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Chasing The Wind [Kindle Edition]

Norma Beishir , Collin Beishir , Martin Rus , Eve Gaal
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 398 pages
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Book Description

Who is Connor Mackenzie? Is he the result of an experiment that should never have been undertaken...or the prophet foretold by an ancient text discovered in the Sinai wilderness?

Around the globe, children are abducted. All of them are between the ages of five and six, conceived by in vitro fertilization, and extraordinarily gifted. In the Sinai, archaeologist Lynne Raven searches for proof of the Exodus and finds a papyrus proclaiming the emergence of a prophet sent to defeat the darkness that threatens to consume the world. In London, a powerful cartel manipulates politicians and industrialists and controls a think tank with an unthinkable agenda.

One thing connects them all: the truth about Connor Mackenzie.

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From the Author

I originally conceived the idea for this book back in 1998. It was supposed to be about a scientist's attempt to clone Jesus Christ. That didn't work for a number of reasons, the main one being too many people were trying to write about that same scenario. That, and the fact that the story just didn't work. I've now published sixteen novels, but I also have a pile of manuscripts that were dead on arrival. Then, a new character appeared to me in a dream--I know, it sounds corny, but that's what happened! Ten years and even more rewrites later, I had finished the book I wanted to write...and the self-publishing era had begun. Perfect timing for a creative control freak like myself.

About the Author

Norma Beishir is the author of sixteen novels (so far) under her own name and her "Toni Collins" pseudonym. Fourteen of those novels were conventionally-published by Berkley Books (Penguin Putnam) and Sihouette (Harlequin). Many of her novels have been national bestsellers. She now collaborates with her son Collin and loves blogging, movies, animals and birds.

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  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Creativia; 3 edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073YZ51A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I've recently read the revised edition of the book, now released, which has been changed from third person point of view to first person, and the end result is an astonishing, powerful, and intimate story. The book follows a couple, Connor Mackenzie and Lynne Raven, as well as a number of other characters, telling an epic, sprawling tale of good versus evil through their eyes. The novel touches on archaeology, faith, destiny, and love throughout, intriguing the reader while taking them on a journey that touches down in places like Britain, Italy, Jerusalem, the Sinai, and New Zealand.

Lynne Raven is an archaeologist seeking physical proof of the Biblical Exodus in the Sinai. She's often far from her home and family in America, occasionally feeling the notion that time is catching up to her. Her work begins to be funded by Connor, who meets her by chance, finds her intriguing, and accompanies her to the dig site. He's a man of many secrets and difficult family relations with a sister, Sarah, and step-father, Edward. We find ourselves wondering at first if he's mentally stable. It's a question Connor himself wonders. He's a man who keeps himself at a distance, closed off from the world, the pain of his mother's death an overwhelming factor in his life. He also has, as we gradually see, an innate ability to heal with his own touch.

Gradually Connor and Lynne fall in love as they get to know each other, as Lynne gradually gets him to open up to her. Their courtship, such as it is, is filled with lightness and humour, Connor going out of his way to openly flirt with Lynne and win her over, and they marry. It doesn't take long before they're expecting a child, but circumstances quickly send them on the run.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has it all! January 18, 2011
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If you want love, romance, suspense, danger and a healthy amount of history all rolled up into one neat package, this would be the book to read.

It revolves around a religious archeologist named Lynne and a mysterious man named Connor. They meet and fall in love, but there's more. Connor has some secrets--like being able to heal the sick and the dying.

After getting married, and becoming pregnant, they must run for their lives. There are people that want Connor and his young son. When he must be separated from his young family, it is the hardest thing for him to do. But, he has to, in order to be reunited with them again, he must stay away.

This book is beyong a doubt, one of the best books I've read in a long time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Read April 20, 2009
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If you're looking for a short book to give half your attention to and read in a few hours, this is not the book for you. Chasing The Wind is an exciting book with interesting, believable characters and a solid plot all the way through. And...come on. You couldn't write a bad book with a character named Mr. Darcy if you tried! :) Basically the main character, Lynne, is a religious archaeologist who is currently working in Egypt, and she needs funding to continue to project. She meets Connor Mackenzie and the two of them immediately click, and Connor offers to ask his stepfather to get them funding, then insists on being taken to Egypt with Lynne. While Lynne is struggling with being the black sheep of her family and getting over her past heartbreaks, Connor has some secrets of his own that prevented him from ever falling in love before. So two people who have sworn off love inevitably fall for each other and spend most of the story on the run from Connor's past. It is a great book overall, and especially the characters are all fantastic. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good adventure that will take a while to get through, but is completely worth your time! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riding a Hurricane November 28, 2011
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In "Chasing the Wind," Norma Beishir and Collin Beishir chase the reader with a hurricane of adventure. They introduce us to two main characters: Lynne (an archaeologist with a modern Christian view) and Connor (aka Andrew a geneticist who is low in faith), and they appear on the surface to be as different as night and day. We get to follow their exciting adventure across the world as we are introduced to some interesting minor characters. We watch as Lynne and Connor grow together as if they had known each other all of their lives. We drop into their destiny and travel with them.

Beishir is a master storyteller who controls suspense and employs all the great ingredients that cook up this political, religious suspense thriller. Beishir leads us through a maze of plots and subplots that lead us to surprising discoveries. Beishir has an amazing ability to elaborately describe psychological motivations of the characters while painting their passion and drawing out their ambitions. Heroes are true heroes (like Connor who transforms before our eyes) that have human flaws while villains are super-villains (like the assassin Caine and Dante with his cult-like global cartel); we are allowed a peek at their abusive childhoods that is a key to their motivations and what makes them tick. We get to taste their evil and insanity.

Beishir entranced me from the beginning and hypnotized me until the end. The quick pace and intense mood of the novel with colorful and humorous dialogue made the story hard to put down. We find ourselves cheering for Lynne and Connor as they face some formidable obstacles. We are left pondering so many engaging issues as well as realizing this novel could really reflect so much of reality, especially in today's modern world of genetics and technology.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chasing the Wind
I am at a conundrum trying to write a review of this book. It was told, I think, from the perspective of the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Under the Empryean Sky,
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING READ
I don't enjoy reading spiritual books nor do I enjoy reading multiple viewpoints in first person. However, to a reader who isn't as prejudiced, this will be an enjoyable read. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cheryl B. Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting experiment
I have to admit this plot was right up my alley: supernatural thriller with first person dialogue. The multiple viewpoint style might have been better served if limited to main... Read more
Published on October 12, 2012 by Lisa M. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing The Wind
"Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Eve Gaal
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Read!
We are taken on a journey of an new relationship between, Connor and Lynne. He is rich and she is desperate for funding an archaeological project. Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to go with "Okay"
As the 1-star reviewer said, the author jumps to third person references all the time, and it is confusing and annoying. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by A. Goss
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Thought Provoking
I truly enjoyed this novel. I am always a sucker for Archaeologist protagonists and absolutely loved the addition of a modern science perspective. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Erin Lausten
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Twenty-Five Star Read
I LOVED, LOVED the premise and plot.

Strange but hot man out of nowhere bumps into snarky archeologist who's looking for funding to keep her dig going in Egypt. Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by Shelly Arkon
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful love story!
I reviewed this book a while back, but my review seems to have disappeared. Since my last review, this book has changed though. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Beth Muscat
5.0 out of 5 stars Back and Better than Ever
I reviewed the original version of this book which was written in the third person. In this version, it has been re-written in the 1st person. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Darth Mortis
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Norma Beishir can't remember ever wanting to be anything but a writer (okay, there was that brief period, age six through nine, when she wanted to be a jockey....). Once she was bitten by the bug, she didn't want to do anything but write. She got in trouble in class on a regular basis for writing when she should have been doing classwork--or paying attention to her teachers.

At sixteen, she naively sent a handwritten manuscript to a major publisher. She actually got a response. An editor had taken the time to read her manuscript and respond, writing that she had talent but wasn't yet ready for publication. (Just try to get an editor to do that these days. You're lucky to get the notorious form letter.)

She sold her first novel fifteen years later and has been writing ever since. After fourteen conventionally-published novels, she made the switch to self-publishing with Chasing the Wind in 2008--a decision she's never regretted.

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You need to have more customer reviews by people who are readers and not writers to see if they have a hard time following or not. In the end, we are writing for an audience and want them to understand and love our stories. I like what I have read of it, but I read the original one before, too,... Read More
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