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Forsmark: Faith and Fiction

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Posted on March 31 2010 9:43 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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The Long Way Home
By Andrew Klavan
Thomas Nelson, $14.99, 352 pp.

Enemies Among Us
By Bob Hamer
Fidelis, $14.99, 336 pp.

As an avid reader of contemporary fiction, I’m wary of two phrases that tend to raise a red flag with me: “Suitable for all ages” and “Christian fiction.”

The former generally means the book is either so benign that it’s devoid of reality, while the latter usually signals a warning that sermonizing and pat plot resolutions lie ahead.

But two terrific writers — an acclaimed veteran thriller writer and a legendary veteran federal agent whose life could be the basis for several thrillers — neatly avoid those pitfalls without sacrificing immediacy or suspense.

Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Andrew Klavan and first-time novelist Bob Hamer, a retired undercover FBI agent, each has produced an exciting thriller that is appropriate for teens and their elders.  Their new books would be equally at home on the mystery section shelf at Barnes and Noble and at Family Christian Stores; and best of all, neither insults the reader’s intelligence nor spends more time preaching than entertaining.

Read more at Frontpage Magazine…

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