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Overview The fortune wasn't supposed to befall him.
Jason Boyer had known all along his father's business empire would pass to different hands. Which suited him just fine. The money was crooked and the power corrupt. But when an accident claims the old man's life, everyone is stunned by the unveiling of the will.
With the passing of the Boyer crown, power-hungry politicians and shady business partners all try to force Boyer's hand. Fighting the temptation of influence and riches, he simply wants to be a better man than his father--but attempting to stand for what's right soon brings murderous consequences.
As those closest to him are endangered--and news emerges that his father's accident may be something more sinister--Boyer finds himself fighting for his soul?and his life!
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 6.16" Height: 0.99" Weight: 0.74 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2008
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764204696 ISBN13 9780764204692
Availability 0 units.
More About Paul Robertson
Paul Robertson is a full-time software developer and the author of five novels, including "Dark in the City of Light," "Road to Nowhere," and "The Heir." He is also a former Christian bookstore owner (for 15 years), who lives with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia.
What an impressive first novel! I was carried away by the well-paced story line and moral dilemma faced by the protagonist. The first-person story-telling with the spoken (and unspoken) sarcastic humor was a real treat, especially during the first half. I can't wait for Mr. Robertson's second book. (On a personal note, I enjoyed the fact that Mr. Robertson lives in Hokie territory -- Blacksburg, VA -- near where I grew up.)
A modern cautionary tale that is both gripping and challenging Jul 4, 2007
After losing his loathsome father in a car crash, Jason Boyer inherits the billion dollar empire his father leaves behind. At first, Jason wants no part of the inheritance. He knows what kind of man his father was, and he wants nothing to do with the shady business deals and politics his father was involved in. However, as Jason gets a small taste of the power that he now has, he is quickly drawn into a life he never wanted. As Jason is drawn in by the fame and riches, he begins a moral battle that is seemingly insurmountable. Can he use the power and influence at his disposal to right the wrongs his father committed, or he is destined to be a slave to money, power, and greed?
Paul Robertson's powerful debut is a modern cautionary tale that is both gripping and challenging. The story is told from Jason Boyer's point of view, and this gives the reader a small taste of the temptations and struggles that Jason battles. Robertson's writing is dark and somber, and Jason Boyer's character exudes cynicism. Indeed, this story is full of heartache, despair, and vengeance. However, these elements are used effectively to paint a clear picture of the darkness Jason finds himself in.
This may be the most spiritually challenging novel I've ever read, and there's no mention of Christianity in the novel. Rather, Robertson takes the powerful elements of riches and power and dangles them out there for us to bite. Then Robertson yanks the rug out from under us as he reminds us that all the money and power in the world can never satisfy, and in fact can destroy us. In the end, we are encouraged to look beyond ourselves and realize true contentment lies not in this world. (From Christian Library Journal)
Eagerly Awaiting Novel 2 Jun 27, 2007
Love the intrigue and suspense in this first novel. The characters were interesting and the visualization was what kept my interest. Awesome job Mr. Robertson--can't wait for #2.
Book Review: The Heir by Paul Robertson Jun 14, 2007
As he stares at his father's casket, Jason Boyer has no idea how much his life has just changed. He wasn't all that close to his father and he's not honestly sure that he'll even miss him. Then he learns that, in a twist of fate, his father's fortune has been left entirely to him. The problem? Jason doesn't want the money - or the responsibility that goes with it.
As Jake enters the corrupt world that his father lived in, he finds that he may be more like his father than he would care to admit. Can Jason handle the pressure of being a billionaire? Does he have what it takes to live in this world - or will it cost him everything?
Paul Robertson gives readers a glimpse into the lives of the rich and powerful. He skillfully crafts a story that is both suspenseful and believable. When he's not writing, Robertson is a computer programmer and part-time teacher. The Heir, his first novel, is a powerful start to what will hopefully become a long-term career.
I enjoyed the novel immensely. The one thing that I felt could have been stronger is the faith aspect. I felt that it could have been a little more deeply developed during the story and better defined in the end. I'm afraid it might leave non-believers with more questions than answers. But, then again, maybe that was the point.
The Heir is well written and the characters are well developed. The reader will feel like they're in the midst of the chaos that the characters are dealing with. In the end, though, hope shines through and the reader will have plenty of eternal questions to think on.
Awesome! May 30, 2007
What a pleasant surprise! His first novel and it's a great one!
Be forwarned - by the time you get to the last 100 pages, you'll be trying to figure out what you can slack off on so you can keep reading because you won't want to put it down!
I really enjoyed the wit he uses in the book. It is different and quite enjoyable.
If you're worried that you'll be preached to because it is from a Christian publisher, fear not, you won't be. Just get a copy and enjoy a fantastic story that'll keep you on the edge of your chair and guessing who did it throughout the book.