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.
This tale begins with a kidnapping, industrial espionage, and a hurricane - and that is not the story. On the otherhand, he went to jail to protect her - yet, he still loved her. She spent her life trying to make up for the shame she felt - yet, she still loved him. Shame and guilt do not make for healthy choices in anyone's life - and it was no more true for Rebecca Jackson, PhD, than it would be for you or for me. And it was just as hard for her to accept that fact as it would be for you or me.
Blood transfusions have risks - the risks of transmitting disease, the risk of type mismatching. Both Dr. Rebecca Jackson and Dr. Noah Linebrink were working on developing an artificial blood supply in order to minimize these risks. Each has solved part of the problem - the catch is that they both work for competing pharmaceutical companies - companies that would sooner work together than mix oil with water.
The death threats being sent to Dr. Jackson might be just enough to crush the entire endeavor. Her father, a local police chief, is convinced that those threats are coming from Noah or another high school friend shared by he and Rebecca. To stop the threats, somebody begins to threaten the suspects families.
When Dr. Jackson discovers she is ill, the urgency to finish the project increases. The result is a heart stopping book that I could not wait to finish. The reader will want to follow the steps that Rebecca and Noah take individually and together to create this life saving mix. With enough twists and turns to keep the reader in the book until the very last page, the answer will require God's grace in the lives of all involved.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
So here's a little known fact about me. Many years ago, in a galaxy far, no wait, that's not right. Many years ago, I was introduced to my first Christian Fiction novel. Up until then, my readings had consisted of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and John Saul, just to name a few. I've been a Christian since my early child years and I've always had a book in my hand. I never was quite satisfied, though, by what I was reading. On that day, I had a book recommended to me called "The Chairman" by Harry Lee Kraus. I couldn't put it down, it embodied the essence of a great work of Fiction AND provided me with a clean, faith based novel. I was hooked. I have read nothing but Christian Fiction from that point and I've been thrilled since that time to read more and more by Harry Kraus.
The business of medical breakthroughs in the Pharmaceutical world is cutthroat to say the least. When Dr. Rebecca Jackson is visiting Africa on a PR tour for Jackson Pharmaceuticals, she's kidnapped and taken to show the underbelly of what the test trials on their HIV drug has done. She's released when she promises to get her company to provide additional resources to all that were affected by the drug trials. Noah Linebrink is at the edge of finalizing a new blood replacement. No longer will patients need to rely on blood donations, his discovery will make that a thing of the past. Noah's boss wants Dr. Jackson on their side to finalize the product and he has sent Noah to win her over. Their past, though, may not be one that would make a healthy partnership. As Noah and Rebecca begin to work through their past and their current path, she finds out that she has a brain tumor. Unexplainingly, though, she is also getting moments of clarity that is allowing her to work through the roadblocks on her project and push it closer to completion. Will Rebecca remain well enough to complete the project? Does Noah get her to agree to the partnership? Can they see through their past and agree to work towards a solution that will benefit so many people? Don't wait for the drug trials, go BUY THIS BOOK!
To me, the point that an author has written a book that has reached the level where I want to share it with everyone I see is when I get so caught up in the characters that I forget that they are just that, characters from somebody's imagination. The main characters in "Lip Reading" were two such characters. I do not believe in ever physically striking a woman, but in the case of Rebecca, I thought she was ready for a good smack of realization. The same can be said of Noah. I didn't like him at all, he seemed to be the type of individual who was going to hid behind his past and never move out its shadow for this rest of his life. Boy was I wrong. Harry has character development down to a science, in my opinion (and since this IS my review, I guess my opinion IS important). The story was very easy to follow, the plot was driven along with intrigue and suspense, right up until the very end.
Is this a "guy's book"? This is not an action-packed, blow everything up, military shoot'em up thriller. This is, though, a very thought-provoking look at the pharmaceutical business and what's at stake when they bring a new drug to production. There is suspense a nice little mystery that is wrapped up tightly at the end.
I received this book from the cashier when I paid money for it. Nobody asked me to write this review, I just enjoyed the book so much that I wanted to do it so that you all will read the book!