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The Ambition

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  685 ratings  ·  128 reviews
After ministering to countless people with his "Case For" series, Lee Strobel has launched himself into the fiction genre with this legal thriller. You will be thrown into a captivating world that connects a disillusioned pastor with a corrupt judge, a cynical reporter, and a gambling addict.
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Published May 31st 2011 by Zondervan (first published May 1st 2010)
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Jun 26, 2011 Molly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense lovers
Recommended to Molly by: Zondervan
Absolutely different. Not in a bad way, mind you. Lee Strobel is an amazing author when he is writing his Case books. I love them. My dad has a whole collection of them, that I love to break into from time to time. They are stunning and amazing. But, when he writes fiction, well....let's just say that while his writing is not terrible, it's certainly not as good as I hoped it would be.

With that being said, The Ambition's plot is awesome. The way the story line had to flow, with mobs, and megach
Filled with scandal, corruption, murder and a couple of miracles, The Ambition is definitely a page-turner. Author Lee Strobel puts everything he's got into this first novel that won't disappoint his fans. He has taken his experience in law, journalism and religion to produce quite an entertaining tale. Strobel is a best selling author of Christian non-ficion. His Case books are very popular, though I have not read or heard of them before reading The Ambition. It seems he has quite a big followi ...more
juan carlos compres
This is a very interesting novel. It's a legal thriller written by an ex atheist. There's corruption, faith, ambition, legal issues and the author is not afraid to explore or entertain ideas related to faith.
Buddy Helms
For a first attempt at fiction writing, Lee Strobel did a fantastic job. The characters are well developed and his knowledge of Chicago politics shines through. He writes about something he is very familiar with as he weaves a tale of deceit and corruption. He is a former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, and he has even taught First Amendment Law. Many people live under the delusion that they can control everything and manipulate the f ...more
Michelle Woods
If you know anything about Lee Strobel and his own testimony, then you are in for a treat. Not only is The Ambition loaded with suspense and mystery, but it is filled with spirituality. Everything from coming to Christ, to miracles of complete physical healing, to a Pastor moving to politics.

Knowing his background as a reporter, and how Lee sought the truth of Jesus and the Bible, having to have the Bible spelled out as factual for him to come to faith in Jesus, you see that through his charact
Eric Snow is pastor of a megachurch in Chicago. He and several followers have built up a good solid Christian church. In his former business, he has made millions of dollars and poured much of it into this church. One day he is approached to be a candidate for the US Senate and he is very interested. Soon, he is off the course and living his life with rising aspirations of being a senator than a man of God and what He wants for his life.
Amazing things start happening at the church. Miracles ar
Anand Venigalla
If I demand anything from a novel, it is to keep me engrossed in the story and make me care for it and the characters in it. Lee Strobel's The Ambition may not be a mainstream novel, but its intriguing setup and skilled use of mystery make it a darn good Christian novel. The prose is simple and to the point; it manages to avoid over telling, and while it has an unmistakable Christian theme which I agree with, the fact is that Strobel, himself a strong bastion of the faith, wisely decides not to ...more
Nora St Laurent
I have a commute to work so I brought the audio book to listen to in my car. I was hooked from the start. Near the end of the book I stayed parked in my driveway to hear the dramatic and suspenseful conclusion! OHMYGOSH! It’s a riveting and nail biting ending.

I work at a book store and have watch Lee Strobel’s non-fiction books fly off the shelf. I listened to his testimony on a CD called The Invitation. It made me want to read his debut novel, Ambition.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time
This book is about decisions, politics and relationship with God. It's a funny novel and easy to read. There are a lot of stuffs that make you think about your own life and I think that it's a kind of book of reflexions more than a novel.
Leinz Vales
Great book! In the beginning I felt the plot was a little slow to pick up because of the different characters, but it worked itself out towards the end.
Stacie Morgan
Took me a couple chapters to get into it and I had to keep flipping back to keep the cast of characters straight, but once I got into it I loved it! I found myself talking to the characters wondering how they could be so ridiculously dumb or congratulating them when they did a smart thing. So, I guess you could say, Mr. Stroebel succeeded in making his characters the type of people you cared about. Keeps the reader turning pages, especially mid-way through the book when you've got the story down ...more
A book recommendation from my dear ol' Daddy. At first I wasn't quite sure if it would be something I'd enjoy, but I have to admit, I found myself hooked after just a few chapters! The cast of characters in this book were incredibly maddening> very realistic and I was quite invested in what happened to them as the book progressed.

So! An intensely heated Senate race, a rogue pastor seeking his fulfillment away from his pulpit, a doggedly determined reporter seeking his newest scoop, corrupt p
James Korsmo
This is a pretty good piece of contemporary fiction. A megachurch pastor in Chicago faces a big decision with the prospect of a move into politics. A reporter for a major Chicago paper takes a look at the same megachurch, trying to dig up some dirt. A Chicago lawyer finds himself doing a favor for some unsavory characters. The plot works relatively well, the characters are ably drawn, and the struggles they face certainly echo reality. Strobel definitely writes from experience in the newspaper a ...more
Strobel is a new author for me. I noticed it on netGalley and thought why not? It sounded intriguing. Boy was I glad I read it. This was a very solid read. I always enjoy reading books that have many plot lines going within the main story, and several different main characters. I think it's really cool how an author is able to transition from character to character, writing each story/situation separately, and then finding a way to link them all together in the end. I believe it takes enormous t ...more
The Ambition brings forth a very interesting premise, what if a very prominent preacher did step into a political office. But that is not the only thing going on in this novel. No, for a short novel, there is a lot going on. There is a romance between an atheist and a budding Christian that goes to the church of the prominent pastor. The atheist is a reporter who is trying to get a major story to save his job and thinks this prominent pastor might be that story. There is also a crooked judge, a ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Start with a murder case being brought to trial along with a corrupt judge. Then toss in a cynical reporter looking for a big story that might put him back in contention for a Pulitzer; and just to give the story an added twist fold in a disillusioned Evangelical pastor who is now hungry for more power and you will have most all of the ingredients for the intricate suspense thriller THE AMBITION penned by the New York Times best selling author Lee Strobel.

*** THE AMBITION started off with a bang
Gail Welborn
Lee Strobel, former atheist-turned-Christian, best known for the chart-topping, nonfiction “Case” series on faith, belief and Christianity, moves into the fiction arena with “The Ambition,” an edgy debut mystery. He draws on years of real-life experience as an investigative reporter for The Chicago Tribune to write an insider tale of political greed, corruption, gambling addiction and payola. The book opens with a mob hit on an unsuspecting bookie.

When the naïve bookie pulled into the dim two-ca
I've enjoyed most of Strobel's non-fiction books, but I've enjoyed them in spite of Strobel's writing and not because of it. So, I definitely had some reservations going into THE AMBITION. Surprisingly, though, Strobel seems better suited for writing novels. Here, he not only demonstrates some actual writing talent, but he also puts his legal and journalistic background to good use (Unlike his non-fiction work, in which he constantly brags about his credentials but fails to live up to even the m ...more
The Ambition
A Novel
Lee Strobel
Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Eric Snow is a pastor of a mega church in Chicago, but he is restless. Perhaps it is time to move past this phase of his life, after all, he is a rich man, from his previous career as a software designer. He feels that perhaps the time has come where he can be more useful in a different arena, perhaps the political arena.

A new elder in his church is gently nudging him toward this, Debra Wyatt, a former high p
Viviane Crystal
A bookie meets his end at the hands of the no-nonsense Mafia mobster, Nick Moretti. That event will foster a series of conversations and illegal actions that focus on how not to get caught and have one's future ruined. A typical scenario? Well, this one's got a bit of a different twist to it.

An Illinois Senator has been criminally convicted and is forced to resign. It's up to the Governor to appoint an interim Senator. His choices are a Chicago Judge, Reese McKelvie, or an evangelistic preacher,
Cheryl Olson
A crooked judge, cynical newspaper reporter, and a big time pastor turning political candidate are just a few of the characters that you will find in Lee Strobel’s debut fiction suspense novel The Ambition: A Novel. The characters are woven into a fascinating story where the mob plays into the judicial corruption of a case. With a pay off to a certain judge the system was able to be manipulated so that cases could be steered toward a certain judge who would get them off. Also woven in to the sto ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Ambition by Lee Strobel is the best-selling journalist's first novel. Several stories of high-powered men in Chicago come together in a climactic way. The Bugatti brothers are known for their control of the Chicago mafia and their business as cut-throat loan sharks. Tommy O'Sullivan has coasted through much of his life on his last name until a gambling addiction puts him deep in debt to the Bugattis and he participates in a bribe that will change the city forever. Eric Snow is a respected pa ...more
Michelle Padrelanan
The Ambition: A Novel by Lee Strobel is one of the reasons why I love Christian fiction. Not only that, it is way better than other secular fiction books in this genre. Lee Strobel writes a novel woven with political intrigue and deceit driven by ambition and greed.

What makes it the better fiction compared to fiction novels of the same genre are the Christian characters of this story. When I was younger, I used to wonder what a good book will be like if written from a Christian’s point of view -
I know Lee Strobel as the journalist who investigated faith and came out with best-sellers The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator. A non-fiction heavyweight, I never thought he’d cross over to fiction.

But with his first major novel, he just made a case for suspense.

The Ambition is a solid suspense thriller: intricate plot, fast-paced narrative. It sets the stage a bit slow, but works up to a gripping climax that resolves (or doesn’t—you decide) without the contrived
Lee Strobel has proved worthy of more praise. I was first brought on-board the "Strobel Train" through a recommendation of his first non-fiction, "The Case for Christ." I loved his in-depth analysis; thorough background knowledge and style of writing. Therefore, there was never a moment I was concerned Strobel would disappoint with his first-stab a developing a fiction novel. The book cover is intriguing enough, but when you read the book summary it pulls you into the intermingled stories of the ...more
I was loaned this book because I am a huge fan of Lee Strobel's Christian apologetical books. However, didn't know if a work of fiction would hold up as well as the nonfiction. I would say the novel isn't too bad. Strobel tells an exciting story by drawing on his experience as a member of a megachurch and former career as a court journalist. The writing itself could be more nuanced and longer to develop characters and events more thoroughly, but it works fine. As a Christian, i like the tension ...more
RATING:4.5)THE AMBITION by Lee Strobel is an intriquing suspense fiction set in Chicago. It is written with depth and details. It has deceit,danger,death,the mob,payoffs, power,politics,bribes,contract killing,secrets,Senate candidate's and their secrets.This story if full of political intrigue,a megachurch,a big city newspaper,all the while taking you into the corrupt world of payoffs,corruption,and betrayal. It will have you on the edge of your seat.This is a thriller that is not to be missed ...more
This was an excellent first fiction book from Lee Strobel. I had read his book "The Case For Christ" a few years back & knew that he could write non-fiction well but it didn't prepare me for how great of a fiction writer he is. This book was very well written with an awesome cast of characters & story line. I hope that Lee continues the story with the characters since the way that the book ended made it feel as though it would lead to another story.
There's nothing like a good mafia/mob story! I enjoyed both the storyline and the characters. The book was an easy read and I actually found myself wishing the book had more details. I would have enjoyed a few hundred more pages. The storyline went back and forth between characters quickly which made it a little hard to get the characters straight in my head at the beginning. As the book came to a close, the story moved much faster and I would have liked more depth. There were some characters an ...more
Three stars is kind of generous given my problems with the book. On the one hand, it did hold my interest for the most part, but in the end, it just didn't have the payoff. Here are some of my other issues: 1.) I felt like over half the book was just "set-up" - with very little action and movement of the story. 2.) My own fault, I guess, for not reading the author bio., but I did feel a bit ripped off with the Christian-focused themes and especially the ending. It's like walking into a strip clu ...more
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