A Heartbeat Away: A Novel

A Heartbeat Away: A Novel

by Harry Kraus
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A Heartbeat Away: A Novel by Harry Kraus

When a brilliant surgeon undergoes a heart transplant, her life transforms as she begins experiencing memories of a murder she never witnessed. The residents worship her. Nurses step out of her way. Her colleagues respect and sometimes even fear her. But surgeon Tori Taylor never expected to end up on this side of the operating table. Now she has a new heart. This life that was formerly controlled and predictable is now chaotic. Dr. Taylor had famously protected herself from love or commitment, but her walls are beginning to crumble.  And strangest of all, memories surface that will take her on a journey out of the operating room and into a murder investigation.  Where there once was a heart of stone, there is a heart of flesh. And there is no going back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434705112
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 378,626
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Harry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Dr. Kraus resides in Kenya with his wife, Kris, and the youngest of his three sons.

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A Heartbeat Away: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery, murder, romance and God's forgiveness-a story of healing•
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story, the plot, the characters and the subtle hints but not too obvious clues! It keeps you guessing till the very end! I was very surprised and inpressed. It was an easy, quick read filled with the perfect amount of suspence, love, and religion. I really enjoyed the references to the Bible and the underlying message the book presented. A true delight....thank you!
BillieKay More than 1 year ago
Harry Kraus has written a medical suspense novel with lots of unexpected twists. There is some romance and there is a Christian foundation. I was thoroughly entertained and read the book in only a couple of days. There are things happening all along the way right up to the very end that I did not expect. I am not going to retell the story; rather, just recommend that this is a book that lots of people will enjoy. I received a copy of the book from the publisher and am very pleased with the level of books I am reading from David C. Cook Publishers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read lots of books on my Nook, enjoyed many, but seldom post a review. This book is compelling, and keeps you guessing until the end. Will definitely look for others from Mr. Krauss. Enjoyed this one very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read unexpected unexpected
VicG More than 1 year ago
Harry Kraus in his new book, “A Heartbeat Away” published by David C Cook brings us into the life of Dr. Tori Taylor. From the back cover: Haunted by memories of a murder she never witnessed Dr. Tori Taylor rules the operating room with a cold precision that makes nurses cower and her colleagues take notes. But even with her success as a respected surgeon, Tori finds herself alone in her moment of desperation—dying on her own operating table. Tori needs a heart transplant, but what she receives is far more than just a donor organ. Lying loveless and friendless in the recovery room, Tori experiences flashes of terrifying events she never witnessed. Soon she leaves her controlled world and starts investigating a homicide only she believes happened. Is she hallucinating? Or will someone believe her in time to stop a murderer from killing again? Ever heard the expression, “the heart remembers”? Well it seems that medical science has discovered that this is true. The doctors have found memory engrams in the heart similar to those found in the brain, where we normally think of memory. This only goes to prove the Bible is accurate when it tells us, “guard your heart.” Dr. Kraus has 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. Taylor is so well written. First she starts off as a cold controlling person withdrawn from humanity but with the heart transplant she softens as she learns that God has taken from her old heart of stone and given her a new one of flesh. ”A Heartbeat Away” 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book, as I enjoyed it very much. It has mystery, suspense, and is a Christian novel. Very good reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!. And it looks like it was written by a male author. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book i would recommend this book
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Have recommended it too others to read.
nurse6030 More than 1 year ago
Great story that moved at a good pace while developing characters you were connected with. Would definitely read another book by Mr Kraus.
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I'm not sure if there is any validity to the theory of tissue "memory" but that is what the story revolves around. Dr. Tori Taylor receives a heart from a young donor who was killed. She is experiencing flashes of "memories" that are not her own. I wish I could have enjoyed this book more as Dr. Harry Kraus is a remarkable man doing extraordinary work.
ToriOK More than 1 year ago
It was so good it was a mystery until the end. The flashbacks were intriguing and not annoying like some can be. Some of the twists so shocking that you wondered how she was going to get out of it this time; I am still thinking about it a few days later.
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Keeps your interest. A good, fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
barry2B More than 1 year ago
A young female oncology surgeon has her life turned upside down in this Christian Medical Mystery Thriller. Dr. Tori is a perfectionist and drives the other staff mad as she pushes them for the same level of perfection she strives for in herself. That is until she contracts a virus that attacks her heart and she has a heart transplant. Suddenly she is more emotional and has more awareness of the feelings of others around her. She starts having nightmares about events she does not recall until she starts to investigate where her heart came from. She strives to find the murderer of her heart donor and along the way put herself and her friends in great danger. A five star read for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept my interest