Haunted by painful memories, Clay Ryker heads to an Oregon village to make a new start. Suddenly he discovers that by tracing his fingers over a person's skin, he can feel a number---a death date! What is this eerie ability to sense when somebody's time is up? Is it a gift from God or a curse from hell? The town's historic locomotive may hold the answer! 400 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
Your Days Are Numbered…And Clay Ryker Knows It.
Clay Ryker is a man with a dark past and an uncertain future. A failure in both business and marriage, he has come home after a decade away, hoping for a fresh start in the small Pacific Northwest town where he grew up.
But Clay harbors a terrible secret, one that even those closest to him don’t know. When increasingly sinister notes appear in the folds of his morning paper, Clay realizes that the truth is not so secret after all. Then people around him start dying and, with a serial killer on the loose, he discovers a terrible gift: he can foresee the timing of a person’s death–his or her expiration date.
As his newfound ability proves both a blessing and a curse, Clay’s foreknowledge could cost more than he can bear to lose. Working with ex-cop and investigator Vince Turney, Clay has no choice but to face up to the truth of his past. Will he find the courage to overcome an unspeakable evil, one that he himself may have empowered?
Eric Wilson is the author of Dark to Mortal Eyes. A bible college graduate, he has a firm understanding of Scripture and doctrine, which he uses as a backdrop for the tough issues in his novels. Eric and his wife live with their two pre-teen daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.
Endorsements for EXPIRATION DATE
By Eric Wilson
“With bravado and compelling prose, Eric Wilson is set to leave his mark on the world of fiction.”
–Ted Dekker, best-selling author of Thr3e and Black
“Eric Wilson is great addition to the ranks of Christian novelists. His exploration of God’s hidden workings and how they invade human lives is as needed as it is fun to read. Enjoy the adventure in Expiration Date, but don’t miss its ultimate question. Well done, Eric!”
–Jefferson Scott, author of
“Eric Wilson is creating his own genre: one part factual history, one part present-day fiction, along with a potent dash of spiritual conflict. With plot twists and revelations that will make you hungry for the next chapter, Expiration Date is more proof that Eric Wilson and his unique storytelling style are here for the long haul. This book will leave you wondering how he comes up with such great stories–and how long we have to wait for the next!”
–Alison Strobel, author of Worlds Collide
“Expiration Date was more than a great read. I experienced this powerful story with the characters, my stomach knotting with each riveting plot twist. Eric Wilson is a master at weaving an intricate tale in which the stakes rise at every turn. Just when I thought I knew what to expect, another level of this multi-layered story would reveal even greater
spiritual proportions than first realized. Because of Expiration Date, Eric Wilson is now one of my favorite writers. I can’t wait to see what’s next from this talented novelist!”
–Tricia Goyer, author of From Dust and Ashes and Night Song
“With Expiration Date, Eric Wilson sets the bar even higher than he did with his debut novel, Dark To Mortal Eyes. Like a classic Hitchcock hero, Clay Ryker is an ordinary man caught in an extraordinary situation that forces him to risk everything to save his wife and child and even his own life. With a premise that won’t let go of you, Eric Wilson builds a story that twists and turns and keeps you going until the final, explosive climax.”
–Steven Womack, Edgar Award-winning author of By Blood Written
“Expiration Date is a first-rate thriller that provides page after page of skillful plots and sub-plots that climax to an electrifying conclusion. Eric Wilson is a masterful storyteller who lays a foundation of biblical truth on a canvas of contemporary culture and shows the clear blessings and consequences for those who follow or reject that truth.”
–Hamp Morrison, publisher, Nashville Christian Family Magazine
Author: Eric Wilson
Located in: Nashville, TN
Submitted: December 30, 2004
Tell us a little about yourself. I have a great wife--very loving and
understanding--and two daughters who bring me
constant laughs. I tend to become very
introspective to the point of depression, but
they balance that internal struggle of mine.
What was your motivation behind this project? This story deals with Clay Ryker, a man facing
personal guilt and failure, a man wondering where
God's hand is in his life. We've all been
through tragedy. It's only human to
wonder: "Could I have done anything
different?" "Was this the result of my own
mistakes?" "Why didn't God step in?" This story
takes Clay through a suspenseful journey that
deals with these questions in...uh...very
different ways. Have fun reading!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want my readers to close the last page with a
sense of God's touch in their lives. Despite the
pain, the struggles, the frustration, I believe
God's plan is good. Without that, I'm sunk.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I read across all genres. I love a good story,
with memorable characters, and a good dose of
mystery--whether spiritual, physical, or
emotional. My favorite books of the last year
were "Heaven Lake" by John Dalton, and "Bad
Ground" by Dale Cramer.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Although my stories can seem dark at first, they
are always aimed at reaching those on the fringes
of faith, those who aren't sure the light
exists. My characters, for good or bad, must
eventually face the reality of Jesus. He is the
Light at the end of the tunnel.