Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Heartbeat Away
David C. Cook (September 1, 2012)
Harry Kraus


A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.


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.

If you'd like to read the first chapter excerpt of A Heartbeat Away, go HERE.

My review:

I have read some of Kraus' earlier books and really loved them, but then I read a couple that I wasn't into that much. It has been several years since I read one of his books, and since this one sounded so good, I decided to grab it for review. This is a really, really good book. It reminds me of his earlier books that had more suspense, along with a medical/hospital setting. One thing I have appreciated about his writing, is when he writes medical scenes and uses medical terms, it is done in a way that is both interesting, and easy to understand.

The book had a great plot and characters, and truly is one of those books I did not want to put down, and was glad I read it when I could keep reading until the end. This is definitely one of the best books by this author, if not the best. The book was shipped late, and I just received it yesterday, and got it read by last evening.

I was disappointed a bit in both the author and the publisher, David C. Cook. "Bastard" was used three times and not in the original meaning of the word, but as an insult. It is just one of those words that seems out of place in a Christian fiction book, and seems out of character for David C. Cook to allow, though it is mild compared to other words allowed by other Christian publishers.

I would recommend this book. If you enjoy suspense set in the medical field, this book would make you a great read.

Thanks to David C. Cook and the CFBA for the review copy.