Friday, April 18, 2014

Lip Reading by Harry Kraus

Lip Reading is a high stakes medical novel that begins with the abduction of Becca Jackson, a brilliant doctor and medical researcher. The kidnapping happens while she is filming a promotional film in Nairobi, Kenya, to boost her pharmaceutical company's public image. She is also focussed on the creation of an artificial blood which would be a game changer in the pharmaceutical world.

Noah Linebrink is Becca's high school boyfriend. He is also working on producing an artificial blood, but for a rival company. Their relationship didn't end well, and it's not all water under the bridge. 

There are scars both emotional and physical that have kept them from moving on in the relationship department, but that's all going to change.

Author Harry Kraus is a surgeon who has lived in Africa and gives us a unique picture of the place, people, and poverty that exists, along with how western medicine can affect the culture in ways that we couldn't imagine.

I found myself wanting more of the African side of the story and less of the western thriller aspect of this novel, which could be tainted by the fact that my daughter is a bush pilot who flies into Nairobi and also works to help the Maasai people. 

I will definitely check out more by Harry Kraus who has written over fifteen books!

Please read on for more information about Lip Reading.
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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.


Karen Lange said...

Thank you, Cheryl, for the info and review. I hadn't heard of this book, but it does sound interesting. There are so many good books out there! It's hard to know which one to read next. :)

Blessings to you and your family,

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by and checking out "Lip Reading". Kraus' perspective is pretty unique. It's nice to see people using their life experience in their work. Inspiration comes in many forms.

Blessings right back atcha'! ;)

Rachna Chhabria said...
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Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Cheryl, Lip Reading sounds interesting. I love thrillers. Though I haven't read many medical thrillers. Have a Blessed Easter.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Rachna!

It was an interesting read. David C. Cook publishers like to offer some of the more unusual choices in Christian fiction and I always am eager to review their offerings.

Bless you!!!

jayna said...

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Cheryl Klarich said...

God bless you, Jayna!!!