Trauma Junkie by Tom Hobbs
“The private journal of Brian Sheahan.” So begins this gritty, fast-paced tale of one man’s life as an EMT in NYC. Brian’s personal life is a mess, but he doesn’t let that affect his job. He and his partner of five years, Mel, handle some of the toughest areas assigned by their superior (rightly dubbed) The Chipmunk, who has an axe to grind with Brian’s wisecracks and shenanigans. Mel and Brian are close and share everything about their personal lives with each other as they prowl the dark streets waiting for their next trauma call. Although they are nothing alike they both have the character that allows them to be part of a team whose main concern is saving lives. Brian hides his depression well, but a few know he suffers and why. He is brutally honest in his diary about his desire to die. He believes his life is not worth living, even as he strives to save the lives of those he is called to protect.
The characters in this story are frank, and the conversation is uncensored, just as it would be in real life situations of this sort. The members of the trauma team are close, although one wouldn’t know it by the way they sometimes treat each other. The key players include Amber, Brian’s ex-wife, and a news stringer named Brooklyn, Leo, the lovable, sometimes frustrating old man who causes Brian a lot of tense moments, The Chipmunk, and Brian’s partner, Mel. Add to that a few other quirky characters and you have a book that will definitely be made into a movie. There is not a lot of description here, but the dialogue is superb and the reader is hooked from page one. I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down!
If you like tv shows like ER, Grey’s Anatomy, House and the like, you will love this book. The main character is very real, both in emotion and presence. You feel for his situation and understand it well through the author’s writing. Hold on to your seats – Tom Hobbs will take you for a wild ride! One you won’t soon forget!