by Michele Chynoweth
Rory Justice leads a relatively normal life as a conservative, divorced, middle-aged ad agency account executive. He doesn't like to rock the boat, but that's just what happens when his retired FBI agent father, on his deathbed, asks Rory to hand-deliver a sealed letter to the Las Vegas sheriff's department. The letter details plans by a new Islamic State mafia running the casinos to destroy the city with an underground nuclear bomb.
Instead of delivering the letter warning Vegas of its impending doom, Rory tries to run. He mails the letter and jumps onto a cruise ship, only to find himself entangled in a series of horrific misfortunes. Rory is eventually brought back to Vegas, where he ends up helping FBI and police investigators who have 40 days to uproot the mafia and the bomb they've planted before it destroys Sin City. In the process, he finds himself confronting the very lowlives he abhors - prostitutes, gamblers, drug addicts, and thugs - and falls in love with police lieutenant Susan McAfree, a tough yet vulnerable officer on his team. But can this newfound love outweigh the hate he feels for the sinners she lives among and works to save?
Full of intrigue, suspense, and a little romance, The Runaway Prophet delivers the message that you can try to run from God's call, but you can't hide and that sometimes, by rescuing other people, God rescues you in the process.
Michael S. Law on Amazon wrote:
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the story of Jonah come to life in an unexpected way. The story flowed well, and I immediately thought about Jonah when Rory took off in the opposite direction that he was supposed to go. Of course, the title gives that away, but I liked the modern version of the beloved biblical story. It had some James Bond overtones, especially when trying to foil the nuclear weapon plot, and I found myself cheering for Rory throughout the story. I'm glad I took the time to read the novel. J.W. Kitson, author of Song of the Tree Frogs: A Nove
L. Sorrell on Amazon wrote:
This is a really good story about redemption, despite how far a person falls. I especially loved the main character's internal conflict between choosing right and wrong. It seemed like a modern-day story of Jonah of the Old Testament, who tried to run from his duty but found that his situation would only get worse, then would turn to make the correct decision after much tribulation. That is what I enjoyed the most.
Who would have thought to take a story from the Bible and ingeniously weave it into an exciting piece of fiction? Michele does just that in her latest novel The Runaway Prophet as she tells an interesting story that keeps the reader entertained and engaged from start to finish