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Forsaken (Taylor Pasbury #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  167 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
When Simon Mason, the world’s best-known televangelist, receives threats from Muslim terrorists, he hires Taylor Pasbury, a beautiful former Secret Service agent, to take charge of his security. Taylor is thrilled to receive the high-profile assignment, but she has no idea that Simon already knows more about her than she could imagine.

When the terrorists strike, making a d
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by B&H Fiction
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Nov 28, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it
When I was asked to review this book, I almost passed. Suspense novels aren't usually my choice of reading material and I don't know why I chose to read this one. However, I really enjoyed it. The story is told by Taylor Pasbury, a former Secret Service agent who now does private security work. She was hired to protect Simon Mason, a famous televangelist, who has been the subject of terroist threats. Simon's daughter is kidnapped, and the rasom demanded is that he deny Christ on national televis ...more
Nov 03, 2008 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Christian suspense
Forsaken is a dynamic book with multi-faceted characters and realistic settings. Mr. Jordan has a large ensemble of characters and action, but his laid-back writing style makes this an easy read. You won’t be flipping back pages to see what you missed. There are action scenes, but they aren’t overwritten. They make their point without gore.

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I can only say wow. I'm so amazed.
In the first place I wanted to only start the book to get a feeling for it and I just couldn't stop. I was on the edge until the very end and I'm already looking forward to read the second book in the series.

The author managed several times to make me cry and laugh out loud within few sentences. I love his kind of humour and appreciated it very much it's a thriller / suspense novel you have to laugh so much (I laughed more than reading some of those so called h
Jul 31, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it
"Forsaken" is a Christian general fiction novel with some suspense. It wasn't really what I expected. Though I fully agree that some things are worth dying for, I felt like the characters missed why Christ is worth dying for. The ending didn't inspire me like I think it was meant to.

The characters were varied, complex, and dealt with realistic struggles (alcoholism, adultery, kidnapping, etc.) in realistic ways. I think a lot of Christians would sympathize with the "human side" of this "great pr
Wow. If I thought I knew how this book was going to end—and I admit I had all the relationships stereotyped from the beginning—that was all thrown out the window in the final chapters. I love these books in which the ending twist throws a completely new light on all the prior character interactions. Both Simon's "experience" in the Middle East and the letter Taylor received were a crazy dash of the unexpected which definitely upped my level of respect for the author. And the book was great all t ...more
Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it it was amazing
James David Jordan’s FORSAKEN is hands down the best book I’ve read this year. On a day filled with my own projects and deadlines, when I had to be disciplined with my time, I found myself picking it up again and again, rationalizing the time I was sacrificing to read more about Taylor and Simon.

FORSAKEN introduces us to Taylor Pasbury, a former Secret Service agent that has been hired by Simon Mason, a dynamic televangelist when he receives threats from Muslim extremists. Taylor has had her own
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
Wow!! I found myself holding my breath at the end of the book. I couldn't read the suspenseful story that was unfolding fast enough. It was definitely a page turner and something I had to finish before I went on with anything else that day. I have to tell you that from the start I was reluctant to read this story because it was about a televangelist. I didn't know where James Jordan would go with this story, and I was not sure I wanted to find out. I gave the story a shot and it immediately grab ...more
Margaret Chind
Nov 12, 2009 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: Deena At A Peek at my Bookshelf

What an intriguing story through former Secret Service now Private Security Personnel Taylor Pasbury's eyes. The entire novel is told in a recitation with bits of humor as if in a verbal report. As a huge Alias/spy-type fan this story was a great fit in genre for me. It is shocking that I had not found author James David Jordan's work before, and now that I have I plan to read much more. I'm especially excited that as soon as I finish this review, I can start reading the sequel to this novel "Fo
Jan 11, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Not your typical Christian novel. It grabbed you from the get go and definitely was a page turner! It was on the violent side (it's about terrorism) so if you have trouble with killing to save Christians this is not the book for you. It wasn't predictable so read it in 24 hours! Enjoyed the book!
Renee Abernathy
Jan 04, 2015 Renee Abernathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an excellent surprise

This was really a page turner of a book. I could hardly put it down. It kept me totally on edge and never knowing what would come up next. It surely makes the reader consider the depth of your own faith.
Mar 11, 2010 Stephany rated it liked it
This was a great book and the first I've read in a long time not centered around a romantic relationship. It was a redemption story about a girl spinning out of control personally, while her professional life was doing great. She is assigned to protect a television evangelist and then his daughter gets captured by terrorists.

The climax of the story seemed to happen too early and then the rest of the book tried to build up to another climax that never occurred. It was a good book with a good sto
Edmond Humm
Jan 07, 2012 Edmond Humm rated it really liked it
I found Forsaken to be exceptionally well written. Mr. Jordan portrays his female protagonist with a freshness and unique persona. His attention to details and observation of personal idiosyncrasies is evident as he paints an almost lifelike stage where he conducts the brilliant performance of his colorful characters.

I won't spoil the story by revealing too much about the plot except to say that a pivotal player is a world renowned evangelist who must make a soul wrenching decision that few peo
Phyllis Stinson
Dec 18, 2014 Phyllis Stinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was great. It had lots of twists and turns. It was Christian and Muslim. I didn't care for the ending but it was still good.
Mar 18, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
It was a decent story line but I wasn't riveted. I will probably still read the next one so I see what happens re: a certain aspect of the story.
Jun 06, 2016 Lori rated it did not like it
Easy, predictable read and characters.
Feb 07, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
Really, really good book! I paid a whopping 99 cents for it on sale, and I definitely got my money's worth! Hard to put down for the first half, then it lagged a small bit, and ended well. Didn't end the way that I expected, but I was ok with that. It definitely set it up at the end for another book, and I see that he has written one. I'll definitely look to find it on sale and read, liked the characters and his writing very very much! :)
Jul 16, 2009 LadyCalico rated it really liked it
Good page turner with an important message that Christ is perfect but Christians are not. That's why God places such a high priority on Forgiveness. Life is so much richer when we appreciate the frail and imperfect people, who fleetingly pass through our lives, for who they are rather than judging them on a points scale. Really looking forward to the next volume, Double Cross, but it looks like I'll have a long wait.
Dec 27, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
A friend of mine suggested this book to me. She knew I enjoy reading Christian Mysteries. This story does touch the emotions. I found myself sometimes cheering for a character and other times tearing-up. The undertone of Christians vs.Muslims was an interesting and thought moving theme for me. The author was new to me, but very enjoyable. I will keep my eyes open for more books written by this author.
Jul 26, 2009 Lorie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
As a rule, I'm a sucker for an ending that is not predictable. So the twists in the plot tickled my fancy from the get-go, and having more than one problem (an intricate plot) in a modern Christian novel is refreshing. Author drug it out a bit though in certain places that almost made me put down the book. Had to force myself to the last many books, so little time ;-)
Deborah Boutwell
Aug 15, 2009 Deborah Boutwell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Suspense, intrigue
What would make a well-known TV evangalist forsake God? What is your daughter's life depended on it? This was a great read and really made me think about what I would do in such a situation. Lots of twists and surprises, all the way to the end. My only compliant, Taylor, the main character, was almost too tough for a woman.
Jul 22, 2013 Katie added it
Disappointment. This book was hardly about grace as it was "getting right with God." The reality is Jesus already took our iniquity to the cross and has already won our righteousness! There's nothing we can "do" to gain it. If there was, then he would have died needlessly. I didn't see the gospel in this book at all.
Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran
Jordan has written a fast-paced book about terrorism, religion, and relationships. While a few details are questionable, the book is largely entertaining. The relationship between the two main characters is interesting and the twist at the end is one I didn't see coming. [return][return]Recommended.
Mar 23, 2009 Alex rated it liked it
I enjoyed the nail-biting-don't-want-to-put-the-book-down suspense. Well-written with great insight into the characters' personalities. I was a bit disappointed with the ending as it left quite a few issues unresolved & seemed like the author just wanted to end it! Hopefully this means a sequel!
Jan 20, 2009 Ginger rated it it was ok
ok. a little too light for me. wanted to hurry through to read something more intriquing. You think it's predictable, but it's not.
Jun 02, 2009 Jenni rated it really liked it
I picked up this book at the library, and the story is very engaging, suspenseful. I am looking forward to book #2.
Jan 12, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it
TV preacher's daughter gets kidnapped by Muslim terrorists. The ransom? He must deny Christ publicly.
Joleen Richwine
Mar 17, 2009 Joleen Richwine rated it it was ok
Surprising this is a good book, with enough suspense to keep me interested.
Jul 24, 2009 Raelynn rated it really liked it
enjoyable read with twists and turns.
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