The primary character, Jake, works for a large city newspaper as a liberal columnist. Jake is involved in a automobile accident that takes the lives of his two best friends who have been his friends since childhood. Soon after the accident when Jake awakens to realize he is the sole survivor, the mystery begins. Being the journalist he is, he digs, probes, and leaves no stone unturned. He soon realizes that there is more involved that a simple accident.
Moving into unchartered waters for himself, Jake soon finds himself facing moral dilemmas. His belief in life and its meaning in general are challenged. He meets up with police detective Ollie Chandler in the investigation who plays a definitive role. (Note: Randy Acorn's next three books in this trilogy are "Ollie Chandler" mysteries.) Included in the story are actual events that are well-researched and interwoven into this fictional story.
A major part of the story involves verbal interchange of the deceased from the accident and others in heaven over how events are unfolding. What they are seeing and feeling. Frankly, "heaven" scenes are not my cup of tea and I could have enjoyed the book more without them. I see a purpose in Alcorn's utilizing this mode of story telling, but I would have enjoyed the book more without it.
There is plenty of mystery, suspense, and action in the book to entertain and capture one's attention. Randy Acorn is a favorite author of mine and I look forward to more of his books. Deadline is a re-release from a 1994 first publish.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Deadline from Blogging for Books on behalf of the publisher, Multnomah and the author to facilitate this honest review. No requirement for a
Randy Alcorn runs a great story along with great values. Helped me make sense of my values. In other words, he gave words to my values. The only problem was, which didn't depreciate my experience, was that the book had words jammed onto the page like sardines. That didn't bother me much, though. I loved the book. Had me on the edge of my seat, yet deep within my mind with thought.
I read this book quite a long time ago and enjoyed rereading it recently. I love the way Randy Alcorn writes -- the way he weaves thoughts and memories into how the character interprets his present. This book forever changed my concept of heaven (and hell), and backed it up with scripture!