Honor Bound by Michael Oborn.
For every First Responder killed in the line of duty, three die by their own hand. There is more to being a cop than may appear at first glance. Danny, a cop, has a drug problem. He loses everything; honor, family, home. Turning in his shield was the hardest thing he ever did. His partner and best friend, Patrolman Roger Senail, committed suicide following his own arrest for drug addiction. Danny was devastated. When facing the barrel of his own piece Danny chooses life over suicide. He then dedicates his life to making sure the stigma and dishonor never happens to another policeman. Danny learns the enemies of change come vested in authority and are armed with enormous power. Against incredible odds this a story of the impossible and of hope and a promise; it is a story of the men and women who answer the call to serve and protect; and it is the story of those who stumble and fall. This is a story of hope and a promise and a Rogue Cop who went to war to answer the promise.
Review by The McKenzies: Awareness to helping our emergency responders instead of abandoning them. Someone’s done their homework. Honor Bound takes you into the life of a Seattle area Police Officer (okay Kirkland if ya wanna get technical) Danny Ireland who is addicted to pain killers and has done some less than honorable things to acquire them. You take a deep dive into his consequences and all I gotta say is someone has done their homework. I’ve worked with at risk, homeless, and chemically dependent folks (interestingly enough in the Seattle area) often, so when I read this book, I felt like I could’ve been reading out one of my residents. In fact, I had to make sure that this isn’t based off a real story given that I do work in close conjunction with some of Seattle’s LEO. I’ve seen first-hand what withdrawal and detox can do to a person. It’s not pretty.This is a dark picture of addiction and the tole it takes on friends, family, and coworkers around Danny. It’s definitely a gut punch in places.The authors writing speaks of someone who’s either been in law enforcement or close to it long enough to know some of its more intimate details. That or he did his homework with LEO that talked with him.Not to give away spoilers, but “Safe Call Now” is a real service for all emergency services personnel and is a nationwide service. One that now I know about will let my brothers and sisters on my local FD know about. I would love to see this turned into a movie. It’s definitely something that needs to be brought to light and more emergency responders like myself need to know about it. The action scenes would be perfect for action buffs and for those of us who can’t turn away from a cop movie or drama it’s got it all.
Publication Date: Feb 1, 2023
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)
Fiction: Action Cop Drama
Keywords: addiction, police, suicide, redemption
About The Author: Michael Oborn recently received two awards from Readers Favorite. 5 Star rating medallion and an Honorable Mention. Thank you, ‘Readers Favorite’.
The Complete Mystery of Matthew Alcott has become a subject of heated debate and interest among angry Mormons, ex-Mormons, and religious scholars. Oborn’s book has been critiqued and reviewed on five continents.
A growing audience of interest is spreading though borderline church members in the 14,000,000 memberships of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Oborn has piqued the indignation of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles In Salt Lake City for writing a suspense fiction using the cultural environment of Mormonism as the backdrop of his story just as Dan Brown did among the Cardinals of Rome with the Da Vinci Code.
Oborn served an honorable two-year mission for the Mormon Church. He is the son of a manager of The Deseret Industries, a non-profit church welfare organization.
A fascination with science and cultural anthropology, Oborn graduated from Weber State University and holds a title of Chemical Dependency Professional in the State of Washington.
More About Mike Oborn as an Actor, Director, and Retired Drunk: Michael is a Chemical Dependency Professional working with addicts and their families. He is affiliated with SAFE CALL NOW, a nonprofit organization involved with police and firefighters. “Our first responders have the most difficult job in our society. As a result of the high stress and injury rates they have a suicide rate almost three times that of us, the citizen they protect and serve. Most of that number suffer the disease of addiction. Very few people realize this.”
Message From The Author: If you like Charles Bukowski, E. Annie Proulx, Craig Johnson, or Edward Abbey, I’m your man. Mine writing has been called a Karate style.
Why Mystery/Suspense? I wanted to write a book that was entertaining, historically enlightening, and educational. I did so because so few non-Mormons really know what being a Mormon means. When people ask me at author readings for book clubs and book stores, “What is the strangest experience you have had when talking to people about your book, I have to say, People’s reactions.”
A non-Mormon will tell me something like, “I find this hard to believe.” An ex-Mormon, on the other hand, will hug me and exclaim, “You’ve made it understandable. I didn’t think anyone could.”
Non-Mormon’s have a hard time believing what it really means to be a Mormon.
I am a cancer survivor.
When my sweetheart was diagnosed with the ugly word, cancer, the three years that followed were a blue blur.
I remember words like endometrium and carcinoma. My first memory was surgery in which they took out pieces of her and discarded them. I remember the quilt group of women she belonged to that unanimously recommended, “get the spinal.” I remember in pre op the anesthesiologist, a lazy older dude that ignored the quilt groups advise when my back was turned. I remember her pain in post op and the looks I received when I spoke to the nurse in charge as said “do the spinal and do it now. I don’t care if it is post op.” They were smart and had another anesthesiologist do the procedure. I remember chemicals so toxic the nurses had to be careful handling it when they set up the I.V. that shot it into my sweetheart’s veins and arteries. I remember the day my sweetheart asked me to take my beard trimmer to her hair and how we wept as I sheered her head. I remember her donation of hats to the medical center when her hair started growing back, twelve in all. I remember sleeping in hospital rooms on chairs. I remember an overhead machine damn near the size of a Volkswagen that bombarded my wife’s stomach with something invisible called radiation. It was in a lead lined room with a twelve-inch-thick door. I had to leave her lying on a cold slab under that Goddamn machine naked, cold, and alone. I remember diarrhea so fierce she was hospitalized for twelve days. I remember the doctor that insisted it was Crohn’s Disease. We lived with it for over a year with no relief before we went to a Naturopathic Doctor that said, “Let’s see what you are allergic to.” Sure, enough the radiation that was pointed at the endometrium damaged the stomach also. The Naturopathic doctor with a suggested diet change gave us our lives back. It has been over six years now and we are good and I lived through it.
I have advice. For any who care to know when it gets serious and you are spending a lot of time with medical people take an advocate with you. At every stage have someone with you who represents you and if the doctor refuses to acknowledge them and or their questions fire the bastard and get a second opinion.
Michael states, “He is spoiled rotten by his sweetheart of 22 years.”
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