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“Right from the start Friend Me caught me off-guard and threw me into the first loop of an action-packed ride that is anything but what you expect. Filled with rich characters and complicated situations, Friend Me is a compelling read that makes you glad you took the ride. Don't miss this book.” (Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of the Books of Mortals series and Iscariot)

Friend Me offers an intense page-turning experience that will leave the reader satisfied and thirsty for more.” (CBA Retailers & Resources)

"Suspense drips from the lines of this novel.” (Nike Chillemi, author of the Sanctuary Point series)

Friend Me is a suspense-filled trip torn from tomorrow’s headlines; an all-too-believable story that had me turning pages to the unexpected end. I’m anxious to read more from this debut author.” (Richard L. Mabry, MD, author of Stress Test and Heart Failure)

Friend Me captured me from page one and wrapped me in thought-provoking suspense until the end. The intriguing plot made it nearly impossible to put this book down. Mr. Faubion has crafted a great story that will grab your attention and stick with you long after you read the last page.” (Larry W. Timm, pastor of Gracepoint Church in Peabody, Kansas)

Friend Me is an exciting foray into today’s cyber-culture. I loved every minute of the hero’s frantic efforts to extricate himself and his wife from the virtual-web of the villainess. Fascinating characters and exciting plot twists make this a stellar read.” (V. B. Tenery, author of Dead Ringer and The Watchman)

“John Faubion introduces a new and different kind of chiller, an uncharted world of cyber suspense. The writing? It’s fabulous.” (Donn Taylor, author of Deadly Additive and Rhapsody in Red)

“This thought-provoking tale reveals the frailty and potential wickedness in all of us and the terrible, life-altering things we are capable of when we yield to our own selfish desires and devices.” (Creston Mapes, bestselling author of Poison Town)

About the Author

John Faubion has spent many years in Asia as a missionary with his family. Since returning to the United States, John has worked as a senior software developer for a large appliance chain. He teaches an adult Sunday school class and enjoys writing and driving his 1949 Packard automobile. John lives near Indianapolis with his wife, Beth, and their daughter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476738726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476738727
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,445,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a former thirty-year foreign missionary, now working as Senior Software Engineer for a large electronics and appliance retailer.
In 1966, as a new Christian and an American soldier in Vietnam, I was deeply moved at my first exposure to idolatry.
In 1974, after completing Bible college and missionary deputation, our family of four moved to South Vietnam to begin formal missionary work, where we remained until the war was lost and Americans had to leave.
In 1976, with another missionary, we started Harvest Baptist Church and Christian School on Guam.
We returned to the field in 1977 going to Taiwan, where we began our Chinese ministry. The Lord allowed us to start the Ping Lin Baptist Church in Taichung at that time.
From 1981 until 1988 I did the software development for Baptist International Missions in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We then returned to the mission field of mainland China. In 1989 my first wife went to be with the Lord, and the Lord gave me my wife Beth in 1990.
We remained in Beijing and Hong Kong until 1999.
I'm still a Mandarin Chinese speaker. I have five children, the youngest sixteen years old.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
Firstly, and as is usually the case, I must provide a disclaimer that I didn't really buy this book. Instead, I received it directly from the author who just happens to sit a scant 10 feet from me at work each day. Despite this kind consideration, and the fact that anything I say might cause my cubicle to be set aflame before I arrive at work tomorrow, I will review this title with absolute candor. Anything less would be a violation of my personal integrity, which is worth more than a few flaming cubicles. It also bears revelation that this novel is fairly rife with Christian themes and while I am an upstanding and sometimes outspoken "secularist" I will in no way hold that fundamental disagreement against the book, even at the risk of a burning bush appearing to accompany the ashes of my office chair.

Also as usual, I begin with the positive. When the author described the premise of this novel to me months ago I was mightily impressed with the novelty of the overarching story-line. Faubion's central idea in this novel, social networking run amok, is not only original but timely and at its kernel, very believable. John also has a way of describing tense scenes with great vividity that pulls the reader along quite against their will. It was an act of willpower to put the book down at times and only the threat of having the author beat me into the office the next morning was sufficient to get me to go to bed at a reasonable hour. Touching briefly on the religious aspects of the novel, Faubion's characters are clearly Christian and they're not afraid to show it. Despite that, their appearance in the novel is at no time preachy or obtrusive even to one who isn't exactly in the book's target demographic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on February 12, 2014
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I'm thankful for the review copy of this riveting, page-turning, novel. It's an insightful tour through cyber space that shows just how easy it is to be sucked into an addictive secret world. This author shows the potential for wicked abuse of a secret Virtual Friend and how quickly this secret breaks down the family and a society as a whole. This book also shows readers how easy it is to take your virtual friend anywhere you go and how in this case it can be a "fatal attraction situation." for real in Scott and Rachel's life!

I'm glad they had an interview with the author in the back of the book. The author was asked "When do you think Scott became unfaithful in the story? Answer: ...when he as asked which he wanted a "male or female friend?" Scott replied "female". At that point, he'd crossed over. He became unfaithful...when a husband chooses some women other than his wife as his confidant, companion, or female best friend; he's turned down the road of infidelity."

He goes on to say, "...we live in an age where people choose to exist in virtual worlds...we need to focus on real people, real lives. Real friends. Real love."

This author pens a heart racing suspense drama that's all too real. He talks about the seductive side of on-line friends that compromise our virtues one key stroke at a time. This author explores the definition of reality, morality, the imagination, and how our perception affects our heart and our personal relationships forever.

The story opens up with Melissa, the creator of Virtual Friends website. She has a dark side with an unbelievable past. I was nervous in the beginning of this story because this was the author's debut novel and I didn't know how creepy he would get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on February 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
Are you ready for some suspense? Don't read this book late at night suspense?

It all started out so innocently. There was a sidebar advertisement on a social web site advertising virtual friends. And, well, Rachel was lonely after losing her best friend, Suzanne, to cancer. And her husband came home late from work so many nights. So she signed up for a virtual friend. And it went well. She uploaded a photo of Suzanne and the web site created a virtual person. She had Suzanne back. She someone to talk to.

So she showed her husband Scott. He'd been having a tough time at work and if it worked for Rachel, why not try it himself? So he signed up for a virtual friend too. When asked for a male or female, he opted for a female. She was just virtual, he thought. What harm could come from it?

But Scott finds out things are not always what they seem. When the woman who created Scott's virtual friend becomes infatuated with him, the situation quickly turns deadly.

This is a great novel of suspense. And it starts out so innocently! Or was it so innocent to rely on a web site for a meaningful relationship?

This novel is very timely in addressing the whole issue of social media and the reality of meaningful relationships. What about the ethics of virtual friendships? Is “virtual” sin different? What is a Christian to do with social media? Can it be dangerous? Should one ever reveal personal information through social media?

This is a page turning novel of suspense. It would be a good book for couples to read as it deals with the temptations they might face. There is an extensive discussion guide, making this book a good one for reading groups.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of this review.
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