Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Tribulation House by Chris Well

This week


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(Harvest House 2007)


Chris Well


Chris Well is a fellow member of the CFBA and founder of its sister organization, FIRST. He is an acclaimed novelist and award–winning magazine editor and has previously written the “laugh–out–loud Christian thrillers” Deliver Us from Evelyn and Forgiving Solomon Long(one of Booklist’s Top 10 Christian Novels of 2005). He has also contributed to 7ball, Infuze, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Chris and his wife live in Tennessee, where he is hard at work on his next novel.



Mark Hogan has it all. The job. The family. A position on the board at church. All he’s missing is a boat. Not just any boat—a 2008 Bayliner 192.

When Reverend Daniel Glory announces that the Rapture is taking place on October 17 at 5:51am, Hogan realizes his boat–buying days are numbered. So he does what any man in his situation would do—he borrows a load of money from the mob.

Not that there’s any risk involved: After all, when the Rapture comes, Hogan will be long gone. The mob will never find him.

But when Jesus fails to come back on schedule, Mark Hogan finds the mob is in no mood to discuss the finer points of end–times theology...

Chris Well’s laugh–out–loud Christian thrillers appeal to the millions of readers who gobble up the rollicking crime fiction of Janet Evanovich and Elmore Leonard. TRIBULATION HOUSE does not disappoint!

My Review:

I've read all three of Chris Well's novels, beginning with "Forgiving Solomon Long" and he just keeps getting better and better at his craft.

It's hard to categorize Well's writing. Right about the time you feel you're reading a hard-boiled detective novel...his character Charlie Pasch begins discussing the merits of comic books. And then, when you feel as if this is a comedy, the bodies begin piling up...kind of.

Between the easy rapport of the officers, both local and FBI, the hardened senior detective and the still kind of wet-behind-the-ears newbie...I really like these stories. "Tribulation House" is like a three in one story...humorous, but with a mystery to solve, and a lot of detective work to catch the criminals.

Mixed in with everything is Charlie's genuine and refreshing faith. The church scenes...well, they are a hoot and I just adore Charlie...even if he does drink his coffee weird. You just have to read it and find out for yourself.

I give "Tribulation House" 4 bookmarks and a bonus tassel for making me laugh, think, and fall in love with my Savior all over again...but I'm thinking of taking them all away because of THE ENDING....Chris, how could you do that to us??

Thank goodness we have more to look forward to from this gifted author!!

Happy Reading!


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