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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578567459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578567454
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Endorsements for EXPIRATION DATE
By Eric Wilson

“With bravado and compelling prose, Eric Wilson is set to leave his mark on the world of fiction.”
–Ted Dekker, best-selling author of Thr3e and Black

“Eric Wilson is great addition to the ranks of Christian novelists. His exploration of God’s hidden workings and how they invade human lives is as needed as it is fun to read. Enjoy the adventure in Expiration Date, but don’t miss its ultimate question. Well done, Eric!”
–Jefferson Scott, author of
Operation: Firebrand–Deliverance 

“Eric Wilson is creating his own genre: one part factual history, one part present-day fiction, along with a potent dash of spiritual conflict. With plot twists and revelations that will make you hungry for the next chapter, Expiration Date is more proof that Eric Wilson and his unique storytelling style are here for the long haul. This book will leave you wondering how he comes up with such great stories–and how long we have to wait for the next!”
–Alison Strobel, author of Worlds Collide

“Expiration Date was more than a great read. I experienced this powerful story with the characters, my stomach knotting with each riveting plot twist. Eric Wilson is a master at weaving an intricate tale in which the stakes rise at every turn. Just when I thought I knew what to expect, another level of this multi-layered story would reveal even greater
spiritual proportions than first realized. Because of Expiration Date, Eric Wilson is now one of my favorite writers. I can’t wait to see what’s next from this talented novelist!”
–Tricia Goyer, author of From Dust and Ashes and Night Song

“With Expiration Date, Eric Wilson sets the bar even higher than he did with his debut novel, Dark To Mortal Eyes. Like a classic Hitchcock hero, Clay Ryker is an ordinary man caught in an extraordinary situation that forces him to risk everything to save his wife and child and even his own life. With a premise that won’t let go of you, Eric Wilson builds a story that twists and turns and keeps you going until the final, explosive climax.”
–Steven Womack, Edgar Award-winning author of By Blood Written

“Expiration Date is a first-rate thriller that provides page after page of skillful plots and sub-plots that climax to an electrifying conclusion. Eric Wilson is a masterful storyteller who lays a foundation of biblical truth on a canvas of contemporary culture and shows the clear blessings and consequences for those who follow or reject that truth.”
–Hamp Morrison, publisher, Nashville Christian Family Magazine

About the Author

Eric Wilson is the author of Dark to Mortal Eyes. A bible college graduate, he has a firm understanding of Scripture and doctrine, which he uses as a backdrop for the tough issues in his novels. Eric and his wife live with their two pre-teen daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

More About the Author

"Thriller aficionados should welcome this debut."
--Publishers Weekly

"A fast-paced page turner with contemporary, likable characters."
--Library Journal

"Wilson is set to leave his mark on the world of fiction."
-- Ted Dekker, NY Times bestselling author

Eric Wilson has been married for over twenty years. He is the father of two grown daughters, and is a grandfather. He has traveled in over forty countries. Eric is the author of fifteen published works that range from contemporary fiction to supernatural suspense, and is at work on nonfiction projects as well:

1. Taming the Beast: the Untold Story of Team Tyson
2. Alice Goes the Way of the Maya (novella)
3. October Baby
4. Amelia's Last Secret (novella)
5. Two Seconds Late
6. One Step Away
7. Valley of Bones
8. Haunt of Jackals
9. Field of Blood
10. Fireproof
11. Facing the Giants
12. Flywheel
13. A Shred of Truth
14. The Best of Evil
15. Expiration Date
16. Dark to Mortal Eyes

Customer Reviews

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People seem to indicate they want real stories with real characters.
Todd Greene
Once again Eric uses a perfectly balanced mix of history, suspense, mystery, and genuine thrills to create an unforgettable story full of twists and turns.
Expiration Date is the second novel by Eric Wilson and part of a 5-book series that focuses on each of the five senses.
Bill Garrison

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves VINE VOICE on May 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Eric Wilson's latest thriller takes the concept of his first book up a notch. Clay Ryker finds himself with the "gift" of seeing the date of a person's death. Now he has to deal with it! Can he save the person, or is death inevitable for them?

Wilson continues to grow as a writer. While I enjoyed "Dark To Mortal Eyes", I found myself washed away in a tidal wave of characters right at the start. In "Expiration Date", Wilson paces things better, giving us time to meet the characters and learn about them before introducing another. I felt like I knew the character before they moved on. The action and story line in this one are also set at a faster pace. While DTME set up a sinister plot over time, Expiration Date moves us into action that never wants to let up. The climax of the book is great and really works!

One thing: you'll need to have read "Dark To Mortal Eyes" before this one to understand some of the significance of certain characters and items. It's obvious Eric's slowly building things up to a huge climax at the end of his "Five Senses" series. We're beginning to see pieces of it fall into place, though I'm betting he's saving the best for last. When you finish this one, you'll want to read his other work anyway, so start at "Dark" first.

All in all, if Wilson's writing continues to improve at the rate it did for this one, you're looking at the next big name in Christian Fiction. Highly recommended for fans of Dean Koontz, Frank Peretti, or Ted Dekker.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Darlington on May 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
What if by touching someone you could know when they would die? In EXPIRATION DATE, Clay Ryker suddenly finds himself in just that position, and he's not sure if it's a blessing or a curse.

In this second book of Eric Wilson's unofficial Senses series, he deftly spins a tale of intrigue while presenting the story of a man whose life is flipping out of control. Having read Eric's previous "sight" book, DARK TO MORTAL EYES, I wasn't sure if he'd be able to produce a "touch" novel of the same quality. He did. Although starting a bit slower than EYES, I wasn't disappointed. And I love the way Eric intersperses history and lore (this time about Russia and the Romanovs) into his stories, right along with the supernatural element we're starting to expect in a Wilson thriller.

Many of the threads introduced in DARK TO MORTAL EYES are woven through EXPIRATION DATE, as are some of my favorite characters (Josee & Sgt. Turney, for example). By the time I was halfway through the book I started having fun "Eureka!" moments as pieces of the puzzle missing from EYES fell into place in this novel. However, Eric leaves much room for the continuation of the saga in future stories. So if you haven't read DARK TO MORTAL EYES, I'd suggest picking it up too as you'll have a richer experience if you read the books in order, but EXPIRATION DATE can also stand alone. Excellent book! I can't wait for the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Clay Ryker left town with a basketball scholarship to the University of Wyoming. Afterward he stayed in state and opened up a successful business and married. In the past year his life collapsed starting with his business and followed by his marriage.

Twenty-nine years old Clay crawls home to live with his parents in Junction City, Oregon. As a teen Clay witnessed bad eerie things that he shared with no one. Now he touches people and knows their EXPIRATION DATE, when they will die. He begins receiving ugly notes and soon people begin dying just as he predicted. Clay realizes his past has come back and this time he cannot flee as he must face a malevolence residing in a 1917 Russian Rasputin train on display. The human representative of the malicious Consortium wants him dead as a sacrifice to hell.

EXPIRATION DATE is an intriguing horror tale filled with twists that spin the reader from comfort zones into wondering what next. Clay is a fine character struggling with failure and with the return of the evil he first experienced as a teen. Fans will wonder just who are or perhaps what the Consortium is as Eric Wilson slowly provides insight into this group and their current agents of evil Asgoth and Monde. The Good vs. Evil war is cleverly handled as the Good is far from perfect and in some ways bad.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karri F. Compton on May 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
What if you knew when those around you would die? This question is posed and fleshed out in Eric Wilson's fantastic novel of suspense. In his first novel, Dark to Mortal Eyes, Wilson takes us on a supernatural adventure in a deadly game of real-life chess. In Expiration Date, time is of the essence as believable characters and harrowing plot twists keep the reader guessing and gasping for more.

Born out of events during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, sinister figures emerge to wreak havoc on the small town of Junction City. A strangely familiar woman touches Clay Ryker's hands on his bus trip back home. Consequently, Clay sees a brand on his hand showing the "expiration date" of each person with whom he comes in contact. This power and a ghost from his past cause Clay to seriously rethink his life and loyalties. He must choose to deal with his past in order to preserve his future.

Taking on topics such as divorce, interracial dating, horoscopes, demons, God's sovereignty, past sins, and the meaning of life, Wilson raises more questions than gives answers, allowing the reader to fill in his own blanks.

Fast-paced and mind-boggling, this book is sure to please anyone who prefers a good read over a good night's sleep.

Thanks, Eric. It was fantastic.
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