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Expiration Date Paperback – May 17, 2005
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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
“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
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"A fast-paced page turner with contemporary, likable characters."
"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
11. Facing the Giants
13. A Shred of Truth
14. The Best of Evil
15. Expiration Date
16. Dark to Mortal Eyes
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With how Eric put on a lot of spiritual maturity and revealing a lot of forgotten knowledge (while asking questions and answering them through the story) about matters of Christian... Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Jason Brown
I love reading all the books that Eric Wilson has written! This book is a great follow-up in this series!Published on August 13, 2011 by Kindle Customer
I interviewed Eric on my blogtalk radio program. He was fascinating to talk to so I ordered a couple of his books. I finally got around to reading this one. Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by Donald James. Parker
As a writer, I love it when I can keep reading a book and not have to wonder "why?" What I mean by that is that I can take off my "writing analysis" hat and am able to just enjoy... Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by Kerry Nietz
I found EXPIRATION DATE difficult to put down. Eric Wilson's characters have a lifelike quality that surpasses the characters in other books, so it's always a pleasure to read... Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by Scott Tucker
What a thrill ride. I especially loved the ending. Eric keeps me guessing and on the edge of my seat!Published on April 16, 2010 by Shaun P. Wilson
Clay Ryker could have been a contender. He was an excellent athlete with tons of promise, handsome and popular, and smart enough to make a big splash in the world. Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by Ellen C. Maze Sallas
Expiration Date is a wonderful work that can either be read as a stand alone novel, yet it fits into the Universal story arc Eric has developed interconnecting situations and... Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by E. Hartfield
Nothing different to report that the other two-star ratings didn't cover. The book had two plots to follow with their own subplots within each. Read morePublished on June 7, 2009 by Amazon Customer