Everyone (well, almost) is familiar with Lee Strobel's best-selling non-fiction works of Christian apologetics, but his latest release is something quite different - and exciting. The Ambition is Strobel's first major work of fiction, and though it is written in a genre that I don't normally read, I was very interested in reading the results of his latest writing efforts. I wasn't disappointed.
When Tom O'Sullivan, a struggling lawyer with a gambling problem, accepts the task of slipping a bribe to a judge, he didn't know the trouble he was in for. When this same judge turns out to be a forerunner as a replacement for a corrupt senator, things are looking bad. Eric Snow, the pastor of a suburban mega church throws his hat into the ring as a contender, attempting to downplay his spiritual affiliations and essentially denying God's hand at work. Thrown into the mix are also a strident investigative journalist, struggling through difficult financial times for his paper and trying to dredge up a story to save his job.
Written with all the earmarks of a legal/political thriller, Strobel deftly mixes the strands of political ambition, organized crime, legal corruption, and faith into a fast-moving blend that keeps the pages flipping. There are quite a few characters (mostly male) to keep up with, the storylines are thoroughly interwoven, and this testosterone-driven tale is punchy and intense. Drawing upon his own experiences as a journalist and pastor, The Ambition comes across as very realistic - this is the turf Strobel learned to write on after all.
Better than solidly written, Strobel shows real potential as a fiction author, and based on the cover style (it reminds me of the Left Behind series packaging) it seems that Zondervan agrees. I wouldn't be surprised if we see future installments in this same vein from Strobel. More than a passing curiosity (hey, let's see what Lee Strobel has gotten himself into now), this debut novel is both enjoyable, realistic, and points the way to very real political/faith collisions while asking meaningful questions about priorities.
This novel of Lee Strobel was so very interesting that I completed it in four days. His experience as a journalist and legal editor of the Chicago Tribune is certainly playing a major part in his outstanding book. Weaving all the people, places and activities together was amazing and just so very intriguing. Betrayal and corruption in the legal system and government proves the statement, "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
I followed the story with anticipation and delighted to see good triumph over evil.
I received this book free for writing a review for Zondervan Publishing. Zondervan only requires I write a personal review.
I was curious on whether Lee Strobel would make for a good novelist. He is fantastic! The story is fast paced and exciting with a bunch of key characters in different stances with God, each one in some way interwoven with the others. I highly recommend this book to any Christian. Your skeptic friends may be annoyed with it though!