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Faces in the Fire

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Four lost souls on a collision course with either disaster or redemption. A random community of Faces in the Fire.

Meet Kurt, a truck-driver-turned-sculptor with no memory of his past. Corinne, an e-mail spammer whose lymphoma isn't responding to treatment. Grace, a tattoo artist with an invented existence and a taste for heroin. And Stan, a reluctant hit man haunted by his
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 12th 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published June 30th 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 26, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
After reading "Faces in the Fire", I'm not too sure whether author T.L. Hines is extremely troubled or extremely talented...maybe both at the same time?

This is a story that begins with chapter thirty-four, then comes thirty-nine, then fifteen, then forty and well, I guess you get it by now. But amazingly, the story holds together and moves forward coherently. It's an overall book with four interconnected stories about disparate people whose lives interconnect, sometimes in ways they don't even
Keiki Hendrix
Aug 27, 2009 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
Four different folks from four different worlds affected by a series of digits and the image of a catfish.

In T. L. Hines "Faces in the Fire: Where lives Collide" I was intrigued by the weaving of the storyline; somewhat educated about cyber fraud and assassins; and entertained by the intersection of the four main characters.

After reading 'Waking Lazarus' (the story of a man who clinically died three times but was alive at the end of the novel), I was anxious to read more of T. L. Hines work. He
Linda B
Aug 30, 2009 Linda B rated it it was amazing
When I first started the book, I thought it was just a story about a quirky character who heard voices of the dead speaking to him. I didn’t expect the eloquent weaving of stories that would eventually reach a surprising and dramatic end.

The characters are richly and thoroughly developed. The chapters are oddly numbered out of order and starting with chapter 34. As the story unfolds and the other characters take a turn at telling their stories, it all makes perfect sense. If I had I read about
Kevin Lucia
Jun 08, 2012 Kevin Lucia rated it it was amazing
Excellent. My students loved it.
Aug 13, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
The author does an interesting thing with this book by numbering the chapters in the order that they happened even though the book doesn't read chronologically. The chapters are numbered 34, 15, 40, 16, etc. Frankly, I think it would have made for a better story if he would have told it chronologically. Then again, I think it's just my personality to like to read a book in order instead of out of order. If you're presented with puzzle pieces, sometimes you can't see the whole picture if the puzz ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
Faces in the Fire
Where Lives Collide
T.L. Hines
Thomas Nelson

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

This book is like no other book I have ever read. It is classified suspense, but I am not sure that is the classification I would have given it. It is different, at times I would think it was weird, at other times I was so fascinated at how it was all falling into place, that I could not put it down.

Four people, Kurt, Corrine, Grace and Stan, all connected. Yet not knowing or realizing
Christine (booktumbling)
Aug 21, 2009 Christine (booktumbling) rated it really liked it
Faces in the Fire by T.L. Hines is unconventional to say the least. The book starts on chapter 34, winds its way through other chapters in seemingly random order and ends on chapter 14. The story is like a roller coaster ride with no logical end, but be patient, the hit-you-between-they-eyes conclusion is well worth the bumps.

We first meet Kurt, a part-time truck driver who has turned his ability to hear the dead through their clothing into inspiration and a successful sculpting career. Oh, and
Jun 18, 2011 Britni rated it liked it
I given this book to review by the publisher, and it's sat on my bookshelf for days just saying read me. I finally had time to do so and once I picked it up, I couldn't put it back down. Similiar to the movie Momento, Faces in the Fire is a disjointed story of four different characters that touch each other's lives while trying to figure out their own. The story jumps from past to present and back again while quickly engrossing the reader in this mystical story. From the story of Kurt the truck ...more
Jill Williamson
Dec 29, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Kurt is a sculptor with no memory of his past. He starts digging and discovers that he’s miraculously healed from major body trauma. Doctors are baffled. And the private eye is spooked and tells him he should stop digging.

There are four main characters, and each story comes into contact with another. Each person experiences a supernatural phenomenon, whether it’s hearing or seeing ghosts, creating tattoos with prophetic messages, or killing with the touch of a finger. These four are all connecte
Faces in the Fire is a very interesting book. Nothing like any book I have ever read before. For starters, the chapters aren't in order. At first I felt this a little confusing and wanted to look for the first chapter to start from there but eventually I resisted and read the book as is. One day I may go back and read the chapters in order out of interest.

Despite being jumbled, the story itself is actually really interesting. I was hooked in from the first chapter.

I loved the supernatural elemen
Feb 21, 2013 Karyl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookstore-finds, 2013
Wow, what a powerful story. The novel begins with Kurt, a man who's suffered from amnesia and has no real idea of who he is. He picks up clothes from estate sales because they talk to him, the ghosts of the folks who owned them and wore them.

But it's not a book about the paranormal. There are four different stories told in this novel, yet they're all inexplicably related. The chapters are told out of order, and while the reader can start to piece things together after a time, it's not until the
Mar 07, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
Normally I hear about people hating Christian fiction because of how it's so typical, you can predict that someone's turning Christian by the end and all who don't get offed somehow. Not so here, not a single person gets saved, not even a reference to Jesus nor God, nonetheless, it's an extremely edgy, symbolic story in a disjointed fashion. Never having read a story in that fashion, it was a surprising read, especially with the uniqueness of each main character and their intersecting weaves. It ...more
Dec 31, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing
Faces In The Fire by T.L. Hines is a thrilling suspense novel with a story of restoration. It is well written in a unique narrative style and with an equally unique storyline. T.L. Hines takes you through the life journeys of four seemingly unrelated characters. Their lives are all connected and bettered by two supernatural common denominators, a catfish and a list of numbers. At first glance, even the numbered chapters don't seem to relate because they're jumbled and in the wrong sequence. Howe ...more
Aug 21, 2013 Lorna rated it it was amazing
This was my third time through and it was just as intriguing as the first time, even though I knew the ending. A bizarre, somewhat dark story of four unique, lost souls whose lives intertwine to find the redemption that comes from reaching out to others. The authors unique narrative style of numbering the chapters according to their actual place in the story (it starts with chapter 34!)rather than sequentially is confusing at first but actually helps put the story together as it develops. I love ...more
Mar 04, 2010 Becky rated it really liked it
How are a trucker, a cancer patient, a druggie, and an assassin related? T.L. Hines weaves together their encounters & connections in this intriguing story of human frailty and the power of a "chance" meetings. Quite an intersting tale, which kept me reading when I should have given it a rest. Several supernatural elements. My only qualm with this tale, is the lack of any spiritual aspect. God is, after all, the Master Weaver, and I figured He should have been given some credit. This story m ...more
Mar 19, 2010 Wendy rated it really liked it
This would get a five, except the usual 'oh! I get it now' was so-so. NOT to say I didn't like the story.... I really liked it.

Richly textured characters, deeply involved plots, WAY better than any of dekker's stuff.

Although, I didn't really get the 'clothes' talking to him. Maybe if I reread it, I could see the point, and why it mattered to the story.
Jul 13, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok
Is it possible to love every single page in a book, but still not like the book?

I had a hard time rating this title because it was a great story and yet, you never really find anything out. NO answers were given!
Nov 07, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anna by: Terri
Interesting odd book. Reminds me a bit of Spider Robinson's Mindkiller. The chapter numbers are mixed up to show where in his life the events took place.
May 03, 2013 Beata rated it it was ok
I really like Walking Lazarus by T.L. Hines. This book is not what I have expected it to be... It was an interesting read but I wouldn't call it christian.
Aug 31, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, religious
i love hines' "noir bizarre" style. great intertwining story with a brilliantly beautiful climax. well done.
Feb 11, 2013 Juanita rated it it was amazing
This book is so fascinatingly awesome, a real page turner...looking forward to reading more books by TL Hines
Aug 02, 2014 Solthoff rated it liked it
The buildup of the story line didn't quite live up to the ending. However, found it kept my interest and I enjoyed the book overall.
Jessica Haynes
Jan 30, 2011 Jessica Haynes rated it it was amazing
This was one more excellent book. It's odd to find a book in this genre that has these kind of twists and psychological battles, but this book had it all.
Sep 08, 2009 Marcia rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book- noir bizarre is the genre (never heard that term before!) I am enjoying it although it is very strange.
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TL Hines writes "Noir Bizarre" stories, mixing mysteries with oddities in books such as Waking Lazarus, The Dead Whisper On, and The Unseen (coming in 2008). His work has won recognitions ranging from the Maryland Writers Association novel contest to Library Journal's "25 Best Genre Fiction Books of the Year" award. He lives in Montana with his wife and daughter, where he defends an undefeated 3-0 ...more
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