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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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
Posted October 7, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
Posted September 14, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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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.
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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. http://brb.thomasnelson.com
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.