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Deadline (Ollie Chandler #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  4,709 ratings  ·  259 reviews
Involved in a tragic accident under suspicious circumstances, award-winning journalist Jake Woods must draw upon all his resources in order to uncover the truth in this rerelease of the Randy Alcorn bestseller. Jake soon finds himself swept up in a murder investigation that is both complex and dangerous. Unaware of the threat to his own life, he struggles for answers to th ...more
Kindle Edition, Repack edition, 450 pages
Published August 19th 2009 by Multnomah Books (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
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.
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.
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,
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
BONDing over BOOKS
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
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
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
Deadline by Randy Alcorn

Three guys, friends since they were kids. Doc, Finney, and Jake. Went to college together, joined the army together, served in Viet Nam, came home, got married, had children. Now almost 50, two are still married, one is divorced, all are successful in their work. One Sunday afternoon, watching football as usual, at half time they all get in the car to go pick up pizza. There is an accident. Two die one survives.

A couple of weeks after the accident, Jake, the lone survivor
*His body hung suspended between two worlds*
When tragedy strikes those he loves, journalist Jake Woods embarks on a journey.
He uncovers truth about the suspicious accident and finds himself swept up in a complex, dangerous murder investigation.
Meanwhile, he desperately searches for the real meaning of life.
Why does he exist?
Does God really exist?
Do morals matter?
His life slowly transforms as God uses his past, the present and the future to shape him.

Jake must choose to either listen to God or
May 10, 2008 Bekki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Christians and those seeking to know Jesus
Recommended to Bekki by: David Lindner
Shelves: christianity
This book changed the way I think about Heaven. As a child, various Sunday school teachers, children's books about Heaven, and fundamentalist Christian school teachings, gave me a very narrow view of Heaven and the afterlife. I was taught that in Heaven you stand around the throne and sing hymns all day, every day for eternity. While I love my Savior, and am in awe that one day I will get to stand before him and sing praises, this view of eternity was somewhat depressing....Who wants to believe ...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
Faith Farrell
Deadline is a gripping page turner.
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
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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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“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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