Friday, February 8, 2013

Deadline by Randy Alcorn

Deadline is a raw and honest look at the age old adage – you reap what you sow. It is a story that will live with you long after you have finished reading the last page. The intensity of this journey will shock and wake you up from your lethargic existence and make you reconsider not only your life but the lives of those around you. This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it is a book that everyone needs to read and mull over for the truth hidden underneath the sham of the glam and glitter of this world.

This story revolves around a journalist named Jake Woods and the tragedy that begins this dark and revealing tale. Jake was enjoying a Sunday afternoon ritual pizza run with his two closest friends Doc and Finney when the unspeakable happened. The vehicle they were all riding in went out of control and crashed putting all of them in the hospital. While Jake survived relatively unscathed, his other friends didn’t fare as well as him. Finney and Doc both died in the hospital. This unthinkable change to his life forced him to slowly open his eyes to the darkness and deception around him that he had bought into and chosen to foster over the years.

This slow awakening which was fueled by events that take place within his own family allow him a unique and objective view as to what is happening around him that he has long grown numb to and no longer sees. He marvels at the injustice and double standards that abound that he had always accepted without a second thought. This new change taking place within him slowly beings to trigger warnings to those that he works with at the newspaper. They grow concerned and try to help steer him back on the right path, but he refuses to continue to buy into their same old lines and begins to make changes that bring unintended consequences his way.

Meanwhile, readers are welcomed into a realm that is beyond imagination and human comprehension. It is a place that is beyond words as the human language fails at being able to describe it with any confidence or accuracy. This brings a major relief to the intensity of the issues discussed in this story, and it allows the reader a brief and periodic rest as several taunt and tense plot lines slowly begin to converge into one.

Those who wish to challenge themselves and are not fearful to hear the definitive details from both sides of an argument will enjoy this journey. This is an eye opening story that will shock and delight some while informing all. This author takes great pains in the detailed research and approach he takes in addressing the issues discussed in the pages of this book. I hope that those who read this story remember to keep both an open mind and an open heart for only then can we truly learn what is being taught.

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