Can a successful nonfiction author make the change to writing a riveting novel? Yes, it happens in THE AMBITION.
From the opening pages, Strobel gives a fascinating group of characters who are set in a realistic crisis. Eric Snow is the Senior Pastor of a mega-church, Diamond Point Fellowship in the Chicago area. When a corrupt former U.S. Senator vacates his seat, the Governor considers Snow as one of the two possible selections. The other choice is a Judge Reese McKelvie.
The characterization, plotting and dialogue for this book is seamless and well-done. Strobel has made the transition from nonfiction author to novelist with THE AMBITION. I'll be watching for the next one and highly recommend this book. You will be hard pressed to stop reading it until you reach the final page.
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Bestselling nonfiction writer Strobel (The Case for Christ) makes his fiction debut with a legal thriller that draws on his background in legal journalism. In Chicago, which specializes in deep-dish corruption, the mobster Bugatti brothers want a murder case steered to the right judge, so they send a payoff to Judge Reese McKelvie. McKelvie is a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat vacated as a result of corruption; his rival is pastor Eric Snow, who heads a suburban megachurch and who has developed political ambition. One member of Snow's congregation is Gina D'Orazio, girlfriend of investigative reporter Garry Strider. When Gina's faith prompts her to move out of Strider's apartment, the cynical Strider takes Snow's megachurch as his next investigative target. The much published author writes with great confidence and plots like a screenwriter. The book's ending has a rushed feel, as if some major developments are dropped rather than resolved. On the whole, however, Strobel succeeds in his new direction; his nonfiction fans will certainly want to check this out. ---Publishers Weekly