Pursuit [NOOK Book]

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What would you do for the person you love? That is the question Ryan Rayburn faces after his wife, Aryn, is abducted. Turning his back on what he believes, Ryan clings to the idea that he can right the wrongs of his tragic past with one brave and dangerous act. A clue Aryn left behind sends him on a desperate journey across Bishop’s Island to save her.

Few know the legends of Bishop’s Island better than historian Aryn Rayburn. Since its ...
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Pursuit

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Overview

What would you do for the person you love? That is the question Ryan Rayburn faces after his wife, Aryn, is abducted. Turning his back on what he believes, Ryan clings to the idea that he can right the wrongs of his tragic past with one brave and dangerous act. A clue Aryn left behind sends him on a desperate journey across Bishop’s Island to save her.

Few know the legends of Bishop’s Island better than historian Aryn Rayburn. Since its settlement, Bishop’s Island has been shrouded in secrecy. Nathaniel Bishop built his empire in the Pacific Northwest on stolen Civil War gold and the oppression of his fellow islanders. Three heroes led an uprising that brought Bishop and his henchmen to justice, but the gold was never recovered. For six generations since, the citizens of the island have tried to bury their beginnings, yet the bloodlines of the first epoch have remained interconnected.

As a descendant of one of the families responsible for overthrowing Bishop, Aryn learns that her abduction is connected to the very secrets on which the island was founded. Her knowledge makes her the perfect key to finding Bishop’s gold and solving the mystery behind a bridge collapse the day she was born. Relying on remarkable intelligence and the faith that led her through great trial, Aryn risks her life to protect a secret that, if revealed, could prove catastrophic to those she loves the most, especially Ryan.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012182937
  • Publisher: Jason Garrett
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Series: A Tale of Bishop's Island , #0
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 623,022
  • File size: 841 KB

Meet the Author

Jason enjoys creating worlds that take large doses of realism and interlace elements of the supernatural, the incredible and the unbelievable. To categorize any of the stories he has written within a single genre would be misleading, due to his preference for covering a variety of genres. If there can be fiction, after all, then there cannot be limits. His approach has always been that the readers can handle a wide range of topics and that they deserve the chance to enjoy genres they ordinarily might not have had an interest in.
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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Great Read!

    Jason Garrett's novel, "Pursuit," is as engaging and exciting a mystery thriller as a reader could ask for. His compelling characters are carefully developed and, given that it is a mystery thriller, believable. Garrett knows his craft and is able to set an appropriate pace, write smooth transitions and use language well. While the book would have benefited from another round of editing (occasional minor punctuation or use-of-language problems), the story is well told and, as I progressed through it, it drew me in.
    But this is not all that "Pursuit" has to offer. Woven subtly into Garrett's tale is a message of faith. Unlike many Christian or religious authors, Garrett does not put his message at the center and wrap the story around it or pound his point home at every turn. Instead he makes it a natural part of the life of the characters. Faith, in Garrett's story, is placed where a healthy faith belongs; at the foundation of his character's world view. This kind of storytelling is sorely needed. I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

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    Powerful Themes and Thrilling Plot

    Pursuit by Jason Garrett is a truly unique novel, setting the themes of deep love and deep faith against the backdrop of a suspenseful plot, pioneering a Christian Romantic Thriller. Although the theme of faith is at play in the book, it is not done in such a manner that leaves it inaccessible to readers who do not share the same beliefs, as it is woven into a plot that will appeal to readers of all faiths, as Ryan Rayburn races to save his abducted wife, Aryn. As the plot unfolds, the secrets of their past are slowly revealed, making it truly suspenseful while they are being alluded to, leaving readers anxious to find out the secrets. The story of Aryn and Ryan Rayburn is truly touching, showing how far two people will go for each other.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Unique and interesting

    The trials in this story is about love and fighting for what you believe in. Fate tests the limits of Ryan's and Aryn's faith and love, and reveal the Bishop Island's secrets. It's a wonderfully written suspense story. I liked the authors writing style, simple and easy to understand and he describes scenes quite vivdly. It was easy to see the characters and story come to life in my mind. I recommend it for its unique story and writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Loved it!

    Aryn, Ryan are the main characters, have you noticed how their names have the same letters? I find it interesting, these small details that are abundant in this story. Bishops island is the main location and you get a very good feel of what the author has envisioned in his mind about the island. As Aryn gets kidnapped Ryan sets on a quest to find her and stumbles across this mystery islands secrets. Is she saved? Does Ryan make it alive ? Read to find out, it's well worth the time if you are into mystery genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Intriguing and Suspenseful!

    Get immersed into the stirring and captivating fictitious world of Bishop's Island with Pursuit, by Jason Garrett.

    Bishop's Island is a place that could easily be a serene and cozy vacation spot to snuggle in, a small historically rich settlement for the culturally inclined, or just an attractive location with ocean scenery and interesting native architecture and artifacts to enjoy.

    But evil lurks everywhere, and an unfortunate past filled with men of nefarious character still haunts the old borough. From the first page, the reader is gripped with suspense as our lead character is stalked, intruded upon, and chased. But she's expecting this, and we're wondering why. We're then caught up in a plot that thickens with each chapter as we come to find out who she is, who her husband is, who the villains are, and the lengths to which people are willing to go for love, lust, and greed. Bishop's Island's rich history and the people who established it all play a significant role in the story's intricate plot and reason for the actions of our characters.

    Pursuit is a novel that tackles some age old plots but with some interesting new twists. We have our heroin and her self-made and successful, albeit estranged husband. We have a band of diverse criminals who are willing to do anything to achieve their end goal. We have a mystery to unravel and a maze of clues and dead ends. As we near the heart-thudding conclusion, the suspense is almost unbearable.

    But Pursuit is not just a story about greed and love and the levels to which it takes people. It is also a deep dive into some philosophical questions about life. Characters in the book find themselves asking what their real motives are and what drives them. The reader may find him or herself asking some of the same questions about why our Creator allows some of the things in our lives to happen. Our main character, against all odds and at times without hope, clings relentlessly to her faith. In the midst of the pain, the quest, and the loss, her husband comes to find out why he had become the person he did.

    I haven't read a lot of spiritually-based fiction, but Pursuit by Jason Garrett has inspired me to, well, pursue more. Check it out today and take the exciting journey.

    Kelly Libatique, author of "Divine Knowledge Transfer"

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    OUTSTANDING Christian Thriller

    As a voracious reader, it is great fun to find a new author. As a devout Christian and as a lover of thrillers, to find a new Christian thriller writer - I've just won the tri-fecta! Author Garrett has done an outstanding job fleshing out his characters; they have human foibles just like the rest of us; they struggle with morality questions, just like the rest of us. His over-arching theme of Bishop's Island is chock full of fascinating facts and characters. Reading this book just makes one want to read more in the Bishop's Island series. Come on, Author Garrett - please write faster.

    If you are looking for a book that MAKES you read every page, 'cause you will find something of interest on every page, this is the book - and the series - for you.

    Well done Author Jason Garrett!

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    Christian Suspense?

    Pursuit is an incredible book by up and commer Jason Garrett. This book did something for me that nothing has in a long long time, mixed real hard suspense and mystery with a tiny sheen of spirituality. Add a layer of lost and found love and I read this book digital cover to digital cover in a sitting and a half.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Good Read

    Jason Garrett has written a fabulous book filled with suspense, emotional highs and lows, history and culture based on legend of Bishop's Island. This story is very compelling and fits in the mystery suspense genre. Pace is fast as we see the main characters wife being kidnapped, and the husband searching for her. Test of faith, love and secrecy of the island pushes our main character Ryan into an emotional ride filled with adventure. Good read.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    "Pursuit" is an engrossing book

    Jason Garrett's "Pursuit" is a page-turner from beginning to end.
    You really won't be able to put it down. It is a story of lost love,
    finding love again, mixed in with a plot of an adventurous search for
    a treasure. I like books that are exciting in plot and theme mixed with
    the sensitivy of humans, like love, which everyone can relate to.
    It is a pretty engrossing book and will suck you in from the get-go.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    The Answer

    Where shall I start? Specifically, Jason Garrett wholeheartedly demonstrates a remarkable variation of the meaning of love by expressing love through a devastating state of turmoil and despair. The characters expressed within this specific novel are average individuals dealing with separation. However, the multiple tests of compassion, trust, and love are depicted through a battle of abduction. Personally, it was an absolute touching, but yet thrilling story to discover, uncover, and mentally devour with its humanly message of the true meaning of love. If you want to enjoy an in depth message in correlation to life's deepest mysteries, feel free to indulge yourself in this book.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Title Says It All

    Pursuit by Jason Garrett was extremely entertaining. It is a moderately paced novel that will do nothing but keep you wanting to read more! I myself had a hard time putting this book down. Garrett blessed us with his incredible ability to suck us in with his detailed storyline about love, treasure, faith and the "pursuit" of doing what you believe in. Kudos to Garrett!!

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    INCREDIBLE!!!

    Pursuit is incredible. It's suspenseful, well thought out and highly entertaining. The histories and connections of the families of Bishop's Island are intriguing. I immediately fell in love with Aryn, and was inspired by her unwavering faith. I love her husband Ryan, too, but for a different reason. Ryan inspired hope because I wanted him to look beyond his emotions to see what I knew was possible, and also because I wanted him to find her.


    Great read. If you only get to read one more book this week/month/year make it Pursuit. You won't regret it.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    A Richly Painted Family Saga

    Highly recommend as an engrossing, satisfying book! "Pursuit" has everything - beautifully drawn characters you can easily envision and story-telling that had me mulling over scenes long afterward. Applause for a tale with a moral compass that wants to see characters improving, with a faith lighting the dark deeds of man, looking upward. Ryan and Aryn Rayburn's marital journey are easy to identify with, and it's a pleasure to get to know them. Bishop Island's secrets and five families make for a fireside saga you won't want to put down.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Truly a page-turner!

    Garrett's "Pursuit" easily catches readers' interest with its title, offering what one would assume to be an exciting historical mystery. And indeed it pays up. But it's so much more than that. It's a love story. But not just any love story; it's a genuine love story, testing the faith of the faithless, and it keeps your eyes glued to the words as you hope and read, and read and hope, wondering what will happen. This was a fantastic read.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    A thrilling pursuit

    Love and mystery come together beautifully in Jason Garrett's Pursuit. Page after exciting page, we follow the character Ryan as he searches for his estranged wife on a mysterious island. Secrets unfold and love that was lost is found again in this thriller of a novel. Will Aryn uncover the truth behind Bishop Island? Will Ryan find her? This book is impossible to put down once you have started as Garrett is a masterful story teller. Must read for those who love a good mystery novel.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    An Epic Love Story Mixed with Historical Adventures, A Must Read!

    Jason Garret's Pursuit: A Tale of Bishop's Island is a powerful, character driven story that pits danger and disaster against love and loyalty. Filled with prophecies and secrets, Pursuit tests the belief and intestinal fortitude of the main characters, Ryan and Aryn Rayburn. From atonement to self sacrifice, Garret's text and characters are well developed and full of substance. The bottom line: how do two individuals learn to transcend and escape the grasp of time and achieve redemption and commitment to one another? Imbued with the concepts of belief, prayer, greed, and even a historical adventure, Jason Garret's Pursuit is a tantalizing, suspenseful page-turner, captivating from the get-go. The best part about this book is that it will hit home for everyone. Everyone, at some point in their lives, has found that special someone that they said they would do anything for. At the same time, this book reveals valuable insights about communicating one's love overtime. Because a relationship is twenty-years old is no good reason for love to act as if it's twenty-years old as well. Despite the many angles and layers of powerful themes integrated within the novel, the one concept that resonates strongest is the idea that love is timeless and ageless-only the realization of this universal truth takes longer for some to realize. Ultimately, the plot revolves around the abduction of Aryn Rayburn, a historian who is tied to Bishop's Island and the legend of Bishop's gold in more ways than she can imagine. Will Ryan-her husband, and his rekindled love, shatter all barriers and dodge numerous deadly encounters and demonstrate his renewed commitment to his wife? Pursuit is well-written with fascinating and fully-developed characters and an entertaining storyline that combines historical adventure with the pursuit of love, the greatest hidden treasure the world has to offer.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    A Tale That Grabs Your Interest From the Beginning and Doesn't Let Go

    I fell under the spell that Jason Garrett was weaving in his "Pursuit, A Tale of Bishop's Island" immediately. With the many different directions his book could have taken, he managed to pick just the right one and latch on to a story that was extremely well thought out and written beautifully. Even better, it was written in a flowing, intelligent manner that showed he knew what he wanted to write and he knew when he wanted to shock us with it.

    You can easily see that I was totally taken with this book. With an ability to envision intricate plots that included love, belief in God, the true meaning of friendship, the belief in God, history, athleticism, greed and mystery, Garrett brought them all together in one book that will entice you from the beginning and then grab you shortly after.

    Garrett takes you through an emotional scale seldom experienced. I could go on and on, and actually want to, but I won't. I will just say this, for Heaven's sake, read it. Bravo, Jason Garrett...I cannot wait until the next one.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Thrilling, loyal, faithful

    If you are married, you may have wondered at some time how far you would go for your spouse. Well, in "Pursuit" by Jason Garrett, you will see just how far Ryan Rayburn goes when his wife is abducted. This exciting adventure novel surrounds Bishops' Island, an island that wife Aryn Rayburn happens to know nearly everything about due to her historian background. If you enjoy mystery, intrigue, and plenty of thrills mixed in with a love story along with faith and loyalty, this book is for you.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Touched my Heart

    I really loved reading this story. This book is same as my real life story. I really loved reading it. Pursuit is story about the adventure, pursuing the treasure and finding the lost love again. I guess it is a wonderful book. It's about finding the love and fight for the love. I finished reading it and now I feel like reading it again. Sometime in life, you do some mistakes and in the end you realize that you lost everything. I loved the book so much.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Really amazing

    I really loved reading this book. It is amazing reading. This story really touched my heart. I loved the movie pursuit of happiness and it created lots of impact on me and this book did the same thing. I lost my love because of my one mistake and now I realized whatever I did wasn't right. Now I realized what I have lost and I want to go back. I would recommend other people to read this book. Once you start reading it, you will get stuck in it for sure.

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