Item description for From the Belly of the Dragon (Truth Chasers) by Mark Mynheir...
Overview Ruby is lured into a dangerous cult, and her parents are desperate to save her. But with an FBI investigation, a corrupt police chief, and a mounting spiritual battle, is it too late?
Publishers Description Caught in a Cult (The Truth Chasers Part Two) People associated with him have been killed, but Dr. Walter Simmons is a successful man. His books and tapes incorporate psychological principles with New Age, feel-good spiritualism and are a hit on college campuses. But when his top students join him for an intensive "training" program, they are actually joining a dangerous cult. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Tim Porter's daughter, Ruby, is lured in like the rest, the heights of a dream plummeting her to the depths of a living nightmare. Tim and his ex-wife are driven to their knees for their daughter. But what about Ruby? To what lengths can they go to rescue her from Dr. Simmons's clutches? Complicating matters is an FBI investigation, a corrupt chief of police, and a mounting spiritual battle. How much time do they really have? "A desperate escape into the South Florida marshes ends in murder. " "But the true terror is just beginning..." Dr. Walter Simmons is a successful man. His books and tapes blend psychological principles with New Age, feel-good spiritualism and are a hit on college campuses. But when his top students join him for an intensive "training" program, they have no idea what awaits them. Not even the most insightful student of them all--Ruby Porter. Tim Porter, an agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, knows his daughter is into something strange. He and his ex-wife grow increasingly concerned, but nothing they do or say helps. Then a young man is murdered, and the FDLE are assigned to the case. As Tim grapples for the truth, one fact becomes crystal clear: Ruby is in terrible danger. But can he do what it will take to rescue his daughter from a man she now trusts more than anyone else? Faced with an FBI investigation, a corrupt chief of police, and a mounting spiritual battle, Tim hits obstacles at every turn. As each day goes by, he can't escape the terrifying truth--His daughter's time is running out... "Join the agents of the FDLE as they seek the truth behind the crime and wrestle with Truth in their personal lives. Dealing with depravity all day, every day, it doesn't always seem like God is in control. Which just makes victory that much sweeter when it comes. " Reader's Guide Included Story Behind the Book "One day, while driving with my family, I caught a glimpse of my children's faces in the rearview mirror. I was struck by their innocence and unawareness of anything evil in the world. As a police officer, I was intimately acquainted with evil and wanted to keep my children far from such knowledge. But I knew someday they would leave the comfort and security of our home. And I wondered, Was I equipping them with the spiritual training they would need to face the world ahead of them? Was I truly raising my children in the ways of the Lord? What would I do if one of my children were in the clutches of the evil one? And how far would I go to get them back?" "-- Mark Mynheir"
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.93" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Truth Chasers
Series Number 2
ISBN 1590523997 ISBN13 9781590523995
Availability 0 units.
More About Mark Mynheir
A detective with the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Palm Bay Police Department, Mark Mynheir investigates violent crimes and writes riveting Christian fiction. A U.S. Marine with a passion for martial arts and firearms training, Mark has worked on narcotics units, SWAT teams, and in a myriad high-risk situations. His novels offer a realistic glimpse into the gritty world of law enforcement and the rarely seen raw emotions behind the badge. Mark lives in Florida with his wife and three children.
Reviews - What do customers think about From the Belly of the Dragon (Truth Chasers)?
Excellent cop novel Feb 26, 2008
"From the Belly of the Beast" is a excellent novel. It involves a team of police officers investigating a case. The case is a missing student and it leads to a compound in Florida where a pop psychologist has set up a campus.
I do not want to say more details, as it might spoil a great read. The characters are realistic, the steeings believable, and the action is well done.
I highly recommend this book.
This Beast Roars! Feb 6, 2008
In Rolling Thunder, we got to know FDLE agent John Russell and watch him as he struggled to resolve his past. We also met Tim Porter and Robbie Sanchez, his partners in crime, er, law enforcement. With this second installment of the Truth Chasers series, From The Belly of the Beast, by lawman turned novelist Mark Mynheir we get the opportunity to know Tim Porter and his estranged family better as he deals with the potential loss of his college aged daughter Ruby to a cult. At every turn Porter is stopped in his attempts to rescue his daughter from what he comes to believe is certain destruction. Then a young man who was under the tutelage of the mysterious Dr. Walter Simmons is murdered and the case falls into the laps of Tim and his follow FDLE friends.
Mark Mynheir continues with this novel to build his reputation for writing solid stories that are at once suspenseful, engaging and timely. Everyone knows that college campuses can be places of great learning and maturing for young adults. We also know it can be a breeding ground for less than desirable ideologies that sound good on the surface, but lack substance and hides darkness. It's evident that Mynheir has done his homework. Maybe even worked similar cases in his day job as an officer of the law in Florida. The suspense is palpable. The characters are real. In the case of Simmons, maybe too real. Scary to think people like him exist. I couldn't help but think of some of the so-called self-help gurus on the info-mericals at 3 am and the bookshelves everywhere.
Tim Porter is yet another character that Mynheir's deft hand is able to endear us to as we watch him strive to keep what little bit of family relationships he has with his wife and daughter. The courageous Ruby is a wonderful hero woven into the fabric of the story as she makes her way through this situation she found herself in. And one will cheer as Tim, Ruby and Gloria meet each other half way to try and make things work.
Though part of a series, this story does stand alone on it's own merit. If you're interested, check out my review of book one, Rolling Thunder, here on this site.
A Captivating Read Mar 21, 2007
I met Mark Mynheir at the Florida Christina Writers Conference several years ago and am captivated by his writing. His experiences on the streets as a cop and detective give him credibility as an author who has lived his scenes and, more importantly, his characters. From the Belly of the Dragon held my interest from the beginning to the end. As I read, I knew the characters and what motivated them. I could also identify with the struggles that each character encountered. I found myself going back into the story several times to double check seemingly minor bits of information - that were now important as the story moved forward. I like this attention to detail. Everything in this story is connected and moves the reader forward at a good pace. Important too is how Mark weaves the ending into one you will never guess.
John Vonhof, author of Fixing Your Feet
Top notch edge-of-your-seat suspense Feb 24, 2007
This is one of those books that I wish hadn't been lost in my stack. It was edge-of-your-seat fabulous! I love stories about people sucked into cults and the great lengths that have to occur to pull people out. That Dr. Simmons was a real nut case, but the author did a terrific job putting you in his head so you could see how twisted he was in the way he saw himself and the world. I loved it! Also, the close bond between the detectives and their camaraderie was endearing. I enjoyed reading about how they'd put their careers and even their very lives on the line to help a friend whose daughter was trapped in a cult. The father--for obvious reasons--was driven to get Ruby out before it was too late.
This story was fast paced and very, very interesting. The plot was well done and the scenery so vivid I felt like I was part of the group. Scary. Also, the spiritual warfare and truths that were brought into the light within the context of this story were compelling. Not preachy at all. And the way the people who were angry with God came to realize that they needed His help to succeed was done in a very convincing manner and did not feel contrived. I love fiction with such a realistic feel to it. Plus, this author used a variety of points of view, but it was done so seamlessly that I'm impressed with his technique. It wasn't at all obvious that there were multiple points of view. Every one of them seemed necessary to move the story along. Well done!
Also, one unique aspect of this riveting novel was the close relations and interdependency between people from different ethnic backgrounds. Byron and Ruby were so close in their relationship that I forgot he was white. In fact, I had to look back and double check because he was so easily accepted into the family once he helped Ruby. But that also made sense because Ruby mentioned growing up in all white schools most of her life, so it wouldn't seem like a big deal to her. At any rate, I was enthralled with this story and the romance between Ruby and Byron as well. I hope they get married someday. Maybe in the next book (if there is one?) Highly recommended!
Fantastic!! Feb 15, 2007
Mark Mynheir is an amazingly talented writer - who has found his niche! Known as the "Cop Writer", Mark weaves delightful and intriguing tales of all things Cop...and his background as an ex-Marine, a narcotics agent, a policeman, a S.W.A.T member, and a homicide detective make him more than qualified!
Don't miss reading his Truth Chasers Series!! You will not be disappointed.