There Is A Reaper

Losing a Child to Cancer

Non-Fiction - Memoir
334 Pages
Reviewed on 09/04/2015
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Author Biography

MICHAEL LYNES is a serial entrepreneur who has founded several startup ventures.

He enjoys dry red wine and the occasional single malt scotch. When not occupied with arcane engineering projects, he spends his time playing with his two grandchildren, baking bread, feeding seasoned hardwood into his ancient Timberline woodstove, working on his various cars, birdwatching, and taking amateur photographs.

His current menagerie includes one short-haired turtle shell cat and a pair of actual turtles.

Mr. Lynes was awarded a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and currently works as an embedded software engineer.

He has a consuming interest in the science of emotion as promulgated by Dr. Paul Ekman and has made a comprehensive study of his Face and Emotion courses.

He has four sons, has been married for over thirty years, and currently lives with his wife and youngest son in the beautiful secluded hills of Sussex County, New Jersey.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite

Cancer. The very word strikes fear into the heart of many. And for parents, the thought that cancer might affect one of their children, well, it's a thought that can actually make the blood run cold. In There is a Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer, author Michael Lynes generously shares the story of his family's experience with cancer. When his five-year-old son, Christopher, always a vivacious and rambunctious boy, starts exhibiting signs of illness, an illness that at first is mysterious and goes unnamed, his parents are plunged into the nightmare of the unknown. Eventually Christopher is diagnosed with cancer and sadly succumbs to this demon of a disease. Michael continues with the family's journey from their overwhelming grief and then their eventual return to a semblance of normalcy and healing.

Every person should read There is a Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer. Every single person. I don't know anyone who has not been touched by cancer in some way, and author Michael Lynes has written a thoughtful, touching and emotional book that gives us an insider's look into both the world of medicine and the world of a family shattered by this disease. I learned so much from the experiences he shared, and I feel that I just might be able to relate and interact with a family that has undergone a similar loss through learning from this book. I will think about this book for a long time to come, and simply could not recommend it more highly. To Michael Lynes, I thank you for sharing such a personal and intimate story with the world, and please know that your work has the potential to educate and change your readers forever.