Reynold Conger, Author, books
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Chased Across Australia
Reviewed by: Jake Bishop
Two decidedly different couples are the protagonists in this tale of international intrigue
and adventure. One couple finds themselves in the middle of a situation they never
imagined they’d ever encounter. The other, prisoners of a belief system that has been
heinously corrupted, struggle to extricate themselves from a potential catastrophe partly
of their own making.
In New Mexico, Jack and Jill plan to celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary by
taking a trip to Australia, visiting their son’s family, and taking in the sights of the land
down under. In Detroit, Cahr and Sarai plan to take part in a terrorist plot to be
executed on Australian soil. Both couples wind up on a flight from Los Angeles to the
faraway Pacific continent. Through an involved set of mishaps, vital information that
was supposed to be transported by Cahr, winds up on Jack’s laptop computer. Jack
and Jill are unaware of it. Cahr and Sarai aren’t. Thus, a series of events begin in
hopes of recovering the needed info by whatever means necessary. Before you know
it, surveillance, theft, even seduction are employed to no avail. At one point, Jack and
Jill are even chased and shot at by ruthless villains.
There are many forces at play in this suspenseful adventure. A secret terrorist
organization is attempting a strike resulting in mass casualties of the innocent.
International government operatives are racing to foil the plot before it can be carried
out. Cahr and Sarai, Moslems, are struggling with fealty to a religion that seems to
them to sanction such carnage. Jack and Jill, Christians, care enough about their
religion that they aren’t beyond a little “guerrilla evangelism” when the opportunity
presents itself. Belief systems weigh heavily in both the plot and the point this literary
entertainment is trying to make. Throughout the changing fortunes of all, Cahr and
Sarai keep running into examples of Jack and Jill’s faith.
Whether it is a Gideon Bible in their hotel room, an unseen pair of hands that provide
courage, or a life-changing experience in a Christian worship service, the presence of
God is manifest, and it eventually presents them with a decision that must be made
between the true nature of right and wrong.
Conger is an accomplished writer and storyteller. The pace of his tale moves swiftly as
he interweaves multiple points of view—the pursued, the pursuers, the terrorist
masterminds, and the officials committed to stopping them. While there are numerous
scenes depicting both violence and sexual situations, they are all described with
language appropriate for a Christian audience. If you’re looking for a literary adventure
that’s involving, fun, and family-friendly, you’re likely to have a good time being Chased
Some Animals in Australia are cute and cuddly, others are dangerous. but none so dangerous as theTERRORIST CHASING YOU.
The Story behind Chased Across Australia
This book was inspired by a trip to Australia. Reynold and his wife celebrated their 40th anniversary by spending a month in Australia. During this visit, Reynold was inspired to write the book, and they spent the rest of the month collecting input such as the Australian Dialect.
The moment of inspiration was when they drove from Cains to Port Douglas on the Captain Cook Highway, a seaside highway along the cliff. Of course Reynold was driving on the wrong side of the road (from his perspective). They returned at night on a freshly repaved road with no markings. "Cars kept coming at me out of the dark and then flashing past on my right," Reynold recalls. "I commented I was glad that we were not in a high speed chase, and the plot was born."
In the book, Jack and Jill Higgins, the hero and heroine, visit the same locations as Reynold and his wife did, and stayed in the same places. Of course they took pictures, seven of which were used to illustrate the novel. Fortunately Reynold and his wife were not chased by terrorists.
Jack and Jill Higgins head to Australia to celebrate an anniversary, but enroute their laptop is tampered with. They don't know that anything has been added to the hard drive, but the terrorists want those important files back.
Jack and Jill are chased across Australia with burglaries, stalking, attempted seduction and a high speed car chase (on the wrong side of the road from Jack's perspective).
This book is not a Christian book per se, but as the terrorists chase Jack and Jill, they are witnessed to by Christians they encounter. A reader of this book will be exposed to the Christian gospel. Consider giving it as a gift to your unchurched friend.
Chased Across Australia
by Reynold Conger