Monday, June 20, 2011

The Ambition by Lee Strobel

After reaching millions of people with his “Case” series, Lee Strobel has launched himself into the fiction genre with this taut legal thriller. You will be thrown into a captivating world that connects a disillusioned pastor with a corrupt judge, a cynical reporter, and a gambling addict on a desperate quest for redemption.

A corrupt judge in a mob murder case. A disillusioned pastor, hungry for power. A cynical reporter, sniffing for a scandal. A gambling addict whose secret tape threatens the lives of everyone who hears it.

New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel weaves these edgy characters into an intricate thriller set in a gleaming, suburban megachurch, a big-city newspaper struggling for survival, and the shadowy corridors of political intrigue. The unexpected climax is as gripping as the contract killing that punctuates the opening scene.

My review:
This book was an interesting read, giving a glimpse into the dirty world of politics and the workings of a mega church. I did enjoy the book. That said, it wasn't as good as it sounded or I was hoping for. The writing style was good, the plot was good. I can't really place my finger on why, but when I was done reading the book, I was left feeling there should have been more.

I try to be honest and kind in my reviews, and am not trying to slam the author... if I was ranking by stars, which I will on Amazon, I would pick 4 - meaning it wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good as it could have been.

I was disappointed by one use of hell as an expletive. I don't talk that way, and don't believe it belongs in a Christian novel.

I did like the characters in the book, and overall did enjoy the book.

About the author:

Lee Strobel is an award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and a New York Times bestselling author. After years of nonfiction bestsellers, he is publishing his debut fiction novel, a legal thriller. Lee is a Yale Law School graduate, accomplished journalist, and world-renowned speaker. Author's website:

The Ambition is available from Zondervan Publishing.

Thanks to Zondervan for the review copy.