Harry Kraus in his new book, Lip Reading published by David C Cook brings us into the life of Dr. Rebecca Jackson.
From the back cover: She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself
She just needs a little longer. Shes 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 shes tried hard to cover up.
There is a high cost to some things in medicine and its 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.
Welcome to the wonderful world of the Pharmaceutical Company. You wouldnt think that you could find something interesting here but let me assure you get ready for a major discovery. Dr. Kraus has given us a medical drama, suspense, and spiritual warfare all rolled up in a thrilling adventure. The character of Dr. Rebecca Jackson is so well written. First there is a kidnapping. Then a discovery that the drug works but there are side effects that need to be addressed and quickly. Then another Pharmaceutical Company wants Becca to work for them. In the meantime Becca has her own personal medical problem. Dr. Kraus has given us a page flipping thriller that is ripped from the current medical journals and added in quite a large dose of suspense and excitement. Lip Reading is a very exciting adventure that kept my attention all the way until the end. I recommend it highly.
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I enjoyed this medical research novel about Dr. Rebecca Jackson's work in creating artificial blood. If she succeeds, so many can be helped. Imagine, AIDS would no long be a concern with transfusions. But what a price she must pay! Although I find myself agreeing with Becca, I doubt my ability to stick to this decision.
Harry Kraus knows how to grab the reader's attention. I quickly connected to the protagonist. The other characters are small-town friendly people and easy to like. Noah keeps a secret better than most. Mel is a study in patience.
I liked the romantic tension between Becca and Noah. On again, off again. I can't say more without spoiling it for others.
The ending is unexpected, but I must admit, it made good sense.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook for my copy.
Book junkie_that is what I think my new nickname should be. I go through books like water flows from a faucet. A good friend of mine enjoys Harry Kraus' books and for a long time has been encouraging me occasionally to read his novels, but I never seemed to get around to it. One night when sleep seemed the last thing I would get I picked up this new novel by Harry Kraus titled, Lip Reading.
Without awareness of time, I zoned everything else out and before I knew it I had completed the book. What an amazing tale is encased in the covers! Two teenagers, one name Becca and the other Noah, grew up together in the same small town, going to the same schools, parades and more. One night a rash decision changes not only Becca and Noah's lives, but it ripples to include many other people in the future. As adults, without the other knowing, both Becca and Noah pursue a study in the same medical field, but now they are working at two different pharmaceutical companies. Becca's company is family owned and operated while Noah works for the competition. From this little bit of information I hope you are drawn into the masterly woven tale of failure and success, love and loss, regret and redemption.
Books that are written with Gospel as a part of it and the human condition the other part sure come together to bring a riveting tale, capturing the heart and mind of the audience. What an amazing story that just kept my attention until I was done. The author didn't use any gross scenes or jargon that is hard to understand; it is a quick and entertaining tale spun to reach out and remind us of the love of God. I cannot wait until the author brings out another tale sometime in the future. I think I will read the others he has written to date, too! So grab a copy and enjoy the latest medical thriller by Harry Kraus, Lip Reading!
Before we all die, I think we want to leave behind a lasting legacy. One that will go on after we are gone from this earth. We want our life to count for something. Perhaps it's to achieve resolution after facing guilt, perhaps it's to right a wrong or to take a different path than the one life has offered to us. Yet many never have the opportunity to do that and instead lay awake on their death bed filled with a life of regrets. Becca Jackson isn't going to be one of those people.
Facing almost twenty years of regret and guilt for making the wrong choices in her life, she's about to get the push that will propel her life in ways she would never dream possible. While visiting in Africa for a publicity ad to turn around recent bad press for Jackson Pharmaceuticals, she finds herself being kidnapped. Only it will be unlike any kidnapping she has ever had to face. This is designed to make a point and a lasting impression not only in her life but in the lives of the people her uncle's company employs and the people whose lives are forever changed by the drugs they produce and use on people. In this case, a recent drug Mopivadine, an retroviral drug that inhibits the reproduction of HIV through the maternal-child transfer, which has been a complete success. Until Dr. Jacob Opondo reveals to her that children in Africa are dying at such a high rate due to complications caused by not being able to breast feed this children and not having any other source of nutrition is causing them to die while succeeding at preventing the transfer of HIV between the mother and her child.
Dr. Opondo wants Becca's financial help to provide clinics and nutrition as well as medical care to help these patients, because without it the children will continue to die even though the drug is considered a success. He wants $5 million dollars to help his people. He knows that it is money Becca's company can easily provide considering she is sitting on the cusp of cutting edge research of a blood substitute that can used world wide in life or death situations without the risks associated with blood transfusions in the future. Now if she can just get back to working on her research and find a cure to the headaches that keep her from concentrating on what has been going wrong with her work. What she does notice is just before the pain launches into a full grown migraine, she is able now to focus with such clarity, she is 5 steps ahead in her thought process.
When she is finally released to head back home to the United States, she runs into Noah Linebrink, her ex-boyfriend from high school that has been tasked to see if he can get Becca to work for Bradshaw Pharmaceuticals, a competitor of her uncle's on the same research she's been working on. Noah is confident that with the research he's been working on along with Becca's they both have the missing pieces to one anothers puzzle that could launch either company into netting billions of dollars in revenue. But Becca and Noah have a past that could prevent either of them from trusting one another, and after twenty years, the guilt that each of them has been carrying is about to end one way or another.
I received Lip Reading by Harry Kraus, MD compliments of David C Cook Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I've been a huge fan of Harry Kraus' novels because of his incredible insight of using his knowledge as a surgeon and incorporating it into his novels to add a sense of realism that is often times lacking on other medical suspense novels. This one is no exception, and being a huge migraine sufferer, I found myself cringing each time, Becca's headaches began to materialize. I have to say this one took me places I didn't think it would and created a lasting message about the difference in salvation with grace and not works. This one easily deserves a 5 out of 5 stars and I can't wait for more from him in the near future.