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Overview One minute, 60 very intense seconds, is exactly the amount of time 27 year-old Jack Forrest, football coach for Wheaton High School, had to decide if he wanted to leave his life behind and play in The Ultimate Reality Show on a deserted island in the middle of an unknown Ocean with complete strangers competing for 10 million dollars! Without the hottest new reality show, Coach Forrest already had enough drama in his life. A budding romance with Principal Kathryn Williams - his boss, a lawsuit looming over his head and the school board breathing down his neck over a simple prayer offered for an injured player. The Ultimate Reality Show puts Jack and all of the "players" in his life to the test as they decide where their faith truly lies. Offering unexpected twists and turns, this latest offering from Clay Jacobsen is sure to have readers on the edge of their seats. Who will be the winner of what really matters at the end of the show?
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Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 330.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.02" Width: 6.1" Height: 1" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Oasis Audio
ISBN 1598590391 ISBN13 9781598590395
Availability 0 units.
More About Clay Jacobsen & Kevin King
Clay Jacobsen, author and television director, views his career in the entertainment industry as a mission field. He has assembled an impressive list of TV credits in his career including director of "The Dennis Miller Show," "Miss Teen USA," and "Entertainment Tonight," and directed music acts such as Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Chicago and Alabama. Jacobsen's books in the Christian market includ "The Lasko Interview," "Circle of Seven," "Interview with the Devil," and most recently "The Lost Art of One Anothering." Clay and his wife, Cindy, have been married 23 years. They live in Southern California with their two daughters.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Ultimate Reality Show: How Far Would You Go To Win $10 Million??
the ultimate reality show Oct 18, 2008
I read a book a week and this was easily the worst I've read this year. The characters are predictable and boring. the "twists" are obvious and the open-ended conclusion feels unnecessary. I am a big fan of reality shows like survivor. This book was a complete waste of time.
interesting Aug 2, 2006
I have several things I would like to say about this book. First and foremost if you love action then this book is definitely for you. However, it seemed more than a little trite. THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE was more like FEAR FACTOR, SURVIVOR, and THE AMAZING RACE with a little JERRY SPRINGER thrown in for good measure. And, was I the only one that noticed Kathryn's last name changed from Williams to Thompson in the middle of the book? That was certainly a newbie-writer flub (and I know Mr. Jacobsen is not a new writer). That SHOULD have been caught by SOMEBODY in the rewrites. Also, the constant head jumping is really annoying. I'm all for different points of view but not jumping from one person to another in the same paragraph for goodness sake! It really throws you out of the story. All in all, it was an interesting book and I would recommend it for those who enjoy fast paced action but if any of the above annoys you you might want to skip this one altogether.
Intense, suspense... WHAMO!!! Jun 9, 2006
For Clay Jacobsen, the media is nothing new. I've read all his stuff, and I'm not disappointed. If I had to pick, I'd personally say that "Interview With the Devil" is his best work. Now he's back with a new publisher, along with a new idea, and it still has me sweating just a bit! Clay takes on the Reality Show world, and Clay has spoken. Randy Singer did a similar theme this year in "The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney", and they both deserve attention. This is good stuff!
I can't imagine doing my job, just hammerin' away at whatever I'm doing and having my life possibly change... BOOM!!! (I said possibly, no guarantees, ok?) just like that. But that does happen to Jack Forrest. He tells his varsity football team to hit the showers, they hit the showers all right... and here comes this chopper! "You want the chance for 10 million? Come with us. You have 1 minute to decide." What would you do? To say the least, Jack takes it. Oh, and by the way, his job is on the line as well! OH, who are you taking on? Well come on now! You have a couple of babes, one cocky son-of-a-gun, the strategist, a few others come into play... AND YOU.
Is this really just a game? You are being tested. You are on some strange island, and you don't even know WHERE that stinkin' island is! Huh? What's going on here? This isn't like the other reality shows we've seen. And on top of all that, YOU are the Christian, the one who's supposed to make a difference in a world gone mad. Can you really stand by what you believe? You don't exactly like some of the challenges that are being presented to you, but you press on. With 10 million on the line, you hang in there. Don't worry, you have people praying for you back at home. There were a couple of drawn out places where I myself had to hang in there, and to say the least a little of it was too perfect. When I say that, I give nothing away, although the ending had me feeling just slightly cheated.
So, is this Clay Jacobsen's best? Not in my opinion, because it SCREAMS "Ultimate" and that's what I expect with a title like that. People like Clay Jacobsen deserve a pat on the back! Always giving 110%, despite what the odds are is always worth something to me. That's what keeps me coming back!
Christian Book with Current TV Show Theme Mar 26, 2006
he Ultimate Reality Show by Clay Jacobsen is a Christian novel whose plot centers on the hit TV Reality Show whose concept is to fulfill a selfish wish of the Director to meet a woman from his past and to get to know her son whom he has heard lives by his Christian standards. He wishes to put him to the test and devises some amazing events to prove his moral fortitude. The novel is written in an interesting manner and boldly teaches concepts of chastity and honesty and living uprightly even when you don't think you're being watched and even against great odds and temptations. The central figures go through many trials and have a happy ending with an unexpected twist. An enjoyable read and a good book for teens also.
Excellent book! Feb 23, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Most of the time in books and movies, Christian characters, or characters of moral standing and fortitude, seem dull and one dimensional. Not so with this book. I could fully relate to Jack's predicament and never once did he seem weak, boring, or "religious."
Using a fictional game show as a plot device was brilliant and allowed the characters to face all kinds of bizarre and sticky situations without it seeming contrived. There were many plot twists. Some I saw a mile away and others that caught me completely off guard. Again, this was very well done. If you like reality shows such as Survivor or Biggest Loser, then you will love this book. If you think these shows are interesting, but ultimately a waist of time, you'll love this book. Where typical game shows are shallow and pointless, this book has depth and meaning that those other shows lack.
My only problem now with this book is who to loan it to first. I get to share this wonderful gem with many of my friends and family. Sometimes that's the best part of reading a great book.
One last thing: When does the movie come out? Surely someone must be looking at this book as a script for a movie. It'd be awesome!