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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    If you like to read Dekker, and if you are a fan of LOST...

    then you will love this book!


    Four lost souls on a collision course with either disaster or redemption. A random community of Faces in the Fire.

    Meet Kurt, a truck-driver-turned-sculptor with no memory of his past. Corinne, an e-mail spammer whose lymphoma isn't responding to treatment. Grace, a tattoo artist with an invented existence and a taste for heroin. And Stan, a reluctant hit man haunted by his terrifying gift for killing.

    They don't know each other, at least not yet. But something-or someone-is at work in the fabric of their lives, weaving them all together. A catfish, a series of numbers scribbled on a napkin, a devastating fire, and something mysterious. Something that could send them hurtling down the highway to disaster-or down the road to redemption. But they won't know which is which until they've managed to say yes to the whispers in their souls.

    Faces in the Fire starts off with Chapter 34 and jumps around from there. Chapter 1 is somewhere in the middle of the book. The book is in four parts with each part following a different character.

    The stories of four uncommon people - truck driver and sculptor with no memories beyond the past six months, a notorious spammer with terminal cancer, a tattoo artist/heroine addict, and a hit man with the world's most bizarre weapon - cross paths, guided by unexplained visions of catfish and seemingly random numbers (which also is the ISBN number). Remember, LOST was all about the numbers, too. T.L. Hines does an awesome job of keeping all in order.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    A clever and bizarre story that made me think of the movie Memento

    Kurt is a sculptor with no memory of his past. He starts digging and discovers that he's miraculously healed from major body trauma. Doctors are baffled. And the private eye is spooked and tells him he should stop digging.

    There are four main characters, and each story comes into contact with another. Each person experiences a supernatural phenomenon, whether it's hearing or seeing ghosts, creating tattoos with prophetic messages, or killing with the touch of a finger. These four are all connected, but will their lives end in disaster or redemption?

    Wow. What a clever and bizarre story. It reminds me a bit of that movie Memento. In fact, someone should make this into a movie. It's got Oscar winner written all over it. It's a story that hooks you with a mystery, then tosses twists and turns so fast you almost can't catch them. Your brain is spinning to guess what might happen, how it all might tie together, and BAM! I totally didn't see that end coming. A very awesome adventure. My mind is still spinning. Nicely done, Mr. Hines.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    Where Lives Collide

    Four lost souls on a collision course with either disaster or redemption. A noir bizarre story with an extra helping of suspense, a hint of supernatural intrigue, and a story line as strange and beautiful as life itself.

    I admit I was a bit reluctant to pick up and read T.L. Hines, Faces in the Fire since I normally prefer non-fiction reads. But every now and then it is nice to sit down and get lost in an extraordinary story and forget about reality for a while. Let me tell you that Hines' Faces in the Fire is one of those kinds of extraordinary stories. I especially love this book for the fun journey following so-called random four main characters and the incredible way find themselves connecting with each other. I've never really been one to believe in plain or simple coincidences and this story, even though it fiction, is just another reason to prove that God has a purpose behind all the so-called random sequences and exchanges between people on this earth. I think Faces in the Fire would be a great way to get a reluctant older teen reader interested in reading too. This noir bizarre book is most appropriate for older teen to adult readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2009

    Wonderful Book!

    TL Hines - Faces in the fire

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It follows 4 people and is in 4 different segments. I was drawn into each story. Each of their lives is heading down the wrong path and each intertwined story helps them search and find the right path to follow that will be best for them. It was a great read and I have and will continue to recomend it to others.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Faces in the Fire by T.L. Hines

    The quote on the back of the book by Publishers Weekly in describing the author T.L. Hines states "Hines dialogue is darkly funny as he explores the depths o the humans desire for authenticity..Fans of breathless suspense that's a little off center will enjoy" is very similar to my thoughts of this book. Personally, it is a lot darker book than that of what I usually read. However, the suspense did keep me desiring to read it as I quickly finished it in 2-3 days.

    The story is about 4 intertwined characters who each have a major setback in life ranging from amnesia, cancer, drug use, and assassin. The book is set up in 4 distinct "stanzas" in which each character's story unfolds. As you read through each stanza you begin to see how the unknowingly intertwined characters are involved with each other.
    As the plot (or lack thereof) unfolds I have to honestly admit that it was a struggle to get through the last few chapters. The falling action and resolution are not very strong and as a matter of fact took me the longest to get through.
    I would recommend it to someone else (as long as they were over 16) but would not go out of my way to recommend it to others.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    Faces In The Fire - A Shocker of an Ending

    T.L. Hines weaves an unusual story in Faces in the Fire -- a story of four people who know nothing about each other but have everything in common. A disjointed story where the chapters come out of sequence and somehow the ending is the beginning. Or the beginning is the ending. Either way, the ending is a shocker, totally unexpected and unforeseen.

    * * * SPOILER ALERT * * *

    It was somehow oddly appropriate that I finished reading this book on September 10, after struggling through the first half of the book for some two weeks -- much longer than it ever takes me to read a book.

    As Hines guides the reader through a scattered story where things happen out of order but somehow still have a sense of flow, we get to know four people: Kurt, Corinne, Grace, and -- in the end -- Stan. We learn of the quirks these characters all have that make them feel like bottom feeders -- like catfish.

    In the end, we learn of Stan, a contract killer working for an organization that holds him captive in his career by threatening harm to his mother if he steps out of line. But as Stan is caught in the act by Grace, who saves the life of his intended victim, Stan fails for the first time, and is sent by the organization on an unexpected mission -- a mission that requires him to fly across country on Flight 93. On September 11. 2001.

    Stan -- traveling under the alias of Kurt Marlowe -- finds himself as one of the heroes aboard Flight 93 as it is forced down in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on 9/11/2001. The same Kurt Marlowe who opens our story, having survived a fiery crash that has wiped out his memory. The fiery crash of Flight 93, though he doesn't have any memory of it -- or of who he really is.

    * * * END OF SPOILERS * * *

    Faces in the Fire started as a somewhat difficult book to read, but as the story progressed, and I got into the rhythm of the jumbled timeline, I found myself finding it more and more difficult to put the book down. And when I came across the surprise ending -- well, I was floored.

    I have to recommend this book, but you have to commit yourself to get through the first half, no matter what. The second half will make it well worth it.

    Jeff Cole is an author, blogger, podcaster, and a member of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Awesome book!

    This morning I finished Face in the Fire by T.L. Hines. It's my first book by this author but if this book is any indication of how he write is definitely won't be my last.

    The book follows four individuals through almost four separate stories and how their lives intertwine. The book genre is different from the normal book I'd pick up but I'm so glad I did. The narrative format of the book is unique and if not done right would have been horrid but this is done right. The random chapter numbering drove me nuts at first (it's my "need for order" issue) but I quickly "got it" and it works.
    Seriously, this is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I was entertained, I wanted to see what happened next, I couldn't wait to finish the book but in a good way - I wanted to see what happened. To be honest, I can often tell you what's going to happen in a book after the first few chapters. It wasn't until the end of this book (last couple chapters) that I finally got the whole thing - which was good.

    They book is described as suspense - I don't know that I'd necessarily classify it that way but I can see that.

    In all honestly, I can't say enough about how great this book was. I'll definitely be recommending it to friends.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

    I Loved it

    When I first started the book, I thought it was just a story about a quirky character who heard voices of the dead. I didn't expect the eloquent weaving of stories that would eventually reach a surprising and dramatic end.

    The characters are richly and thoroughly developed. The chapters are oddly numbered out of order and starting with chapter 34. As the story unfolds and the other characters take a turn at telling their stories, it all makes perfect sense. If I had I read about each of them in another book, I may have had little sympathy for any of them, but the way the author brings together their lives and their desire for redemption made me see something special in them.

    The book is listed as Fiction/Christian/Suspense. If you are expecting a Christian book that clearly spells out a salvation message, you will be disappointed, but if you want a richly written character driven novel with the subtle message of redemption, you will enjoy this interesting and remarkable book. If you are the type of person that avoids Christian lit, I think you will be very surprised by this one. I highly recommend Faces in the Fire.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    Faces in the fire by T.L Hines

    How do I begin to describe this book? It is an amazing book that's fast-paced and keeps you turning the pages! One of the cool things I noted (It's kind of hard to miss) is that the chapters are not in chronological order, but the story still makes sense! Four people who have a supernatural gift and a ten digit number that powers them at one point or another during the story. The characters touch each others lives.

    I loved how during a chapter you would see through different characters eyes, and see their story! It was truly amazing how it all came together in the end! I was not expecting it at all! This book is dark and suspenseful and fantastic all at once! It's a must read easily!

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Gripping Read

    Faces in the Fire (published by Thomas Nelson) was my introduction to the work of T.L. Hines. The book pulled me in immediately, but it took me a few chapters to realize that they, the chapters, were all mixed up, disjointed, and set within stanzas that served to separate the stories within the story. I also noticed the shadows of handwritten titles and chapter numbers behind the printed ones. That in itself was intriguing, and although this is a fiction suspense thriller, described as "noir bizarre," I found myself underlining character quotes, phrases, symbols, names, and other bits of information-trying to put pieces of the puzzle together. I finished the book a few days ago, but it continues to haunt me.

    "Sometimes as humans, we need to move backwards before we can move forward."

    Faces in the Fire revolves around 4 characters. Kurt is the truck driver/sculptor who can't remember his past but is haunted by ghosts. Corinne is the e-mail spammer diagnosed with lymphoma who embraces the basement of her past. Grace is the tattoo artist/heroin addict running from her past, and Stan is the hit man who is a prisoner of his past.

    In a sense, the book reminded me a little of the concept of 6 degrees of separation. The lives of major and even minor characters are "coincidentally" intertwined through their attempts to find some sense of identity and significance. Threads of numbers, catfish, ghosts, shoes, locked doors, fire, human and supernatural touch and voices run throughout.

    This is an easy read and will appeal to anyone who wants to sit on the edge of their seat, continually turn just one more page, and be surprised in the end. It's a great, yet weird, story with loose ends attached--much like our own lives, often disjointed and frayed at the edges, with shadows of the past that we can choose to embrace or overcome in time.

    I saw hope, redemption, and freedom for those facing the fires of life, those who have been burned, and even "bottom feeders" when grace knocks on the door and is invited in. We can find our true face, and old things can indeed become new.

    I recommend this book and will likely read it again.

    Member of Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger Program

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

    Lee Fink - Thomas Nelson Book Review: Faces in the Fire

    Faces in the Fire follows four people heading down a bad path. Kurt is a truck driver unaware of his past with many inner demons. Corinne is an internet email spammer that has recently been diagnosed with an incurable caner. Grace is a tattoo artist that left her family many years before, and is addicted to heroin. And Stan is a hit man that hates his job and his ability to kill people.
    These four people's lives are intertwined because of a catfish and a series of numbers. These two things are very significant throughout the story.
    The story is interesting, but sometimes predictable.

    The book is split into four separate sections, a different section for each character. My favorite sections were Kurt's and Corinne's.
    The book also features a question list that can be used if you are reading this in a book club.

    Even with the gritty characters, the book is relatively clean. This is another reason that it may be good to read during your book club meetings.

    Overall I would say this is a good book, and a quick read if you read large portions at each sitting. It kept me interested from the first chapter. My only problem was that for some people, it may be a bit confusing. Instead of starting from chapter one and moving forward, it skips around between the past and present. If you don't pay attention to the chapter numbers, you may become lost.

    If you want an interesting book to read, check out Faces in the Fire. I wasn't disappointed.

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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    Faces in the Fire by T. l. Hines Thomas Nelson Publisher Reviewed by Heather Goldsmith

    Faces in the Fire follows the lives of four characters on a journey of self-discovery. Kurt, Corrine, Grace and Stan are flawed human beings with dark pasts and less than bright futures. Through unseen forces, a catfish, and numbers scribbled on a napkin, their lives intersect and intertwine. As the story of their lives unfolds, each if faced with the choice to continue down the path of destruction or take the road to redemption.

    Author T. L. Hines weaves an intricate and suspenseful story. At times, I did find his shifts between each character's past and present to be frustratingly short and choppy. But despite this small fault in composition, the story is excellently written. Emotionally charged, Faces in the Fire is one of those books that grabs you and holds you to the end. I cringed at each character's missteps and cheered their development. I thoroughly enjoyed Faces in the Fire and recommend it without reservation.

    (I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program. Besides receiving a free copy of the book to review, I have not been financially compensated in any way. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. To learn more about Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program, please visit the following link: http://brb.thomas

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    a haunting thriller

    Truck driver Kurt Marlowe goes to estate sales to buy the clothing of dead people. Kurt has a special paranormal talent as clothing communicates with him, which leads to him creating metal sculptures from the images the clothing transmit to him.

    Kurt has no memory of his past so he is pleased to meet lymphoma sufferer Corrine who has a catfish tattoo that was given to her by Grace who has a tie to Stan the assassin. These four begin to interact with one another while dealing with a set of numbers on a napkin that make no sense to any of them, but keeps reappearing. Together they may break this code; separately the code will break them.

    Character driven by the unlikable quartet, FACES IN THE FIRE is a haunting thriller as readers (and the foursome) wonder what is gong on and what next until the climax brings everything together; sort of. In many ways the story line feels like a surreal mystery that though in content different kept reminding me of the movie The Cube. Fans who prefer something radically different but refreshingly unique will relish reading T.L Hines' novels like THE UNSEEN and his latest psychological perhaps even supernatural thriller.

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    Posted August 26, 2011

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