Faster Pastor [NOOK Book]


Elderly NASCAR fan Jimmy Powell has died without heirs, leaving behind a forty-year collection of racing memorabilia. His will instructs that his collection be auctioned off and the proceeds go to a local church.

Which church? The one whose mnistor wins the Faster Pastor race in borrowed cars at the local speecway. Motivating the ministers is word that Jimmy Powell had the Holy Grail of collections -- a trove...
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Elderly NASCAR fan Jimmy Powell has died without heirs, leaving behind a forty-year collection of racing memorabilia. His will instructs that his collection be auctioned off and the proceeds go to a local church.

Which church? The one whose mnistor wins the Faster Pastor race in borrowed cars at the local speecway. Motivating the ministers is word that Jimmy Powell had the Holy Grail of collections -- a trove of NASCAR memorabilia worth about $2 million.
Camber Berkley, a hopeful NASCAR driver racing a rival for an opportunity at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, leaves the curvy mountain road and, literally, crashes Jimmy Powell’s funeral. As punishment for his spectacular car wreck, the local authorities of the small Tennessee town of Judas Grove give the him a choice: serve months in jail for reckless driving, or spend two weeks coaching the area ministers for the upcoming race.

Pajan Mosby, the judge's daughter and a friend of the late Mr. Powell, takes it upon herself to keep tabs on "the prisoner" while he is coaching the ministers. The ministers are a diverse group-- a priest just over from Ireland, who is complete stranger to auto racing; the local Pentecostal (snake handling) minister who raced stock cars in his adolescence; the New Age woman who wants the money to fund an institute to study angels; the elderly Latin-quoting Lutheran; the cinematic Episcopalian.

Somebody in town has a favorite church, and suspense rises when Camber is threatened: Unless he sabotages the race to ensure that the “right” team wins, he will be framed for a much more serious crime than reckless driving. When Camber refuses, the local law receives a tip to search the trunk of his car. Thanks to the intervention of another inmate (a Mexican guy named Jesùs) and the ministers themselves, the plot is foiled in a daring night raid on the impound lot-- but the ministers don’t tell Camber what they’ve done, so when he is threatened just before the race, he must decide whether or not to sabotage the cars.
Will the best man win? Heaven only knows.
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Editorial Reviews

Rob Neufeld
Sharyn McCrumb’s mastery of comedy … Collaborating with racing expert, Adam Edwards, she composes the skilled but hapless hero, Camber Berkely, a Cary Grant of speedways. … Jibes fly every which way—with Camber, his bail bondswoman, his long-suffering mechanic, quirky secondary characters, and ministers of various faiths. … It’s classic Southern humor.
Cauley Bennett
To put it mildly, this novel is a gas! ... Along the twists and turns of the plot, the authors offer lots of fascinating details about stock car racing, making this book a perfect gift for beginning racing fans. The only thing more rare than a good novel is a good novel that can make me laugh out loud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932158014
  • Publisher: Ingalls Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 662,540
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sharyn McCrumb won a 2006 Library of Virginia Award and AWA Book of the Year for her novel St. Dale, which was featured at the National Festival of the Book. Named as a “Virginia Women of History” for 2008, she is known for her Appalachian Ballad novels, including the New-York Times best-sellers She Walks These Hills and The Ballad of Frankie Silver.
McCrumb’s novels, studied in universities throughout the world, have been translated into ten languages. A film of her novel The Rosewood Casket is currently in production.

Race car driver Adam Edwards has driven in the ARCA/REMAX national racing series, managed and spotted for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race team, and worked as a race car driving instructor. As a Virginia Tech student, he founded E Squared Racing, assembling a crew of college friends to form a team in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Pure Stock Division. After graduation, Adam continued racing, winning Rookie of the Year, and finishing second in championship points at a local speedway. In the spring of 2006 Adam advised New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb on her NASCAR novel Once Around the Track. The partnership worked so well that they collaborated on the novel, Faster Pastor.
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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    It's a hoot!

    Camber Berkley is a hopeful race car driver who spectacularly wrecks his car off a winding mountain road, literally crashing the funeral of a NASCAR fan. The fan's will had provided a legacy to fund a race at the local track among ministers from local churches for proceeds from his impressive collection of racing memorabilia. Instead of time in the local pokey, the judge sentences our Camber to teach the ministers to race without killing themselves or each other. OK. so the strength of this story is the wonderful characterizations. Camber, the Catholic priest (the size of a lawn jockey but with a huge heart), the Episcopal priest (who suggests name tags), the snake handler (signs-following), the "angel lady," and Jesus' (who isn't a preacher, but ends up being an answer to prayer), all take the reader along for the ride. Grab this one!

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