Six-Liter Club by Dr. Harry Kraus

six liter club I really admire Dr. Kraus. He has a true heart for the sick—in body as well as in their souls.  See his bio below.

However, I do have serious reservations about this book.

What was disturbing to me is that the author seems to have sex on the brain. He uses it in such a way that it has no bearing on the story line, even though he suggests that the protagonist has intimacy problems. Such as Camille Weller barges into the “doctors dressing room”, which in hospital-ese, means Mens, in order to make a point that she is a doctor. She hide in a bath stall to listen to their conversation and discovers that not only are her scrubs covered in blood but she has ruined underwear so—in the men’s bathroom, she removes them. I can’t help but be shocked at this “making a point”. There are so many other ways to give the reader a good understanding of the inner workings of this troubled woman’s brain.

I also was a bit uncomfortable with the way sex seems to be overplayed. Although, I can fully appreciate it that she has intimacy problems and it must be addressed.

The premise is superb. The prose leaves a lot to be desired. The way the story is told is from several different POVs, which tends to get a lot confusing simply because the story unfolds differently for the reader than it does for the protagonist. We find out long before she does that her boyfriend is having an affair with a married women who turns out to be a therapist. I have read a couple of thousand books and not one male author has successfully written a good story from inside the head of a woman. Men do not “get” women, so why do they try so hard to write their inner most thoughts? It doesn’t come across the page convincingly.

The dialog is pretty good, but not compelling.

I cannot recommend this book. I’m sorry, because I really like Dr. Kraus.

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

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