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Deadline (Ollie Chandler #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  5,073 ratings  ·  272 reviews
Deadline is the story of a politically correct journalist forced by tragic and mysterious circumstances to come to terms with his own mortality. In the process he must also deal with the consequences of his skewed perspectives on life, family, morality, and religion. Intended for believers and unbelievers.

It portrays friendship, family, faith, morality, social decline and
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Multnomah Publishers (first published June 1st 1994)
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If I could give this book less than one star, I would. It was so long and tedious, I thought I was never going to get through it. It most definitely could have been cut in half and still retained the important parts of the story.

Also, the author has some strong views, most of which I do not disagree with, but he seems to have written the story around them instead of letting them fall naturally into place. The whole story seems to be contrived to get his theology across. Yes, I get it: the media
When journalist Jake Woods loses his two best friends in a car accident, he works to uncover the truth about what happened the night and finds it was no accident. What he finds goes beyond a simple murder into a all-out war against Christian beliefs through mainstream media and the price that is put on a human life. Will Jake be able to solve the mystery before the final deadline?

This book had a lot of potential. The characters are well-developed and likable. The action is intense at the end. Ho
A neighbor gave this book and the second one to me to read. It's been a little hard to get into. It's similiar to the Frank Pereti books.

Ok I give up I just can't finish this one. Seemed very contrived and while I didn't disagree necessarily with the points he was trying to make, there's only so much preaching one can handle while reading fiction.
It's been years since I read this book from Alcorn (who coincidentally happens to be a pastor in my home town), but I remember it with great fondness as an excellent page turner with good, solid theology behind the action. The sequel "Dominion" is also excellent.
Brian K.
Alcorn hit another one out of the park!

In this thriller you follow the investigative skills of a journalist as he tries to uncover who killed his two best friends. Friends who were as different as night and day. Friends who had secrets that Jake, the main character, knew nothing of. Even after serving in Vietnam with both of his friends and being best men at one anothers weddings, and raising children all in the same small town they grew up together in.

Follow the mystery and intrigue as Jake is
It was a horrible, tragic accident and yet Jake can't let it go. How did he survive? The mysterious circumstances encourage him to look further, so he works with Ollie Chandler to find the truth. Will Jake survive long enough?

When an accident leaves you but takes others, it can leave you depressed and feeling broken.That happened to Jake one night, but there are some odd things, some things that don't seem to fit. Was it really simply an accident, or was there more to it? Unable to answer the qu
First in a series of three by Randy Alcorn, "Dominion" and "Deception" being the other two, I highly recommend reading all three. Randy is a writer of Christian literature, but for those of you who may be turned off by the label "Christian literature", this series of three books will entertain you as suspenseful thrillers on their own merit. The Christian aspect is present, but subtle, and will not interfere with your enjoyment of three good thrillers. Randy does not write his fiction with an "i ...more
Vera Godley
The primary character, Jake, works for a large city newspaper as a liberal columnist. Jake is involved in a automobile accident that takes the lives of his two best friends who have been his friends since childhood. Soon after the accident when Jake awakens to realize he is the sole survivor, the mystery begins. Being the journalist he is, he digs, probes, and leaves no stone unturned. He soon realizes that there is more involved that a simple accident.

Moving into unchartered waters for himself,
Deadline is a book with two sides. And, much like the fatefully indesicive quarter you meet in Chapter 1, it teeters dangerously between a semi-interesting murder plot and bias journalist's conversion to Christianity; and a social corruption exposé, with thought provoking insight into daily Heaven also added as one character dies and goes to Paradise. It wobbles on so long, in fact, that you may be tempted (like I was) to walk away, slam the door and knock the coin onto the side you eternally ...more
A Frank Peretti quote on the cover admonishes,"There should be no ignoring the vital message of this book."

Okay, so I read the whole thing, and I am not sure what the vital message of the book happens to be. I suspect that it is the message that God and Heaven and Hell are real, and that unless you repent, you will die and go to Hell for eternity. However, that was mixed in with so many other politically based themes that it would be difficult for a person to sort that out if they did not know
Though well intentioned, the two dimensional characters and the obvious extreme personas used to tell the story were a turn off. It's been a while since in read this novel, but I do remember 1. The characters were unrealistic 2. The characters were also EXTREME in their rolls. Mostly the bad were ALL bad and manipulative and almost downright evil at times, and the good were ALL good and innocent and purely motivated.
Though this might have served the authors purpose for this story, it was a bit
Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 Valentin Mihov marked it as just-have-it  ·  review of another edition
Product Description

Heart-Pounding Murder Mystery

Involved in a tragic accident under suspicious circumstances, award-winning journalist Jake Woods teams with detective Ollie Chandler to uncover the truth. This alluring repackage of the R andy Alcorn bestseller finds Jake drawing upon all his resources in an ever-intensifying, dangerous murder investigation. Unaware of the imminent threat to his own life, Jake struggles for answers to the mystery at hand and is plunged into a deeper search for

Carin Meerdink
Just briefly, I read this book because I really found Safely Home compelling. Didn't know anything about this one. When I got into it, I was surprised at how dated so much of it seemed. That's when I realized it was written 20 years ago. I think that also explains a lot about why I didn't find it as good. Randy Alcorn's skill as a writer has definitely improved a great deal since the writing of this book. This book would have profited immensely from some much thorough editing. I kept feeling as ...more
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Secrets...some secrets can end a friendship, some secrets can begin a friendship and some secrets can have deadly consequences. In Deadline, the first novel in the Ollie Chandler three book murder mystery series by Randy Alcorn, the lives of three best friends are forever changed by such secrets.

Three boys who grew up together, experienced puberty, as well as the ravages of the Vietnam war who shared everything together...or so they thought! Jake Woods, journalist for the Oregon
The premise is good and Alcorn's vision of Heaven is inspiring and seems to be Biblically sound. The angst of being in this world but not of it (or the opposite) is very well portrayed via several characters. I also enjoyed the play of 'traditional' and 'modern' journalism versus Christian values.

However, the 3 best friends were more rather like caricatures than meaty characters. Yes, the mix of good/bad/confused in each person was realistic, but dialog was bit stilted too often. Also, there was
Rachel N
A page-turner. Set in an Oregon city, the life of a cynical journalist takes a drastic turn when he finds himself consumed with finding out who murdered his two best buddies. Soul-searching, the power of prayer and glimpses of heaven. Mafia conspiracy, abortion activism and medical field corruption. Deadline will not only keep you turning the pages, but will open your eyes and challenge your thinking.
Kimberly Janneytown
I loved this book and two additional books in the series titled Deception and Dominion. Randy Alcorn has a real smooth writing style that draws the reader into the story as if they are a silent yet important witness of the events as they unfolds the characters are people you feel as if you know, like member of your own community. You experience their emotions and identify with the sometimes difficult choices they must make. Well versed in GODs Word he takes you on a journey revealing truths that ...more
I got this from Audible several years ago, and recently re-listened to it. I really liked it. This is an explicitly Christian book, and not in any way, shape or form subtle about it. That said, I think the bluntness of it makes it work. This is the story of a man finding Christ, and the mystery/action are just details of that story.
This is more than likely the best book I have ever read. I am a reader and this book "knocked my socks off".

The book is a murder mystery with a spiritual side. Looking forward to reading more Randy Alcorn books.
Jim Hasson
Honestly, Christian or not, one of the best books Ive ever read. The views on the afterlife are astonishingly original and believable. Not to mention a taut, page turner.
This is a Christian fiction book that I read for my new bookclub. The ratings given were two A's, two B+'s, and two B's. So it got quite a high rating. The story revolves around three friends involved in a car accident. One great thing about it is scenes from heaven are interwoven into the story, so you know what's going on in heaven as the story unfolds. It's rather unique in that way.

Also, the main character is very likable (though not always a good guy), and I connected to him throughout the
This is the second time I've read this book. It has been long enough since the first reading that it was almost all new to me.

I remember the coin toss and the drive to get pizza at halftime. The rest of the book was all new again. I enjoyed the mystery, but the abortion subject matter was a little depressing. I had forgotten that eggs could be harvested from aborted fetuses.

I found the description of Heaven to be eye opening. I never had thought through all the ramifications of what it would be
Deadline is a raw and honest look at the age old adage - you reap what you sow. It is a story that will live with you long after you have finished reading the last page. The intensity of this journey will shock and wake you up from your lethargic existence and make you reconsider not only your life but the lives of those around you. This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it is a book that everyone needs to read and mull over for the truth hidden underneath the sham of the glam and glitte ...more
I primarily love this book and find it worthy of five stars because it made me cry about six times. That's more than any other book has ever done, I'm sure. The message of this book is extremely thought-provoking and challenged me as a reader to think more deeply about eternal things. The issues tackled in this book are relevant and important.

Another winner from Randy Alcorn :) I recommend to adult readers.

The edition of this book that I read was plentifully sprinkled with typos, misuse of words
This starts out a little slow, even though there's one cataclysmic event near the beginning. The story is about a reporter named Jake and his two best friends--one a liberal atheist/agnostic, another a conservative Christian. Jake feels like he's somewhere in the middle. Some of the writing is a bit wordy and lecture-like, but it has much to recommend itself, raising good thoughts about heaven (imagined but not anti-biblical that I know of--hell may be a different story), the sanctity of life, r ...more
I'm really unsure how I feel about this book. Probably because my mind and knowledge at the age of 12 when I first read it (I think it was 12) and 28 (when I am now), is different in certain aspects, not so much in others. The book was copywritten in 1994, so I read it about three years after it was published.

The book follows Jake, a columnist. His columns have supported leftist opinions and leftist programs for most of his writing career. One afternoon, during the regular football watching get-
Gimme more action and less persuasion. It's not that I don't believe you could do both, but I found myself wanting to skip ahead so I could see 'whodunit'. In my own opinion, this book just had too many split personalities. I enjoyed the concept of a liberal journalist coming to terms with his one-sided writing, his hypocrisy and even morality! I wish more would! But is this a book about converting the liberals, or is it a book about coming to terms with death, or maybe solving a murder, or expl ...more
Victor Gentile
Randy Alcorn in his new book, “Deadline” Book One in the Ollie Chandler series published by Multnomah Books brings us into the life of Jake Woods.

From the back cover: His Body Hung Suspended Between Two Friends–His Soul Between Two Worlds

Doc’s shoulder jammed into Jake as he swerved the Suburban sharply to the right, cut between a telephone pole and a billboard, then careened into a ten-foot high embankment. Sometime between the sound of Doc’s last cry and the sickening crunch of bent metal from
WOW! I haven't read a book like this since maybe Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness.

The book is very well-written and the plot/story is so intricately woven that it's difficult to know how to describe it. So, I'll just say what I liked about it: the characters and their relationships; the criminal and personal investigation into solving a very suspicious car wreck that kills two of three very successful (and each very different) guys who have been best buddies since
This was Randy Alcorn's first novel published originally in 1994. Although the book's description eluded to a murder mystery genre, this was more a Christian fiction with its depiction of heaven and earth. Jake, a newspaper columnist, is the only one to survive this car crash. During his investigation, his personal life continues to fall apart. He is estranged from his ex-wife and teenage daughter. They are back in his life when his daughter has an unplanned pregnancy, a deadly virus, and suicid ...more
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Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world.

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“Am I getting braver, or just getting accustomed to being terrified?” 16 likes
“Good for you Woods. You're not as dumb as you look. Come to think of it, no one's as dumb as you look.” 4 likes
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