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The Vortex Effect

A Novel

By Wayne D. Liebhard, M.D.
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Format: Softcover
ISBN 13: 978-1-63413-488-0
LCCN: 2015917081
Trim Size: 5" x 7"
Number of Pages: 302
Publisher: North Loop Books
Publication Date: 2/2/2016

A mind-altering experience, suddenly enhanced abilities, and a deadly threat on his life—not the relaxing vacation Derek Mann thought he signed up for.

ER DOCTOR DEREK MANN is in desperate need of a vacation. He needs the time to reflect on the many questions that continue to plague him—questions about life, medicine, and a recurring dream from his past as a musician.

Instead, his leisurely north woods trip to join friends starts out with a suspicious tire blow-out and quickly escalates into a series of events that spin his life out of control.
While wandering in the woods at camp, Derek experiences an altered state, entering a vortex that expands his understanding, but also makes him aware that someone seeks his demise.

After leaving camp, he realizes that the incident seems to have remarkably enhanced his skills.

Eager to see if the vortex can help him find the beautiful stranger haunting his dreams, and to answer the questions that trouble him, Derek knows he must go back.
Will he find the answers he seeks, or will someone else find him first?

Dr. Wayne Liebhard, a Minnesota native and family physician for twenty years, now practices in an emergency medicine clinic.

He has won numerous national awards as an author and songwriter, gaining special acclaim for his book Elephants in the Exam Room—The Big Picture Solution to Today’s Health Care “Crisis,” and music from the album Here—In Flyover Country.

Besides his doctorate, he holds undergraduate degrees in the natural and social sciences from Saint John’s University (MN), and his articles have appeared in numerous publications ranging from Minnesota Physician to Mustang Monthly.

He lives in Minnesota with his wife, Joy, dog, Oscar, and his Ford Mustangs. His classic rock band is still cranking out the tunes and releasing music videos.

Format: ePub
ISBN 13: 978-1-63413-880-2
Publisher: North Loop Books
Publication Date: 02/02/2016

Format: MOBI
ISBN 13: 978-1-63413-879-6
Publisher: North Loop Books
Publication Date: 02/02/2016

"The Vortex Effect is intelligent, compelling, and fun. Lacedwith the keen observations of a first-rate physician, theirreverence of a life-long musician, and the musings of a serious wonk, Vortex takes aim at almost all of contemporary America’s sacred cows, with humor, passion and suspense."
     - Elinor Burkett—New York Times best selling author
"Dr. Wayne Liebhard’s most recent novel, The Vortex Effect, is a fascinating combination of a strange internal experience combined with a unique mystery. Dr. Liebhard is a respected physician who shows great perception about what ails health care in 2015. This is a well written novel that rivets one’s attention and is very hard to put down."
     - Thomas A. Stolee, M.D.—past president, Minnesota Medical Association
"Dr. Wayne Liebhard has seen the best and the worst of American medicine, music and politics. And he’d like to see a few things changed! Thank goodness he’s created Derek Mann to share his ideas with us. Equal parts drama, social commentary, and metaphysical exploration, Mann’s story, at heart, is every person’s search for happiness and meaning in a society that wants to paint us all the same shade of gray. This book is bound to stimulate conversations long after readers have put it down. Bravo!" 
    - Dr. Ann Korbel—editor
The Vortex Effect is a riveting adventure. It grabs your attention and sucks you into a remarkable twisting, turning suspense tale, while simultaneously forcing you to question the boundaries of your own existence. Wayne Liebhard’s protagonist, Dr. Derek Mann, is the perfect conduit for the trip, and this ride will leave you permanently changed. I especially enjoyed the music theme that runs through the book. One gets the feeling that Dr. Mann would rather be on stage playing his guitar than in the ER.
    - Jim Donna of The Castaways–Co-author of “Liar, Liar”. Member Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame
If you find it hard to believe the doctor you’ve come to enjoy, and think you know, is much more than a white coat learning digital record keeping, then you must read The Vortex Effect. If you’ve worked every day with a doctor who has an extraordinary affection for his undergrad alma mater, and will do great rock ‘n’ roll after just two beers, then get ready for a real ER doc having a mind-altering experience in Wayne Liebhard’s The Vortex Effect.
    - Dave Durenberger, U.S. Senator (R-MN) 1978-95, St. John’s University ‘55

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