Fascinating suspense! My review of "Lip Reading" by Harry Kraus

Check out a preview and my review of the latest book from Harry Kraus, courtesy of the publisher and CFBA:


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lip Reading
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
Harry Kraus


A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

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.

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.


She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. 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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Lip Reading, go HERE.


my review.....

Harry Kraus has written another fascinating book, one that is infused with a combination of suspense and fascinating medical details that had me devouring the pages. I absolutely loved the beginning scenes, which take place in Africa and which are filled with such realistic details that I could tell the author was speaking from personal experience. The rest of the book unfolds with great pacing, and the characters are wonderfully developed over the course of the story. You will find that Kraus doesn't give you the full picture of a past incident that occurred between Becca and Noah in their teens until you reach the end of the book, and this added to the suspenseful feel of the story for me. This isn't the type of suspense that is filled with murders or flying bullets per se, but it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. And Becca and Noah's scientific advances feel like they are ripped from the pages of the headlines, as we learn of the development of artificial blood, a product that would benefit the globe. Such an endeavor makes for a very believable and interesting plot line. I found the writing to be crisp, and Kraus provides a beautifully clear gospel message about what Jesus has done for us on the cross.

As you can see, I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for the purposes of this unbiased review.