Gideon's Torch

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Emily Gineen just made it to the top. She's the new attorney general of the United States, and it wasn't supposed to be like this. Even before her name plate goes on the door, a controversial doctor is murdered, a TV network is hijacked in prime time, a terrorist bomb takes out a research facility, the National Guard patrols all the major cities, solid citizens are forming underground networks. The president's solution? Spin control.

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Ellen Vaughn is a best-selling author who has written or co-written more than twenty books. She collaborated on the #1 New York Times best-seller It’s All About Him with Denise Jackson, the NYT best-seller Choosing to SEE with Mary Beth Chapman, and eight books with Chuck Colson. She speaks frequently at retreats and conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, Lee.

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Charles Colson, of course, was a special counsel for President Nixon, and served a stretch in a federal prison for his part in the Watergate cover-up. Nowadays, he's deeply involved in prison ministries. Gideon's Torch is his and coauthor Vaughn's first novel, a political tale steeped in the details of the White House, the Justice Department, and the K Street maneuverings of those seeking power. As Republican president J. Whitney Lowell takes office, a woman walks into a North Dakota abortion clinic and kills a doctor. Watching the polls, Lowell decides to crack down on every antiabortion group nationwide, whether violent or peaceful, and a civil liberties debate quickly erupts. Before Lowell's tactics can produce a killer, another group steals a National Institute of Health training video containing shots of a brutal third-trimester abortion and manages to uplink the video to the evening news. And before these terrorists can be apprehended, another group stages an Oklahoma City^-style bombing on the first of the sinister-seeming Regeneration Centers, which will use fetuses in AIDS research. They botch their escape and are killed, leaving government prosecutors no case except against an alleged accessory, a Maryland preacher named Daniel Seaton. Seaton's courtroom testimony and death in prison are linked to the tribulations of St. Paul and give the novel a certain mournful elegance. Colson and Vaughn present every warring faction fairly; the portraits of the president and attorney general are particularly sensitive, and the suicide of Lowell's chief adviser is quite movingly done. John Mort

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