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Lethal Harvest, by William Cutrer and Sandra Glahn
Morality and medical ethics…cloning and genetic research…plus human emotions – love, jealousy, pride and ambition – are the basis of this mystery. The president’s nephew, Tim Sullivan, performs genetic manipulation on human embryos in an attempt to save the life of his uncle. Things go horribly awry, and now lives are being ruined, destroyed. What will be the ultimate cost?
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Kregel Publications
|Publication Date: 2016|
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A good readJuly 8, 2016JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Tim Sullivan is a brilliant scientist who specializes in embryology. When his car skids off of an icy D.C. road into the Potomac River, his widow, Marnie, and his business partner, Ben McKay are left behind to discover Tims secret research. More and more questions arise, and the pair must figure out what Tim was working on, and how it relates to Tims Uncle Cal, who just happens to be the President of the United States.
More lives are at stake as an unknown government agency works to keep Tims research a secret. Tims work may have gone further than even he had ever imagined, but the repercussions could be disastrous.
Overall, this Christian suspense novel was a pretty good read. This 2016 release is an update of the original 2000 publication. It has a plot that keeps you interested, and realistic characters that keep you caring. As much as I like science, I did find some of the discussion of research and procedures to be a little tedious, but they are important to the story, and the concepts are interesting. Its also a great jumping board for thinking or discussion about God in science, and the ethical stance of a Christian in regards to genetic research and cloning.
I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Pamela M.Memphis, TNAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Riveting Medical SuspenseJuly 8, 2016Pamela M.Memphis, TNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lethal Harvest is one of those novels that will make you think and will challenge your beliefs. As a fast-paced medical suspense the story seems to move at breakneck speed at times only to slow down just enough to try the readers patience. I honestly believe there was purpose behind that method because it certainly kept me turning the pages.
In a time when medicine is advancing quickly and technology has opened even more possibilities, the question of ethics should be considered. Just because something is now possible, is it appropriate? That is exactly the scenario that takes place in Lethal Harvest. A brilliant researcher secretly breaks the law as he works with human embryos in an attempt to find a cure for a devastating disease that affects his family which happens to include the President of the United States. A chance mistake brings other players into the picture and his death brings danger to the door of his widow and his partners.
Lethal Harvest held my attention throughout the entire book with ample danger, action, drama, and even a romance to keep it interesting. The story was very readable for one that included so many medical terms and procedures. Characters were mostly likeable and believable and a strong message of faith was woven throughout the narrative.
This particular version of Lethal Harvest has been updated by the surviving author to include such modern devices as cell phones and the story itself fits very well into current history. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys medical suspense.
A copy of this book was provided for review by Kregel Publications.
countryman4everCumming, GAAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome Thriller!July 7, 2016countryman4everCumming, GAAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lethal Harvest is a book about Tim Sullivan who worked at The Center for Fertility Enhancement and he is desperately trying to find a cure for his uncle, who was also the president of the United States. His whole male relatives had a condition called akenosis, which causes the whole motor system to shut down over time. He was dead set in researching embryos and genetic manipulating them in order to find a cure. He turns up missing and people are trying to figure out what happened. One of Tim lab partners accidently used the wrong eggs and instead creates twins of their mother and this cause chaos to erupt. His wife, Marnie and one of his lab partners, Ben McKay team up to try and find out the truth of his disappearance.
I would recommend this awesome book to anyone who enjoys reading a medical thriller. I loved how the authors described the medical research behind reproduction and cells. You could tell they knew a lot about how to explain where readers could understand what does into cells research. I liked the character of Marnie and how the authors shared her struggles with believing in God and how she begin to trust Him. I liked how the authors shared how Tim and Marnie marriage struggled when Marnie became pregnant and how he wanted an abortion if it was a boy and how she wasnt going to. It turned out to be a girl. But this was the first big thing in their marriage that she struggled with forgiving him for his harsh words. I think this was what helped also to try and find a cure for this disease. He didnt want anyone else to go through the pain of losing the men in their family. I loved how the book contained a great deal of mystery and I also liked how the book showed the lawsuit and the court room battle over the embryos. I loved how exciting it was to read! I feel like I was taught a lot about fertility centers and what all goes on during their procedures.
"I received this book free from the publisher from Kregel Publications book review bloggers program."
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Very InterestingJuly 5, 2016MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I found this book very interesting and it is covered with a Genesis 5020 message of what the enemy wanted to use for harm God can use for good. Love that.
I will say at first I wasnt sure what to think. I thought the relationship between Ben and Marnie moved a bit too quickly after Tims death. But the marriage wasnt great so I guess I could see that possibly happening. Also, due to the story line it kind of had to happen that way.
But the more I got into the story the more I enjoyed it. I really liked the medical and ethical side of it. It made me think about things and gave an understanding of where people with a different perspective are coming from even if I dont agree with them.
Faith was woven in very well, the opportunity for salvation presented a couple of times.
Overall I did enjoy this book. If you are looking for something a little different this might be the book for you.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5enthrallingJuly 5, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sometimes when I am perusing online bookstore sites, I run across interesting looking novels. I saw Lethal Harvest some time back and wanted to read it. Too often I have come across books that disappointed me as a reader, but this novel sure didnt, so I hope the publishers reissue the other novels these two authors collaborated on!
Originally written many years ago when technology was beginning to impact the medical field along with the ethics accompanying some advances in medicine, this novel really brings to the front of readers minds many issues. One was how easily on occasion a doctor will secretly do experiments, thinking he is doing good for the greater population, but how he goes about it reveals more about the heart of the man. One such example is the character known as Dr. Tim, an embryologist in this novel who is also the nephew of the President. Even though he is in a medical practice with two other doctors, they are totally unaware of what is going on after hours.
What ensues is a not just a medical thriller, but a mystery as well. It grips the readers attention straight from the start. I was touched though to learn this novel was updated years after the Dr. William Cutrer had died suddenly from a heart ailment while riding his bike one morning. The co-author included part of a sermon Dr. Bill actually preached in real life, which when inserted into the story really helped me get to know the man behind the sermon.
Dr. Tims experiments bring a rippling effect he never thought would happen that puts many lives in danger, eventually even his own. The web of lies and deceit by this doctor didnt reap all bad fruit; God in the novel used it to bring his wife to the Lord with a spiritual hunger unmatched. I thought how Dr. Tim reacted to the Gospel message was a touch of realism as not all are open to God, some even see themselves as god.
When you read the book, be prepared for suspense, tension, thrills, mystery and faith elements that will keep you reading for hours! I hope to read the other novels written by these two authors because they bring such a unique and powerful message to the audience, as well as being very entertaining!