A corrupt judge in a mob murder case. A disillusioned pastor, hungry for power. A cynical reporter, sniffing for a scandal. A gambling addict whose secret tape threatens the lives of everyone who hears it. New York Times best-selling author, Lee Strobel, weaves these edgy characters into an intricate thriller set in a gleaming, suburban megachurch, a big-city newspaper struggling for survival, and the shadowy corridors of political intrigue. The unexpected climax is as gripping as the contract killing that punctuates the opening scene.
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The overall story was very well written. Easily kept my attention. I was pleasantly surprised to find a book with no foul language.
All the characters were very appealing and loved the basis of faith.
Art Bullock facing down the corrupt judge
Faith trumps evil
Will be anxious to read other fiction from this author.
Yes. Believable characters in real world circumstances asking first-order questions about life and living (Is this all there is? Why are we here? Is there a God? Is God loving? If yes, why is there so much suffering/evil?) These questions aren't asked in the midst of sorta-bad or almost-bad circumstances. They are asked in the midst of murder, political corruption, investigative reporting, serious illness, and a bomb blowing up an innocent.The settings and circumstances are real. The characters are believable. The narrative is suspenseful and held my interest. I wanted to punch some of the characters and cry with others. The questions are asked in the midst of all of the above; possible answers are given, but in the end, the reader is left to decide for themselves.
There are several, but I don't want to give any spoilers. In one, I dropped my jaw and wanted to yell at the offensive character, the pastor's political assistant, and cheer the offended character's reaction, the pastor's wife.
Strider - the investigative reporter. He's the total skeptic interested in truth and reality. He gets to ask the tough questions and stuff a few things in the pastor's face.
I loved this book! I really did! I was thinking, "finally a Christian novel that compete with the likes of John Grisham". BUT the ending was so abrupt and the "loose ends" so quickly wrapped up that it fell flat. Such a bummer. Another 100 pages would've made this one perfect.
Yes because ... see below.
The storyline is a nice easy mystery that I could enjoy without having to think too hard - it kept me interested in the unfolding of the plot. I like how he presents and explores the themes of cynicism, pride and redemption. I was also pleasantly surprised at his subtle sense of humor, I wasn't expecting this from a writer who usually explores apologetics.
I've listened to other Scott Brick narrated titles and I just like his clear voice. I suppose his lower-register voice perfectly keeps my attention and I never have to rewind because I can't make out what he read.
Strobel is a good storyteller - I would love to see him write more fiction.
I was really impressed with this book. Lee Strobel is best known for his works dealing with the topic of apologetics (the study of the proof of the existence of God). There is some of that in this book, of course, but I didn't find it preachy in the slightest. What I did find was action, romance, realistic discussions about church vs. state issues, and a really good legal/political thriller.
The book centers on a pastor of an evangelical megachurch that is considering pursuing an appointment for the remainder of a senatorial term. Throw in a nonreligious reporter covering a dangerous political story, a romance that connects the reporter with the megachurch, mob connections, and legal intrigue that explores the church vs. state issue, and you have a really interesting read.
The narrator could have been better, but Scott Brick's performance wasn't bad by any means.
If you want a good drama, thriller, this is a good choice. At the risk of a spoiler alert, you should know that the ending is not entirely happy. I found it satisfying, but there are sad parts.
This was Strobel's first fiction work, and I'm looking forward to more from him.
Actually, I have already listened to it three times. I enjoyed the character development, and just how "Chicago" the story was.
Strobel's style reminds me of an evangelical John Grisham.
I enjoy Scott Brick's audio performances immensely. He is, without a doubt, my favorite audio book narrator. His character separation is excellent, and he knows how to keep a story moving.
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