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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large type edition edition (Sept. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1847828019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847828019
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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'Assured debut Howell has created two sympathetic female characters and lives up to her title with plenty of lively action.' -- The Sunday Telegraph

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter T. Canning on 4 Aug. 2008
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A great EMS-police crime/thriller written by Katherine Howell, a former Australian "ambulance officer." One of the main characters is a woman paramedic, the other is a female detective. The paramedic's husband, a police officer, gets shot and their baby is kidnapped. From that point on it is a nonstop rush to the conclusion. There are many EMS scenes -- as authentic as you will find in any book. While this is Howell's first novel, this is an incredibly accomplished thriller, filled with unexpected and shocking twists.

Hopefully, we can look forward to many more EMS-related crime thrillers from Howell in the future.

-- Peter Canning, Author of Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine
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Frantic is the first novel in the Ella Marconi detective series. I think that Katherine has an excellent writing style and she clearly knows her subject when it comes to writing medical jargon having come from a medical background herself and working as a paramedic.

What was immediately apparent to me though was that although the series is about Ella Marconi, Ella herself is not the dominant female character in the book and I'm not sure whether that is deliberate. I almost forgot about Ella and was more interested in Sophie, the paramedic whose husband Chris, a police officer is shot and whose son is abducted possibly murdered. On the basis that this was the first book and Ella was going to return I would have expected her to be the dominant female character, but maybe I just got wrapped up in the story and wanted to find out what had happened to baby Lachlan which is probably no bad thing as it kept me reading. I thought the twist at the end was great. There were a couple of loose ends I would have liked to see tied up.

When I started to read the book a few months back but for one reason or another I did not have the time to get further than about page 60. The main action starts from around page 83 so there is a lot of build up to the shooting but I read the rest of the book in one sitting so that's a good recommendation!
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EMS Thriller 1 April 2008
By Peter T. Canning - Published on Amazon.com
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A great EMS-police crime/thriller written by Katherine Howell, a former Australian "ambulance officer." One of the main characters is a woman paramedic, the other is a female detective. The paramedic's husband, a police officer, gets shot and their baby is kidnapped. From that point on it is a nonstop rush to the conclusion. There are many EMS scenes -- as authentic as you will find in any book. While this is Howell's first novel, this is an incredibly accomplished thriller, filled with unexpected and shocking twists.

The book has not yet been published in print in the United States, it is being published in the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Russia, in addition to Australia. Hopefully, we can look forward not only to a US edition sometime soon, but many more EMS-related crime thrillers from Howell in the future.

-- Peter Canning, Author of Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another fantastic EMS thriller! 19 Mar. 2009
By Marc Rogol - Published on Amazon.com
This novel, by Katherine Howell, is a great read for anyone - especially for people in EMS or any other Public Service field.

Frantic grabs you from the first page, and from there on out it's a non-stop thrill ride. The main character, an Australian Paramedic, and her husband experience one of the worst things a parent can face: the kidnapping of their only child. To make matters worse, the husband is shot in the process...

The writing is riveting, and Katherine's descriptions of both the Law Enforcement and EMS situations are spot on. The reader, whether in the field or not, will quickly get immersed in the events these characters experience.

This was one of my favorite reads this year - I wholeheartedly look forward to reading more from Ms. Howell in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best in Class - EMS Novel 15 Jun. 2010
By G. Friese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Katherine Howell has raised the bar for novels featuring paramedics as lead characters. Frantic is a fast moving crime thriller with accurate medical scenarios, assessments, and treatments. As a paramedic and parent I really connected with the personal turmoil the leach character, Sophie Phillips is thrust into when her husband is shot and her child is abducted.

All fans of page turning thrillers will enjoy Frantic while they also learn about the unique challenges paramedics anywhere in the world face on a daily basis.
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Great book! 10 Feb. 2009
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This book by Katherine Howell is a great thriller, and her true to life scenarios gave me nightmares. I could not put the book down until I found out what happened. Quick read

Dawn
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