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The Chairman Paperback – September 15, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581345399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,326,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first book by Harry Kraus that I have read, and I am heading out to buy the rest. This book had me hooked from the beginning and kept me up most of the night so I could finish. The story revolves alternatively between a recent spinal injury patient trying to discover the facts relating to his injury (he has amnesia), and the chairman of neurosurgical department and his teenage daughter. Their stories eventually merge as you might imagine and each has a profound influence on the other's life. The storyline of a man and his wife trying to come to grips with a devastating injury and save their marriage is moving and realistic. You can not help but care deeply for these characters, and I was only disappointed at the end because it was over. I look forward to his next book, if it is half as good as this.
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Dr. Kraus knows how to keep his readers turning the pages with an intriguing plot and interesting characters. But more than a spellbinding read, The Chairman delivers an important message: each person's value is based on the fact that God loves us, not what we are able to do or not do. Two very different types of "chairmen" learned this invaluable lesson as the events unfold in this medical mystery, bringing the two together for an unexpected ending.
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Taken from "Profile" magazine: "For several books now, Harry Lee Kraus, Jr. has excited readers by combining his medical knowledge with newsworthy concerns-he's a doctor and he writes thrillers. With his latest, the intriguing "THE CHAIRMAN", Kraus weaves together issues such as divorce, drugs and animal testing in hospital research...The novelist, drawing on his medical expertise, has created a page-turner ripped from today's headlines, all the while teasing readers with the mystery of who shot McAllister and the question of whether the doctor's research will aid in McAllister's recovery. Krauss challenges readers to reflect on their self-image (and how God judges us not by what we do but by who we are), forgiveness and the importance of waiting on God's timing. A+
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Fans of medical suspense will enjoy this novel by Harry Kraus. Police officer Nathan McAllister faces life as a quadriplegic after a drug bust goes bad and he's hit by friendly fire from his buddy and fellow officer. He can't remember a thing about the incident, but what he's been told doesn't add up. And his wife seems less than excited to have him home. She's battling her own guilt over an affair with the man who shot her husband.
Dr. Ryan Hannah is on the verge of making medical history when his lab is broken into and the baboon at the center of his experiment is stolen. An uproar ensues over animal cruelty, and Dr. Hannah is forced to continue his research using human subjects. Nathan McAllister fits the bill perfectly. But the surgery puts Nathan and his wife at risk when the bullet lodged near his spine is removed--the bullet that will identify who shot him.
While some of the medical terminology went over my head, the book kept my attention throughout and I had a hard time putting it down. Harry Kraus is an excellent novelist who knows how to entertain his readers with memorable characters and engaging plots.
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I was curious to see how Dr Kraus handled medical disability (spinal cord) in this read. My day job is in medicine--physical rehabilitation to be exact. Although I chafed at a few of the rehabilitation aspects of the book, most were on target. The cover itself was disturbing to me as the main character would not have used this type of chair. Perhaps the chair was used to signify the rehabilitation department in general (the "chairman" of the department). Nevertheless, it was a conflict for me.

If you are not interested in the specifics of spinal cord life, then do not read this book. It is nitty gritty. The psychosocial aspects are handled quite well.

Kraus always has a twist of mystery in his cocktail. Loved this one like I do all the rest.
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This is a beautiful love story! It was so touching, I couldn't stop reading until I was finished. It's the story of a broken marriage, a broken body, and a doctor's journey to find peace. Most of all, it's about finding forgiveness, and faith, and the understanding that God's love is unconditional. Whether it's broken hearts or bodies, God will always have an answer, and He handles it His way.
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I enjoyed this book (along with others written by Dr. Kraus). As a nurse, I know a bedridden patient needs turned every two hours and given good skin care to prevent breakdown, but other than that, it addressed many of the problems a paralyzed person would face physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Well written and believable.
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I enjoy reading Dr. Kraus' s books. I've exhausted my local library for all they have. His books remind me of Frank Slaughter' s books my mom got me reading. Just before mom's recent death she introduced me to Harry Kraus. It was mom's last gift to me as difficult times are again challenging me in my walk of faith.
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