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Overview When Tom steps onto the plane, he knows he is making a choice that will change his life, but he has no idea how much. This fast-moving, unpredictable story asks the question: Is it ever too late to redeem past mistakes? Its central character realistically represents the skepticism and doubt of many people today who simply don't "buy into" Christianity.
Publishers Description When Tom stepped onto the plane, he knew he was making a choice that would change his life. But he had no idea how much. The author, Travis Thrasher, tells us: 'The Second Thief is a story about a man who survives a plane accident and has a second chance at life. As he runs from his present mistakes while making amends for past ones, he comes to grips with his own lack of faith.'This fast-moving, unpredictable story asks the question: Is it ever too late to redeem past mistakes? Its central character, Tom, realistically represents the skepticism and doubt of many people today who simply don't 'buy into' Christianity. Faced with a new opportunity and a chance to change, what will be his decision?Readers of all ages will enjoy the suspense of Tom's journey and its unexpected, dramatic conclusion.
From Publishers Weekly In his third novel for the CBA market, Thrasher (The Watermark) pens the tale
of Tom Ledger, a fledgling corporate thief who quits his job but pockets some
company information on his way out to sell to competitors. It's a deal that
will set him up for life-if he can stay alive. Just a few years before, Tom's
avarice and desire for freedom caused him to sever all ties with Allegra, a
beautiful African-American woman who loved him, for the fast track. Now, Tom
finds his existence meaningless and recalls the motto he was raised on: "You
work hard, then you die." However, when he survives a horrific airplane crash,
Tom begins to re-evaluate his priorities. His search for meaning leads him
back to Allegra; his brother, Sean; and the Christian aunt and uncle who
raised him, but his religious skepticism won't find resolution until the final
pages. The idea of a plane crash paving the way for second chances is nothing
new; Nancy Moser used it quite recently in The Seat Beside Me. But the end of
Thrasher's tale has an unusual twist that will surprise the reader. An
obligatory gospel presentation and rather lengthy conversion scene should
appeal to the CBA market, although other readers may find them didactic, and
the third-person narrative told in the present tense is initially jarring.
Despite these pitfalls, Thrasher's steady pacing and competent prose keep the
story moving. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Second Thief by Travis Thrasher has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 02/17/2003 page 10
Publishers Weekly - 12/02/2002 page 32
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Moody Publishers
ISBN 0802417078 ISBN13 9780802417077
Availability 0 units.
More About Travis Thrasher
Travis Thrasher is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction, including Solitary, Gravestone, Isolation and Ghostwriter. His writing is known for its honesty, depth, and surprising twists. Thrasher lives with his wife and daughters in Chicago.
Travis Thrasher currently resides in the state of Illinois. Travis Thrasher was born in 1971.
Travis Thrasher has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Second Thief?
Well-paced, thought-provoking story with a moral Dec 20, 2007
Travis Thrasher has won me over as an avid fan...Second Thief was Thrasher's third novel, yet the second I have read and have thoroughly enjoyed. Fast paced, easy to read, hard to put down....it catches you from the first line and coaxes you into the story, and as usual with Thrasher's stories; it leaves you wanting more. He has a way of developing his characters to a point that, no matter how unsavory they may start out, you grow to care about them and hope the best for them. This tale starts with central character, Tom Ledger, leaving his job where he is bored with his ordinary boring life and has hijacked crucial company secrets from a computer which he plans to sell to a rather ominously dangerous bidder....Tom has been going no where in life, he has left the one woman that really loved him for what he thought was a better life. Boarding a plane to his proposed wealthy future,where he shall be set for life, Tom has no idea what fate has in store for him. Seated next to a minister with whom he wants little to do , Tom finds himself selfishly praying "Please God, let me live" as the plane suddenly loses control and begins to plummet into a Nebraska cornfield. Tom incredibly does live and his choices and beliefs are questioned as he faces his second chance at correcting his mistakes in life and his chance at redemption through his journey of finding his beliefs...the story moves along at a good pace and the ending has a moral, a great double meaning for the title and a great plot twisting ending that you won't see coming. I LOVED this book and cannot wait to pick up Mr. Thrasher's next novel....I almost feel like I am dishonoring him by reading his novels out of order. I usually like to start at an author's first novel to see by the time I get to the end of his works, where their strengths lie and how they have grown...well, I have read Travis' third and last novel and both are excellent and although there may be signs of growth, he remains markedly consistant and his stories remain quite strong...my only question is....which story should I read next....thank you, Mr. Thrasher, for putting out great stories with a moral to the tale, without being preachy...while being entertaining and thought-provoking and spinning a great yarn.....A+++++++
Mockery versus Faith Dec 30, 2005
I have read several of Travis Thrasher's books and they have tended to be slow paced, intimate and heartwarming and I have come to expect the same ol' sappy formula. While I haven't thought of Mr Trasher as the best writer, his stories are adorable and I have hoped to see more depth, range and growth in his storytelling.
Well, my prayer was answered and boy was I irritated (at first). My initial response was has he has listened to those critics and now thinks he can write a screenplay for a Tom Cruise movie. (And this is coming from someone who wanted to see something different from the author) It took me a while to get into the story, to adjust to a more fast-paced novel.Also, Mr Thrasher's narrative style which while unique is even more disconcerting for this story type. Tom Ledger is a more jaded person than all the other characters in Thrasher's books I've read so far and his slow, painful and real transformation is worth reading the book for. However, what takes the cake for me is the ending twist. Much like when I saw the movie "The Sixth Sense",I never saw it coming and even though I criticized the book at the start of reading it, when I neared the end, it all came together and it was extremely well worth it. More importantly, I got the message .
A Fast-Paced Read with aTwist at the End... Feb 15, 2004
Although this novel hit the ground running, I found the story a little "typical" and too bland. The author keeps your attention through a plane crash early in the book, but other than that, the first half seems mostly uneventful.
After drudging through that part, the author takes a new twist and envelops the character in a chase across the country. With a surprise twist at the end that I never guessed coming, Mr. Thrasher has won me over as a new fan.
I would definately recommend this book. The message is heart-warming and the end really throws you for a loop. Don't let the first few chapters get in the way of this great story!
A ride worth taking Sep 11, 2003
This is the second novel I've read by Mr. Thrasher, and it has secured him a place on my shelf. The Second Thief is a fast-paced ride through the 48 (or so) hours surrounding one man's near death experience in a fiery plane crash. The novel's main focus is on the flicker of life in this man's insular life as a result of the accident. Given life when many died, he tries to avoid his rapidly approaching past long enough to find out "Why Me?". Why should he survive when so many died, and what is the burden that accompanies that gift?
Travis Thrasher again creates believable characters, but doesn't flesh them out much during this short novel. That's okay, since they aren't the point. While the book has action, this isn't the point either. The real novel is inside Tom Ledger's head, as Thrasher once again shows us the inner workings of a guilty conscience and a rocky past. While Ledger is very deadpan in his self-analysis, the gradual increases in emotion and insight are the rewards that appear as the novel progresses. This Pinocchio's wooden heart is slowly struggling to become real, and THAT is what the novel wants its readers to care about. And this is exactly what it does. A fine read.
Thought-provoking, Moving Tale of Second Chances May 13, 2003
The Second Thief the third novel of Travis Thrasher, author of 'The Promise Remains' and 'The Watermark.' Writes this thought-provoking story about a desperate man, Tom Ledger, living on the edge in search of comfort and ease. It begins as Tom is willing to risk his own soul, maybe his own life by stealing his employer's closely guarded secret of vital company documents to the highest bidder. Not knowing what is going to happen to him-within hours of commiting his first crime. He's flung into a life and death drama. He boards an airplane along with one man, Kent Marks. The one man who will introduce him to the one thing that will save his life. Suddenly the airplane drops like a rock into a Nebraska cornfield. One thing of a miracle, he survives the crash. Now he faces what could be the final moments of his life.
Even at the most crucial time Tom's attempt at prayer is self-serving. Like something out of the Twilight Zone, Tom walks away from the wreckage. Tom takes a journey through the seedy underworld searching for answers why he was spared from the accident. Why was he given a second chance? That's what Tom Ledger got. When we get second chances everyday. Tom had his second chance before his final journey. He meets Earl after his rescue. This old fellow helps him in his search for life and God. Then flashbacks and fast forwards of his aunt and uncle Dale & Lily, his estranged brother Sean and his former girlfriend, Allegra and the son he never knew, Tommy. Everything he left behind had come to find him. The second chances of making things right. Here he confronts his past and all the consequences he must encounters with all the corporate espionage, terror and even murder. Trying to connect with his past he makes life and death decisions. I'll leave the question to you, the reader. Will he make the choice to follow a path that will destroy everything that he ever held dear? Or, will he find another way to his redemption and salvation? Like Tom, if you were given a second chance. What would you choose? Just remember, the Thirty-Second Psalm [Psalm 32]. It sure let me see the light about second chances. Perhaps it will for you, too.