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A Life Intercepted: A Novel Paperback – April 21, 2015
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
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"This deeply personal labor of love has all of the hallmarks of Martin's amazing writing....[D]on't miss this wonderfully written book."―RT Book Reviews
"Martin is the new king of the romantic novel. . ..A Life Intercepted is a book that will swallow you up and keep you spellbound."―Jackie K Cooper, Book Critic, The Huffington Post
"A touching tale of love, loss, and redemption."―Booklist
"Charles Martin's latest, A Life Intercepted, takes the football novel to the next level....A modern classic."―The Florida Times-Union
"Could easily be ripped from today's headlines. A moving story of lost dreams, unending love, truth seeking and in the end, inspiring redemption. This one is not to be missed!"―Michael Morris, author of Man in the Blue Moon and A Place Called Wiregrass
About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781455554645
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455554645
- Product Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.05 inches
- Publisher : Center Street; Reprint Edition (April 21, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1455554642
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My only complaint...the main character is simply too good...almost a superhero in his athletic abilities. If Matthew Rising had been a little more realistic in his abilities, I would have given this book a solid 5 out of 5.
But, to those who read this review...DON’T STOP READING ONCE THE STORY IS DONE! While I enjoyed the story, Mr. Martin’s deeply honest self assessment in “An Author’s Note” absolutely made this book. In this section, he clearly demonstrates how a sport can be played at a high level, yet kept in a perspective of obedience to God and the need to trust Him...even if He takes you in a different direction. I’m a professor who is always searching for great quotes to use during classes. While reading the actual story, I highlighted a couple of things. But, as I read Mr. Martin’s notes, I highlighted several. Where Matthew Rising was too talented...simply too much a superhero, Charles Martin was incredibly human, humble and willing to speak candidly about his shortcomings, his need for forgiveness and, most importantly...his journey to trust God completely. What he wrote speaks to anyone reading at deep, relatable level.
The story really isn't about football--thought at one point I wondered how long it had taken the author to do enough research to get the locker room immediacy that is evident on every page (in the author's note you discover that he played--okay, that explains that). This story is about a broken man who learns that you can't fight hate and anger with hate and anger. It's a powerful message that goes way beyond the football field.
Yes, maybe some of the things are over the top or even a tad unrealistic. But that's fiction for you. Both the hero and villain are larger-than-life. But the true story has to do with what the protagonist learned: there are worse imprisonments than prison.
I am a fan of pro football so this was a good vehicle for the story for me personally. I am a Christian, so the story at times took on the feeling of an allegory for me.
Martin's afterward put many of those feelings into context.
Since May 2018 when I first heard Charles speak I have read all of his books, mostly in order. I read THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US first, because that was the first book I'd heard about. I liked it, so I researched and read the others chronologically. I'm not sure that matters, but I enjoy seeing the development of an author.
Charles Martin has a heart for his readers: he researches his topics well and writes in the first person to give an intimacy to the characters.
The personal afterward of many of his books provides insight into him: his faith and his family. I enjoy this s very much. I hope he keeps writing.
Just read this timely story about a super-talented young quarterback whose promising world is ripped out of his hands as he’s imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. After going through periods of hatred and anger, he is able to climb out of his pain and bring himself back to a place of peace. When paroled, he goes back to his hometown where he is still despised even after 12 years of punishment. His goal is to win his wife back, but even she doesn’t believe in his innocence. At the end of this book I cried, because the story is really about how to love your enemies and forgive them for the wrong and hurt they caused. It’s easy to love those who love you. But your enemies?
The author writes a note to his own son at the end of the novel, and that’s what prompted the tears.
This is the second book I’ve read by author Charles Martin. His no-frills, matter-of-fact writing style is almost imperceptible because his story line is so good.
Many many ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ✨ for this book