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Salty Like Blood: A Novel [Paperback]

By Harry Kraus (Author)
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When his seven-year-old daughter is kidnapped, Dr. David Conners risks everything he has, including his marriage, his medical practice, and even his soul, to try to find her.

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David Conners, M.D., is on the fast track to creating a perfect life when his seven-year-old daughter disappears. David's all-consuming quest to find her -- dead or alive -- threatens to destroy everything he has left: his medical practice, his marriage, his integrity, and even his soul.
If Rachel is dead: Can a parent forgive someone who has done the unthinkable?
Can David forgive himself?
If she's alive: Can David find her in time to save her?

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Studio: Howard Books
Pages   337
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Howard Books
ISBN  1416577890  
ISBN13  9781416577898  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Harry Kraus is a board-certified general surgeon who has practiced both in the US and abroad in Kenya as a medical missionary with Africa Inland Mission. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including Could I Have This Dance?

Harry Kraus has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Medical Association Resources

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Good plot, but ...  Jan 14, 2010
It took me half way through to really get into this book. The second half is when the plot started moving, and the need to know what happened kicked in. Before that it dragged on without much background to go on. As the holes started to be filled in (about why the people acted and reacted the way they did), I could care. The constant switching of scenes made me think this was written as a movie script also. That was overdone. But the story saves it in the end, but the very last Epilogue irked me. Why partisan politics had to get dragged into it at the very end confuses me.
This multi-layered story was amazing and deeply moving!  Oct 2, 2009
Salty like blood is not your typical suspense novel. It's a story written with deep insight into the human soul and is one of the most emotionally moving suspense stories I've ever read. There is such a deep point of view and gut-wrenching honesty throughout the pages that it's totally engrossing.

While I identified most with the main character, the husband, I found it easy to slip into other characters' points of view when needed. I appreciate that ease of transition in a novel. I also appreciated the painful memories that slowly came back and how well the author brought them in and out of the novel. I was so immersed in everything as I read along that I winced and held my breath along with the characters. That's great writing.

I also loved how complex the plot was and how many twists and turns occurred that the unexpected kept me turning the pages late into the evening. This book is very hard to put down. It wasn't dark, though, despite the plot and the situations in the novel. I didn't feel depressed, just intrigued. And the thing with the Lupron drug totally cracked me up even though it was so wrong.

I loved how real the author made these characters and how he kept me at the edge of my seat. The author had me sweating. Will she do it? Oh my goodness. He didn't just do that...what are they going to do next? How will they get out of this? And the mini-twists and the end made me smile because it's so like real life.

The spiritual transition was not huge, but very real and very well-done. If you want to read a suspense that is not just a bunch of chasing scenes with little depth, then you will love this book. If you don't mind a hero who isn't afraid to cry when something truly hurts, you'll really enjoy this story. I loved it. :)
A story of loss, revenge and redemption.  Aug 30, 2009
Dr. David Connors is on the path of fulfilling his lifetime dreams. He is a successful doctor, within days of being made a partner in the practice he works for, his patients love him, his marriage seems good, and his daughter is the light of his life. When David's daughter, Rachel, disappears, he discovers he is capable of things he never thought possible. His intense need to find his daughter, no matter what, is a threat to his career, his marriage, his integrity and ethics, and to his soul. If Rachel is dead, can any parent find the way to forgive someone for this horrendous crime? If Rachel is still alive, can her determined father discover he in time to save her? How far would we go to get our child back? In Salty Like Blood by Harry Kraus, M.D. that question is left for each of us to answer for ourselves.

Harry Kraus is an author unfamiliar to me. When I began reading Salty Like Blood, I was reminded of another "missing child" story I read about a year ago, Stuart O'Nan's Songs for the Missing. Kraus, like O'Nan, spends time building a sense of "what would you do?" We see everyone's reaction to the loss of Rachel. Her mother, who suffered greatly from postpartum depression after Rachel's birth is poised to return to the depths of despair. Her father, typical of all fathers, I believe, is a "fixer" and a "doer" and he is certain that he can succeed where the police have failed. This book succeeds because David is just so much like we imagine ourselves in the same situation. It's easy to see how the loss of our child could turn us into obsessed searchers, and we empathize with his choices and his losses. Throughout the book, David is forced to face the worst parts of him, he searches for compassion he knows he should have, questions the faith of those around him, and sees exactly what he is capable of. But he never gives up hope. And even though the subject matter seems so hopeless, Kraus manages to infuse it with hope that we readers can share as well.
Suspenseful and Powerful  Jul 24, 2009
I have to admit I was not going to read this book. The cover of the book did not appeal to me and it looked rather gory, I am so glad I changed my mind. This Christian fiction book covers suspense, hope, revenge, and forgiveness. Salty Like Blood attempts to answer the question, "Why would a God of love allow so much pain?"

Dr. David Conner's career is on the fact track. He is about to make partner. Suddenly life is turned upside down when his seven year old daughter goes missing. Everything Dr. Conner's has worked so hard for, his marriage and his medical practice, are now threatened to be destroyed. Dr. Conner's would not accept the fact that his daughter had died from drowning in the Chesapeake Bay. He also comes face to face with the guilt he has been carrying around for a lifetime and only God can rescue him.

This is not your normal Christian fiction style book; I love the real characters throughout this book. There are some side stories that add extra depth to the story, and some side stories that I believe could have been left out. But it was a book that kept me up late into the night. Just when you feel you have everything figured out Harry Kraus keeps you guessing. This story is about any parent's nightmare and it is not a "feel good" book, but it is a powerful story about the journey towards forgiveness. Could you ever forgive a person who took your child?

If you are looking for a book you can not put down, I recommend Salty Life Blood. I look forward to more books by harry Kraus, M.D.
Great Book  May 28, 2009
I ALWAYS enjoy Harry Kraus novels....have read them all. I loved this one and found it full of mystery as well as issues we all face...forgiveness, God's grace, and compassion. I wish he would write a sequel because I, like another reviewer, wonder who was the heavy man at the end of book. I can't wait for his next book.

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