Deadline (Ollie Chandler #1)
It portrays friendship, family, faith, morality, social decline and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book had a lot of potential. The characters are well-developed and likable. The action is intense at the end. Ho ...more
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.
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 ...more
Also, so boring.
I struggled through the first thee hundred or so pages—but everything after that was pretty great!
It was very in depth. Which bothered me at first because it seemed pointlessly so, but the ending tied together a lot more than I thought it would.
(Probably could have been less delayed? Such a small font... so many pages... writing not quite exciting enough for you to actually want as many words as there were... oh well)
Three best friends from boyhood through their days in the war are caught in a car accident on a rainy day in Oregon as they drive home from a pizza shop: a Christian businessman, Finn, an adulterous relativist, Doc, who is head of surgery at the local clinic, and a secular liberal journalist, Jake.
The only one who survives is Jake, the journalist.
The accident was murder, however. The tie rods in the car were cut. Someone was being targeted.
Was it Finn, who ...more
From The Back Cover
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 fo ...more
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- ...more
Three boys who grew up together, experienced puberty, as well as the ravages of the Vietnam war together....men who shared everything together...or so they thought! Jake Woods, journalist for the Oregon ...more
This book was about 90% Christian fiction, and 10% detective novel, so do not be deceived by the synopsis. I was really disappointed that the murder mystery was simply a sub plot that really did not amount to much, as the reader would never be able to connect the dots on their own to guess who the killer was. When the killer was revealed, I was questioning who the heck that person even was as they were mentioned for ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
A page-turning mystery with several imaginative descriptions of heaven. Social issues were a bit condescendingly overexplained. But the refreshing and creative interactions between heaven and earth were worth the read. Guys would like the adventure in this book.
"My ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly tim ...more