Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Review: Ulterior Motives by Mark Andrew Olsen

A terror attack is on the horizon for the United States and they have one chance to stop it. Capturing the new leader of Al Qaeda, they attempt to interrogate him about the attack without resorting to torture. But he won't budge. Since the president has sworn that no torture will be used in his administration, a new plan needs to be hatched and fast. Enter Greg Cahill, former military man now serving in prison ministry. Can Greg convert the Muslim prisoner to Christianity and get him to share the secret behind the attack?

This is the third book by Mark Andrew Olsen that I've read and it will also be the last. His style just doesn't work for me. They are thrillers with strong supernatural elements...visible angels, for example. But honestly, if it hadn't been the only book with me, I probably wouldn't haven't finished this one, it just didn't hold my attention well.

That's not to say they wouldn't be enjoyable for someone else. I had a hard time really attaching to the characters, and the writing was detached in general, but if you are more interested in the plot and how the government might go about a scheme like this, you might enjoy this book.

Another thing I feel I should mention is that this book is written with a definite and certain evangelical Christian mindset in mind. For people who believe we should witness like we breathe and that hope to see the supernatural visibly. I seem to identify less and less with that camp (never fully did) and since so much of the book is centered around that it makes it hard for me to really engage.

Rating: 2.5/5
Things You Might Want to Know: This is Christian fiction.



Unknown said...

I haven't reat this yet, but it's on my TBR pile. I've read some of Olsen's other books, but none of them have yet topped his first in my view - THE ASSIGNMENT. Love that book! Thanks for the perspective!

Anonymous said...

I'm a little suprised by your perspective on the book, because I'm not charismatic, and I wasn't put off at all by the storytelling. I get bored easily with fiction, and this felt like a fresh fictional premise. I highly recommend it!

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