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Derailed
     

Derailed

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by Dave Jackson
 

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DERAILED

Forced to give up his hard-earned retirement, Harry Bentley goes back to work as a K-9 detective, receiving a bizarre undercover assignment that sends him across the country by train. Things suddenly go awry when it appears one of his new neighbors may be part of a smuggling ring, and suspicions rise about his own son's involvement in a major drug cartel.

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DERAILED

Forced to give up his hard-earned retirement, Harry Bentley goes back to work as a K-9 detective, receiving a bizarre undercover assignment that sends him across the country by train. Things suddenly go awry when it appears one of his new neighbors may be part of a smuggling ring, and suspicions rise about his own son's involvement in a major drug cartel.

The second in the Windy City Neighbors series, Derailed is a contemporary, and often humorous, tale in an urban setting, featuring ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical challenges of real life. Intersecting with Grounded (book one), the Jacksons employ the innovating storytelling technique of "parallel novels." Though each book follows its own drama and story arc, the characters' lives become intertwined and affect one another. Derailed transports you to Beecham Street-a typical, isolated American neighborhood . . . until hope moves in.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982054482
Publisher:
Castle Rock Creative
Publication date:
09/24/2014
Pages:
308
Sales rank:
544,275
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Neta and Dave Jackson, husband and wife writing team, are the authors or coauthors of more than 120 books that have sold over 2.5 million copies. They are best known for Neta�s award-winning Yada Yada Prayer Group series and their forty-volume Trailblazer series. They live in the Chicago area, where this novel is set.

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Derailed: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for the next book. I love the parrellel approached that the authors are taking with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was concerned at the beginning, It started kind of slow, but then it really picked up. Maybe because I read the prior one in the series and this one gives the perspective from Harry Bentley, It is still a great book and I truly enjoyed reading it. I love these authors and have read every Yada Yada series. Still a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed this series - interesting, enjoyable, some suspense - well written
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried my hardest on a few different occasions to read this book to the end but I was unable to actually finish reading it. The writing style (in Book #2 - "Derailed)" was so different from book #1 and it felt like it was written more from a male perspective, which is fine, but I was just unable to connect with Harry's character and even get into the book. This book also covered much of the information that had already been presented in the first novel ("Grounded"). I hated having to write this low scoring review because I have been a Dave & Neta Jackson fan since the Yada Yada prayer series. But I definitely enjoyed book #1 and I look forward to finishing the Windy City neighbors series as more novels are written. I will give it some time and try to finish reading this book all the way through. The reason I would still recommend someone else to read this particular novel is because you may have a different perspective than what I have. Whatever you decide, happy reading to you! I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I love it when you find a true treasure in a great series of books. The kind that make you sad when you finish one because you have to wait for the next one and often times it could take awhile. Such is the case with The Windy City Neighborhood Series by authors Dave and Neta Jackson. After reading Grounded, their first novel in the series, the second book, Derailed has finally picked back up with our favorite characters we met in the first one. Perhaps by far, my favorite character is Estelle Bentley, because she has the faith that most would dream of having. The kind that offers up simple prayers as easily as having a one on one conversation with a close friend. But what we discover is that even those prayers are offered up, they are not always answered in the way we would like to. Even when it seems that the steps we take are guided by God, it soon leaves us second guessing if we didn't in fact step out on our own instead. This novel is based on the Harry Bentley, Estelle's husband that was once blind but now can see, is asked to go undercover as a blind man in disguise working for the police on board the Amtrak trains. It takes us into the back story of Harry that we only glimpsed in passing in the first novel. Since Harry is new to the Christian faith, living with Estelle as a strong woman of faith makes him question his own actions at times. I love this honesty of how the life of faith isn't an easy one to walk and at times, we all find ourselves questioning whether we are doing what God would want or simply our own desires. He struggles being the head of the house and financial provider of learning to reverse the roles of putting his family first instead of his job. Not an easy one for men to live up to. The Bentley's life hasn't been an easy one but is a true testament of what faith can do when it is applied correctly. Harry's son, Rodney has been in prison but now upon his release is looking for ways to turn over a new leaf. Since his son, DaShawn has been living with Estelle and Harry, Rodney is hoping to secure a decent job and find a way to start a new life for him and DaShawn. Perhaps my favorite part of this book, isn't really the individual stories but one of how they all interact with their neighbors. It shows us an example of what a faith based community should look like even if our neighbors are not believers. It shows us how to respond in love and kindness and role models what we all can hope to obtain by being better people to those around us. I received Derailed by Dave and Neta Jackson compliments of Worthy Books and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed are strictly my own. I can't wait for the next book in this series Penny Wise which you get a sneak peek at in the conclusion of this novel. There are also discussion questions included to make this a great novel for book clubs. I'd rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by these awesome authors. I love the "parallel" style of books they are doing. This book is a fun read but has some read depth of characters and thought-provoking text. I really look forward to book #3 in the Windy City Neighbors series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous series so far! I find myself working through my own faith struggles as the characters work through theirs. The Jacksons have found a way to combine a totally engaging web of storyline, people you would like to have in your own life and a daily devotional and keep you wanting more. Keep writing!!! Just two words: THANK YOU
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I inhaled the first book and felt uplifted and inspired by it. I expected a continuarion of ghe first story and eagerly spent the money to buy the new book . I am very dissppointed. This book is nothung but the regurgitated first story, told from another person's point of view. Not inspiring of anything other than sheer boredom. As a reader, i feel taken advantage of by this writer. When you publish your writing exercises under the guise of a "new book" that is just plain WRONG. I will give anyfurther offerings by this person a wide berth in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No surprise that Derailed is yet another in an amazing collection of work from the Jacksons. I loved getting to see Harry Bentley in a way vastly different than the way he first appeared as the Fairbanks' doorman. This inside look into his personality, his marriage, his experience as a father/grandfather, his battles with things that make life hard, and his very real desire to see how God is working in it all is refreshing. As always, Dave and Neta have created a character who touches the heart of anyone who has ever had to face life head-on. I'm excited to see what comes next in this series of novels whose characters continue to cross paths, whose stories will weave into one another's, and whose walks with Christ will be an encouragement and inspiration to me as I share my own journey with theirs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Derailed is a great stand-alone novel, though its charm is that it the fleshes out the details of a what appears, on the surface, to be a sleepy Chicago suburb. After having met sweet Grace in Grounded, we have the opportunity to explore her neighbors, the Bentleys. The intrigue of Harry Bentley's job, while working out the complexities of his past, his relationship with his ex-con son, raising his grandson, and supporting his wife makes for an compelling read. I truly appreciate Harry's struggles as "life" re-arranges his plans and he seeks to find his way in the midst of the turmoil. Terrific read. It is a great read for teens and older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So thankful that I found the "Yada Yada" series by Dave and Neta Jackson several years ago. I have loved getting to stay in touch with all of those characters and getting to meet new ones in the spin-off series. "Derailed" is the next book in the Windy City Neighbors series. It's a great book filled with characters who grab hold of your heart. They make me wish I lived on their street! If you love books driven by great characters, these books are for you. You will be drawn in and won't be able to put the book down. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I was ecstatic to receive my copy and immediately sat down to read. Derailed was billed as book 2 of the Windy City Series, but as this is a parallel, companion novel, it really is more Book 1.5. The Windy City Series interweaves some new characters and a new neighborhood into the familiar Yada Yada and House of Hope Series and characters. If the reader expects a continuation of the story that began with Grounded, he/she will be disappointed! This book offers Harry Bentley's perspective on the events that happened in Grounded. The reader comes to know how the Bentley's ended up buying the house on Beecham Street, how Rodney came to live with his father, why Estelle baked and delivered cinnamon rolls to all the neighbors, how Harry ended up working security at Amtrak, why Meredith Grace sang at Mother Bentley's funeral and other matters. Like most of the Jackson's novels, I enjoyed this one too. Because it is written mostly by Dave (my assumption) and the story is told from a male's perspective, it is a more difficult read for me (meaning that the language does not flow as well for me and the humor may be more 'boy' than I like). As a wife and mother, Harry's perspective, for me, is important because men and women see things differently, process them different and act on them differently! In essence, I see this as an opportunity to have insight into how/why my husband, sons and father think differently. However, I love that Neta and Dave take ordinary people in ordinary situations and share their thoughts, fears and FAITH! How often have I questioned whether I really heard God's plan for me? When things blow up, as they sometimes do, don't I question whether this was really God's plan? Reading about Harry's struggles and crisis of faith is reassuring that we all go through these. And we learn to double-down and lean on others to get us through. Though, I enjoyed this book, I am looking forward to a continuation of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Yada Yada books and the following series and enjoyed them all. I enjoyed this book as well. It's part of the new Windy Cities Series but really feels like it's a continuation from the Harry Bentley books. If you liked those you will probably like this one as well. This book is a parallel book to Grounded. I was expecting it to take off from where that ended and go forward from another point of view. However, this was the same time period as the first book. I found it enough different that it didn't feel repetitive though. I really enjoyed continuing with Harry and Estelle's story and catching a few glimpses of my old favorite characters. I liked the action in this one with Harry having gone back to police work, this time for Amtrak, mixed in with sensitivity with Harry's mom and Mattie. I found myself trying to guess which characters might be the subject of the next books and looking forward to finding out about them. I really liked the feeling I can see building of "neighborhood" the kind that rarely exists anymore. I was given an advance copy of this book in return for my impartial review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jordahl -Well Dave and Neta Jackson did it again. A wonderful parallel book about Harry and Estelle Bentley, their faith, their doubts, their ups and downs in life. the Jacksons make their characters so real, we can all relate to them. Buying a house, Harry's mothers failing health, Estelle's son and grandson, Harry going back to the PD to work all of it makes for a fascinating read. Can't wait for the next book to be released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Dave & Neta Jackson! I loved the Yada Yada books and all that came after. It's great to see those original characters pop up from time to time as this story continues. The fact that this book centered around Harry Bentley was great for me because he's one of those characters that I've come to love. :) I actually liked this book better than Grounded, the first book in this series, because it had more of the characters that I'm familiar with. I'm still intrigued with the Parallel Novel technique that these two are using in this series. Usually you only get to see one part of the story. Here, you're seeing all of the different pieces and how they fit together. I can't wait to see what's coming up next! Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Wynn-Wynn Media in return for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I received no monetary compensation for this review.
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Musicaljean More than 1 year ago
If you love stories that feature real, down-to-earth people, life issues, and drama; if you are searching for true help in dealing with your own real-life issues and drama; if you enjoy laughing, crying, growing, and being stretched, this is a book for you! Dave and Neta Jackson are the BEST at pulling the readers into the story and making them feel like the characters are their best friends. Having previously read all the Yada Yada, House of Hope, Harry Bentley, and Souled Out Sisters books, as well as this book's parallel story, Grounded, I was absolutely delighted to get so well acquainted with my "friends" Harry and Estelle. I knew they would be living across the street from Grace, the main character in Grounded, but to live through all that transpired in the finding of, moving into, and being able to afford to keep that house, was fun at times, despairing at others. Finding out "the rest of the story" of Grace's experience on the train made it hard to lay the book down! Meeting more neighbors on Beecham Street was extremely interesting, and only makes it all the harder to wait for the the next book in the Windy City Neighbors series. Dave and Neta Jackson exhibit pure genius in their ability to tell simultaneous stories from two different perspectives. Another GREAT book!
readermontana More than 1 year ago
DERAILED by Neta and Dave Willie Jackson This book is wonderful – I love the way Dave does the Parallel Novel with the first book in the WINDY CITY NEIGHBORS – GROUNDED. It is like being in the same book, but with a different view of the people and surroundings and events. What made this book even more interesting to me was being on the Amtrak train, as I took a cross-country trip in May. Everything in this book is just like being on the train – I loved it. Being with the beloved characters Harry and Estelle Bentley was great, and seeing how they dealt with things in their lives, leaning on the Lord for understanding, and getting to know their neighbors made me realize even more how much we need to reach out and help others. Grace seems like an old friend from the first book and DERAILED shows new things about her from GROUNDED, which I enjoyed. Being back in SouledOut church was like coming home to my church – with all the friends from the previous series of books. Nothing is lost in reading this book – and I am anxious now to read the next book in this series. Keep on writing these books Dave and Neta – I love them. My book club is anxiously waiting to start this series soon. Thank you for letting me read an advanced copy. Your readers are in for a wonderful trip. I highly recommend it for anyone to read. You will be blessed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dave & Neta Jackson do it again!  This book weaves a wonderful story of God's love and grace, His yearning for us to draw close to Him.  In going back to work, Harry Bentley discovers what true love and forgiveness mean for a son that hasn't lived up to his desires and expectations.  The Jackson writing team brings to the pages the struggles that all of us face - a child who isn't what we thought they should be, our own prejudices, our own short comings, everything.  This is a book you won't put down until you finish.  Thank you Dave & Neta!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dave and Neta Jackson have perfected the concept of parallel novels to the nth degree. I have personally never heard of it until I discovered this pair of remarkable writers in their group of novels, The YaDa YaDa Prayer Group, YaDa House of Hope, and the Harry Bentley books. The Windy City Neighbors series has begun more adventures for some of the characters we have met before in the YaDa books. In particular, the first novel, Grounded, provided one story about a Christian music artist who had experienced some lifeshaking setbacks. Within that story we reconnected with Estelle and Harry. Now in Derailed, we see the story that started with Grace Meredith from a new perspective...Harry's. I love how this concept of parallel novels takes us on a whole new adventure while reminding us of parts of Grace's story. But Harry's part in the story fleshes out details that were incidental in the first novel. We learn about how God is really teaching Harry to rely on Jesus to have the power to bring Harry through events in his life, rather than needing to know beforehand exactly how certain circumstances are going to work out. As Harry says himself, "Maybe it was okay if I still didn't understand it all. If I could get my comfort from seeking Jesus rather than wrestling everything to the ground, then maybe I ws being equipped to pass the same comfort on to other people." This particular writing avenue seems unique to the Jackson duo of Dave and Neta. I love it! And I can't wait for the next adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Christian fiction authors Neta and Dave Jackson since reading the Yada Yada series a few years ago. This is the second in the Windy City Neighbors series and a parallel novel to Grounded. The Jacksons have a talent for making the characters in their books seem like family, and this book is no exception. The characters we are introduced to in Grounded take center stage in Derailed, and the questions we were left with get answers. As usual, this book has a few twists and turns and enough suspense so you don’t want to put it down. But the intrigue and mystery started in Grounded is finally solved in the last chapter of Derailed. After reading many of their books, my expectations are very high, and this book definitely exceeded them. Highly recommend this book, but be sure to read Grounded first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book Derailed by Dave and Neta Jones.  It was a great parallel story to complement Grounded, the first novel in this series.  It is a Christian fiction series about every day people living lives like ours, making similar decisions.  Though it is fiction, there are many life lessons tucked away in the story.  It was nice to see a man strengthen his spiritual self.  I recommend it.