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Faces in the Fire Paperback – July 12, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The stories of four dissimilar people cross paths - a long haul truck driver and sculptor with no memories beyond the past six months, a notorious spammer with terminal cancer, a tattoo artist/heroine addict, and a hit man with the world's most bizarre weapon - guided by unexplained visions of catfish and seemingly random numbers scribbled on a napkin. Confusing? You bet, but Hines is a master storyteller, and cleverly guides the unsuspecting reader through his series of devious traps before delivering a knockout climax that is beyond clever.
Like the brilliant film "Memento", "Faces in the Fire" is a twisted tale of noir that demands a second look - or read, in this case. A great choice for those last lazy days of summer beach reading.
Their lives cross each other's, and they are changed forever.
I can't go into more detail without giving away the whole plot, but I couldn't put it down!
Read it. If you like imaginative books you'll really like this one.
Corrine is a bottom feeding spam artist with cancer. One day, on impulse, she gets a tattoo and it changes her life.
Grace is a tattoo artist. She's also a junkie who has run away from a husband and two children, chasing the dragon. One day she orders an ink called black tar. It miraculously arrives the next day and it changes her life.
Stan is a killer who goes by the name of Bleach. The man can kill with a skin on skin touch, so he wears gloves. One day his mother gives him a slip of paper with a number on it which he passes on to a tattoo artist, who passes it on to a spam artist who passes it on to a truck driver who has more in common with the killer than anyone would think possible.
And there you have the characters in this novel that was just so could I wanted to cry. I am a huge, huge fan of Messers King, Koontz, Saul and Laymon. T.L. Hines is every bit as good at giving you the chilly willies, at keeping you on the edge of your seat, of making you afraid as you read along. Okay, maybe not as afraid as Stephen King or Richard Laymon, but you're spine will be a-tingling in this story that is a spine tingling joy to read.
After reading the book I spent two hours (literally) telling my wife about what I had read. Not an easy think to do with this kind of story. Normally I don't do this but I found myself very confused about what I had just read. Not that the story itself was confusing but the reasons and power behind it were not clear so if figured by talking it through I might find something I missed. Unfortunately the talk didn't help much. Without giving anything away, this is supposed to be a story about redemption but my problem lies in who was doping the redeeming? A generic form of god was mentioned once and that was it. To me the redeemer in the story was superstitious and even demonic. How else would one take something that is obviously evil and have good things (most of the time) come from it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Protestant warning: if you're expecting an explicitly Christian book where God's praised and people get saved, go back to your Bible, this doesn't have much in the way of Biblical... Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Jason Brown
In a previous review of T. L. Hines I stated that he was writing a lot like Ted Dekker. Here is the proof. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Avid Reader
Very disappointed in this novel. It was identified as "Christian" reading material and it was not. The book was full of new age and supernatural substance. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by nmgigi
TL Hines' 2009 Faces in the Fire is a supernatural themed book that tells a story of four unrelated people. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by akettle
T. L. Hines is a well-established writer in the paranormal suspense fiction category among Christian authors - personally I thought that was an oxymoron, that most Christians... Read morePublished on December 12, 2010 by K. Sozaeva
Magic numbers, mystical Chinese company, a substance called Black Tar, ghosts, people with special powers and tattoos that appear out of nowhere. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by NorthShoreCanary
The story starts out with Kurt listening to dead people's clothing talking to him, he is all ways buying out sales where the person had dies and he packs them away... Read more
T.L. Hines Faces in the Fire is the story of four people whose lives, on the surface, have no connection but unbeknownst to them, are bound together by common threads. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Michaela Benjamin