Item description for Blown Coverage (Riley Covington Thriller Series #2) by Jason Elam & Steve Yohn...
Overview As a wave of terrorist attacks sweeps across the country, Jim Hicks, Scott Ross, and the rest of the Counterterrorism Division follow leads in Europe to draw out the attackers. Unless the terrorists can be stopped, their next act of violence will be more horrific and deadly than anyone could imagine.
Publishers Description Linebacker Riley Covington returns to another season of mini-camp for the Colorado Mustangs just as a wave of terrorist attacks begin to occur across the country. Sleeper cells are being awakened--likely by the leader of the Cause, who has recently escaped from captivity and is coordinating attacks not only on America but also on Riley and his loved ones. As Jim Hicks, Scott Ross, and the rest of the Counterterrorism Division follow leads in Europe, Riley goes on the offensive to draw out his attackers. But can the Cause be stopped before they're able to reach their ultimate goal?
From Publishers Weekly With a pure shot of Christian fiction testosterone, pro NFL kicker Elam and pastor turned full-time writer Yohn offer a second Riley Covington thriller. The pro football life of Riley is wrapped around a terrorist plot to kill him after he heroically thwarted a full-blown stadium attack months earlier, in Monday Night Jihad. For readers who enjoy a suspenseful near-super-hero versus underworld story, this thriller disappoints with its predictable arc and passages of dialogue that are downright mundane and off the plot path. More successfully, the authors use multiple points of view to get inside the minds and excruciating decisions of individual terrorists wrestling, along with the bombs in backpacks, with their own jagged emotions and faith. The novel mixes inside looks into pro football, the faith decisions of terrorists and an irresistible passion between hero and heroine. Christian thriller fans will find enough to keep them on the hook until the last page. (Jan.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Blown Coverage (Riley Covington Thriller Series #2) by Jason Elam & Steve Yohn has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 11/01/2008 page 50
Publishers Weekly - 11/17/2008 page 43
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2009
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Riley Covington Thriller
ISBN 1414317328 ISBN13 9781414317328
Reviews - What do customers think about Blown Coverage (Riley Covington Thriller Series #2)?
awesome Jun 25, 2009
I give this, and the book it follows, 5 stars. Awesome series. The books are action packed, clean, nothing offensive, and the characters are very likable. Held my attention the whole way through, hoping there is another one coming in the series
Sure To Command Even More Attention Jun 10, 2009
Jason Elam and Steve Yohn made a splash in the evangelical fiction world with their fast-paced thriller, MONDAY NIGHT JIHAD. Now, the pro NFL kicker and pastor turned full-time writer have composed a follow-up to their first endeavor, BLOWN COVERAGE, which will please their reading base and be sure to command even more attention from the Christian fiction market at large. They successfully capture and deepen each character's profile while delving more intently into the ever-tangled world of terrorism and religion.
With Riley Covington still reeling over the death of his best friend Sal (and the shock that Sal was a terrorist), Riley is just not ready to return to another football season. Too many memories, too many tough events, have him working hard to manage and make sense of the recent months. Unfortunately, even with security levels at their peak, Riley isn't safe and soon has to face the fact that he has now become the Cause's target.
Between trying to minister to Sal's wife Meg and their young daughter, work through his feelings toward fellow agent Khadi, and figure out how Whitney Walker, newcomer to the TV reporting team, fits into his life, the women in Riley's world keep him sharp. Though he doesn't have the time to ponder long on matters of the heart, these ladies are indeed distractions interspersed between the mega doses of football training action and the war on terrorism.
While Riley is attempting to re-enter the world of professional football, life throws him another challenge. His coaches draft a collegiate linebacker named Afshin Ziafat to join the team, which has him baffled and angered. How could they trust another Muslim after Sal's deception? Riley soon realizes that nothing outside of God's intervention is going to enable him to move on, forgive and start living again.
So when the next blow hits, Riley is stunned and paralyzed by his anger. His parents become the target of the terrorists in an explosion that kills his father. His grandfather meets with him, and they exchange some stern but necessary words before Riley plans his next move. All the while, sleeper terrorists are being awakened across the United States, blowing up public places and killing innocents. Each of these "awakened" agents is given specific targets and must kill or be killed.
As the tension escalates, Riley decides to plant false leading information to the press to lure terrorists away and almost gets killed in the process. Still, there's more excitement brewing in the States and throughout the world as both sides make aggressive attempts at dismantling their enemy. Before the final page, Riley does his country proud and finds some measure of peace given the losses he has sustained. Fans will eagerly await the next Riley Covington thriller, where they will journey alongside this hero's adventures both on and off the football field and behind the lines fighting terrorism.
--- Reviewed by Michele Howe
Not thrilled with this thriller Apr 7, 2009
If you're into action/thriller books where suspension of belief is a must, this could be an enjoyable book. The authors have come up with a fairly action-packed storyline and maintain tension throughout the novel. My problems with the book come from how the book is presented and the portrayal of certain peoples in the book that I find inexcusable.
So, how is this book presented and what are my issues with this representation? Starting with the cover art; I have an early reviewer copy with different cover art than the mass market version, but both covers portray the same thing...FOOTBALL. I knew that this was an action/thriller from the blurb on the back, but I did expect there to be some involvement with actual football throughout the book. Besides the main character being a linebacker/special ops military guy (I told you to suspend belief a bit) and some of his acquaintances also being professional football players, the amount of football involvement in this book is VERY minimal. The beginning seemed promising as the readers are presented with a pretty good scene involving the draft day team war room and a controversial draft decision. Besides that, Riley (the main character) attends one team meeting which he is ushered quickly out of for the good of the team and one practice. All this in an almost 400 page book with an action shot of a football player on the cover!
From this point, we'll move on to the misrepresentation of the book from the blurb on the back. The blurb does a fairly good job of describing the general plot of the book, however nowhere in the blurb or on any of the cover information anywhere is this book depicted as Christian reading. The only hint that this book may have religious themes is in the author blurb for Steve Yohn who is a minister. I have no real problems with Christianity or Christian literature, but if I wanted to read a book focusing on Christianity, I would specifically seek out that book. Throughout the book the main character struggles with his faith, constantly offers prayers to God, and has to decide whether or not to pursue a relationship with a woman of another faith. I also found the constant allusions to characters swearing instead of actually printing the dialog to be very childish and distracting.
Now to my main issue: the portrayal of the characters of the book of middle-eastern heritage and/or Islamic faith. Besides two characters in the book who are obviously set up to assuage our feelings that the authors have no prejudice against those who follow Islam, every character of middle-eastern descent in the novel follow stereotypical American values about middle-eastern people. The majority of the middle-eastern characters who live in the U.S. are involved in a sleeper cell. They appear to be hard-working, well-liked individuals who have preyed upon American trusts and are merely biding their time until they are awakened to reign terror upon the populace. I find this incredibly disturbing. As if racial tensions are not high enough in the current state, let's plant unreasonable distrust of anyone who happens to be of middle-eastern descent upon the readers of this book. As if this portrayal is not bad enough, the author's who have disdained cursing of any kind through-out the novel constantly refer to their middle-easter adversaries as hajji's. As far as I can tell, this is a very derogatory term similar to using the 'N'-word when referring to African-Americans. I find this to be extremely offensive and totally unacceptable from someone who is trying so hard to show their high levels of Christian faith.
Anyway, the storyline is really not that bad, but the other problems that I had caused my total dislike of this book. I don't recommend it to anyone.
Good, solid book Apr 1, 2009
Blown Coverage by Jason Elam came to me via the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. The book contains some of my favorite things: NFL football, mystery, intrigue and ties them together with Christian fiction elements.
Summary: Linebacker Riley Covington returns to another season of mini-camp for the Colorado Mustangs just as a wave of terrorist attacks begin to occur across the country. Sleeper cells are being awakened--likely by the leader of the Cause, who has recently escaped from captivity and is coordinating attacks not only on America but also on Riley and his loved ones. As Jim Hicks, Scott Ross, and the rest of the Counterterrorism Division follow leads in Europe, Riley goes on the offensive to draw out his attackers. But can the Cause be stopped before they're able to reach their ultimate goal?
I enjoyed this story. It was a good plot, interesting characters and some intensity. Not the best in any of those categories, however it's a good, solid book. This is the second in the series but I didn't feel like I was missing information. I am interested in going back and reading the first one. Sounds like it was a good story.
One thing I did not like about this book was it's treatment of Muslims. All but one Muslim in this book was a terrorist, mostly as a sleeper in the US. I realize these folks are needed for the story-line, but it leaves the reader (or at least me) with the impression the author thinks all Muslims in the US are sleepers. Which I know not to be the case and hope the author didn't mean to imply.
I recommend this book to folks who like a good mystery, intrigue story. It's not a preachy Christian book, but does talk about Christians and Muslims.
Blown Coverage Feb 26, 2009
Football player, Riley Covington, is coming back to football. Terrorist cells are awakeing. While his friends are working in Europe he is taking the offensive to draw them out stateside after they kill his dad..