Waking Lazarus

Waking Lazarus

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by T. L. Hines

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Jude Allman is hiding. Hiding from the world and hiding from God. Because when you come back from the dead three times, the world wants a piece of you... and it becomes clear that God may have something in mind for you, too. When a terrible danger threatens the people that matter most to Jude, he realizes his days of hiding are over. Does he have enough faith in God's…  See more details below


Jude Allman is hiding. Hiding from the world and hiding from God. Because when you come back from the dead three times, the world wants a piece of you... and it becomes clear that God may have something in mind for you, too. When a terrible danger threatens the people that matter most to Jude, he realizes his days of hiding are over. Does he have enough faith in God's faith in him to truly risk living for the first time in years?

Editorial Reviews

Andrea Sisco
"T.L. Hines debut novel is stunning. His writing is crisp and fast paced. The characters are fully developed and the plot is spiritually complex and fascinating. It is original suspense at its finest."
Matt Winslow
"On the most superficial level, this novel is a thriller, but as with well-written novels, the genre serves as the structure upon which the author builds a compelling thematic analysis. Waking Lazarus weaves a strong story that looks at the reasons of life and death and our relationship to them. By the end of the novel, the reader gets not only a ripping good yarn, but also a deep and profound meditation on some of life's most profound subjects. I look forward to more novels by this new author."
Infuze Magazine
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"Every eight years, Jude Allman dies-by drowning, lightning strike, freezing in a snowstorm-and then returns to life. Now, fleeing media vultures and miracle-seekers, he takes up a new identity as a school janitor in small-town Montana, and then sinks into a paranoid funk. Singularly ungrateful for his resurrections, he suspects there may be Nothing after death; in any case, he's upset with the Almighty for allowing his mother to be murdered-and in church, of all places. God won't let him be, though, pestering him in the form of Rachel, the born-again mother of his son Nathan, and the mysterious Kristina, who shows up on his doorstep to remind him that God has a plan for him. The plan seems to involve hallucinatory premonitions of others' deaths, which coincide with a rash of local child disappearances. Is the serial killer the strange old man in the local café? Jude's school janitor colleague? Or someone else altogether? Regardless, the story of Jude's existential crisis and his gradual redemption through the healing power of prayer, forgiveness, good works and the occasional jaw-dropping miracle is compelling...."
Janelle Martin
"Waking Lazarus is a confident entry into the psychological thriller market."
Orrin Judd
"Waking Lazarus, by first-time novelist T. L. Hines, is a fast paced and satisfying spiritual thriller. I'd say that once you pick it up you can't put it down, but I made the mistake of starting it too late in the evening and had to set it aside until morning because it was creeping me out. ... All in all, it's a pretty spectacular debut and Mr. Hines would appear to be an author to watch."
Mary Fairchild
(4 1/2 stars) "T.L. Hines makes a grand entrance onto the novelist stage with his first book, Waking Lazarus... Not many books have hooked me with the first sentence, but this one did.... Spiritually challenging, complex, creative, intelligent."
Alan Paul Curtis
"This book is compelling as well as spell-binding... an excellent murder-mystery, touching one of the most sensitive areas of our lives--the safety of our children."
Publishers Weekly
In this promising if sometimes grisly debut of inspirational suspense, Hines introduces Jude Allman, a man who has been declared clinically dead several times, but who always comes back to life. Allman becomes a paranoid recluse in Red Lodge, Mont., where he works under an assumed name as a school janitor; His son, Nathan, lives with his mother elsewhere in town. As a string of child abductions begin, Jude finds he possesses supernatural powers that allow him to see into the lives of others. When Nathan is kidnapped, Jude finds his purpose and his faith. Hines handles the numerous flashbacks and switches in point of view well, and has a deft touch in knowing just how much information to give and how much to withhold. There are a few trouble spots: Allman's battle with paranoia is wrapped up too easily, and Nathan's mother is unnaturally calm about her son's abduction. The descriptions of children hung in burlap bags, chained to beds or caged are not for the faint of heart. Hines does an excellent job of laying false trails to keep doubts alive as to the identity of the serial killer. Readers who consider most faith thrillers too tame should find this satisfactorily chilling. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Gale Group
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Thorndike Christian Fiction Series
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Large Print
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6.43(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.95(d)

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Waking Lazarus 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard of T. L. Hines from a friend who's also an aspiring novelist. My friend is using a similar marketing strategy developed by Hines. I clicked over to Hines' website and found that I could read the first chapter of his, at that time, yet to be released novel, Waking Lazarus. I was hooked from the first sentence and by the time I reached the last sentence I wanted more. Finally, got a chance to purchase a copy and read it in three days. It's the story of Jude Allman, a tortured soul who's died three times and lived to tell. As you'd expect from such a series of events, Jude becomes a celebrity.After much hoopla about him, Jude becomes a recluse, choosing to move away from his Nebraska hometown to an small town in Montana. He changes his name and takes a job as a school janitor. He's paranoid and denying memories of his past and he blames God for the death of his mother. Six years off the grid and Jude thinks things are ok. He has a child with a woman he cares about, likes his job, has a home. But all is not well. Children are missing all over the area. It's only a matter of time before abductions happen even closer to home. Meanwhile, the jig is up. A woman named Kristina shows up at Jude's door and knows who he really is. She tells him he has a gift and he needs to use it. How does all this tie together? I wouldn't want to spoil it for you. You'll have to read it yourself. Hines¿ prose is flowing, natural and easy. Some of his imagery is just amazing. I've actually read passages to people! The three deaths of Jude Allman are told after the fact and yet, it doesn't feel like flashbacks (something that can be dicey to pull off for many novelists). The characters are believable. The dialogue is good. I never had to read something twice because I didn't get it. I especially enjoyed the sections from the child abductor's POV. That character was warped! Since I enjoyed those sections so much, I'm not certain what this says for me. :-) The twists and turns were better than any rollercoaster this thrill ride enthusiast has ever been on. There were so many possibilities for whodunit. And when the truth is reveals, I was shocked. Read this novel! You'll love it. Break on through to the Other Side!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Christian fiction book I read, and I was not dissapointed! Check out Robin Parrish for anotjet great Christian suspence writter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a good book! At first I was going to give it 4 stars for the sole reason that the beginning was a little slow. But once Jude Allman found out what special abilities he had was when the story got 5 stars. I liked how the kidnapper's identity was kept at bay till the very end. The author does a great job to keep the mysteries as mysteries. I thought the character Jude Allman was very interesting and unique. I was blown away with the second half of the book. I will definitely read his newest novel The Dead Whisper On.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading the book Waking Lazarus is like shooting down class six rapids. The ride is exhilarating, heart pounding, with a twist of events you don¿t see coming until seconds before the collision. What a great ¿page turning¿ book. One thing to remember before reading Waking Lazarus, hold on to something, you will be on the ride of your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the concept, the plot, the beginning, the middle and the end. It's and excellent read. What more to say?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I injoyed this book very much
DeeSwt More than 1 year ago
Good story and came recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd recommend this for all scifi and mystery readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jude Allman has died three times. With each death and resurrection, his notoriety increased. To flee a spotlight he never asked for nor wanted, he vanishes from sight. He takes on the new name Ron Gress and moves to Red Lodge Montana. He takes a job as a janitor in the local school system and strives to maintain his anonymity. Life in Red Lodge isn't easy he has problems with paranoia and struggles in social situations most people breeze through, but it's better than his life as Jude. Then a woman named Kristina shows up at his doorstep. She knows his real identity and his carefully constructed world begins to rattle down around him. Long-suppressed memories bubble to the surface and begin to torment him. He develops a new *gift*-when he touches a dying stranger, their life is played back within his mind, in full color. Visions and blackouts become more common, further complicating his world. Kristina insists they are signs, while Rachel, mother of his son Nathan, is convinced they are symptoms of a physical or mental condition. Then an elusive child stalker strikes Red Lodge. When local law enforcement and the FBI are stymied, Jude's gifts may be the only chance the missing children have. But now, when Jude needs his gifts the most, they may very well fail him. T.L. Hines does a great job at getting inside the heads of his characters. His child molester scenes, written from the molester's point of view, are some of the strongest in the book. Some scenes, while not gory or graphic, may seem over the top to some readers. He doesn't soften the pure evil of this particular character. Jude is another well-rounded character. Here is a man longing for a normal life, but he struggles with the simplest things, like giving his son a hug. It¿s the smaller struggles in the life of this unusual man that bring him to life. Waking Lazarus is one of the few books that have given me the creeps. It is also a book that kept me guessing until the end the identity of the kidnapper and it was a revelation that was surprising, but plausible. I recommend this book it's one that goes on my keeper shelf.
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This book is best for readers who enjoy Sci Fi or Mystery novels. I do not like either so this was not a good read for me but the author seems like a good author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down! I literaly would read as long as my eyes would allow me, at night, having to shake myself awake at times because I absolutely had to know what was next. It is full of twists and turns, and I love that it kept you guessing about the kidnapper right up until the end. A true mystery/thriller! Mr. Hines, you have a new fan, well done Sir.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Great author. Story line keeps you in suspense thru the whole book. Looking foward to reading more books from this author. Keep them coming.
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Sunnyd50 More than 1 year ago
loved the story line, the way it was written, may unexpected twists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
T.L. Hines has written a debut novel which is difficult to explain. Waking Lazarus is a mystery, a supernatural thriller and a real page-turner. This is the type of book you will have a difficult time putting down because every chapter ends with a new twist compelling you find out what happens next. This is Tony¿s first published novel and I can¿t wait for number two. With all the twists and turns throughout the story as soon as I thought I had the plot figured out another spin left me wondering where the story was headed. The hero, Jude Allman, is difficult to like in the beginning but you end up rooting for him as the story progresses. Jude is asocial with more demons than I would wish on an enemy. While his quirks, fears and prescience make him a cross between Adrian Monk (Monk) and Johnny Smith (The Dead Zone) you can¿t help but like him, in a fish out of water sort of way. Jude starts out a fairly unlikable fellow but his metamorphosis into a more ¿human¿ person is believable. I truly enjoyed this novel and I think you¿ll be doing yourself a disservice by not picking up a copy for yourself and a few more for Christmas gifts. Don¿t wait for your local library to purchase their copy get your¿s today.
harstan More than 1 year ago
He died three times and three times he came back to life. He isn¿t Lazarus he is Jude Allman. The first time he died was when he was eight years old when he fell through the ice an hour later he came back to life. The second time he went to the Other Side he was sixteen and was hit by lightening he was dead for three hours. The third time he passed on he was twenty-four and caught in a snowstorm before while trapped in his car for three days. --- Weary of the publicity and demands of desperate people, Jude assumes a new name, moves to Red Lodge, Montana and finds work as a janitor. He becomes paranoid and reclusive even neglecting his son, the result of a one night stand. When Kristina tracks him down and calls him by his real name, he starts to remember his past, has knowledge of people he can¿t explain and visions the most traumatic that of a man holding children in his home. The police in the area think the man in the visions is the one causing the disappearance of several children in surrounding towns. When his son and his friend are snatched, Jude calls on God to help him find the missing children. --- This is a fine metaphysical thriller that focuses on a man who has tasted death three times only to come back to life unable to cope with what has happened. He cannot accept his role in life through the experiences he had and prefers to forget his several deaths. It is hard to believe this is T.L. Hines¿ debut novel because it is so well written and the characters populating the storyline are believable. Visionary fiction is hard to write well but Mr. Hines does a great job of doing just that. --- Harriet Klausner
Buddy Phipps More than 1 year ago