Wednesday, April 25, 2007

CFBA Tour this week: The Heir, by Paul Robertson


Jason Boyer Just Got an Inheritance to Die For
The fortune wasn't supposed to befall him. Jason Boyer had known all along his father's business empire would pass to different hands. Which suited him just fine. The money was crooked and the power corrupt. But when an accident claims the old man's life, everyone is stunned by the unveiling of the will. With the passing of the Boyer crown, power-hungry politicians and shady business partners all try to force Boyer's hand. Fighting the temptation of influence and riches, he simply wants to be a better man than his father--but attempting to stand for what’s right soon brings murderous consequences. As those closest to him are endangered--and news emerges that his father's accident may be something more sinister--Boyer finds himself fighting for his soul…and his life!

Is There Any Escape for The Heir?
All the money he could ever crave. In the splintering crash of a car plunging through a railing, Jason Boyer's life is changed. All the fame he could ever desire. But the last thing he wanted was the throne of his father's corrupt business empire. All the power he could ever wield.
The estate should have gone elsewhere, but the will was changed. And now everything is Jason's. But gaining the whole world just might cost him his life.

Paul Robertson is a computer programming consultant, part-time high-school math and science teacher, and former independent bookstore owner in Blacksburg, Virginia. This is his first novel.

MY THOUGHTS: (Warning: some spoilers possible)

The idea behind the heir is a really good one. It's noble that an heir would deny a hefty inheritance because he didn't want to be corrupted by wealth and power. But it's also dangerous if loved ones want a piece of the pie, so to speak, and that desire is threatened. So I like the premise. However, I don't know that the author did enough with this premise.

I like a non-Christian protagonist looking for meaning. I don't expect a pat conversion experience at the end, but I do expect him to find answers of some sort on a spiritual level. This "hero" kept asking what his purpose was, and in the end found that it was to break the hold of corruption in his family. While that's good, it's not spiritually significant enough for me.

On another note, I felt the beginning was way too slow. I committed to read the whole book from the outset, but I didn't become totally engaged until about 75 pages from the end. That's where things got hectic and exciting. The first 2/3 seemed like background leading up to the good part at the end.

On a more positive note, the mystery of who killed Jason's father (and other subsequent victims) brought sufficient drama to the story and was written well enough so the reader remained in the dark (at least I was most of the time).

Perhaps the book will appeal to other readers, but it didn't strike my fancy.

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