Trial by Ordeal

Trial by Ordeal

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by Craig Parshall
     
 

Sweating in a hot cauldron of lawsuits, red tape, and Mafia threats is history professor Kevin Hastings.

The young, modestly successful professor stumbled across just the right investment property in downtown Chicago. And met just the right buyer for it, he thought.

But when you're a little guy running with the big guys, you gotta be careful you

Overview

Sweating in a hot cauldron of lawsuits, red tape, and Mafia threats is history professor Kevin Hastings.

The young, modestly successful professor stumbled across just the right investment property in downtown Chicago. And met just the right buyer for it, he thought.

But when you're a little guy running with the big guys, you gotta be careful you don't end up squished. Kevin's real-estate lawyer gave him bum advice. His buyer turned out to be a mob boss. And his new attorney is a legal torture expert, putting everybody:including Kevin:through an all-but-medieval ordeal-at-law.

Booted out of his apartment and on the run, Kevin ends up at a rescue mission:another torment. There's no way things could get worse...right?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736915137
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Trial by Ordeal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Trial by Ordeal was different from any book I've ever read. The author used first person past tense to describe the events that took place literally in the past...as in beyond just a few minutes ago. I thought it was an interesting presentation and actually worked well for the story. The main character, Kevin, gets himself in one mess after another. Things just keep getting worse the harder he tries to fix his problems himself. The tension from protagonists was excellent. The fact that bad things kept happening to Kevin kept me reading. I would've like to have seen more dialogue, but maybe that was difficult because of the style the author used to present the story to the reader. Overall, I'd say the story was a pleasurable ride for me. I really liked Kevin by story's end. How the author showed Kevin's messed up life and the changes that slowly took place when he give his heart to the Lord--how Christ can truly make a difference in a person's life--was probably my favorite part of the story. The spiritual arc was awesome. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly riveting read from beginning to end, Trial By Ordeal is the story of an ordinary man caught between extraordinarily ruthless enemies - and equally ruthless lawyers! When Kevin discovers a piece of property with an old church building in downtown Chicago, his investment turns into a millstone around his neck when he learns that he has signed a contract with the Mob - a contract he can't deliver on. The woman he loves most is an architectural preservationist, and perhaps worst of all, the lawyer he hires to sort things out is a brutal engineer of dirty tricks, legal intimidation, and worse, all at a horrendously expensive price tag. Forced to run for his life, Kevin seeks shelter at a rescue mission, and questions whether there is Someone who can bring justice into the mess surrounding him. An exciting novel that reflects the author's Christian faith and his thirty-four years of experience as a lawyer, Trial By Ordeal compels the reader to the very last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Attorney Craig Parshall has written another fast moving, fantastic legal thriller reminiscent of his first novel The Resurrection File. In his own unique style, Parshall exquisitely weaves his knowledge of the law, history and literature into a wonderful adventure of a guy who has lost his love, and is trying to get over a broken heart. To distract himself from his personal heartache, Kevin Hastings, the protagonist , finds himself in a financial real estate fiasco, after taking the advice of a friend, concerning how to get rich quick. As a result, atrocious legal troubles unravel and the reader is taken on a journey through the seedy side of law, mobsters and academic politics. Parshall skillfully weaves in a new charming love interest, spiritual themes and moral lawyers offering the reader hope and a lesson in determining innocence or guilt, know as ¿trial by ordeal¿ all the while offering humor, and poignant truths about character and conversion.- Stacy L. Harp, Active Christian Media