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Paramedics aren't born cynical. The job either hardens or devours them.

Have you ever wondered what paramedics experience? Dealing with 'the job' isn't glamorous. At its worst, it's gruesome. This very short story is not for the faint of heart or minors, but is for those fascinated with getting a behind the scenes look at EMS. It gets inside the mind of a rookie paramedic dealing with the realistic horror of humanity. It's an intense sensory ride, but not a normal story. Dozens of real medics, other than me, have agreed that it's an accurate portrayal--emotionally, visually, mentally, and sensory.

You know you want to look. Everyone does, they just don't want to admit it.

So why are you waiting?

Approx 5-10 pages depending on font/reader 2000+ intense words in the mind of a paramedic. 1st person.

NOT FOR UNDERAGE READERS! WARNING: graphic details of death, adult language, minor description of nudity.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful 4.0 out of 5 stars


December 18, 2011

By PublicHealthStudent

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I got really wrapped up in this story. I'm not a huge fiction fan,
yet I was totally engulfed in the words. In real life the scene in this
book would occur in maybe 15 minutes, but the way it is written guides
the reader through it slow motion with detailed sensory descriptions
that hit the transport you right into the scene with the characters. I
hope this becomes a series because the ending left me hoping for more!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars

Great quick read

November 12, 2013

By kmontemayor

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The author does an excellent job describing a brutal death scene. Her
metaphors of the smells accurately portray what's actually going on.
Those of us in healthcare know what renal failure smells like, but if
you haven't been around it, you don't know. It is obvious the author has
some personal experience with this.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars

Excellent read

January 6, 2013

By BadKatze

Format:Kindle Edition

Entertaining look into the morbid humor that is found in EMS. Not for
the weak of heart though! Also shows the wear on the psyche by pairing a
rookie and an "old timer" as partners.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 4.0 out of 5 stars

Would like more...

March 16, 2014

By Chuck Acker

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It was an interesting read. I am an EMT my self and understood the
point of view quiet well. I would have loved a longer story,but it was

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars


December 31, 2013

By Brac

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Very good, been there, done that. With myself being there more then a
few times, I think it's awesome the way the author put this into words.
You really have to be there to really understand how it feels.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 3.0 out of 5 stars


December 31, 2013

By Shari Lyne DuShane

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Ms. Patricks gives the reader a chance to witness a call through the
eyes of a paramedic, and I found that interesting and even a bit
informative. I liked the fact she didn't tie us into a full character
description, allowing us to imagine more. While this "story" gave the
reader what the writer stated it would - it was not a story, in the full
sense of the word and meaning. It would be an awesome scene in a full
short story or novel, however. I am not disappointed with this piece
and will look for more examples from the writer; I just wish there was a
plot presented, along with the terrific scene.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars

Great Read!

November 27, 2013

By Laura Farmer

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I would certainly love to read more about what the author goes through
on a regular basis. It's as close to an actual crime scene as you'll
get and you actually get sucked right into her world and a day in her

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars

A tough job and someone has to stay objective to get the facts straight.

November 24, 2013

By Daniel Allen

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I wasn't hesitate to read more of a real life fiction experience of
paramedics and police somewhat working together on a domestic death
scene. No spoilers from me on descriptions, and language with the real
life portrayal of a scene, that might seem to be not so be far from the
truth. The author has experience from her work, and with these newer
offerings, she wanted to stay closer to that knowledge base. She did
fine, and I commend her for her efforts. I downloaded her latest ebook,
and I am sure I will see more of her viewpoint through this difficult
job perspective. I am sure the next ficional story will shed more light
on this tough job. All the warnings of content, I feel that some readers
will read this because they want to know, understand and feel what it's
like to do a job like this. The fact of life it's best to stay immune
to the scenes the paramedics and police face on their tough jobs. I
don't understand the criticisms of the material, when the warnings and
content clearly state, what might be offensive or not appealing or to
the liking of some sensitive readers. Thanks Ms Jacqueline Patricks for
trying so hard to bring that across in your story.

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