Friday, March 14, 2014

Harry Kraus's Lip Reading ~ Reviewed

By Harry Kraus
Published by David C Cook
432 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: 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.

REVIEW: There are a handful of authors I’d make time to read their books no matter how hectic my schedule was. Harry Krause is one of those authors. I was thrilled to receive a review copy of a book that gives readers a glimpse into the world of scientific research. The thing that excites me about this author’s books is the fact that I know I’ll learn something new, cutting edge even in the world of medicine. Harry Krause is a surgeon who practices medicine in Africa.  Inside this book he gives readers a heart wrenching look at a situation in Africa and how efforts from a Pharmaceutical company to help them goes array. 

What’s involved in creating a medical break thru? I hadn’t a clue but this writer lifts the veil and shows us a little glimpse into the work and dedication it takes to create something new and safe for humans. Imitation blood would save millions of lives and change the medical community all around the world. I goggled this topic and researchers are really working on trying to create imitation blood as I’m typing this.

Medical researcher Dr. Rebecca Jackson is on the verge of making a discovery of a lifetime, creating imitation blood. Lately Becca had noticed a new ability she had. She could clearly see images in her mind in 3-D. It’s rocketed her research and moved things ahead of schedule.

The down side to Dr. Rebecca’s clarity of vision about her project was the frequent migraines. She’d have to get that checked but work needed to be done first. She was so close to finishing this project but needed help. Where could she turn?

Noah, Rebecca Jackson’s old boyfriend was working on an imitation blood project of his own.  He stares at the T.V. screen where he sees the face of Dr. Rebecca Jackson on the front cover of her new book called “Pusher: confessions of an American Pharmaceutical giant… the reporter goes on to say, Jackson made quite a stir earlier this year when her book, Pusher hit stands, revealing some of the cutthroat tactics that govern the development and marketing of the American Pharmaceutical industry.”

His boss had talked to him earlier that week and asked him to approach Dr. Jackson and ask her to work on the imitation blood project with him. He pointed out that Noah’s research complimented her work. They could work more efficiently and create this product sooner. His boss didn’t understand that they had a history that was complicated. That was in high school maybe they could push the past aside and work together for the common good.

What they were working on was a “Game changer – no one would have to get real blood and all the risks associated with it.”

“P-R-I-N-T stands for Particle Replication in Non-Wetting – Templates.”

“A worldwide impact begins with one life, “Noah said. “There are individual events in a person’s life that change everything in seconds. Happiness is stolen. Injury leads to death. And love finds a way to shine through in the midst of darkness…. God used the worst day in my life to set my feet on a path that will, I hope, result in a benefit for millions.”

With God’s help they could do this work with Rebecca. They soon discovered they were as driven as the other to reach the goal, neither didn’t mind the cost; each sensed they were on the verge of something amazing that would change lives of so many. Drama escalates when Noah and Rebecca unite their research. They are on a race against time, death threats and a fight for Rebecca’s life.  The stakes are high and the large corporations want a piece of the action. Rebecca had to make sure this technology got into the right hands. She trusted Noah would help her make her wishes happen.

As usual I learned about an amazing medical technology researchers are actually working on. I also realized how much I take for granted when I go to the pharmacy and pick up medicine the Dr. prescribed not even giving a thought at how long it took someone to create it. I’m focused on how fast it will make me feel better. I love this authors books because I learn something new every time. I like that it’s usually intertwined with a suspenseful element and usually he throws in a splash of romance. There is also a spiritual thread that’s real and not preachy. Love that.

I recommend this dynamic and intriguing story that will open your eyes to the beautiful and dark side of medical break troughs and give you a peek into a world we don’t often think about.  These characters and their story will be on your mind long after you close the book, there is so much in here. It’s something you’ll be talking about with your friends. Thanks Harry for another amazing adventure.

Reviewed by: Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
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