.D. Dr. Mabry writes medical suspense that not only keeps his characters and his readers on their toes, but delivers a thought-provoking reading experience as well. Check out the first line of his newest novel, Guarded Prognosis.

Leave me a comment with the first line of the book nearest to you, then head over to Hoarding Books to discover more fabulous first lines.


When Dr. Caden Taggart saw the two men sitting in his waiting room, he didn’t think they were patients. He was right, and when they introduced themselves as agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency, things started to get bad.

Then Caden felt as though someone had gut-punched him when his father, Dr. Henry Taggart, told him he probably had carcinoma of the pancreas. When he talked about his son assisting with his suicide, Caden wondered how he could talk him out of that.

When he shared his news with his wife, Beth, she tried to assure Caden that God was in control. But as things progressed, he was unsure that was true. At first, he feared for his freedom. Then for his ability to cope. Eventually, he feared for his life.


Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart”. He is the author of ten published novels, three novellas, and a non-fiction book. His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a proud member of the ACFW, the International Thriller Writers, the Christian Authors Network, the FHL chapter of the RWA, and Novelists Inc.

You can connect with Richard on the Internet at his blog page and Facebook fan page, as well as Twitter and Goodreads.

31 Responses to “First Line Friday — Guarded Prognosis”

  1. Rachel July 20, 2018 at 4:39 am #

    I shared the first line of Jo Piazza’s upcoming novel “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win” on my blog. I’m still currently reading it so, I’ll share the first line of chapter 19 instead.

    “Ted Slaughter made a grand entrance onto the debate stage. When Chalotte went to shake his hand, he dropped to the floor to begin the first of thirty-seven push-ups.”

    Happy reading! Hope you have a restful weekend! 💗

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

      37?? Have a great weekend!

  2. lelandandbecky July 20, 2018 at 9:12 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Susan May Warren’s book “The Heat is On”.

    “Skye Doyle was going to get everyone killed.”

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 9:17 am #

      I’m reading Warren’s book now too. Action-packed.

  3. carylkane July 20, 2018 at 9:17 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line comes from Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King….

    “It’s a rock, Holmes”

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 9:18 am #

      Ha! Happy Friday!

  4. susandyer1962 July 20, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    Happy Friday!😎

    My First Lines come from If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren…….

    “Watching you die is the last thing I want to do on a Saturday morning.” Sierra said it in a low mutter, nearly under her breath, but Ian heard it anyway, a slash across his chest, right between the ribs.

    Have a great weekend, stay cool, and Happy Reading!😊💖📚

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

      Hope you have a wonderful reading weekend too!

  5. amystanton July 20, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    I didn’t know there were medical suspense books. That sounds really good!

    My first line is from The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall. “To put it as simply as possible: this is the story of a polygamist who has an affair.”

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

      Well. Happy Friday!

  6. bellesmoma16 July 20, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Woman of Clay by Linda Caddick. I’m currently on chapter 11, so I will share the first line from this chapter.

    “Spring burst almost overnight in a full palette of brilliant colour, transforming the world into one which barely resembled the one Shana had inhabited just a week or two before.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend filled with great reading time! 😁❤📚

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

      Great line! Happy Friday!

  7. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog July 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

    Happy weekend! This sounds like a good story!

    My first line comes from a hilarious novella I just finished, part of the Once Upon a Laugh collection releasing next week! “Lia ran through the prestigious 148-year-old halls, red ponytail flying behind her.” -If She Dares by Mikal Dawn

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

      I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the collection. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Anneliese Dalaba July 20, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    What a fun thing for a retired surgeon to do! I love it! On my blog, I’m featuring The Purchased Bride by Kit Morgan. Here, I will share the first line from Chapter Four of that novel. “Herman Mayer wasn’t the brightest or the nicest man around, and he knew it.” Wishing you a great Friday!

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

      Well at least he’s self aware. LOL!

  9. Paula Shreckhise July 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    My FLF quote is from Ann Gabhart’s newest book: River to Redemption.

    June 1833
    Adria Starr didn’t want her mother and little brother to stop breathing the way her father had. She wanted to take care of them. She was seven.

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

      That’s a line to break a heart. Have s good weekend.

  10. Caitlin H July 20, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

    Happy Friday 🙂

    I’ve never read Medical Suspense, but Guarded Prognosis sounds interesting. The first line hooks me as a reader and makes me want to read more. I’ll have to add it to my extensive TBR pile.

    This week’s FLF is Jen Turano’s A Match of Wits. I’m also reading Roseanna M. White’s Circle of Spies from the Culper Ring Series:

    “Marietta Hughes was the worst widow in the history of mourning.”

    Hope you have a nice weekend 🙂

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

      That is a great line! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Becky July 20, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    I’m sharing about “Trials of the Mighty” by Kenyon T. Henry on the blog today, but I’m currently reading “Unafraid” by Carey Scott. I’ll share the first line of chapter two.

    Authentic living. What does it even mean?

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!

    • rbclibrary July 21, 2018 at 7:25 am #

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      • Becky July 21, 2018 at 8:11 am #

        You too!!

  12. BookwormMama14 July 20, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

    Well that sounds intriguing!

    • rbclibrary July 21, 2018 at 7:24 am #

      And getting more so as I get into the story.

  13. Yvette - Bookworlder July 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

    Oh, my! That does sound intriguing. I’m sharing from A Rebel Heart by Beth White on my blog today, here’s the first line of Chapter 2:

    “Spyglass pressed to his good eye, Daughtry crouched behind a tree at the edge of the creek running through Buckner’s Ravine.”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary July 21, 2018 at 7:24 am #

      That is such a good book!

  14. Iola July 20, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    I’m not a fan of hospitals, but I do like a good medical suspense novel!

    I’m sharing from Open Circle by Stacy Monson on my blog.

    But Then There Was You by Kara Issac has just won the 2018 RITA Award for Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements from Romance Writers of America, so I’m going to share the first line to celebrate Kara’s win:

    Paige McAlister didn’t think think it was possible, but there was something worse than being single and thirty at your nineteen-year-old sister’s wedding.

    • rbclibrary July 21, 2018 at 7:23 am #

      Great line! And congratulatons to Kara Issac!

  15. thebeccafiles July 20, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

    Looks intense!

    • rbclibrary July 21, 2018 at 7:22 am #

      It’s good!

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