Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff
Disaster Status by Candace Calvert
"...all the drama of a medical facility/tv show, within the pages of a book."
Being a former nurse, I’m always interested in medical shows, books,
stories, etc. Disaster Status, by Candace Calvert, is all the drama of
a medical facility/tv show, within the pages of a book. As you read this
story, you can definitely tell that it’s written by a medical professional
because of technical jargon and descriptions, which truly add to the reality
of the whole story. Candace Calvert is actually a former ER nurse who turned
author after an accident that left her with a broken neck.
The story begins with action and mystery from the very start when a plane crashes into a toxic dump, leaving a community in emergency status. When a group of people who have been affected by the toxicity of the crash begin to pour into the ER, things quickly escalate. It would seem that even ER personnel are not completely safe from the effects of this mysterious illness. Erin Quinn, charge nurse, quickly responds to the ER’s call for help and consequently, meets Scott McKenna, the fire chief. From the first time they meet, there’s definitely a chemistry between the two, but they can never get along, which adds to the chemistry even more.
Erin’s heart is in the right place in wanting to help her community, her colleagues, to gain the positive out of such a negative situation. However, it’s not easy when she’s got so many things going on in her own life that need dealt with. Of course, she’s not the only one who hasn’t dealt with the past, as other characters most definitely lend to the drama within this story. From Sarge to Dr. Leigh Stathos to little Cody, whose parents were killed in a car accident, it’s not hard to become invested in this story and not want to put it down.
I will say that there is quite a bit of medical/technical description throughout the story, which at times, can be a bit tedious. However, for me personally, the story definitely took precedence over any medical talk. The author knew how to weave the details in as to stay current with the storyline.