A Life Intercepted  -     By: Charles Martin
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Twelve years ago Matthew "the Rocket" Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was the number one NFL draft pick. But on the night of the draft, he plummeted from the pinnacle of esteem. Falsely accused of a heinous crime with irrefutable evidence, it seemed in an instant all was lost--his reputation, his career, his freedom, and most devastatingly, the love of his life.Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, Matthew leaves prison with one goal--to find his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his Gardi, Georgia, hometown to learn that Audrey has taken shelter from the media with the nuns at a Catholic school. There she has discovered a young man with the talent to achieve the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Although helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and--if discovered--reincarceration for life, he'll take the chance with hope of winning back Audrey's love.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1455554669
ISBN-13: 9781455554669

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Twelve years ago Matthew "the Rocket" Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was the number one NFL draft pick. But on the night of the draft, he plummeted from the pinnacle of esteem. Falsely accused of a heinous crime with irrefutable evidence, it seemed in an instant all was lost--his reputation, his career, his freedom, and most devastatingly, the love of his life.

Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, Matthew leaves prison with one goal--to find his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his Gardi, Georgia, hometown to learn that Audrey has taken shelter from the media with the nuns at a Catholic school. There she has discovered a young man with the talent to achieve the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Although helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and--if discovered--reincarceration for life, he'll take the chance with hope of winning back Audrey's love.

Author Bio

Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of nine previous novels, including his most recent book Unwritten. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. When not writing, his hobbies include bow hunting, working out (a blend of old school stuff and martial arts, called Fight Fit), and Tae Kwon Do, in which he currently has a black belt, though he notes he is "the least flexible person you've ever met." He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.

Editorial Reviews

"A beautiful story of love, redemption, and football. A winning combination."—Library Journal
"Martin is the new king of the romantic novel. . ..A Life Intercepted is a book that will swallow you up and keep you spellbound."—Jackie K Cooper, Book Critic, The Huffington Post
"This deeply personal labor of love has all of the hallmarks of Martin's amazing writing....[D]on't miss this wonderfully written book."—RT Book Reviews
"A touching tale of love, loss, and redemption."—Booklist
"Charles Martin's latest, A Life Intercepted, takes the football novel to the next level....A modern classic."—The Florida Times-Union
"Could easily be ripped from today's headlines. A moving story of lost dreams, unending love, truth seeking and in the end, inspiring redemption. This one is not to be missed!"—Michael Morris, author of Man in the Blue Moon and A Place Called Wiregrass
"Martin's story charges headlong into the sentimental territory-and best-seller terrain-of The Notebook, which doubtless will mean major studio screen treatment."—Kirkus (starred review) on Unwritten
"A spellbinding novel...Charles Martin took the threads of his storyline and wrapped them around my heart. His unforgettable characters captivate as they confront their hidden pasts and build upon their futures with faith, friendship, and grace." Elin Hilderbrand, author of Beautiful Day on Unwritten
"Charles Martin's latest novel brings to mind the storytelling traditions of Nicholas Sparks and John Grisham. UNWRITTEN is a novel for the heart but it's also one of adventure....UNWRITTEN is a page turner and has all the ingredients to become a box office smash."Michael Morris, author of Man in the Blue Moon on Unwritten
"I found Unwritten one of those strangely beautiful, exotically original novels whose substance dawns slowly to the reader's consciousness like a glorious sunrise. Do not start this book unless you have time to savor, reflect, and renew. Do, if you have space to fit a memorable reading experience into your life."Leila Meacham, author of Tumbleweeds on Unwritten

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it, and I even hate football
    January 18, 2017
    Mark
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Life Intercepted.
    I loathe football...maybe more than anyone else on earth...... but I had read a Charles Martin book a few months ago (Long Way Home), and found it to be incredible, so I had to read more of his books. This was one I put on my Christmas wish list and did get for Christmas.

    I'm not a fan of first person point of view books, and that seems to be all Martin writes....which is one reason I never read anything by him until I reviewed and read the book I mentioned. I still think he'd do better at third person, but this was a phenomenal book. Yes, there were times my eyes glazed over from football play descriptions, but I still go into the book and the characters. It had a great plot, and I bonded with the main character and felt his pain and victories. I cheered at the climatic moment that I thought was coming, but it came in a different way than I expected and carried with it a big surprise I didn't see coming.

    The book has little Christian content... probably because of the publisher, not the author.... but there are Christian themes of hope, forgiveness, love, redemption, and others throughout the book. Though t he book is fictional, the message is not: that God can redeem anyone and any situation and bring good out of it. If you love football, you will likely enjoy this book even more than I did. I highly recommend.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Life Intercepted
    September 8, 2015
    Sparky
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Life Intercepted.
    I know very little about the game of football, but I loved this story! It was an excellent read and kept me on the edge of my seat. It stirred many emotions and kept me totally interested.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    enjoyed a lot
    May 10, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Life Intercepted.
    The story tugs at the heart from the very start and more so when at the end you read the authors note. I have loved football from my youngest years until now. It is still one of my favorite sports to watch, cheer or groan about. Inside the covers is a tale of the people, their lives along with the rise and fall of a star. What occurs in the story can be easily imagined as something pulled from the pages of history. The story is purely fictional; yet, it has much to teach us about the human race.

    The two main characters are Audrey and Matthew who are high school sweethearts and eventually end up married. On the night Matthew is about to a few sign contracts to become a professional football player, an unforeseen event occurs that sets in motion a plan made of pure revenge. As I kept turning the pages, my hope was that the author would bring the wrong done to Matthew and Audrey into something great. Now, to know what that is you have to read the novel; it really is exceptional!

    The thread I found most consistent, even though not always glaring, is the thread of hope a couple of the characters had when all evidence looked totally hopeless. I wondered if there are men today who appreciate or applaud a woman who stands by her convictions, does something selfless for the benefit of another and even asks for forgiveness.

    A Life Intercepted may be about how a married couples plan is usurped by the plan of someone just downright mean and spiteful. It seems to me that we all have experiences where our plans are intercepted by lifes events. The question seems to be how we are going to live our new reality even if it differs vastly from our hopes, goals or dreams. The answer can be read by all in the authors note at the end of the story and I for one totally agree with his sentiments!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Even a non-football fan loved this!
    November 5, 2014
    KGD history teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am not a fan of football, but when the opportunity to read A Life Intercepted by Charles Martin presented itself, I jumped at it. I have found Charles Martins books to be beautifully written and always thoughtful. Their settings in the Georgia/Florida area are consistently of interest since that is where I live.

    A Life Intercepted did not disappoint. Football is a big part of the story, but it is more about injustice, loss, forgiveness, and redemption. Matthew, The Rocket, is a great quarterback. He has had more notoriety than most young men who play in both high school and college, but he remains a really good guy. He has now signed a big professional contract and endorsements. The one who keeps him tethered to the ground and centered is his wife, Audrey. Now they are about to have the life they have dreamed about and worked hard to achieve. Those dreams are destroyed by charges of a heinous crime which Matthew cannot explain and cannot find a credible defense. Consequently, Matthew spends the next twelve years in jail. Only his old teammate/representative, Wood, and Coach Ray continue to keep in touch with him.

    When Matthew is released from prison, he must maintain contact with the authorities. He decides to return to his hometown, searching for his wife. He confronts much antagonism and hatred, but he also finds redemption in a new challenge and possibly answers to his deepest questions.

    This was a highly engaging book. The characters were very real and sympathetic. Charles Martin always portrays his heroes/heroines honestly with all their character flaws. It was so hard to put down that I read most of it in one sitting.

    I received this from NetGalley in return for my honest opinion.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Simply Superb
    October 15, 2014
    Dorothy
    Although this book is filled with all sorts of football references, of which I know nothing, I was hooked once I gave myself permission to skim over those parts. At its most basic level, this novel is about the forgiveness and it is a wonderful story. Read it...you won't be disappointed.
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