Salty Like Blood  -     By: Harry Kraus
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Salty Like Blood

Howard Books / 2009 / Paperback

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Dr. David Conner's idyllic life is unraveling! First his 7-year-old daughter is abducted, then his already-troubled marriage gets worse and his medical career disintegrates, forcing him to take a job at a correctional facility. When he meets a particular prisoner, David is faced with a decision---can he forgive his daughter's kidnapper? 304 pages, softcover from Howard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1416577890
ISBN-13: 9781416577898

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Publisher's Description

David Conners, M.D., is on the fast track to creating a perfect life when his seven-year-old daughter disappears. David's all-consuming quest to find her -- dead or alive -- threatens to destroy everything he has left: his medical practice, his marriage, his integrity, and even his soul.

If Rachel is dead: Can a parent forgive someone who has done the unthinkable?

Can David forgive himself?

If she's alive: Can David find her in time to save her?

Author Bio

Best-selling author Harry Kraus, MD, is a board-certified surgeon whose contemporary fiction (beginning with 1994’s Stainless Steal Hearts and including his 2001 best-seller Could I Have This Dance?) is characterized by medical realism. He practices surgery in Virginia and formerly in Kenya where he served as a missionary surgeon. He's also the author of two works of nonfiction.


In the novel, Salty Like Blood by Harry Krause, M.D., we meet Dr. David Conners, whose life appears to be on the fast track to success. His previously rocky marriage seems to be healing, he enjoys a growing relationship with his seven-year-old daughter, and he is in line to make partner in his medical practice. However, the disappearance of his young daughter, followed closely by the death of his father, sends his life spiraling out of control. His marriage strains to the breaking point, his investigation into his daughter’s whereabouts costs him his job, and the pressures of life threaten to snuff out what little flicker of faith he has left. His search for revenge, in light of his own desire for forgiveness, brings him face-to-face with Hebrews 9:22, which says, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

Krause uses tragedy, suspense, a combination of first- and third-person points of view and flashbacks to take the reader on an engaging study of contrasts. Some characters deal with the results of unforgiving staunchness, while others find the freedom that forgiveness bestows. Consequences of taking one’s own revenge play out alongside the fight to allow God to repay evil, as it says in Romans 12:19: “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Krause uses true-to-life, flawed characters to impart lessons of commitment, loyalty, and the fight to do the right thing, in spite of the obstacles.

I highly recommend Salty Like Blood to anyone who enjoys suspense and/or mystery. I also recommend it to anyone who desires to read a book where the characters struggle with their human nature but ultimately make the right choices and where God, and justice, prevail in the end. You won’t be disappointed. – Nikki Studebaker Barcus,

Editorial Reviews

"Harry Kraus digs deep in this story of a father's harrowing inner and outer journey, and tells it with grit, compassion, and suspense." -- James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Deceived
"Salty Like Blood kept me riveted and surprised me at every turn. I highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed!" -- Terri Black stock , bestselling author of Dawn's Light

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 20, 2010
    Lillian Copeland
    This is a wonderful book about forgiveness and letting God be God. Instead of seeking revenge ourselves, we should allow God to teach us to forgive, even when it is hard to forgive. I give this a 5 star rating. I really liked this book!
  2. Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 4, 2009
    Michelle Sutton
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Salty like blood is not your typical suspense novel. It's a story written with deep insight into the human soul and is one of the most emotionally moving suspense stories I've ever read. There is such a deep point of view and gut-wrenching honesty throughout the pages that it's totally engrossing.While I identified most with the main character, the husband, I found it easy to slip into other characters' points of view when needed. I appreciate that ease of transition in a novel. I also appreciated the painful memories that slowly came back and how well the author brought them in and out of the novel. I was so immersed in everything as I read along that I winced and held my breath along with the characters. That's great writing.I also loved how complex the plot was and how many twists and turns occurred that the unexpected kept me turning the pages late into the evening. This book is very hard to put down. It wasn't dark, though, despite the plot and the situations in the novel. I didn't feel depressed, just intrigued. And the thing with the Lupron drug totally cracked me up even though it was so wrong.I loved how real the author made these characters and how he kept me at the edge of my seat. The author had me sweating. Will she do it? Oh my goodness. He didn't just do that...what are they going to do next? How will they get out of this? And the mini-twists and the end made me smile because it's so like real life.The spiritual transition was not huge, but very real and very well-done. If you want to read a suspense that is not just a bunch of chasing scenes with little depth, then you will love this book. If you don't mind a hero who isn't afraid to cry when something truly hurts, you'll really enjoy this story. I loved it.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 28, 2009
    Jackie S.
    I ALWAYS enjoy Harry Kraus novels....have read them all. I loved this one and found it full of mystery as well as issues we all face...forgiveness, God's grace, and compassion. I wish he would write a sequel. I can't wait for his next book.
  4. Clintonville, WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 28, 2009
    Clintonville, WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    I like Harry Kraus novels. This one was very good. The ending was a surprise but a happy one. The book is quite a mix of medicine, marriage troubles, politics, and the ends that some people might go to to get elected.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 4, 2009
    Harry Kraus, M.D. has written a masterfully woven political thriller for the Christian market! Salty Like Blood is the story of a seemingly random act of kidnapping against a doctor and his wife who have traveled with their young daughter to care for the doctors ailing father. The opening pages of this novel begin a fast-paced thrill ride that doesnt end until the final page is turnedand still leaves you wondering what will happen next. The intelligence with which this incredibly thought-provoking story is told not only taught me a few vocabulary terms, but also inspired me to think. To say that this book entertained would be inaccurate. Although it did just that, it also made me appreciate my own family with all of its dysfunction.
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