Friday, December 2, 2016

Riveting suspense: The Raven by Mike Nappa

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about the book....

As part of his street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the wallet of a prominent politician, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named "Nevermore."

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues to rescue The Raven from a wild card bent on revenge.

my review....

Fans of Christian suspense novels are going to love Mike Nappa's second novel in the Coffey & Hill series, "The Raven". I was blown away by his first book in the series, Annabel Lee, and so I was curious to see if this relatively new-to-me author would again be able to capture my attention with his follow-up book. And boy, did he ever! The Raven was simply riveting, from beginning to end. I was held captive by the entertaining plot equally as much as by the fascinating characters. The Raven is unlike any character I've encountered before, and I couldn't help but like the guy for all of his thieving ways. And just wait until you meet Mama Bliss! I wasn't sure whether I liked her or not, and in the end I think it was a little of both. Nappa has succeeded at raising reader's sympathies for the "good" and the "bad" until you realize that perhaps we are all a bit of each, saved but for the grace of God. Those readers who encountered Trudy and Samuel (the Coffee & Hill investigators) in Annabel Lee will greatly enjoy reconnecting with these characters again in this novel, and while it is not strictly necessary to have read Annabel Lee, I would recommend doing so just for the joy of journeying with them from start to finish. Their relationship is a complex one, with a difficult past and deep hurts all mixed up with a love that won't seem to let either of them go. As such, their story is one that you want to see more of, and of course things aren't perfectly resolved in this second novel regarding what their future holds. As I came to the close of "The Raven" and got a glimpse of the adventure that is to come, I can only imagine what lies in store for these two!

Mike Nappa has once again crafted a clever story that I am certain to return to in the future. His books are the kind that you simply must devour in one sitting, and I am looking forward to the third book in the series. If it's anything like these first two installments, we are in for a treat indeed. I award this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Mike Nappa

Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Out: One Christian’s Experience of Leaving the Gay Community" by Bob Fife and Ron Hughes


Written with profound honesty, "Out" follows the journey of Bob Fife from his difficult childhood through his teen and young adult years, to decades later where his relationship with Jesus has radically changed who he is. Bob holds no punches as he recounts being sexually molested in his youth, leading him down a road towards homosexuality. Although he did become a Christian in his youth, and was even married to a woman and became a father, he followed his homosexual urgings and abandoned his family to become fully immersed in the gay lifestyle. However, after years of indulging his every want, Bob realized that his lifestyle was not what he - and God - actually wanted, and with God's strength he was able to leave that lifestyle behind.
I greatly enjoyed being able to come to know Bob and his story through the pages of this book. As he warns, some of the sections are painful to read, especially as chooses to leave his wife and his son behind, meaning that he missed out on the best years of his child's life. I can't imagine the pain that this caused his family, and obviously to Bob as well, even though at first he didn't realize the consequences his choices would have. Most amazingly, Bob is able to speak to the truth of what God's Word says - that acting on homosexual feelings has been and always will be contrary to God's plan for our lives. Bob offers a different option, a difficult option to be sure, but one that embraces God's grace and love and truth all at the same time. He shows that walking in close community with other believers, people experiencing homosexual attraction can walk in freedom from living in that lifestyle. I think the book makes a profound point, that you cannot "argue" someone out of homosexuality, but that you can "love them out" by putting the person ahead of the need to be right. Bob's story illustrates how important it is for the church to reach out with love and grace, not compromising the truth, but being willing to walk along side each other for the long haul, no matter the sin we are struggling with. 
"Out" is very well written, and I am confident that any Christian would benefit from reading this biography. I award this book 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher.
about the author...

Bob Fife
Bob Fife is an Ontario-based businessman and a former practicing homosexual. Today he devotes his time to mentoring men and women who are looking for alternative ways to deal with same-sex attraction.
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