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  • Posted November 9, 2013

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    Harry Kraus in his new book, ¿An Open Heart¿ published by David

    Harry Kraus in his new book, “An Open Heart” published by David C Cook brings us into the life of  Dr. Jace Rawlings.

    From the back cover:  A Surgeon caught between two worlds

    Dr. Jace Rawlings’s open-heart surgery patients hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. But the messages they bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him.

    Jace face a firestorm of controversy and danger. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He’d come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But the maelstrom of political intrigue and spiritual warfare will put everything at risk–his marriage, his career, even his life.

    It is not often that you find medical drama, suspense, and spiritual warfare all rolled up in a thrilling adventure.  Dr. Kraus has not only given us all that but he has also given us a page flipping thriller that is ripped from the current medical journals and added in an intense search for a murderer.  The character of Dr. Rawlings is so well written.  He is a man on the run from his own past and he figured he would lose his past in Kenya.  Dr. Kraus explores some very interesting questions about what happens when we die and it will cause a lot of thought and searching.  ”An Open Heart” is a very exciting adventure that kept my attention all the way until the end.  I recommend it highly.

    If you missed the interview for “The Six-Liter Club”, a different story from Dr. Kraus, and would like to listen to it  and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from David C Cook.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

    Interesting All the Way Around This book is interesting on s

    Interesting All the Way Around

    This book is interesting on so many levels. The descriptions of life in Africa for missionaries and their families, as well as the lives of the Kenyans creates a rich, unusual, unexplored setting. The openness of the Kenyans to the spiritual world provides the necessary spiritual depth to the story. The detailed descriptions of the medical aspects lend an aspect of realism to the story that allows the reader to feel that they are actually following a surgeon in all his activities. The evil officials on both sides of the ocean build the suspense, as Dr. Rawlings struggles to find both him and the truth. This book has interesting characters that make the story come off the page. This is a book for any reader that enjoys a book with enough depth to the story to make you think while keeping you entertained and learning. 

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

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    "Always trying to save the world, aren't you Jace? Well, lo

    "Always trying to save the world, aren't you Jace? Well, look where it's gotten you now."

    If-onlys crowded out hope. If only he'd upgraded to first class, maybe he wouldn't have arrived so sleep deprived, and his reactions would have been quicker. If only he'd let someone else pick him up at the airport instead of agreeing to drive a friend's Land Rover. If only that last goat hadn't tried to cross the road. He slipped his hand into his suit pocket and closed it around a small wad of shillings, the local currency in Kenya. If only he'd been willing to pay the bribe, he could have avoided the whole mess.

    He should have known that the crowd that gathered around his Land Rover would have sided with the locals. "He was speeding," they had all agreed. Kikuyu mamas with colorful clashing sweaters and headscarves. Barefoot children pushing roasted corn beneath his nose, hoping for a sale. An old man on a donkey cart had rubbed his gray-chin stubble and nodded with apparent wisdom. "Shouldn't race on our roads." Everyone claimed it was Jace's fault. If he had only paid the bribe. If only.

    In the latest novel from author Harry Kraus, An Open Heart takes the readers into the heart of Africa, right into the Great Rift Valley that separates Africa in two for his suspense thriller. The book opens with Jace Rawlings, a US heart surgeon who is sitting in a Kenyan jail awaiting the outcome of his crime, one that in most eyes would be ruled an accident but only if you were in the US. Only Jace wasn't in the US and now he could only begin to think of a way out of this mess. Only the prime minister of parliament in Nairobi is taking matters into his own hands to free Jake. He has consulted with Mzee Simeon Okayo, a town elder of Kisii who practices traditional witchcraft to assist with this most urgent matter and one that needs to be managed with discretion.

    Only now it seems that Jace Rawlings has powers that even the local villagers have begun to take notice of beginning with the victim who died at the scene of his accident. Now it seems that what was once dead has now returned to life and now Jace it seems is the new magic man! Just when Jace arrived in Africa to escape his troubles in the US it seems like new ones have found their way to Africa and Jace's running is about to end.

    I received An Open Heart by Harry Krauss compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C Cook Publishers for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is an interesting look at just what missionaries have to deal with in Africa. Not only the differences in cultures but also in religion. While the character of Jace Rawlings exemplifies the Christian doctor, he has to deal with the local people who still believe in the traditional witchdoctors to deal with virtually everything that happens to them from the crops to the weather. Is there more at work here than meets the eye? You'll have to pick this one up to see what the dead who are brought back to life have to say! I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I've read quite a few of Harry Kraus novels and the experience of being a board-certified surgeon and medical missionary bring a sense of realism to this novel in unremarkable ways.

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