Thursday, July 22, 2010

THE SECOND THIEF by Travis Thrasher

Tom Ledger works in marketing and sales and is ready to quit his high-paying job. But before he leaves, he steals secret information from his employer and sets up a deal to sell it to a buyer named Sloan. On his way to meet the thug, Tom's plane has engine problems and the aircraft crash lands in a Nebraska cornfield. .

Tom is not a religion man, and his faith is only in himself. Life is what you make for yourself, he says. Bury yourself in work and make a good life. But Tom's life is full of secrets, mistakes, and ugly realities. Suddenly faced with his own death, he utters a simple prayer, "Please God, please let me live."

Thus begins Tom's journey into a second-chance life. He survives the crash and begins to wrestle with questions that he's ignored for years. This book is not so much a story about an airplane crash as it is one prodigal son's introspective journey to find Truth in life.

This is a quick read and the plot moves at a slower pace than most of Travis Thrasher's novels. He throws a twist in the story that I did not expect, and although I understand how it moved the story forward, it was a surprise that I had difficulty accepting. That said, I've enjoyed reading Thrasher's novels and appreciate his ability to write great stories, and I look forward to reading more of his books.

If you're interested in the story behind the story, check out Thrasher's blog.

3 out of 5

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