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The Fire Watcher
     

The Fire Watcher

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by Chip Hill
 

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Jacob Adams was living the American dream; a loving family, a new home and a high-profile job, designing the world’s first atomic power plant. But when tragedy strikes his family, he turns to alcohol to deaden his pain and grief. He becomes an alcoholic and eventually loses his home, his job and his faith. Thirty years later he lives in poverty in the shadow of

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Jacob Adams was living the American dream; a loving family, a new home and a high-profile job, designing the world’s first atomic power plant. But when tragedy strikes his family, he turns to alcohol to deaden his pain and grief. He becomes an alcoholic and eventually loses his home, his job and his faith. Thirty years later he lives in poverty in the shadow of the defunct power plant, where he now works as a janitor.

His life takes one more unexpected turn when he becomes trapped in the pitch-black recesses of the plant. In his forced sobriety, the bitter memories he has been drowning for decades begin to surface all around him, dragging him into a pit of regret and despair. Suffering the ravages of alcohol withdrawal, combined with the chilling effects of sensory deprivation, he embarks on an emotional and spiritual journey that will take him to the brink of insanity and back. Before his captivity comes to an end, Jacob - like his namesake from the Old Testament – will find himself wrestling with God.

The town sheriff, a State Police detective and even a local priest follow the clues as they search for Jacob. The widening mystery touches off a cascade of changes in the lives of those connected to him. A friendship broken by betrayal is mended, a long abandoned romance is reignited, dark secrets about the power plant and its caretakers come to light, and a young man’s life is forever altered as he uncovers the tragedy that sent Jacob spiraling downward so many years ago.

Nominated: 2011 Christy Award for Best First Novel and Best Christian Suspense.

Editorial Reviews

William Greenleaf
I greatly enjoyed reading The Fire Watcher. This is an intriguing, moving story with interesting characters and plenty of serious conflict.
William Greenleaf - Member Authors Guild and Editorial Freelancers Association
M.G. McCurley
Of all the books I've worked on with Winepress in the past 8+ years, this may be my favorite. It was well-written and had a great plot. The character developement is intriguing, the emotion palpable, the suspense builds from page one, and the dual message of forgiveness and reconciliation is artfully woven throughout.
M.G. McCurley - Writer and Edititor, WinePress Publishing

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012667816
Publisher:
WinePress Publishing WA
Publication date:
04/21/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
275 KB

Meet the Author

Chip Hill lives in Midland, Pennsylvania, with his wife of 25 years and their three children. After attending Bible School in Dallas, Texas, he completed his I.B.E.W. apprenticeship, and today works as an electrician at a nuclear power plant. The Firewatcher is his first novel.

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Fire Watcher 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Avid-Reader-Alex More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible, the author weaves you through a plot that grabs and won't let go as multiple story lines intertwine and build to a dramatic and heartfelt conclusion. I had a lump in my throat as I read the last several chpaters as I found myself gaining a new outlook on redemtion and the amazing grace of God. Give this one a shot...trust me YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPPOINTED! You will catch yourself thinking about this book and how it applies to your life for weeks after completing it.
VPratt67 More than 1 year ago
This was a really good read. I had a hard time putting it down. The ending was the best of part!
clubmembr3 More than 1 year ago
This book is an awesome read
DarrenJoseph More than 1 year ago
The Fire Watcher is a story that will keep you up late reading and make you watch the clock to get back to. The weaving of past and present containing joy, pain, mystery and a clarifying revelation that is redemptive held my attention that very few books are able to do with me. I read a novel a week, and can usually guess the end way before I reach it. Not this one. It surprised me. The story contains that odd twist making one think,' is this true or fictional?'. Not contrived at all. Thank you for a great read!
Bettikins More than 1 year ago
This is one book you cannot put down! Brace yourself for an "experience" you will never forget. The story is riveting, the character development is intimate, and the delivery is perfection. Don't let this one get away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting. It shows the power of God's redemptive love in a unexpected way. I was intrigued with the characters and how their lives were intertwined. Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This such a great story of salvation and it's not preachy you should really buy it you won't regret it! It's only 99 cents!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good but not rich.
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