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2024 Independent Author Award Winner for best Medical Thriller

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A Swarm in May cover

A Swarm in May is the debut novel of a doctor and beekeeper and weaves systemic racism, Little League baseball, and the art and science of beekeeping into a riveting medical mystery.

Breath and Mercy cover

In Breath and Mercy, witness challenges in a doctor’s training, the frightening birth of the HIV pandemic, and the struggle to provide ethical care during an epic disaster. Breath and Mercy is the prequel to Mark Anthony Powers’s bestselling debut novel, A Swarm in May, and the first book in the Phineas Mann series.

Nature's Bite book by Mark Anthony Powers

In Nature’s Bite, we enter 2024 with its worsening climate change and political polarization. A mysterious visit from FBI agents interrupts Phineas’ evening. His work as the Principal Investigator in a Phase 3 trial of a novel asthma drug begins with Marie Porter, a young doctor with a hidden past. Then, as an affliction surfaces to hinder Phineas’ abilities, the two doctors become embroiled, against their wishes, in intrigue at the highest levels.

The Desperate Trials of Phineas Mann book cover by Mark Anthony Powers

In The Desperate Trials of Phineas Mann, Dr. Phineas Mann has been brought low from late-stage and rapidly progressive Parkinson’s disease when he enters a radical experimental trial to insert programmed stem cells into his brain. But will he stay alive long enough to use his keen eye and medical knowledge to confront deadly threats to the lives of a congressman, a close friend, and his beloved wife, Iris?

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The Phineas Mann series offers the reader medical thrillers spanning fifty years.

In Breath and Mercy, we meet medical student Phineas Mann in 1976 as he witnesses death for the first time. Years later and fresh from specialty training in pulmonary and intensive care, he is forced to make agonizing life and death medical decisions during the aftermath of a cataclysmic hurricane. These decisions threaten his career and family and will haunt his future.

A Swarm in May is set in 1998, and an unexpected visitor from Phineas’ past arrives in his intensive care unit. He is forced to confront her companion, a violent racist who is the son of his critically ill patient with tetanus. When the elderly father has unexplained setbacks, the racist son escalates threats against the medical team to horrifying levels. 

We enter 2024 in Nature’s Bite with its worsening climate change and political polarization. A mysterious visit from FBI agents interrupts Phineas’ evening. His work as the Principal Investigator in a Phase 3 trial of a novel asthma drug begins with Marie Porter, a young doctor with a past. Then, as an affliction surfaces to hinder Phineas’ abilities, the two doctors become embroiled, against their wishes, in intrigue at the highest levels.

About the Author

Mark Anthony Powers

Mark Anthony Powers is an award-winning author who grew up in the small town of West Lebanon, NH. At Cornell University, he branched out into Creative Writing and Russian while majoring in engineering. After receiving his M.D. from Dartmouth, he went south to the University of North Carolina for an internship and residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. 

After almost forty years in clinical practice and teaching, he retired from Duke University as an Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine and began his exploration of other parts of his brain. Writing classes, writers’ groups, and growing fruit and vegetables were some of the enjoyment that followed. A deep dive into beekeeping led to his presidency of the county beekeeping association and certification as a Master Beekeeper.

Two cups of coffee and two hours of writing most mornings produced the medical thrillers in his Phineas Mann series: A Swarm in May, Breath and Mercy, Nature’s Bite, and, The Desperate Trials of Phineas Mann.

His newest book was shortlisted for The Hawthorne Prize in Fiction and is the 2024 Independent Author Award Winner for best Medical Thriller.

 

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Podcast Interviews & Blog Articles Featuring Mark

Bestselling author Mark Anthony Powers shares his story of retiring from pulmonary medicine and embracing writing.

Curious Creatrix Podcast

Not a lot of time discussing the furniture!

Be Raw Podcast

The Kimberly Cloud Show featuring Mark Anthony Powers

The Kimberly Cloud Show Podcast

The Writer's Room Guest Mark A. Powers

Run Radio Podcast

Author Interview with Mark Anthony Powers

Ripollsworkshop Reads Podcast

Interview with Mark Anthony Powers

Morgan the Quaid Podcast

Give Bees a Chance

Durham Master Gardener Blog

Swarm Season Cometh

Durham Master Gardener Blog

Rabbits

Fictional Short Story

Contact Mark

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Mark here.