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Payback (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor) [Paperback]

By Melody Carlson (Author)
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Samantha works to prevent a senseless tragedy after she has a vision of violence at a prom.

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If your vision asked you to risk your life to save others, would you have the courage?
When Samantha McGregor tells her friend Detective Ebony Hamilton of her disturbing visions of a brutal murder at a high school, Ebony asks her to go undercover to help identify the shooter before it's too late. The stakes are raised when Ebony discovers that the potential crime may be connected to a larger terrorism threat
Meanwhile, Samantha realizes that her mother's new boyfriend is a little too good to be true. Her unsettling visions, combined with Ebony's investigation of Steven's past, reveal him to be more interested in her mother's money than her heart.
To make matters worse, Samantha has been having visions of an unknown boy who is mercilessly being bullied by his peers. Who is this teen? Can she help him?
This fourth and final installment in The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series brings Samantha her biggest challenges yet, as she works against the clock to stop a mass murder, help a troubled youth, and save her mother from making a terrible mistake

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Studio: Multnomah Books
Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.01" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 19, 2008
Publisher   Multnomah Books
Age  13-17
Series  Secret Life of Samantha McGregor  
Series Number  4  
ISBN  1590529340  
ISBN13  9781590529348  

Availability  0 units.

More About Melody Carlson

Melody A Carlson I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.

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An exciting Christian thriller series  Jul 31, 2008
This dramatic fourth installment in The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series completes Melody Carlson's story about teenager Samantha, the girl who can see the future in dreams and visions. A touchy topic to begin with, Carlson has done an admirable job portraying this supernatural gift both sensitively and with biblical accuracy.

Samantha, like any other teen, isn't altogether comfortable with her gift, and her widowed mom even less so as it frequently puts her in dangerous situations. But she doesn't have much choice; God seems to invade her mind and heart with scenes of events not yet happening as well of those playing out in real time.

In PAYBACK, Samantha is sleeping and suddenly sees a picture of a girl in a mint green gown backing away from a bloody scene as her date crumbles onto the floor in front of her. Shots ring out, and she runs. Then Samantha wakes up, with her heart beating and her pulse racing. She immediately tries to recapture all the significant details of the dream-vision. So begins this not-so-unusual happening in her daily life.

After recording the details in her notebook, Samantha decides to tell her father's former police partner, Ebony, about the vision. Together, they've already tracked, solved and prevented a number of crimes. So Sam goes to school, interacts with friends, and before she knows it, another vision appears before her of a boy being pummeled by bullies. In typical Samantha fashion, she enlists the help of her best friend Olivia, and they sleuth together trying to puzzle out what she has seen and how God wants to use her in these situations.

As if these visions of violence weren't enough to contend with, Samantha's mother discovers money missing from her checking and savings accounts, and her new boyfriend Steven may be implicated. Samantha, with her razor-sharp intuitive skills, can't believe her mom doesn't see through Steven. She gets hurt, but in ways that are unexpected. Within a short space of time, Sam and Olivia discover some important clues that tie both of the visions together, and Sam goes undercover at various proms trying to forestall her bloody premonition from taking place. Both the pace and the tension build as Sam prays and asks God not only to see the future but also to use her to avert the violence before it happens.

Readers will enjoy this final interaction with Sam and her family and friends, as it offers them insight and food for spiritual thought on the subject of spiritual gifting and everyday life.

--- Reviewed by Michele Howe
Payback is a must read!  Jun 14, 2008
The final Samantha McGregor book has a rich plot that keeps you reading through all the twists and turns. Samantha gets visons from God, and in this book it is about a school shooting, and it is a bit goary. All in all though this is a truly amazing book.
A Different Kind of Teen Story  May 29, 2008
Samatha McGregor has learned to pay attention to the disturbing visions she receives from God, even though most of the time she doesn't understand what they mean. Now, she's had a vision of a shooting at a high school prom, although she doesn't know what school. She talks to Detective Ebony Hamilton, who is also a personal friend. Soon Samatha and the police are involved in a race to discover which school is in danger. PayBack is the fourth and final book in The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor. With a clever storyline and a twisted plot that will appeal to teens, it's a satisfying ending to the series.
Excellent Young Adult Novel....  Mar 12, 2008
Melody Carlson
Multnomah, 2008
ISBN: 9781590529348
5 stars
Excellent Young Adult Novel....
Reviewed by Kay Ramsey for, 09/08
Detective Ebony Hamilton has learned to listen when Samantha McGregor has a vision. Sam's latest vision concerns a shooting at a high school. PayBack sheds light on several issues students face, including bullies. I like this book. It is well written, and the characters are real to life. While this book was written for students, adults will enjoy it too.
entertaining inspirational paranormal crime caper  Feb 21, 2008
The Portland, Oregon police especially Detective Ebony Hamilton take seriously any visions that high school student Samantha McGregor has as the teen has helped on recent cases (see BAD CONNECTION, PLAYING WITH FIRE and BEYOND REACH). Ebony, who was her late dad's partner, and Sam believe her visions are a gift from God to help people.

However, recently she has had three seemingly separate sets of visions. The first involves her mother's new boyfriend Steven, whom Sam does not like; the second entails a terrorist act at a gala that she thinks is a prom; the other line of visions is the bullying of a teem by his peers. Sam talks with Ebony about all three. The cops and Sam attend local proms hoping to avoid a disaster. Meanwhile her mom complains about missing money from her accounts while Steven apparently has vanished. The three sets of visions will soon become clear hopefully not too late; as Sam requires the patience of Job with the understanding that faith in God even when she does not comprehend why the Lord does what he does is the key to life.

The fourth Secret Life of Samantha McGregor is an entertaining inspirational paranormal crime caper. Readers will appreciate Sam's dedication and caring as she tries to prevent harm to people as her three visions indicate. Although in real life one cannot thank the Lord too much, in a novel it becomes irritating as readers know of Sam's strong belief and gratitude. Still, this is a fine entry with a fabulous final twist and filled with moral issues like dealing with teen bullying, identity theft, turning the other cheek, failing to save a soul, and throughout the series the belief that God's way is the only way.

Harriet Klausner

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