Friday, December 11, 2009

Blackout - A Book Review

About The Book:

Riley Covington is still reeling from his father’s brutal murder when he learns he’s been traded. Meanwhile, the counterterrorism division has detected a plot to detonate electromagnetic pulse bombs that could leave the U.S. without power, communications, and transportation—right down to dropping planes out of the sky. CTD scrambles to stop the attacks, but they run out of time. Amid the fallout, Riley, Scott, Skeeter, and CTD must regroup to make sure the second bomb doesn’t reach its destination.

You can read the first chapter in PDF format here.

 About The Authors:

Jason Elam is a 15-year NFL veteran placekicker for the Atlanta Falcons. He was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1988, Jason received a full football scholarship to the University of Hawaii, where he played for four years, earning academic All-America and Kodak All-America honors. He graduated in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in communications and was drafted in the third round of the 1993 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos, where he played for 15 years.

In 1997 and 1998, Jason won back-to-back world championships with the Broncos and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1995, 1998, and 2001. He is currently working on a master's degree in global apologetics at Liberty Theological Seminary and has an abiding interest in Middle East affairs, the study of Scripture, and defending the Christian faith. Jason is a licensed commercial airplane pilot, and he and his wife, Tamy, have four children. 

Steve Yohn grew up as a pastor's kid in Fresno, California, and both of those facts contributed significantly to his slightly warped perspective on life. Steve graduated from Multnomah Bible College with a bachelor's degree in biblical studies and barely survived a stint as a youth pastor.
While studying at Denver Seminary, Steve worked as a videographer for Youth for Christ International, traveling throughout the world to capture the ministry's global impact. With more than two decades of ministry experience, both inside and outside the church, Steve has discovered his greatest satisfactions lie in writing, speaking, and one-on-one mentoring.
Surprisingly, although his hobbies are reading classic literature, translating the New Testament from the Greek, and maintaining a list of political leaders of every country of the world over the last 25 years, he still occasionally gets invited to parties and has a few friends. His wife, Nancy, and their daughter are the joys of his life.

My Review:

I have to admit I have not read the first two books in the Riley Covington Thiller Series, but after reading Black Out, you can bet I am going to.

This book was full of suspense, and intrigue with story lines overlapping the world of professional football and terrorism. The writting is done in such a way that it is very realistic, frighteningly so. Alot of research had obviously been done for the writting of this book and that definitely adds to the authenticity regarding terrorist groups and actions. But what I like the most is that the authors have included an underlying Christian message.  Amazing, easy reading. I was able to read the book in about half a day.

This book is scheduled for release in January 2010 and I highly recommend it.

BUY IT: Blackout by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn will be available through and in January 2010 and currently can be pre-ordered. You can also purchase it through your local Christian bookseller.

***As a member of Tyndale Blogging For Books Review Program, I was sent a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog.****

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