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Disaster Status (Mercy Hospital #2)

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A hazardous material spill means ER charge nurse Erin Quinn and fire captain Scott McKenna must work together, even though they don't seem to agree on much of anything
Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2010)
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May 11, 2010 Casey rated it it was amazing
This book didn’t even make it to my “to be read” pile. It came straight from the bubble wrap and into my hot little hands.

What a novel! Medical dramas, can’t even compare to DISASTER STATUS. I had the distinct feeling of standing in the middle of a trauma ward as everyone rushed around me. You don’t have to understand medical terms to know what is going on. But this book wasn’t just medical disasters, it was a love story and a story of life outside of trauma that made it jump to life.

There was a
K.M. Weiland
May 29, 2013 K.M. Weiland rated it it was amazing
I don't read much romance, but when I'm in the mood for some lighthearted fun, this is exactly how I like 'em. I enjoyed Critical Care, the first book in the series (and, incidentally, the first e-book I ever bought), but this one just hit the spot for me from start to finish. Enjoyable characters, obviously spot-on ER plotting (not that I'd know, but you can always tell when writers know their stuff), and well-paced theme. Enjoyed it all the way through.
Paula  Phillips
Nov 15, 2015 Paula Phillips rated it liked it
You know those sort of books that you get for free on Amazon, and they just sit there on your kindle waiting for you to read and something happens and you may not read it for a few years until something sparks and you are like, I should read that book. Disaster Status by Candace Calvert, was one of those books. Lately , I have been getting into the TV series Code Black which is set in a LA Hospital called Angels Memorial and is set in the ER department. That and I was in the need for a nice medi ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Renee rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books that I have been anticipating the most in 2010 and I was not disappointed in the least. I LOVED this book and let me say that's a miracle for me because I don't normally enjoy any kind of novels set in hospitals and the ER! I knew I had to read it when I saw the cover...whew call 911 'cause that guy is smokin' and what's great is the story in between the covers is terrific too!

Erin Quinn was first introduced in Critical Care and I couldn't help but feel sorry for her get
Jun 20, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I had first heard about the Mercy Hospital series on a fellow blogger's , Renee (a.k.a Steelergirl83), blogaversary and I instantly loved . Then, I heard from another friend that Tyndale was offering it up for review (Thanks Casey!), so I knew I had to put my name on the list. And I'm soooo glad I did. The story is about the strong and independent Erin Quinn, charge nurse at Pacific Point hospital. And Scott Mckenna, a hunky firefighter who lives by the proverbial book. And when they butt heads, ...more
AJ Best
Jul 12, 2010 AJ Best rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
I'm guilty. I like to read sometimes just for the fun of it. I don't really want to read, or think too much. And when this happens, I reach for a Harlequin** book and read it in less than 24 hours. It's a great quick read (no matter how long the book is) and gives me the happily ever after (HEA) that I've always wanted, the man that does it all even with flaws.

I was given this WONDERFUL book to read by Tyndale House Publishers and was very excited about it. I expected to get some good romance, l
Dec 01, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Probably shouldn't have read this right after the first one, but I wanted to know what happened with Erin. The storyline has some of the same elements as the first, so it feels a bit repetitive even though the story itself is different. A little time might have eliminated that.

Erin moves with her grandmother to a little house near the ocean. She tells herself it's to help out her gran, but she's running away to the place she found safe and steady support when she was a child.

Called in to work wh
The book doesn't really match the title. Disaster Status sounds like the story takes place in the middle of a disaster, and sort of, it does, but not really. At least not like what is described in the cover copy. It talks about a hazardous chemical spill, but the story opens AFTER the spill, after the barrels of toxic material are found and the child harmed by the chemicals comes into the hospital and they find out what's wrong with her, after all the drama of a disaster. All that stuff is backs ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Patti rated it liked it
Disaster Status was a good story, not riveting, but good. Unfortunately it is the same kind of average novel that I have come to expect from most Christian authors. My biggest beef with it is that it is billed as a Christian novel yet the main female has no issue with dating a man who has given up on God and praying. It happens all the time in Christian fiction and it is extremely frustrating. The fact that both characters end up committed Christians by the end doesn't justify it.
This very realistic medical drama will hold your interest from beginning to end. It has so many layers to it: trust, relationships, faith, forgiveness, the variety of ways individuals deal with post-traumatic stress and how it can effect each person very differently, and, of course, more than one clean romance. I can't wait for Candace Calvert's next novel to come out. After only two novels she is becoming one of my favorite authors.
Mar 22, 2010 Renee rated it liked it
Another good book by Candace Calvert - a story about family relationships (good and bad) set against the backdrop of a hospital. This book follows Erin (featured in Critical Care) and her relationships with her grandmother, parents, and even fire chief Scott McKenna. Add into the equation, Sarge (a night housekeeping staff member) and Cody (nephew of Scott) and the excitement builds.
Jun 17, 2012 Loraine rated it it was amazing
I really liked the characters in this book and the theme that ran throughout all of the main characters lives. Each character was hiding something from themselves and others and each needed to learn to forgive themself and others. I look forward to reading other books by Candace Calvert.
Diamond Jones
Almost gave up on this series after being bored with slow parts in book one. Glad I read book two. The characters were all interesting, the drama and medical scenes were good. I loved Scott & Erin friendship/relationship.
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 07, 2014 Susan Snodgrass rated it it was amazing
Candace Calvert, as a former ER nurse, writes medical suspense/romance in a Christian vein. I love her books.

I don't know how I missed this one because I've read all her others, but found it in my to read basket and snatched it up.

Reading her books is like watching an episode of ER! Serious medical drama, along with suspense, characters that are flawed and in need of God's mercy and grace.

I cried the last fourth of the book! I did! Readers come away understanding that we can't just be a strong
Nov 10, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. ER charge nurse Erin Quinn Escaped personal turmoil to work on the peaceful California coast. But when a hazardous material spill places Pacific Mercy Hospital on disaster status and stresses staff, she's put to the test. And thrown into conflict with the fire department's handsome incident commander,who thinks her strategy is out of line. Fire captain Scott McKenna has felt the toxic effects of tragedy; he's learned to go strictly by the book to advance his career,heal ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Cas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book twice now!

This story contains people from book 1 and really touches on many aspects of what is happening in our society. There is death, abandonment, distrust, breakdown of marriage and relationships. Also it shows what results can happen from war to good men. Candace deals with trauma and stress in the hospital and those working in the medical field that are dealing with emotional hurt while trying to do their job. I loved the ending between Erin and Scott and Cody. The next
Erin Pike
Feb 15, 2014 Erin Pike rated it liked it
Shelves: on-the-kindle
I think this book is very pleasant, but I didn't feel strongly that it was great or anything.

I can't even say how long ago I bought this book on my kindle, though I can definitely say I did it when I was stocking up on free books ('cause I'm cheap like that). I finally got around to reading this one, and I was very happy to find out that even though I had inadvertently purchased the second book in a series, I could still get into the story and keep up with everything that was happening. I will s
Review pending...another great 5 star read that I HIGHLY recommend. Candace Calvert is a favorite of mine!!!
Apr 06, 2010 Molly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: FIRST
Critical Care was wonderful (see my reviewhere), but dare I say that Disaster Status was even better? Hmm....I could say that. But I think they are both EXCELLENT books and I LOVED them! Disaster Status is great in it's own way. It follows the medical field, as did Critical Care, but it's about Erin's story (which we saw her in Critical Care as Claire Avery's friend) and her move to Pacific Mercy Hospital where she meets First Responder/Fire Fighter Scott McKenna. These characters and their medi ...more
Apr 17, 2010 Debbie rated it it was amazing
"Disaster Status" is a suspenseful medical drama that will appeal to both men and women. A hazardous material spill brings together two people whose coping mechanisms--picked up from their parents and grandparents--threaten to destroy any chance of a lasting relationship.

While there is a romance (more than one, actually), the author went beyond the "romance formula" to deal with deeper issues. No one else has ever made me shed a tear over a dying goldfish. (Read the story, and you'll understand.
Sep 01, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
I will forever stand by the opinion that authors always deserve a second chance. Truly, I did not enjoy Candace's first novel, Critical Care. I thought it was a copycat version of Grey's Anatomy that was unrealistic and over the top.

However.... :o)

Disaster Status was oh-so-much better! I was a little nervous going into the first few chapters that Candace was still on the Grey's Anatomy kick, but she quickly proved me wrong. This story was much more genuine, and had realistic characters that slo
Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
DISASTER STATUS is the second installment in the Mercy Hospital Series. Erin Quinn, an ER charge nurse, seems in complete control, at least with her job. But her personal life is a different matter. Estranged from her father and strained tension with the rest of her family has her clinging to the relationship she has with her grandmother. Living together in her grandmother’s modest beach house, she dreams of one day having a relationship as strong and as pure as the one her grandmother shared wi ...more
Jun 06, 2010 Sally rated it it was amazing
I don't know much about medical matters. In our family, it's why I joke that my husband is the physical therapist, my sister-in-law is the nurse, and I'm comunications major! But Candace Calvert, herself a former nurse, once again shows you don't need to have specialist knowledge to enjoy her Mercy Hospital series.

Just like the first book in the trilogy, Disaster Status has attention-grabbing action on the very first page. There's no dull scene setup, it's straight into the drama and the introdu
Nastassja Loots
Sep 05, 2013 Nastassja Loots rated it liked it
Disaster Status by Candace Calvert is the second book in the Mercy Hospital series. The story follows Erin, who was a supporting character in Critical Care, and fire fighter Scott McKenna. Scott and Erin are thrown together when they must join forces to control the repercussions of a hazardous material spill, and initially they seem as ill-suited as oil and water; they disagree on everything and hardly a conversation concludes without one of them losing their cool. The longer they are in each ot ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Kara rated it it was amazing
It’s amazing how Calvert can pull her reader in from the FIRST page and bring you into a hospital scene that feels JUST as real as the TV shows ER or Hawthorne!! Erin Quinn and Scott McKenna do NOT get along the first time they meet, but find themselves battling a hazardous material incident, or a Code Orange and must make the best in a messy situation. Both are also facing deep personal issues in their families that have caused them to turn their backs on God. However, there’s also a young boy ...more
Kate Hinderer
Nov 16, 2011 Kate Hinderer rated it really liked it
There is something about firefighters and nurses that seem to go together - like peanut butter and grape jelly, only better. Fire captain Scott McKenna is in charge of securing Pacific Mercy hospital after a disaster makes the hospital a media target and possible contamination scene. Charge nurse, Erin Quinn is on her day off when the tragedy strikes and she is called in to help control the situation. The trouble is, Scott is a by-the-book man and doesn't want to let this feisty by ID-less woman ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
Disaster Status reminds me of the opening scene to House, the T.V. series, where someone arrives in the ER extremely ill. Dr. House and his team must solve the mystery to save lives. In a similar fashion; Erin, charge nurse and fire captain, Scott must uncover clues to this frightening situation developing in the ER. Candace Calvert's nurse training and familiarity with ordeals experienced in the Emergency Room make the characters real, and the circumstances chilling. This author also gives the ...more
Jun 30, 2010 stormhawk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Candace Calvert has gone and done it to me again ... she has written a novel, a Christian romance, no less, that I enjoyed. A lot. Disaster Status, The second of her Mercy Hospital series, is a medical drama, set in a hospital in California. Her characters struggle with their lives and choices as they struggle to save others, as physicians, nurses, and in this book, a firefighter/paramedic. She focuses on story, and keeps the story both interesting and realistic. What she writes about is played ...more
Julie Graves
Erin is an ER nurse who has a hard time trusting people-especially men. All while she was growing up she could never trust her father because he always let her down. She cannot forgive her father so she has hardened herself and separated herself from her family. She has convinced herself that she is strong and doesn't need to trust anyone else.

Scott is a firefighter with ambitions to be chief. He likes everything "by the book". Having failed to help his sister out of a miserable marriage with di
Bruce Judisch
Nov 03, 2012 Bruce Judisch rated it it was amazing
I recently found myself in the unenviable position of being way behind on my Calvert reading. Quickly remedied by downloading Disaster Status to my Kindle, I was shortly on the mend. And what better mend to be on than with this story?

Second in the "Mercy Hospital" series, Disaster Status steps away from its prequel, Critical Care, in theme and intensity, but not in quality. Okay, maybe in quality, too, for as the theme and the tension wratchet up, so does Ms. Calvert's storytelling.

The story fol
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