Item description for Tested by Fire (The Baxter Series) by Herman...
Overview After Mike McConnell and his family are killed in a bizarre houseboat explosion in the small town of Baxter, Georgia, his friend Jed Wilson sets out to investigate rumors of murder and a lone survivor, rumors that point to Mike.
Publishers Description When a bizarre houseboat explosion rocks the close-knit community of Baxter, firefighters, friends, and neighbors stand powerless as the McConnells' blazing hull sinks to the bottom of Heron Lake. Grief turns to outrage as new evidence proves there was one survivor -- and points to murder, something this sheltered community has never faced in its hundred-year history. In a race with the FBI, Jed sets out to track down the sole survivor, coping meanwhile with his own painful marital struggle. Baxter's mystery and Jed's dilemma are ones only God can solve in this suspenseful, surprising story of redemption amidst despair in small-town America.
From Publishers Weekly Herman's debut novel begins a series based in the small lakeside town of
Baxter, near Atlanta. This first effort capably fulfills the series' promise
to create "an absorbing story with biblically satisfying solutions" based on
recurring characters. The story begins with a shocking tragedy when Mike
McConnell's houseboat inexplicably explodes and sinks right before the
neighbors' eyes, apparently killing all five members of his young family. But
the plot takes a sinister turn when evidence suggests there is a lone survivor
and the deaths may have been murder. The small town is beset with loss,
trauma, the FBI and the modern media circus, and each character from the
big-hearted county sheriff to the morally scrupulous local newspaper editor
is faced with difficult choices in the aftermath. Jed Wilson, Mike McConnell's
best friend and ardent drinking buddy, sets out on his own in search of the
truth. Jed's life has been sadly warped by guilt from a past transgression,
and his search for the truth of the mysterious explosion leads him down a path
of spiritual discovery. The novel's sermons about God's limitless grace are
nicely integrated with believable and sympathetic characters. Herman does wax
mystical when she introduces Secret Service-like guardian angels dressed in
plaid shirts and jeans, and her prose sometimes feels like a cross between
the television scripts for Touched by an Angel and Law and Order. Still, she
also spins an occasional line of real beauty, hinting at the poet that she is.
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Citations And Professional Reviews Tested by Fire (The Baxter Series) by Herman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 09/03/2001 page 56
Romantic Times - 10/01/2001 page 76
CBA Retailers - 11/01/2001 page 71
Library Journal - 11/01/2001 page 76
Booklist - 04/15/2002 page 1380
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 10, 2001
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Number 1
ISBN 1576739562 ISBN13 9781576739563
Availability 0 units.
More About Herman
Kathy Herman is an award-winning poet and bestselling novelist who is very much at home in the Christian publishing industry, having served on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association for five years. She has drawn on her eleven years of bookstore experience as a children's products specialist to conduct related seminars in the US and Canada. She has helped develop public school character-building curriculum and has also been a preliminary judge for the ECPA Gold Medallion Awards. Kathy and her husband, Paul, residents of Tyler, Texas, have three grown children and five grandchildren. Kathy's hobbies include world travel, deep sea fishing, and ornithology.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tested by Fire (The Baxter Series)?
OK but not great Aug 17, 2008
An OK book . . . not a lot of suspense. The story is more about God's forgiveness than anything else. I didn't find the main characters to be very likable, but I did like several of the people they came in contact with, including the small-town reputable news woman -- a very unusual kind of person in today's media world.
Really Enjoyed It! Jun 3, 2008
TESTED BY FIRE is the first in the Baxter Series released in 2001. Yes, I know this is older but that's what happens when you have over 200 books in your library that you've yet to have time to read. In the next few weeks, I will be reviewing the entire Baxter Series.
After a devastating explosion takes the life of a local family and rocks the small town of Baxter, the police hunt down their only suspect, Mike McConnell, husband and father to the victims. Jed Wilson, Mike's best friend refuses to believe his friend could've done something so heinous. He sets out in search of his friend who is evading the police. Along the way, Jed finds some answers to his own emptiness.
TESTED BY FIRE is an intriguing story. As a reader, you find yourself feeling compassion for Mike McConnell even though he might be a calculated murderer. Kathy does a good job of creating characters you want to pull for, and slap up the side of the head when their stubbornness gets the better of them. But as the characters grow, you feel an attachment to them.
I won't give away the ending, other to say it was both satisfying and bittersweet
clunky Jan 6, 2004
I did not enjoy this book at all but rather found the story and dialogue clunky and uninteresting at best. It began well but slowed in pace and petered out way before the end with far too much repitition of certain themes like angelic visitation
Great start to a new series! Sep 23, 2003
This book is a real page-turner! Kathy Herman is a first-class writer. She gets you to care about the characters, and the story moves along quickly. Most series continue the stories of the same characters. In the Baxter Series, however, all 4 books (as of September 2003) are set in the same small town and seem to have the same background characters, but the major plot-line involves different characters for each book.
I loved the first book, but I was up late last night getting into the middle of the second one "Day of Reckoning" and I like that one even better! The third one is a "medical fiction" book, which I love. (See my other reviews of Hannah Alexander's and Harry Lee Kraus MD for other recommendations.)
This is series I can highly recommend! I'm glad that I started reading it when 4 books are out - I hate waiting months or a year to read the next book in a series! I'm excited about the 5th book in the series, which will be coming out in a few months!
Check out my other reviews!
Excelent Series!!!! May 2, 2003
I judge books by their cover, thus, I didn't read this book for a while. My roomate and my sister loved the series and keept raving about it. As I am an avid reader I finally picked this book up and Wow! I read the whole series (4 books so far) in two days! They are all excelent books about God and His faithfulness to his children. Take my advice, read the series, don't look at the cover, and you will be blessed. Hint: don't start them if you have to get some sleep, you won't sleep.