Book Review: Lethal Harvest

4 Jul

419SDx3UktL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_In order to save the president’s life, a brilliant embryologist— the president’s nephew&mdashmade a “devil’s bargain” with a secret group of federal agents. But Tim Sullivan’s illegal genetic manipulations of human embryos place everyone he knows at risk. Before he can finish his work, a freakish accident kills him and leaves only troubling questions behind.

Now his partner, Ben McKay, and Tim’s widow, Marnie, must uncover the hidden truth about Tim’s research before more lives are swept away. In the process, they’re forced to face their feelings for each other and the dark secrets in their own pasts. This story of love, loss, and danger crosses international borders from Mexico to the former Soviet Union in order to answer one searing question: if Tim’s research is completed, what form will the strange and dangerous harvest take?

Ambition, jealousy, and the ultimate meaning of love move this riveting story through the dark labyrinth that may lie buried under breakthroughs in genetic research and cloning.

 

 

webSandra Glahn, Th.M., is adjunct professor, Christian Education and Pastoral Ministries, at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), her alma mater, where she serves as editor in chief of Kindred Spirit magazine. She has completed her course work for the Ph.D. degree in Aesthetic Studies (Arts and Humanities) at the University of Texas at Dallas. A former board member of theEvangelical Press Association, she served as the 2010 convention chair. She also serves on the women’s leadership team for bible.org.

Sandra belongs to the Christian Authors Network, serves as the fiction panelist for The Writers View, and is a contributing blogger at Tapestry, the bible.org women’s site.

Sandra leads retreats as well as seminars and workshops on marriage, intimacy, infertility, rest, writing, and a variety of biblical books. She and her husband, Gary, have been married for thirty-one years and have one daughter, who joined their family through adoption.

 

My Impressions:

Christy nominee Lethal Harvest by Sandra Gahn and the late William Cutrer was first released sixteen years ago. But its emphasis on the gap between medical technology and ethics is still relevant today. A page-turning look into what can go wrong when moral values are disregarded, this novel is a good choice for fans of medical suspense. It also has a unique romance thread that also emphasizes God’s will over human desires.

A mix-up in the fertility clinic owned by partners Luc Morgan, Tim Sullivan and Ben McKay precipitates a lawsuit with far-reaching implications. Adding to the tension is the disappearance and presumed death of Dr. Sullivan. As the weeks progress, more and more information becomes available, but nothing is clear, except some strange things were going on at the clinic. As government agencies and shady operatives become involved, the danger increases, causing Marnie Sullivan, Dr. Sullivan’s surviving spouse, and Dr. McKay to look into secrets that more than one person wants left alone.

Cutting edge medical procedures are examined by the authors in the light of God’s moral laws. Several discussions, both pro and con, for the free exercise of research in order to promote the greater good are presented within the fictional framework. Never preachy, they do give the reader a lot to think about. As a suspense novel, Lethal Harvest succeeds in keeping the reader guessing. A romance between Marnie and Ben develops, but the characters act in the light of their Christian worldview, rather than what the world would deem acceptable. That is the heart of the novel — God’s view vs. the world’s view — in ethics, love and life in general. Characters are presented with God’s truth and freely accept or refuse the offers of grace, peace and salvation.

If you are looking for a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat as well as giving you much to ponder, then check out Lethal Harvest.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to Kregel for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

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