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Just in time for the Super Bowl is this debut suspense novel from a 14-year NFL place kicker and his Colorado pastor. The result yields some nice moments paired with problematic writing and improbable plot twists. Air Force 2d Lt. Riley Covington is given grace to play NFL football instead of serving out his military time, but he opts to return to active duty after a horrific stadium bombing. Hakeem Qasim is an Iraqi groomed for terrorism by tragic events in his childhood. The lives of both the squeaky-clean Christian Riley and the radical Muslim Hakeem intersect in a way that readers will see coming early in the novel. Rich details about life as an NFL player invigorate the story; the details become problematic when the story gets wordy (as in one long and unnecessary chapter toward the end of the book). Although the final [...] plot twist is too easy, unexpected humor helps leaven the serious themes, and the sparks of romance that fly between Riley and an American Muslim woman will pique readers' interest. (Jan.)
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A story that combines all the action of a first-rate spy thriller with the intrigue of professional sports.

After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Riley Covington is living his dream as a professional linebacker when he comes face-to-face with a radical terrorist group on his own home turf. Drawn into the nightmare around him, Riley returns to his former life as a member of a special ops team that crosses oceans in an attempt to stop the source of the escalating attacks.

But time is running out, and it soon becomes apparent that the terrorists are on the verge of achieving their goal-to strike at the very heart of America.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141431731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414317311
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John R. Linnell on January 18, 2008
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I doubt that I would have ever found this book if I had not been told about it by a friend with whom I share an interest in various kinds of novels.

She had not read it, but she lives in Denver and the principal author of the book is Jason Elam, a member of the NFL Denver Broncos and their place kicker. She saw a review of the book in a local paper and mentioned that I might want to take a look at it. I did and I am very glad that I did so. It is a first rate novel on terrorisim that tells a gripping storty and that offers insight into that war that we are all involved in.

The principal figure in the book is Riley Covington. A former member of the USAF Special Operations Command seeing duty in Afghanastan and a graduate of the Air Force Academy, Covington has, after his tour of duty
been drafted by the Denver Mustangs and made the team as a linebacker.

Hakim Quasin is the antagonist of the story who, as a child, has seen his family bombed to dust in Operation Desert Storm and has sworn vengence on the United States. He is taken under the wing of a man known as "The Scorpion" who sees to it that the 12 year old Quasin is sent to Europe where the moulding process begins.

The planning begins to come to fruition as terrorists enter the United States with a plan to bring the war again to our shores. They are part of an organization known as The Cause.

Some former members of Covington's military unit are involved in trying to track them down and are closing in on some of them as they launch an attack at the Mall of America. Evidence obtained as a result of this action leads them to the belief that more is coming. But what?

Meanwhile, the Mustangs are preparing for an important league game on Monday Night Football.
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By 7000 Feet on December 15, 2009
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This is a well written and interesting thriller. I don't miss vulgarity or sex scenes. I like the way characters are not identified by race. I do not mind the protagonist being Christain and expressing his faith as a regular part of his life. My faith is Buddhist and I am a native born patriotic American who opposes terrorism as much as the protagonist does. However I have read several self-described Christian thrillers and I am concerned at the way the war on terrorism is characterized as a war between Jesus and his specifically Christian of a particular type followers and Allah and his followers rather than what seems a truer picture: a war between violent fanatics and people of goodwll of all faiths who believe in freedom of religon and other basic Americn ideals and principles of equality and democracy as contaned in our Constitution.
The inclusion of one good-guy Moslem does not do it for me as she is female and all females are marginalized and relegated to submissive roles in these books - and even though she is the real hero of the book (no spoiler from me). She has also expressed a lack of understanding of parts of the Q'ran, leaving openher conversion to the "true faith," which I am sure wll happen in a subsequent book.
For an audience who agrees with the political positions presented in the book, it is a good read. As a non-Christian person of faith who is alsp a patriotic American, those political positions scare me.
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By Basham on December 21, 2007
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I picked up this book, hoping for a good read but dubious at the same time. Football and terrorism? And a new untried author to boot. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. The writing is decent. The action keeps you turning the pages, and there is actually a plot. The protagonist is a Christian, which gives a certain dimension to the character and the outworking of the plot, and the author is careful to keep his "bad guys" human; i.e., complex. You can actually feel sympathy for the Muslim terrorist, while at the same time seeing how what he believes is destructive. I am going to have my teen sons read this -- it will be a painless way for them to learn about Islam (in both the "terrorist" and a "moderate") -- and on top of all that, there is no bad language or questionable scenes that I would have to remove. Three cheers for "clean" authors who can really write!!!
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Combine Air Force Special Ops, professional football, and a series of terrorist attacks launched by a deep undercover Muslim fanatic, and you have the red-blooded American tale of Monday Night Jihad. The terrorist attacks are launched against the Mall of America in Minneapolis and against a large stadium where a Monday night professional football game is about to be played. The counterattacks by the Special Ops teams take place in Europe. The denouement occurs in SoCal on the day of the Super Bowl. You can't get much better than that. The prose is about 8th grade level and quite smooth. There are no gratuitous sex scenes, and the main character is a born-again practicing Christian. The violence is gripping but not excessively graphic. This book is therefore a recommended read for mid-high and high school age males. Jason Elam is the veteran kick specialist of the Denver Broncos. His co-author, Steve Yohn, has a real gift for light action prose. You can read this book easily in one evening. Enjoy!
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