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False Positive Paperback – July 16, 2002
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Soon, with the help of Bethany Fabrazio, director of a pro-life women's clinic, Red finds himself investigating what goes on behind closed doors at VIP. But what Bethany and Red don't know is that some VIP doctors will stop at nothing to keep their secrets under wraps-even if it means taking Red's life.
Addressing with sensitivity and conviction some of the most crucial moral, ethical, medical and spiritual issues of our time-including sanctity of life, bio-ethics, RU-486, ectopic pregnancy, in vitro fertilization, abortion, fetal tissue research, post-abortion emotional and spiritual recovery-"False Positive take readers on a fast-paced thrill-ride ride and bring them face-to-face with the inseparable miracles of God's forgiveness and grace.
Top Customer Reviews
Although I believe in the sanctity of life, the subject matter of this book almost kept me from reading it. I feared a thinly veiled anti-abortion discourse--and one thing I don't handle well is agenda-heavy fiction. If you want to make a point, make sure to entertain and tell a good story at the same time. That's why Grisham's legal thrillers continue to sell even while taking on the tobacco industry, the homeless crisis, etc.
Cutrer and Glahn dispelled my fears quickly. The medical details, the unflinching looks at difficult subjects, and the likeable characters drew me in. ...
Although "False Positive" doesn't have the immediate hook of a Grisham-type thriller, it does have the very human motivations, readable dialogue, and ethical dilemmas that Grisham has used to such marvelous effect. The authors handle this medical mystery with maturity, surprises, and grace. As the story draws a growing number of characters together, the action accelerates and the emotional impact rises. While never veering from their spiritual beliefs, the authors (and publisher) demonstrate open minds and open hearts. Beware: stanch advocates of either side of the abortion debate will cry foul, but this book rises above the mudslinging. Cutrer and Glahn raise questions not easily answered by either side. They write about real people who don't always agree. And I liked that.
In fact, I liked this book. A lot! Although "False Positive" was my first read by these authors, it will not be my last.
I did not like several things: 1) not everyone who does abortions is driven by economic motives; they may be misguided, but are not always evil; 2) portraying a high risk OB person (Kedar) as someone competent to care for the most critically ill neonate stretched literary license to the breaking point, since most OB docs run for cover when a sick baby needs intensive care; 3) suggesting that a 17 week fetus would a) be 300 grams (very unlikely) and could survive in any manner after delivery injects a sense of false hope that I fear might lead prospective parents to have even more unrealistic expectations at the margins of viability (which are 21-22 weeks, not 24 as the book suggests).
Nothing harms the effect of a technically driven plot like like technical errors. Its fiction, but it needs accuracy in the areas that speak to reality of the science involved.
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Have read all of these books and enjoyed them. Is nice to see spiritual emphasis in them.Published 9 days ago by vbgator
I thought this was a mystery but it was more like a love story, and it was predictable reading. It had some interesting points.Published 10 months ago by oldgirl
This book gets only one star from me, mostly for its preachy tone and one-dimensional characters. The villains are all unscrupulous unbelievers who not only perform abortions but... Read morePublished on May 10, 2009 by Barbara L. Lemaster
Update: After reading more about how crisis pregnancy centers operate, in addition to my own re-thinking of this issue, I can't endorse this book. Read morePublished on April 10, 2007 by Jay Young
I could not put this book down. It it a great story with an amazing message. Instead of unrealistically making the abortionists all bad and the pro-lifers all good, the authors... Read morePublished on June 15, 2006 by Jo-jo's BOOK circus
I couldn't put False Positive down. The authors really have a knack for clear, page-turning writing. Read morePublished on September 3, 2002
False Positive is a fast-paced novel that handles the volatile subject of abortion in a tender and compassionate way. Read morePublished on August 28, 2002
I read False Positive in three sittings (that's good for me...I often don't even finish books). It was hard to put down. The plot was intriguing and unpredictable. Read morePublished on August 9, 2002