Thursday, April 26, 2007

This Week From CFBA


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
THE HEIR
(Bethany House March 1, 2007)
by
Paul Robertson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Paul Robertson is a computer programming consultant, part-time high-school math and science teacher, and former independent bookstore owner in Blacksburg, Virginia. This is his first novel.

ABOUT THE BOOK:


Jason Boyer Just Got an Inheritance to Die For.

The fortune wasn't supposed to befall him. Jason Boyer had known all along his father's business empire would pass to different hands. Which suited him just fine. The money was crooked and the power corrupt. But when an accident claims the old man's life, everyone is stunned by the unveiling of the will. With the passing of the Boyer crown, power-hungry politicians and shady business partners all try to force Boyer's hand. Fighting the temptation of influence and riches, he simply wants to be a better man than his father--but attempting to stand for what’s right soon brings murderous consequences. As those closest to him are endangered--and news emerges that his father's accident may be something more sinister--Boyer finds himself fighting for his soul…and his life!

Is There Any Escape for The Heir?

All the money he could ever crave. In the splintering crash of a car plunging through a railing, Jason Boyer's life is changed. All the fame he could ever desire. But the last thing he wanted was the throne of his father's corrupt business empire. All the power he could ever wield.The estate should have gone elsewhere, but the will was changed. And now everything is Jason's. But gaining the whole world just might cost him his life.

THE HEIR is a Grisham-like tale of intrigue and murder with a lot of humor and well-drawn minor characters.

Endorsement: "In THE HEIR, Paul Robertson serves up politics, privilege, and murder with a side of acerbic wit. What a fabulous book--a great mix of angst, humor, and ultimately, hope." T.L.HINES--author of Waking Lazarus and The Dead Whisper On

My Review: I really enjoyed the book. The first person POV was reminiscent of a Dick Francis thriller. (High praise from this girl, a dedicated Dick Francis fan.) The action moved quickly, and there were a couple of twists I NEVER saw coming. I did figure out the villain about halfway through, but it didn't diminish the pleasure in the book as I then tried to plot out how the good guy would uncover the truth before it was too late.

One drawback for me was the lack of spiritual content. The main character was obviously searching and by the end, he'd made contact with someone who might have the answers for him, but this is never shown in the book. You're left wondering if he will ask this person his burning, yearning, tormenting questions, and if this person would tell him the meaning of life and how to fill the void inside.

That being said, the book is tightly written, entertaining, and an excellent first novel. I hope to see more from Paul Robertson soon.

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