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Above the Stars [Paperback]

By Keith Clemons (Author)
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George Colten Publishing publication Called home from the mission-field to pay last respects to his estranged brother, missionary Lonnie Striker finds he's inherited a film company on the verge of collapse. A company that is the sole source of funding for his ministry. Now, he has just two weeks to stave off a mutiny, keep his nephew from executing a company takeover, hold his creditors at bay, curb his feelings for his widowed sister-in-law, and deliver a movie to market, while protecting a secret that could destroy them all. And there's one other problem: Lonnie has discovered the movie is rated "R" for sex and violence. There's no time or money to remake the film-it must go out as is. The film's release will bring the company financial security-while standing on principle could cost him everything he holds dear, including his ministry. It sounds like an easy decision, but...

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Called home from the mission-field to pay last respects to his estranged brother, missionary Lonnie Striker finds he?'s inherited a film company on the verge of collapse. A company that is the sole source of funding for his ministry. Now, he has just two weeks to stave off a mutiny, keep his nephew from executing a company takeover, hold his creditors at bay, curb his feelings for his widowed sister-in-law, and deliver a movie to market, while protecting a secret that could destroy them all. And there?'s one other problem: Lonnie has discovered the movie is rated R for sex and violence. There?'s no time or money to remake the film-it must go out as is. The film?'s release will bring the company financial security while standing on principle could cost him everything he holds dear, including his ministry. It sounds like an easy decision, but...

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Above the Stars by Keith Clemons has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 03/01/2004 page 49


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Item Specifications...


Studio: George Colton
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.84" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 8, 2004
Publisher   GEORGE COLTON PUBLISHING
ISBN  0973104813  
ISBN13  9780973104813  


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Danger! Sleep Deprivation  Aug 4, 2005
Rich in plots, sub-plots, intrigue and surprising twists, this book should carry a warning: "Danger! Sleep Deprivation!

Lonnie, a career missionary, loves the simple live, but carries baggage from broken relationships. Long-festering wounds of never quite measuring up to his money-hungry father, and the deep animosity between his brother and himself hints that his "Call" to the mission field is at least in part, running away.

Coming home too late for reconciliation with his estranged brother, the will, read the day after the funeral, thrusts Lonnie into the leadership of a movie empire. It is one step from bankruptcy with an XXX rated film about to release. Lacking background knowledge of the film industry, distrusted by the employees, he has suddenly inherited, and despised by his brother's son, Lonnie also battles a hostile takeover bid with inside corruption working against him.

This is a tightly written story showing deep insights into the very human struggles of a man following a high calling. Lonnie is a fascinating and very "real" character, with all his hopes and dreams on the line, including the financial backing for his mission work. An unforgiving calendar with impossible deadlines looms. Financial pressures he has never imagined, with not just his own welfare, but other family members and his mission work under the gun push intensely toward compromise. And in the midst of it all, a relationship he thought long dead begins to grow again from deeply buried roots.

Drawing on the writing strengths that made "If I Should Die" a wonderful and rewarding read, this book shows the author's greater grasp of his craft. A work that demands a fully engaged intellect, this is also richly entertaining and exceptionally difficult to put down. It holds fascinating questions to the very last page. Even the ending, far from a "they lived happily ever after" windup, is somehow rewarding and deeply satisfying.

 
Fascinating moral dilemma  Jan 4, 2005
Above the Stars presents a fascinating moral dilemma. Lonnie, a low-key missionary type with a painful past is building a hospital in a poor Mexican town. For funds, he is using his share of the proceeds of a film business run by his dynamic brother Harlan. Harlan doesn't think much of Lonnie. But when he dies suddenly, he leaves a controlling interest in the company to him. That's not as big a gift as it sounds; when Lonnie arrives in Hollywood, he discovers that the company is on the verge of receivership. So the failure to rescue it will be Lonnie's fault, not Harlan's. Worse, the film that might provide the needed funds is a nihilistic go-kill-yourself flick aimed at young people that Lonnie feels morally obligated to refuse to release.

Lonnie has done his homework and knows that the public would line up enthusiastically for high-value entertainment, but he can't get time or credit to change the film. Or can he? He must act quickly because a big-time loan shark plans to gobble the company like a fish stick.

I really enjoyed this story about a man who decided to do what was right and accept the consequences. The actual consequences turn out to be quite different from what anyone would have predicted. Author Clemons has a great way with description of weather and environment. It would be fun to read a sequel.
 
A Great Read!  Aug 11, 2004
Keith Clemons has written a compelling novel with complex characters. I found it hard to put down. His use of descriptive words takes you into the scene and brings you into the emotional turmoil of the moment. This novel deals with the Hollywood hype of our day that is pitted against the God of heaven.

Lonnie, a missionary in Posada, Mexico, a place he loves, has received a letter that he needs to come home. Home? For him, that is Posada. He and his brother have been estranged for years. But out of Christian duty he fly's back, leaving a hospital he started, and nearing completion, behind, to return to memories he'd rather forget and temptations he finds hard to resist...

Flung into finishing the production of a movie, Lonnie finds himself dealing with the demons of deceit and destruction. And secrets, those kept from him, those he has been forced to keep and the one's he doesn't want to resurface, as well as one he has yet to find out, keep this story moving.

You'll love this book!

 
Danger! Sleep Deprivation  Aug 7, 2004
Rich in plots, sub-plots, intrigue and surprising twists, this book should carry a warning: "Danger! Sleep Deprivation!"

Lonnie, a career missionary, loves the simple life, but carries baggage from broken relationships. Long-festering wounds of never quite measuring up to his money-hungry father, and the deep animosity between his brother and himself hints that his "Call" to the mission field is at least in part, running away.

Coming home too late for reconciliation with his estranged brother, the will, read the day after the funeral, thrusts Lonnie into the leadership of a movie empire. It is one step from bankruptcy with an X-rated film about to release. Lacking background knowledge of the film industry, distrusted by the employees he has suddenly inherited, and despised by his brother's son, Lonnie also battles a hostile takeover bid with inside corruption working against him.

This is a tightly written story showing deep insights into the very human struggles of a man following a high calling. Lonnie is a fascinating and very "real" character, with all his hopes and dreams on the line, including the financial backing for his mission work. An unforgiving calendar with impossible deadlines looms. Financial pressures he has never imagined, with not just his own welfare, but other family members and his mission work under the gun push intensely toward compromise. And in the midst of it all, a relationship he thought long dead begins to grow again from deeply buried roots.

Drawing on the writing strengths that made "If I Should Die" a wonderful and rewarding read, this book shows the author's greater grasp of his craft. A work that demands a fully engaged intellect, this is also richly entertaining and exceptionally difficult to put down. It holds fascinating questions to the very last page. Even the ending, far from a "they lived happily ever after" windup, is somehow rewarding and deeply satisfying.
 

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