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The Ambition

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  914 Ratings  ·  158 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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Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Jun 26, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense lovers
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) 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
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mari
Aug 07, 2011 mari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ed
Apr 09, 2016 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Lee Strobel's first attempt at fiction. He has written other non-fiction books and has done a good job at displaying the truth of Christianity. You will notice that I started reading this book on April 8th and finished reading on April 9th. Most times when I do this that I will find the book so boring that I want to get finished to give it a bad rating. This book was different. It was so exciting that I really didn't want to stop reading until I found out how it ended. There where great ...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
Dec 01, 2011 Buddy Helms rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2013 Michelle Woods rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sheri
Jun 28, 2011 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tom
Oct 09, 2015 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked at random from the library shelf as I work my way upwards from Updike to ... well, whatever starts with "A." Corruption and murder in real time with a dose of evangelical Christianity, and a little confusion as to how, or whether, to mix religion and politics. Reinforces my squeamishness about religionists.
Anand Venigalla
Dec 26, 2014 Anand Venigalla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
J
Remember, one man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler.

This book goes to prove that a legal journalist with accolades who goes on to write a respected book of Christian apologetics (explaining the divinity and historicity of Jesus Christ) can then go further, to write a competent piece of fiction involving characters with a Christian orientation.

This crime-mystery, set in Chicago area, has a cast of people with no religious affiliation, some with a cultural affiliation to a religion (born
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L Knowles
Sep 21, 2016 L Knowles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to L by: bookstore catalogue
Mr. Lee Strobel is a New York Times Bestselling author from his non-fiction genre. This is his first major fictional manuscript, as stated in his disclaimer at the end. Taking both of these factors into consideration, the book was okay. Not great. Not disappointing. I can only describe my response as just "okay". It basically ticked all the boxes for the category of suspense, but the plot was predictable and stereotypical.

I did appreciate some dynamics of this novel. Firstly, it didn't have the
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Lou
Nov 15, 2014 Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Matt Clem
I found the book entertaining and, having previously read some of Lee Strobel's nonfiction, it was interesting to read how he included themes from his own life into the story. I thought he developed the beginning storyline well enough to keep me turning pages to find out what happened next. I did find that the book seemed to end rather abruptly and he didn't seem to develop the long term plot and characters as well as I thought he could have, so in the end it felt like he must have reached the e ...more
Stacie Morgan
Mar 06, 2014 Stacie Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anam
This was a delightful change to what I've been reading. It is a Christian novel, so I didn't worry about language or graphic sex scenes. The characters were pretty well drawn, although I felt that Eric Snow could have used a bit more development. There were a few twists toward the end that were unexpected, but then isn't that part of the definition of "twist" - something unexpected happening? I enjoyed this very much. I will recommend it to someone who had been reading thrillers but was burned o ...more
Shaina
Aug 20, 2014 Shaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tiffiane
Jul 09, 2011 Tiffiane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Crystal
Sep 08, 2011 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2011 Marilyn Rondeau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gail Welborn
Oct 01, 2012 Gail Welborn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
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
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John
Jul 07, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
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
Cindy
May 28, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ambition
A Novel
Lee Strobel
2011
Zondervan
Fiction/Suspense
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
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Viviane Crystal
Jun 29, 2011 Viviane Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Cheryl Olson
Jun 15, 2011 Cheryl Olson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, net-galley
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
Feb 03, 2012 Michelle Padrelanan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zondervan
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 -
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Molly
May 24, 2011 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melinda
Aug 26, 2013 Melinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris
Aug 27, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
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
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Lee Patrick Strobel (born January 25, 1952) is an American Christian author, journalist, apologist and pastor. He has written several books, including four which received ECPA Christian Book Awards (1994, 1999, 2001, 2005) and a series which addresses challenges to a Biblically inerrant view of Christianity. Strobel also hosted a television program called Faith Under Fire on PAX TV, and runs a vid ...more
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