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Waking Lazarus

T. L. Hines

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Bethany House Publishers

Published : 2007

Copyright : T. L. Hines 2006

ISBN-10 : PB 0-7642-0344-4
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-7642-0344-2

Publisher's Write-Up

Jude Allman has died and come back to life three times, becoming a celebrity against his own wishes. When the world crushes in around this unlikely miracle man, this modern-day Lazarus, he escapes into the vastness of Montana. He changes his name and withdraws from the public eye, trying to forget all that came before. But the past, like Jude, won't stay buried. A prowling evil circles his adopted hometown of Red Lodge, Montana. Children are disappearing, and Jude may have the key to solving the crimes - hidden inside the mysteries of his own deaths. His days of hiding are over, and now he must face the questions that have haunted him for years. What if his resurrections aren't just accidents? What if there's a reason behind it all? What if he's been brought back just for this moment?

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Review by Gina Hendrix (280210) Rating (8/10)

Review by Gina Hendrix
Rating 8/10
My favourite genre - supernatural suspense fiction. In his debut novel, T. L. Hines creates a story about Jude Allman, cheater of death. He has died three times and lived to tell about it.

I must admit one of the main reasons I selected this story was to see how the writer could weave a believable story from this plot. T. L. Hines achieves this and more. Miraculous events are described in this story and faith plays a key role.

The main character, Jude Allman, first dies at the age of 8 years old. He wakes and we are left with a great story, a believable story. We have heard many stories of near death experiences.

At 16, Jude dies again. He revives once more. We find this interesting and yet we can hardly believe it. Still, we read on and find we are believing this strange story and identifying with the main character as our imaginations run wild at the thought of how would this change our lives if it happened to us.

Finally, at age 24, Jude dies and is resurrected once again. These death experiences have propelled Jude to unintended fame that he is ill prepared to face resulting in a hermit's existence with conspiratorial tendencies.
Jude receives an unexpected visitor reminding him that he cannot escape his history. He will have to face his past, his paranoia, and the lies he created to quash the throngs of people that have sought him out for his strange gift.

Children are missing from the surrounding communities of Red Lodge, Montana where Jude lives. He may be the only person who can stop the killer. When Jude's son is taken, he is forced to examine his past and his broken relationships to harness his gift to save his son.

Likable, well rounded, engaging characters and smooth writing of flashback events intrigue you as you read the story. Interesting dialogue and strong, spiritual overtones make this a well balanced whodunit, keeping you guessing to the very end and beyond.

Still, evil is described in this story. Many of the sections of this book reveal the thought processes of a child killer. In that respect, this is not a book for the squeamish.

This book is recommended for those who hunger for fiction that reveals God's providence in the face of madness. I look forward to reading more from T. L. Hines.
Gina Hendrix (28th February 2010)

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