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 Derek find the answers he seeks or will someone else find him first?
Wayne D. Liebhard M.D.
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.
"The Vortex Effect is intelligent compelling and fun. Laced with the keen observations of a first-rate physician the irreverence 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 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 &lsquon' 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 &lsquo55
"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 MD Past President Minnesota Medical Association