Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"Ulterior Motives" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Mark Andrew Olsen


I am over half way through this book and will probably finish it tonight because I doubt I'll be able to sleep until its done! One thing that I loved about Mark Andrew Olsen's writing is that he is not afraid to approach spiritual warfare in a fresh and new way and here he does just that. Not to mention tackleing the subject matter of Muslim extremeist terrorism and America's answer to that. The scenario? What would we do if the leader of a radical Muslim group that is planning a terrorist attack on America on New Year's Day is captured but won't release any information. With thousands of lives hanging in the balance and time counting quickly down, what would you do? Captain Delia is in charge of the mission and she remembers an off the wall interrogation style she heard about. Only to be used when the reason the subfect won't cooperate is for religious reasons. She gets approval to try this and decides Greg Cahill is the perfect person to befriend the terrorist and try to convert him... it's much more complicated than that - and is so wonderfully played out that I am just loving it! I am going to stop telling you about it now and go finish it for myself - if you want a great, edge of your seat summer read, this is it!


MARK ANDREW OLSEN whose novel The Assignment was a Christy Award finalist, also collaborated on bestsellers Hadassah (now the major motion picture: One Night With the King), The Hadassah Covenant, and Rescued. Two of his last books were the supernatural thriller The Watchers, and The Warriors.

The son of missionaries to France, Mark is a Professional Writing graduate of Baylor University. He and his wife, Connie, live in Colorado Springs with their three children.


When an al-Qaeda email is intercepted, threatening an attack on America, it leads to the capture of the group's leader. Yet even under fierce interrogation, the terrorist clings to his jihadist beliefs and refuses to divulge any information. Desperate, the Army resorts to extreme measures--a controversial protocol designed to break a subject's resistance. But the attempt must be masked as an offer of clemency and rely on an outside party, someone who is unaware of the protocol's aims.

They find that someone in Greg Cahill, a disgraced soldier who now serves in a prison ministry. Lured by the chance to restore his reputation, Greg befriends a man the entire country despises. And the result proves combustible, the two men having to flee for their lives. With both in need of redemption, they set out to prevent a major catastrophe...

If you would like to read the first chapter of HERE

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