Thursday, August 20, 2009

Faces in the Fire by T.L. Hines

Summary:
"Four lost souls on a collision course with either disaster or redemption. A random community of Faces in the Fire.

Meet Kurt, a truck-driver-turned-sculptor with no memory of his past. Corinne, an e-mail spammer whose lymphoma isn't responding to treatment. Grace, a tattoo artist with an invented existence and a taste for heroin. And Stan, a reluctant hit man haunted by his terrifying gift for killing.

They don't know each other, at least not yet. But something--or someone--is at work in the fabric of their lives, weaving them all together. A catfish, a series of numbers scribbled on a napkin, a devastating fire, and something mysterious. Something that could send them hurtling down the highway to disaster--or down the road to redemption. But they won't know which is which until they've managed to say yes to the whispers in their souls."

Author Bio: "TL Hines writes "Noir Bizarre" stories, mixing mysteries with oddities in books such as Waking Lazarus, The Dead Whisper On, The Unseen and Faces in the Fire. His work has won recognitions ranging from the Maryland Writers Association novel contest to Library Journal's "25 Best Genre Fiction Books of the Year" award."

My Thoughts:
"The dead man's shoes spoke to Kurt long before he wore them."

The first sentence immediately grabs you and lets you know this isn’t your typical “Christian fiction” novel. Combine that with the fact that the story begins with chapter 34 and you know from the beginning you are in for something different. The back cover describes it as “Noir Bizarre” and that’s a great description. This is a story unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s quirky, a little strange, slightly disjointed, and wonderfully done. T.L. Hines has a gift and he uses it to pull you into a character and their world very quickly, almost effortlessly it seems, without giving you time to decide if you want to be there. My son’s 19 year old friend picked it up, glanced through it, and was on page 40 before he knew what happened. It’s that kind of story.

This is an example of a book being labeled Christian fiction due to having a Christian author and a Christian publishing house. There is nothing inherently Christian about this book but it’s a great story. I would hate for anyone to miss this little gem because they are either adverse to Christian fiction or are a Christian expecting everything from the author to preach at the reader. Rid yourself of any preconceived notions, pick up a copy of this book, and lose yourself in a wonderfully bizarre story. I’d love to hear what you think.

There's even a bizarre web site where you can read a sample chapter, order the book, become a fan, or learn more about the author. Check it out HERE. Faces in the Fire is available for $14.99 at Thomas Nelson, Amazon, or your local bookstore.

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