Item description for Rolling Thunder (Truth Chasers) by Mark Mynheir...
Overview Agent John Russell desperately searches for a missing boy, while his own father is hot on his trail. A murderer and abuser, his father is demanding the impossible from John: forgiveness.
Publishers Description Law Enforcement Agents Can Do It All. But "Forgive? " John Russell is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent assigned to the missing Dylan Jacobs' case. But while he's tracking down clues in his professional life, a murderer is hot on his trail--his own flesh and blood. John's father relentlessly seeks something John refuses to offer: forgiveness. Forced to face the source of his paralyzing fear of thunder and his stolen childhood, can John find the missing boy without his personal life completely unraveling? Ten-year-old Dylan Jacobs is missing from state care. John Russell is the team leader of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement task force trying to find him. Although the governor has declared this a top priority, all the team is turning up are corruption and crime of a different sort. Could Dylan still be alive after disappearing from the system six years ago? Meanwhile, John's own long-buried nightmare is unearthed when a paroled killer shows up in his driveway. He struggles to leave old horrors where they belong--in the past. Determined to protect her children and help her husband, his wife, Marie, does some investigating of her own. Because she soon realizes, what you don't know "can" hurt you. "Join the agents of the FDLE as they seek the truth behind the crime and grapple 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 all that much sweeter when it comes. " "Drawing upon his real-life experience as a police detective, Mark Mynheir has given us a realistic story and characters to care for. Mark presents us with a fresh new voice who writes from a unique perspective." Angela Hunt, bestselling author of "Unspoken" "A remarkable first novel, with strong action and a solid moral. Readers will eagerly await the next installment from Mark Mynheir." T. Davis Bunn, bestselling author"" ""Rolling Thunder "is a compelling story examining the struggles, importance, and power of forgiveness." Bill Myers, bestselling author of "Soul Tracker " Story Behind the Book Mark Mynheir's experience as a homicide detective enables him to accurately expose, from an insider's view, the exciting world of law enforcement and crime investigation. It also sets an unassuming scene for the serious spiritual work that needs to be accomplished in Mynheir's main character. While the story unfolds, the reality becomes clear of how many Christians welcome God's grace and forgiveness for themselves but struggle to extend it to others. They harbor unresolved anger and resentment, often for years, against those who have hurt them. Mynheir challenges readers to identify with fictional characters and to initiate the process of forgiveness in their own lives.
Citations And Professional Reviews Rolling Thunder (Truth Chasers) by Mark Mynheir has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 06/01/2005 page 118
Christian Retailing - 05/02/2005 page 14
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.92" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 4, 2005
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Truth Chasers
Series Number 1
ISBN 1590523768 ISBN13 9781590523766
Availability 0 units.
More About Mark Mynheir
Exciting new novelist Mark Mynheir is currently a homicide detective whose law enforcement career has included positions as a narcotics agent and a S.W.A.T. team member. A former U.S. marine, he authors several articles for Focus on the Family's Breakaway magazine for Christian teen boys. Mark and his family live in central Florida .
Mark Mynheir has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Rolling Thunder (Truth Chasers)?
Debut novel lacks the suspense you'd expect Aug 1, 2008
ROLLING THUNDER is the first book in a series of 3 (so far) by Christian author Mark Mynheir. John Russell is a top detective in the statewide Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He and his partner have been assigned a case that is getting statewide attention and demanding action by the governor. A 10-year old boy named Dylan Jacobs went into the custody of the state when he was four and hasn't been heard from since. There are no records tracking him through the system. The governor is outraged that something like this could happen. Also, Frank Moore is an old man and dying. He is also a convicted murder and being released from prison. He has just on thing left to do before he dies, and that is to see John Russell.
Of the two story lines, the search for Dylan Jacobs is definitely more interesting. John and Tim follow a few clues and interview criminals. They seem to have an idea on who might be behind Dylan's disappearance, but can't come up with the evidence. In the second story line, Frank Moore shows up at John Russell's house, and John almost kills him. It seems Frank is his real father and John watched him murder his mother when he was seven. John has never forgiven Frank and never wants to.
For a suspense novel, this book had little suspense. I blame that on Mynheir revealing John's horrible childhood so early in the novel. There is never a question of what happened. Every time the novel switches to Frank's request to get John's forgiveness, the story comes to a halt. The novel felt too preachy and covered too much of the character's spiritual and prayer lives. This might not seem like a fair criticism for a Christian suspense novel, so let phrase it another way. The story line with Frank Moore had no supense to it, and it needed to in a suspense novel.
I haven't read the other two books in the series, but I hope Mynheir focuses a little more on the twists and turns of police work. He obiously knows a lot about the subject. His bio tells you that. He's also seen first hand the suffering and abuse that kids face everyday. I know he wanted to convey that in this novel. I also hope Mynheir changes his writing style in future novels. In scene after scene, the point of view shifted from character to character, making it hard to follow the action.
Much better then I expected Mar 5, 2008
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time and for some odd reason I hadn't picked it up. I was very surprised that a real-life police officer could write such a good book (not that cops are dopes or anything. I was arrested by some real smart ones in my younger days). It's very refreshing to have a Christian Fiction book actually contain Christian characters that live their lives after Christ. I'm getting a bit tired of secular books being sold under the disguise of biblical novels. The storyline and writing get a 3 star rating but the message gets 5 stars (which I rarely give). The power of forgiveness and the importance of following Christ are very strong and even though I found some of the characters to be a bit weaker then I thought they should be they came out with great maturity in the end. Jesus was glorified. To actually say what the book is about is tough because there isn't really a main plot but two intersecting stories going on at once. Neither are subplots. Although there's no bad language and Christ is lifted up the story does contain some uncomfortable scenes that if this book was made into a movie you would not want to see. For me (and the main character, John) crimes against children are the worst. You may want to know that before reading this book. But don't let it stop you, this book is what Christian fiction is all about. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
1 Star = I've been robbed! 2 Stars = Why'd I finish it? 3 Stars = Good 4 Stars = Excellent 5 Stars = Life changing
Coming On Like A Hurricane Feb 6, 2008
FDLE agent John Russell is assigned the case of a 10 year old boy missing from state care. All the while a murderer is on the agent's trail, Russell's own father. Can they face off without killing each other? Can John come to terms with a broken childhood that haunts him in adulthood every time thunder clouds cover the sky?
I had the opportunity to exchange emails with author Mark Mynheir last year as the members of a blog alliance I'm part of toured his book, The Void. What I found was a genuine, caring guy who loves to write. It was hard to believe he's also an officer of the law. Something tells me though, if he says, 'Assume the position', you'll find the nearest wall and do so. One way or another. :-)
Mynheir writes an intriguing story that kept me turning pages late until the end. His prose is tight and gripping, left only to the bare essentials of the story. I cared about the fractured soul named John Russell. One of the things that has never left me is Russell's vulnerability. Here's this tough, rugged cop who does what it takes to get the bad guys and yet he coaches his son's sports team and has a fear of thunderstorms that he can't shake, not since childhood. This last thing was such a unique character trait to me. We authors are always looking for that little something that will make our characters and stories unforgettable. Mark, you did it here, buddy.
I can't wait to read more from this badge wearing novelist. I pray there are many more stories where this one came from.
Excellent novel Jan 29, 2008
"Rolling Thunder" is a great novel about a policeman and his past, family, and associates. I found the characters to be very authentic and genuine. I found the story engaging. The descriptions are excellent, and the conclusion was very satisfying. This is a great novel.
Outstanding Debut Novel! Jan 15, 2006
It's been awhile since I've read a book that hooked me as much as this one did. I honestly couldn't put it down. All the more amazing is the realization that it's a debut novel! Well done, Mr. Mynheir! Such a heart-felt story on so many different levels, this compelling story grabs the reader for a fast-paced ride that ultimately hits a homerun. I can't wait for the next book in the series. And now I hear there's a movie deal in the works?! That's makes it a homerun on Mynheir's first time at bat! Impressive!