The Kantz Journal

The Kantz Journal

by Douglas Christie


Publisher Living Parables of Central Florida, Inc.

Published in Literature & Fiction/Medical, Mystery & Thrillers/Mystery, Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

Connor Finney discovers his father has died of a sudden heart attack. He becomes consumed with reading a mysterious old journal that may contain clues to his father’s death. A WWII Nazi doctor identified a heart attack gene that killed every male inheriting it, a finding that remained hidden for over 70 years until it re-emerged in Geoff Carter's research. Connor and Carter team up to uncover the most lethal genetic killer of the century. But several other players are also on the hunt to gain these secrets. It must be solved because Connor has a ticking time bomb hidden in his DNA.

Sample Chapter


Robert Finney’s darkly tanned legs stretched lazily across the ottoman. A whoop erupted from his throat with the blast off of Gonzalez’s bat. The ball hit a fan’s glove behind the left field wall and a quick scramble ensued. As the ESPN cameras zoomed in, the prize was almost immediately lifted high in the air by a young teenage girl to the tumultuous roar of the surrounding crowd.

From his complexion, Robert looked like someone who spent a lot of leisure time at the beach or out on the water sailing. His infectious smile and clean-shaven face caught people off guard. With his brushed-back gray hair and sky-blue eyes, he looked like some movie star out of the 1940s. But he was, in fact, an accountant with a casual day off, wearing an old pair of blue shorts, a white tank top, and worn-out brown sandals.

His one objective that day was watching his favorite team, the Miami Marlins, vie for first place in the National League going into the summer. This was the last game of May and they were playing the Colorado Rockies. The homer from Gonzalez definitely got them off on the right start.

The pain in his chest was almost imperceptible as he rose from the couch and headed into the kitchen for a glass of water. Sitting down again and taking a sip, he heard the crowd go wild once more as the quick-footed Chiu stole second on a pass-ball strikeout, then Smith doubled to right center, driving in his sixty-fifth RBI of the year, making it two nothing with two outs.

“Awesome,” Robert softly exclaimed, only to watch McNichols ground out to first and end the third inning. Suddenly, his right shoulder felt numb with his stomach twisting like a volcano fighting with a tornado. Hey, he thought, I’m behaving myself. No pizza. No nachos with jalapeños. What the heck is going on? He’d taken his usual baby aspirin during breakfast just like his doctor had prescribed. Heart disease ran in the family, but he was the picture of health—hardly sick a day in his life.

The Rockies were up and Hal Johnson, the hottest hitter of the season, was at the plate. Johnson, with a batting average of .399, could become the first hitter since Ted Williams to reach .400 if he made a hit during this at bat. How Robert would love to see this happen, but still have the Rockies lose, though that would mean his manager would have to bench him for the rest of the game—fat chance!

Cold beads of sweat broke out on Robert’s forehead.

Johnson swung at the first pitch from Romero—strike one.

Robert’s hands became clammy. Determined not to let this mess up his plans for a relaxing afternoon, he refocused on the next pitch.

“Ball,” the ump called—one and one.

Suddenly, Robert doubled over with a knifelike jolt that hit him in the chest. Nausea and chills flooded through his body as he toppled off the couch, unable to speak or breathe. Numbing confusion clouded his mind as he began to lose consciousness.

The Marlins are leading … going to take first place … did Johnson get a hit—did he make four hundred? Oh Lord, what’s happening to me?

Blackness. There was no sound—no cry for help.


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Author Profile

Douglas Christie

Douglas Christie

Douglas Christie was formerly an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (University of Minnesota) and then Director/Principal Clinical Scientist with a major healthcare company. He received a BS in chemistry from Southern Oregon University and a PhD in biochemistry from Washington State University. He has extensively published in the scientific and medical literature. The Kantz Journal is his first fiction work. He lives with his wife and two gray tabby cats in central Florida.

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