Dr. Jim Aarons has a unique view of the world, having spent a lifetime doctoring animals. Since graduating from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982, he has been responsible for the physical and mental soundness of a variety of critters and their human friends.
With his unique writing style, Dr. Jim artfully mixes the softness of romance against the harsh canvas of science and history. He shares his experiences from years of working in zoos and ostrich hatcheries, horse stud farms, cattle round-ups, cow dairies, and companion animal medicine cases. He has created the Katie Reynolds Series, which is the saga of a young veterinarian and her attempts to find a real reason for us to be here.
....I am Katie Reynolds from Táchii’nii Diné, the Red Running into the Water clan.
I am born for Bilagáana Diné, the Anglo clan.
I am a Diné woman, a Navajo Indian. I am also a veterinarian: Katie Reynolds DVM...
Katie Reynolds is a modern Navajo Indian. They call themselves the Diné. Early in her life Katie was bitten with the bug, the bug to help animals.
Both Katie and Rene, a younger college fellow, were sent to Iraq to work on a brucellosis outbreak that was jumping from sheep to people in the war torn areas of Iraq. A military crisis flared up, compromising the safety of aid workers. Katie was blown up by a grenade in the temple of Lalish. She survived, and slowly recovered. However as her mind cleared from the fog of hurt and trauma she realized she was no longer living in the 20th century.
1350 BC must have looked pretty scary to Katie Reynolds. Luckily for her she was found to be valuable, and was nurtured back to full health. Better yet, her dramatic appearance back there caused a chain of events where she was thought to be a goddess that had come to earth.
Ishtar coming to earth was a deal changer.
Veterinarian Katie anticipates her trip to Iraq to study a disease jumping from sheep to people. She marries Rory and sets off on a European honeymoon to begin the journey into war-torn Lalish. Katie manages her situation well until ISIS invades the town.
The spirits are pushing harder. They want something from Katie, yet she’s unsure what it is. They don’t want to kill her otherwise she’d be toast by now. The answer becomes clearer following an all night peyote tipi rite. Rory realizes the tug on Katie might pull her from him, and he ups the ante by marrying his sweetheart.
Katie returns to her native reservation as a new veterinarian where evil spirits, both Ute and Navajo are on a tirade to push her back out. Temporarily defeated she joins Rory at his veterinary practice in California where he shows her the beauty of the paradise he has stumbled onto. He reopens an old veterinary clinic to entice her to settle in with him. Yet Katie cannot shake the call to return.
Katie Reynolds, a young veterinary doctor is blown into the past by a grenade blast after being sent to war-torn Kurdistan to find a disease spreading from animals to people. Unexpectedly caught in a firestorm, she is cast into the time of the Egyptian pharaohs, where she has only her intelligence to keep her alive in the extraordinary and archaic time of 1320 BC.
During veterinary school, Katie Reynolds, a Navajo woman, develops feelings for Rory Evans, a white student not of her culture. Both individuals undergo individual growth and wade through massive amounts of self-doubt and cultural misunderstanding in an effort to remain together. Join them on their wild adventures, veterinary school experiences, and complicated romance.
The autobiographical work “Fear of Failure” documents the life and times of James Aarons, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. It is a bold, uncensored look at the struggles of a young man looking for fulfillment in his profession and love in his life. Dr. Aarons pulls no punches and makes no excuses as he charmingly writes his way through his life’s journey.