I recently re-read Deception, the third volume in Christian author Randy Alcorn’s three volume series comprised of Deadline, Dominion, and Deception. The series has three main characters, but each book follows only one of them as its’ respective protagonist.
Jake Woods’ story is told in Deadline, as his childhood buddies are killed in what seems like a freak auto accident but turns out to be murder. He teams up with detective friend Ollie Chandler, and fellow journalist Clarence Abernathy, to figure out what really caused the accident and who was responsible.
In Dominion, Clarence’ sister and niece die in a gang slaying, but there is more to the drive-by than what meets the eye. Jake and Ollie work with Clarence to ferret out the real culprit, and lurking beneath the story is a spiritual battle in the heavenlies.
Finally, in Deception, Ollie tries to unravel some unusual killings while coping with the loss of his wife and estrangement of one of his daughters. As in the first two books, Clarence and Jake are there to lend a hand.
What makes the series work for me, including the vital spiritual messages, is that the characters and stories have depth, and there are humor and fun to offset the darkness of the mysteries in these Shadowlands.
I hope you’ll enjoy these books as much as I did. The author is able to be objective in writing his characters. Few are stereotyped save where funny and effective. The book is filled with fictional people you’d love to meet, as well as some you might shun for their cruelty.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.