An Open Heart
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About "An Open Heart"
Meet the Author
Harry Kraus, M.D., is a practicing general surgeon and the author of eight novels. He is currently serving with Africa Inland Mission as a missionary surgeon at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. Dr. Kraus received the M.D. degree from Medical College of Virginia, completed his surgical internship and residency at University of Kentucky, and formerly practiced in Virginia.
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Moving from comfortable Virginia to Kenya to begin the nation's first heart surgery programme sounds like a noble objective, but Dr Jace Rawlings is running away. He's running away from a broken marriage, a possible affair and memory loss, and returning to the town where he grew up as a missionary kid, working at the hospital where his Dad was a doctor, and where he lost his faith and his twin sister. But this is Africa, and there are challenges in getting the programme started, not least in getting the equipment through customs. And once Jace undertakes the first operation, he finds a strange after-effect: his patient is giving him messages from beyond this dimension. But as I progressed, it felt as though the novel was trying to be a supernatural thriller (with supernatural messages and a witch doctor), a medical thriller (the surgery) and a suspense novel (who wants to end the heart programme and why, the US element and the back story about Jace's twin sister) all at the same time. It was too much, and I'm not sure it worked. But my big problem was Jace's faith. While I could understand why he turned away from Christianity as a child, I didn't see why he essentially faked faith throughout his adult life. And there were times when Open Heart was let down by the writing. I found that the technical dialogue that comes across quickly in a TV medical drama doesn't work so well on the page. It sounded authentic, but it read like a foreign language. Overall, it could have been great, but it wasn't. Thanks to David C Cook and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.