The Flying Deuce is an interesting tale about a wounded war veteran, Rob Allen, coming home to re-enter his life as a single father and return to the work force as a paramedic student. However, unforeseen circumstances on the last day of training drastically change his plans for a life and career in Manhattan, the city he loves. He’s forced to overcome the obstacles of meeting new people with a different mindset. Also, the entanglement of a criminal plot creates a new twist with every encounter. The story then moves from an urban EMS department to Taylorville, Penn.—a secluded mountain town—where Allen is transferred as a disciplinary action. There, he investigates the murder of a traffic accident victim.
Without a thorough understanding of EMS training and education, the non-EMS reader may wonder why the characters were even suspicious about the nature of the crash and the injuries received by the driver. But, those with an EMS background understand that the required training on such topics as crash dynamics could generate the characters’ curiosity.
As the story progresses, you feel Allen’s anger and frustration, but you also see the strength in his ability to adapt, overcome and understand a different way of life. A female character, the deputy coroner, adds balance to the temperament and actions of the main character. Other supporting characters represent the small-town mindset of volunteerism, pride and community.
Another great aspect of this book is that it’s dedicated to the men and women of our armed forces, past and present, and a portion of the proceeds are being donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. First-time writer Brian Smith proved to be a good storyteller for EMS audiences and those outside the profession. The Flying Deuce is definitely worth reading.