Charles Martin grabbed my attention when his first novel, The Dead Don’t Dance released in 2007. With a writing style that blends Nicholas Sparks, Michael Crichton and John Grisham, he quickly became one of my favorite novelists. His newest novel, A Life Intercepted – releasing September 2 from Hachette Book Group – Martin proves that he is still a consummate story-teller.
About A Life Intercepted
Twelve years ago Matthew "the Rocket" Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was the number one NFL draft pick. But on the night of the draft, he plummeted from the pinnacle of esteem. Falsely accused of a heinous crime with irrefutable evidence, it seemed in an instant all was lost--his reputation, his career, his freedom, and most devastatingly, the love of his life.
Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, Matthew leaves prison with one goal--to find his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his Gardi, Georgia, hometown to learn that Audrey has taken shelter from the media with the nuns at a Catholic school. There she has discovered a young man with the talent to achieve the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Although helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and--if discovered--reincarceration for life, he'll take the chance with hope of winning back Audrey's love.
If you love football, you will love A Life Intercepted. If you don’t like football, you will still love this book. While football is the medium Charles Martin uses as backstory, he weaves a message of unconditional love and forgiveness with an explanation of football that helped even this football illiterate reviewer understand the game.
Charles Martin’s gift for writing is something that every aspiring writer should study and every veteran writer will enjoy. His descriptions are beautiful yet balanced; I jotted down many for future reference. His characters are fully-fleshed and believable; there were several that made me want to reach through the pages of the novel and hug them and there were a few I wanted to slap silly. His dialogue sounds natural on the character’s tongue and his storyline draws the reader in, making it difficult to put the book down. I have yet to finish a Charles Martin book without choking back tears; A Life Intercepted is no exception.