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Mr. Inside: The Adventures of Lost and Found International [Paperback]

By L. Frank James (Author)
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Publishers Design Group publication Mr. Inside is a fictional, fast-paced suspense documentary of how one man, through circumstances beyond his control, comes face-to-face with his interior enemy. "Mr. Inside" is a metaphor, pointing to that bitter place in our hearts where we live in fear and anger, holding the sovereign God responsible for life's unjust events. The novel is evangelical and is targeted toward adult believers who have backslidden close friends or family members that have a degree of hostility about having been brought up in a Christian home. In 1947, brothers Gustov and Andy Miller witness the traumatic event of their missionary/pastor parents being brutally slaughtered by a Kenyan witchdoctor. The young boys return to America, drift apart, and each enters adulthood carrying the memories and scars of that fateful event. By the early 1970s Dr. Gustov Miller, now an internationally renown scholar of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History, has developed a keen sense of solving ancient mysteries and has established his own company called Lost & Found International. He runs his company with only two employees, his assistant, a lovely Christian woman, Miss Beatrix Peeters and James Morrison, his "Mr. Outside," who finds himself in life-threatening situations while searching for lost or stolen artifacts, under the remote direction of Dr. Miller who keeps himself tightly secluded inside his mansion. Suddenly, uninvited guests violate Gus' control center, demanding that a certain valuable, ancient parchment be surrendered. The action-packed story-line includes Gus and Jim being hounded by scoundrels, beaten, and thrown off a moving passenger train-all while risking death in their quest to rescue a kidnapped friend. The invisible hand of God is seen in riveting clarity as it affects the lives of the characters. A page-turner, Mr. Inside entertains, engages, and impacts the reader in unexpected ways.

Publishers Description
Mr. Inside is a fictional, fast-paced suspense documentary of how one man, through circumstances beyond his control, comes face-to-face with his interior enemy. Mr. Inside is a metaphor, pointing to that bitter place in our hearts where we live in fear and anger, holding the sovereign God responsible for life?'s unjust events.The novel is evangelical and is targeted toward adult believers who have backslidden close friends or family members that have a degree of hostility about having been brought up in a Christian home.In 1947, brothers Gustov and Andy Miller witness the traumatic event of their missionary/pastor parents being brutally slaughtered by a Kenyan witchdoctor. The young boys return to America, drift apart, and each enters adulthood carrying the memories and scars of that fateful event.By the early 1970s Dr. Gustov Miller, now an internationally renown scholar of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History, has developed a keen sense of solving ancient mysteries and has established his own company called Lost & Found International. He runs his company with only two employees, his assistant, a lovely Christian woman, Miss Beatrix Peeters and James Morrison, his Mr. Outside, who finds himself in life-threatening situations while searching for lost or stolen artifacts, under the remote direction of Dr. Miller who keeps himself tightly secluded inside his mansion. Suddenly, uninvited guests violate Gus control center, demanding that a certain valuable, ancient parchment be surrendered. The action-packed story-line includes Gus and Jim being hounded by scoundrels, beaten, and thrown off a moving passenger train all while risking death in their quest to rescue a kidnapped friend.The invisible hand of God is seen in riveting clarity as it affects the lives of the characters. A page-turner, Mr. Inside entertains, engages, and impacts the reader in unexpected ways.

Awards and Recognitions
Mr. Inside: The Adventures of Lost and Found International by L. Frank James has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Independent Publisher Book Awards - 2008 Bronze Medal Winner - Religious Fiction category


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Item Specifications...


Studio: The Salt Works
Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   PUBLISHERS DESIGN GROUP
ISBN  1934080012  
ISBN13  9781934080016  


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This christian novel solves more than a mystery  Mar 10, 2008
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (3/08)

As a child, on a mission with his family in Africa, a horrible tragedy causes Gustov Miller to completely shut down his faith in God. He cuts off all ties with his brother and dedicates his life to his company, Lost and Found International. Throwing himself into his studies provides him with an incredible depth of knowledge that helps him solve ancient mysteries and help people locate missing artifacts. He has two people working for him. Beatrix Peters is his beautiful and capable assistant. James Morrison is his field man whom he sends out to do the dirty, dangerous work. Dr. Miller prefers to handle all of his work from home.

When Beatrix's life is endangered, Dr. Miller is forced into the outside world to help look for her. He also needs to discover who is behind her kidnapping. A mysterious parchment, a beautiful mystery woman, and an oaf with a heavy east coast accent, all add to the adventure. Dr. Miller's and James' mishaps add excitement to their escapades. They also are forced to confront their feelings about their faith. It is time for a wake up call. Dr. Miller has to do a tremendous amount of soul searching to discover what he really feels and to let go of his anger.

"Mr. Inside" is written for people who wonder why God lets bad things happen to good people. I am sure that this question occurs to most of us at some point in our lives. The story shows how strongly anger can shut down a person's life. People can get so caught up in being mad at God and the people who hurt them, they stop allowing themselves to really live and enjoy life.

L. Frank James writes this fictional novel using his experience as a pastor and a person who has been on many missions. He vividly brings his scenes to life. His characters seem real, especially with their flaws. By having an underlying theme of Christianity thread through his story, he really made me look at my own life and wonder if I didn't still have a few hurts that need letting go. He did a wonderful job of making me laugh while I was reading; yet I still held on to the deeper meaning that runs through the book. This past year, the author passed away. One of his legacies is this novel. How incredible it is that he left behind a work of fiction that reminds people that they need to believe. Even gone, L. Frank James will continue to touch lives through "Mr. Inside."

 
In Interesting "Read" of Film Noir  Mar 6, 2008
I wanted to read this book when I heard the tragic story behind the author's death. Reading this book is like watching an old detective flick. Even the characters' dialogue sounded like it came from an old black and white film. This really intrigued me how Frank James did this.

If you're a film noir lover, you will enjoy this book. Kudos to James for his dedication to his his faith and bringing God's message of love out in the story.
 
A Unique Blend...Well Told Story  Jan 7, 2008

Mr. Inside surprised me more than once.

The novel began with a flashback to main character Gustov Miller's classic and typical preacher kid's childhood including the homey neighborhood and church potlucks. After his parents pursue a new call, one into missions, a horrifying and tragic scene unfolds in Africa sending Miller down a road that was both understandable and sad.

Then began an alternating slap-stick cat and mouse game interjected with character studies and spiritual discussions. Some were well done, others fell into stereotypes and all managed to come together at the end and get tied up neatly. There were a few twists and plenty of quirky characters. Mr. James handled the art of mystery and storytelling very well. He also covers quite a bit of spiritual ground with minimal preaching.

I would like to go back and read An Opened Grave: Sherlock Holmes Investigates His Ultimate Case which received critical acclaim.

Those who love quick reads, plot twists and classic detective style characters might want to check into Mr. Inside.
 
A page turner from start to finish.  Nov 25, 2007
I picked up this book, hoping to find Frank in the pages, something to hang on to, of a man that has been a pastor and friend for years. This book made me laugh and cry as I found little Frankisms hidden in the dialogue and verbiage, but what kept me from putting this book down was an amazing story. Fast paced, intriguing and touching, I was hooked by chapter two. Feeling the characters come to life, and wondering what was around the next corner, this story was artfully crafted and woven together. Whether you knew Frank or not, this one of a kind book is well worth your time in reading. This book reflects the heart and mind of a great man, who is greatly missed.
 
fascinating Christian allegorical thriller  Nov 7, 2007
In 1947 in Kenya, twelve years old Gustov Miller and his younger brother Andy watch as a native witchdoctor viciously massacres their turn the other cheek missionary parents. The brutality of that fatal day stays with the siblings who return home to Missouri as orphans. Neither found closure as both struggle for decades with why God allowed their believing parents to be murdered like this. The two siblings not only were no longer best friends as they had been as preadolescents, but drifted apart as each fails to understand and doubt God's plan with Gus becoming a devout atheist.

In spite of being a recluse by the 1970s internationally recognized archaeology and historical anthropology expert Gustov has opened up Lost & Found International. He employs two people, his personal assistant devout Christian Miss Beatrix Peeters and his Mr. Outside field agent James Morrison, who searches for the artifacts that his employer (Mr. Inside) assigns him to find or recover in the case of stolen items. However, thugs invade Gustav's home demanding that he give to them a priceless ancient parchment or else a close associate will die.

This is a fascinating Christian allegorical thriller in which the main player, Gustav has turned from God completely based on his logical mind working out that if the Lord exists why he would allow good people doing good deeds to die in horrific ways. The story line is action-packed from the moment the parents are murdered, but even before that the audience learns much about how Gustav the child thinks when he works out where his friends and brother are hiding in hide and seek. This is a winning tale as Gustav begins to comprehend that if he believes in free will than bad things can happen to good people. Fans will wonder if Gustav and Jim will survive and whether the brothers will reconcile with each other and with God as their hearts are filled with rage, bitterness, and loathing. MR. INSIDE is a metaphysical spiritual tale at its thrilling uplifting best.

Harriet Klausner
 

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