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Overview When a terrorist threat to attack America on New Year's day surfaces, the Army calls upon Greg Cahill, a disgraced FBI agent, to break the captured terrorist leader's silence on details of the attack.
Publishers Description When an al-Qaida email is intercepted, promising a New Year's Day attack on America, it leads to the capture of the group's leader. But even under fierce interrogation, the terrorist clings to his jihadist beliefs and resists divulging anything of the threat. Desperate, the Army resorts to a contingency paper that proposes to break a subject's resistance by inducing a religious conversion. One hitch: the top-secret attempt must be masked as an offer of clemency, and must rely on a completely innocent mentor, a so-called witness who is unaware of the project's true aims. They find that witness in Greg Cahill, a disgraced FBI agent who has since turned to Christ and serves in a prison ministry. Lured by an offer of restoration, as well as the lifting of a restraining order that's keeping him from seeing his son, Greg begins an unlikely friendship with a man the entire country despises. Despite himself, he begins to share his faith--yet with a combustible result unforeseen by either himself or his government handlers.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher Bethany House
ISBN 0764202758 ISBN13 9780764202759
Availability 0 units.
More About Mark Andrew Olsen
Mark Andrew Olsen is co-author of the bestseller "Hadassah", as well as "Hadassah Covenant", "Rescued, " and "The Road Home". He is sole author of the Christy-award finalist "The Assignment", as well as "The Watchers" and "The Warriors".
Mark Andrew Olsen currently resides in the state of Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ulterior Motives?
Good Motives! I Think I'll Keep Reading Olsen Aug 21, 2009
Ok, is everydbody getting sick and tired of all the al-Qaeda novels that constantly stack the shelves? Maybe. But just suppose there is one out there, that has a catchy title. Should you go for it? Well, I did! And I'm glad I did. It gave me the opportunity to praise the skills of Mark Andrew Olsen. This took a little time getting into, and the ending was somewhat obvious, but it was still worth telling.
It is always us against them, and we always have to win. When Saddam was hanged, people were rushing to YOUTUBE to see if they could witness the execution before the video was blocked! Hey, I was one of them, and I loved it. That's sick, isn't it? I mean, we don't want to have anything to do with letting these guys get away with any more than they can.
An attack set for New Years is found out about. But when Omar Nirubi, a big-time leader is captured, and interrogation is pushed to the limit, they resort to one other option. And Greg Cahill is brought in. What we learn about Greg is that he is a man with a past, and not a very honorable one either. But he has come to know Christ, and he knows something about forgiveness. And he finds that he has things in common with Omar as the days go by. What can he learn from Omar? Better yet, can they learn anything from each other?
Mark Andrew Olsen is a stud this time around. And he had the guts to go for broke with this one. This is one novel where the message might not be so popular, yet almost reluctantly appropriate. Too many people still harbor hatred in ways that are unacceptable, and that isn't right! Tough love, forgiveness. Sound like too much? Well, too bad, because that's what is interlaced throughout this one! And I sure enjoyed it the whole way through. Thanks, Mark!
Challenges Your Thinking Jun 4, 2009
There is a LOT in the news right now about the use of various forms of torture to get viable information from terrorists. What if our government decided to not use physical torture, but decided to use spiritual "torture"? To friend and ultimately sway terrorists into changing their religion to Christianity as a way to find information.
This book delved into just that possibility! It was scarily possible scenario that truly will make you think about the possibilities for our future or what possibly could be going on right now!
Loved this story. It's my kind of read! May 22, 2009
Maybe I am a bit biased because I live in Sierra Vista and know people who work in psy-ops and intel on Ft. Huachuca. All of the details regarding the setting rang true for me. He had the facts down perfectly except for in one place. The one time it did snow here in the past six years it was more like one to two inches, tops. But that's forgiveable because my guess is he needed it for the plot. After all, it is fiction.
I love the psychology behind these types of stories, probably because that's the subject I majored in when I got my Bachelor's degree. Anyway, I found the story fascinating, especially the techniques used by the military to deal with highly classified situations. It reminded me of the Bourne Identity that way. Were the good guys always good guys? Or was it just until they got what they wanted and then they turned on you... I loved the implied messages, too. The media messes up things sometimes when they give out information prematurely and sometimes because of the security breach, people die. So true. Then they blame the military, who, of course, must pick a fall guy, at least that's how it's presented here. I found it very believable.
For me the best part of this story was the spiritual content. It's so true that people know when we are sincere and when we are not. People who don't know Christ are in search of the very thing we claim to have, but don't always show in our behavior. And, of course, God can use anyone and anything to change us for the better. Bottom line...you have to forgive yourself for others to see the forgiveness Christ has given you. Very well done!
The only weakness I saw in this book was the six year old's thinking and speech. A few times he sounded more like a ten year hold than a six year old. But that wasn't significant enough to taint the story for me. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who wants to be inspired by a story with a deep faith element. I love stories that make me think and make me want to share my faith more with people who seem "unreachable."
Suspenseful military novel doesn't always thrill May 18, 2009
Ulterior Motives by Mark Andrew Olsen is an intriguing and timely look at how the US handles terrorists. Greg Cahill is trying to reclaim his life from the disaster it became after an accidental shooting brought his career with the FBI to an end. He's lost his son and his wife, but found Jesus and uses his faith to bring those in jail to salvation. Omar Nirubi is on America's Most Wanted list as the successor to Osama bin Laden. When the US captures Nirubi and finds information about an impending terrorist attack, they need information out of him, but when regular torture techniques fail, something wildly different, unorthodox even, needs to be used to get the details about the plot before millions of Americans are killed. Greg and Omar are brought together, and their collaboration will determine the fate of the nation. Olsen's suspenseful novel took about 50 pages to really get moving. Initially the dialogue is a bit stilted and the action clunks, but once Nirubi is captured, the story quickly takes off and becomes a compelling read. Just recently waterboarding and black sites have been all over the news, and Olsen handles the issues fairly with an even hand. The ending was a bit too pat; the behind the scenes maneuvering that makes so many of these books fascinating is missing at the climax, leaving the reader feel a bit left out of the action.
Ulterior Motives Mar 29, 2009
I got the book very promptly and it was in decent shape. The whole book and cover was just a bit bent or warped, but that didn't detract from the book's readability.