Monday, July 4, 2016

Lethal Harvest by William Cutrer and Sandra Glahn

In order to save the president's life, a brilliant embryologist-- the president's nephew made a "devil's bargain" with a secret group of federal agents. But Tim Sullivan's illegal genetic manipulations of human embryos place everyone he knows at risk. Before he can finish his work, a freakish accident kills him and leaves only troubling questions behind.

Now his partner, Ben McKay, and Tim's widow, Marnie, must uncover the hidden truth about Tim's research before more lives are swept away. In the process, they're forced to face their feelings for each other and the dark secrets in their own pasts. This story of love, loss, and danger crosses international borders from Mexico to the former Soviet Union in order to answer one searing question: if Tim's research is completed, what form will the strange and dangerous harvest take?

Ambition, jealousy, and the ultimate meaning of love move this riveting story through the dark labyrinth that may lie buried under breakthroughs in genetic research and cloning. 

My review:
  I didn't realize when I requested this book that I had read it before. Had I known that, I would still have requested it. This is an updated version of the book, and it had been so long since I had read the original back in 2000 that I had forgotten everything. It was like reading it for the first time.

  This was a great book. My favorite genre' is mystery/suspense. and this book had plenty of it coupled with medical drama. I didn't always understand the terminology of some of the procedures discussed among the main characters, but most of it was easy enough to understand that I was able to still enjoy the book.

  I found the main characters very likable - well, most of them. Ben, combination doctor and chaplain; though fictional, made me want to be a better man and Christian just reading about him.

 I felt the authors did a great job of exploring the ethics and morality of different procedures using embryos and other medical issues in the story. The authors were also unafraid to address topics of salvation and eternity.

  When I started reading the book, I intended to read just part of it. However, I got into the book that I kept reading until it was done. This is a very enjoyable and suspenseful read that left me wanting to read the other books in the series.

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.

About the authors:

William R. Cutrer, M.D., wss an OB/GYN and an ordained minister. He was the Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry and the director of the Gheens Center for Marriage and Family at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served as the medical director at A Woman's Choice Pregnancy Resource Center. He is the author of Choice Today: A Pregnancy Resource and Under the Fig Leaves, and coauthor of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage and The Infertility Companion. He has also coauthored the novels Lethal Harvest, Deadly Cure, and False Positive. He passed away in July of 2013.

Sandra Glahn (PhD, UT Dallas) teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary, her alma mater. She is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books, including the CBA bestseller and Christy Award finalist, Lethal Harvest, and the Coffee Cup Bible Study series. Her most recent book is The City of Ephesus: A Short History.