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An Open Heart

Harry Kraus
An Open Heart
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An Open Heart

Harry Kraus

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Their Messages&-From Beyond the Grave&-Might Destroy Him
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They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings&' open-heart surgery patients 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.
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It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maeltsrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. 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 what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk&-his marriage, his career . . . his life.



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Their Messages&-From Beyond the Grave&-Might Destroy Him
&
They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings&' open-heart surgery patients 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.
&
It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maeltsrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. 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 what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk&-his marriage, his career . . . his life.


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Harry Kraus

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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Not as good as expected
3 stars By Iola, Jun 28 2013
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. 
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  • Catalogue Code 376574
  • Product Code 9780781405355
  • ISBN 0781405351
  • EAN 9780781405355
  • Pages 448
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher David C Cook
  • Publication Date Jun 2013
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 30 mm
  • Weight 0.396kg

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