Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lip Reading by Harry Kraus

Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she's tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it's not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.

So here’s a little known fact about me.  Many years ago, in a galaxy far, no wait, that’s not right.  Many years ago, I was introduced to my first Christian Fiction novel.  Up until then, my readings had consisted of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and John Saul, just to name a few.  I’ve been a Christian since my early child years and I’ve always had a book in my hand.  I never was quite satisfied, though, by what I was reading.  On that day, I had a book recommended to me called “The Chairman” by Harry Lee Kraus.  I couldn’t put it down, it embodied the essence of a great work of Fiction AND provided me with a clean, faith based novel.  I was hooked.  I have read nothing but Christian Fiction from that point and I’ve been thrilled since that time to read more and more by Harry Kraus. 

The business of medical breakthroughs in the Pharmaceutical world is cutthroat to say the least.  When Dr. Rebecca Jackson is visiting Africa on a PR tour for Jackson Pharmaceuticals, she’s kidnapped and taken to show the underbelly of what the test trials on their HIV drug has done.  She’s released when she promises to get her company to provide additional resources to all that were affected by the drug trials.  Noah Linebrink is at the edge of finalizing a new blood replacement.  No longer will patients need to rely on blood donations, his discovery will make that a thing of the past.  Noah’s boss wants Dr. Jackson on their side to finalize the product and he has sent Noah to win her over.  Their past, though, may not be one that would make a healthy partnership.  As Noah and Rebecca begin to work through their past and their current path, she finds out that she has a brain tumor.  Unexplainingly, though, she is also getting moments of clarity that is allowing her to work through the roadblocks on her project and push it closer to completion.  Will Rebecca remain well enough to complete the project?  Does Noah get her to agree to the partnership? Can they see through their past and agree to work towards a solution that will benefit so many people?  Don’t wait for the drug trials, go BUY THIS BOOK!

To me, the point that an author has written a book that has reached the level where I want to share it with everyone I see is when I get so caught up in the characters that I forget that they are just that, characters from somebody’s imagination.  The main characters in “Lip Reading” were two such characters.  I do not believe in ever physically striking a woman, but in the case of Rebecca, I thought she was ready for a good smack of realization.  The same can be said of Noah.  I didn’t like him at all, he seemed to be the type of individual who was going to hid behind his past and never move out its shadow for this rest of his life.  Boy was I wrong.  Harry has character development down to a science, in my opinion (and since this IS my review, I guess my opinion IS important).  The story was very easy to follow, the plot was driven along with intrigue and suspense, right up until the very end.

Is this a "guy's book"?  This is not an action-packed, blow everything up, military shoot’em up thriller.  This is, though, a very thought-provoking look at the pharmaceutical business and what’s at stake when they bring a new drug to production.  There is suspense a nice little mystery that is wrapped up tightly at the end.

About The Author

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner. “The Chairman”, the first novel I wrote after actually studying what professional novelists teach, was a finalist for the Catherine Marshall Award for Excellence in Inspirational Fiction (A Christy Award) in the suspense category in 2000.  I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels. 

 You can connect with Dr. Kraus at the following locations:

Harry Kraus' Website

I received this book from the cashier when I paid money for it.  Nobody asked me to write this review, I just enjoyed the book so much that I wanted to do it so that you all will read the book!  

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