Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Six-Liter Club by Harry Kraus M.D. (Review)

Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (April 6, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1416577973

About the book:


Camille Weller has arrived as the first African-American attending in the trauma service of the Medical College of Virginia. Never mind that the locker rooms are labeled "doctors" and "nurses" rather than "men" and "women" or that her dark skin communicates "incapable" to many of her white male colleagues in the OR. Camille has battled prejudices her entire career, but those battles were small spats compared to what she faces now.

When a colleague discovers a lump in her breast, she believes Dr. Camille Weller is the best doctor for her. Together, they decide on a course of treatment that bucks the established medical system, keeping Camille firmly in the cross hairs of male surgeons already riddled with skepticism and suspicion.

Her success as a surgeon is jeopardized further when dark whispers from her childhood in Africa plague Camille’s thoughts. Bewildering panic attacks instill fear in a surgeon bent on maintaining the control, pace, and direction of her own life. Unable to shake the flashes of memory, Camille is forced to face a past she has not acknowledged since the death of her father on an African mission field. Who was he? Who was she? And why would either of those answers affect her present?

My Review:
I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall I thought it was a good book and held my attention from the first page. The plot line was unique and set in the Southeast US in 1984. Camille is a half white half African (Congo) surgeon and faces racism everyday. Her parents were missionaries in the Congo and were murdered when she was ten. She was sent to live in the US with her Aunt Jeanne who raised her white. She never talked to her about her time in the Congo. When Camille starts having flashbacks she freaks out because it affects her at work too. Another main plot line is her relationship with her boyfriend. This is where I became unhappy. It is very heavy on the sensual side and a big part of the plot is how to help her have premarital s*x with him. It is implied that it makes it easier for him to cheat on her. There is barely a spiritual side to this book.Otherwise this was a really good book. I would not recommend it to Christian fiction readers. I would consider it to be a mainstream book and as such it is very good.

About the author:
Harry Kraus has brought surgical skill to medical missions on four continents. Most recently, he returned to Somalia for a short stay. His family (wife, Kris, and three sons) is contemplating a return to Kenya for three years. He could stay in Virginia, building his surgical practice, storing wealth and acquiring house after house, car after car - but that isn't where Harry's heart lies.

Harry Kraus watched the Twin Towers fall on 9/11. He was at Ground Zero providing medical services to those who managed to escape the falling buildings. He saw firsthand the result of human relationships that lack love for fellow man. He determined to spend his life pouring love into human hearts. In Africa, he is often asked by Muslim patients why he would come halfway around the world to take care of them for no pay. Harry smiles. He tells them about the unconditional love He received from a Savior.

Thank you Glass Road PR for my review copy.

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